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The Sony Xperia Z2 might feature the same 20.7MP camera as found on its predecessor, but that doesn’t mean the overall experience hasn’t improved. At MWC 2014 we took a closer look at the Xperia Z2’s camera and were quite impressed by just how quickly the camera loaded up and was ready to go. We can most likely attribute this speed up to an improved processor, more RAM and general camera software optimizations.

So how quick is the camera exactly? Opening the camera app and taking the first pic was a process that literally took just a few seconds. Aside from the camera’s speed, there’s also plenty of impressive options under settings including a burst with long press, Steady Shot technology for stabilizing videos and a touch capture feature. There’s even a way to use the volume up/down keys for zooming in and out.


Moving on to the camera’s modes, you’ll find features such as AR effect and Creative effects. While many of these modes are also found on the Xperia Z1, Sony has added several a few new modes such as 4K video support and Timeshift video. Sony is also working with 3rd party partners to allow you to find and install additional specialty camera features directly Xperia Z2’s viewfinder.


Overall, the Sony Xperia Z2’s camera might not be a massive departure from the Z1, but there are certainly a few welcome improvements that lend to an overall enhanced experience. While this was a fairly quick overview, we’ll be sure to bring you an even more detailed look at the Xperia Z2 and its camera via a full review sometime a bit later down the road. Also be sure to check out our MWC Xperia Z2 hands-on post for a look at some of the handset’s other features and our first impressions of the device.


Andrew Grush
Andrew is one of the three Managing Editors of Android Authority, primarily responsible for the overseeing of US team of writers, in addition to several other projects such as VR Source and more. He loves tech, gaming, his family, and good conversations with like-minded folks.
  • Noel Dahlem

    Hoping this comes to AT&T!

    • Cole Raney

      So am I since I get an upgrade this summer. Don’t get your hopes up though. Only T-Mobile got the Xperia Z and Z1. And they just got their version of the Z1.

      • Castor

        @evleaks posted that it’s coming to all major US carriers.

        maybe you can have your hopes high.

        @evleaks rumors about the xz2 specs were spot on.

  • Well done

  • Ervin Subillaga

    Why does the S5 gets so much hate when its camera has been improved so much while the Z2 has the same camera with a few improvements? I’m not a samsung fanboy or anything but the comments I read from the S5 are always so negative.

    • Castor

      because people expected so much from the market leader. nobody expected anything from sony anymore. people thought sony would keep the ugly display again and have poor sound because of the waterproofing. sony finally delivered so people were surprised.

      they expected more from samsung. i also expected more from samsung. i didn’t expect them to be one upped with the specs. sony had the bigger batter, display, camera, and RAM. it’s a big reversal.

      while the s5 may have the faster snapdragon 801 processor, i suspect sony had to make theirs clocked lower to avoid heating problems. their device is fuly waterproof so they have to do something about possible heating issues.

      • Ervin Subillaga

        I guess some people just expect too much from samsung since the S2 came out. It’s their own fault for that. Releasing a new galaxy every year. Only so much improvement can be done in a year. If I was in charge I’d have released a galaxy phone one year and then a note phone another. And just alternate. In 5 years were gonna have a SX haha.

        Though the Z2 has some great specs the S5 came out with the better innovations with the heart rate scanner (and finger print). Coming from a medical course the S5 would have been awesome if it could replace my pulse oximeter.

        Though I’ll be sticking with my S2 til the note4 comes out later this year. haha

      • pritish

        I’d like to add to your writeup that before purchasing the moto g, I had been using the Xperia Play. Though it scores under 5000 antutu, it has never hung up. Believe me. Though apps start slow, sometimes crash when RAM is full, I’ve never adressed a single unexpected shutdown.
        It can run Nfs most wanted at low graphics. Same with Dead trigger.

        P.S there’s a rom available for the xperia play that can deliver 8000 antutu points.

    • Tuấn Ankh

      The more popular you are, the more haters you get.

    • Jerry C.

      The Galaxy S5 and the Xperia Z2 do NOT have the same camera.

      • Ervin Subillaga

        I meant the Z2 and Z1 have the same camera.

  • jamie

    How about a galaxy s5 vs experia Z2 camera comparison?

    • simpleas

      Well the z2 can’t compete with Samsungs isocell techonology. S5 has the best camera.

      • Jamie

        You cant make that assumption until you do a proper comparison. Isocell may or may not be as great as we have been led to believe

      • Jerry C.

        That’s a ridiculous statement and you apparently know nothing about cameras.

  • John T

    i am tired hearing about the “overall experience”.

  • thinking about the options that come with the product, after that carry out verify the hands-on from the MWC floorboards to understand additional about the product.

    Sony Xperia Z2 launch in the UK delayed