Z2 20.7MP camera in Japan

The folks over at DxO Labs like to put our favorite smartphones through some rigorous photography and videography tests. They recently put the Sony Xperia Z2 through the ringer, and with a score of 79, it came out in top spot of all mobile devices tested to date.

The Xperia Z2 is Sony’s flagship device for 2014, announced back in February, it has been a thing that many desire, especially thanks to glowing reviews and honors like topping DxO Labs photo and video benchmark evaluations. Aside from the scientific methods used by DxO, we really fell in love with the Xperia Z2’s photo taking abilities after an early developer model went for a little stroll in Tokyo back in March. A sample photo from that night is below, but do check out the full story for the rest of the photos, and a sample of the Xperia Z2’s 4K video recording as well.

Xperia Z2 Tokyo 20.7MP camera shoot

Under the waterproof hood, the Sony Xperia Z2 packs a 20.7MP Exmor RS camera sensor – Sony G-type 27mm equivalent f/2.0, resulting in a device capable of producing photos at a massive 5248 x 3936 pixels and video at 4K, or 3840 x 2160 pixels.

DxO’s overall score is a combination of photo benchmarking tests and video benchmarking. On the photo side of things, the Sony Xperia Z2 scored an overall 81 points, with top marks for exposure and contrast and low marks for image artifacts. Video did not fare as well, with an overall 73 points, the Xperia Z2’s video autofocus rated very poorly, however, exposure and contrast once again received exceptional marks.

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Just as the HTC One (M8) recently took home top honors for its display touch response time, the Sony Xperia Z2 is the first of this year’s major Android flagship devices to be ranked using this particular testing. We will be glad to see how well the other flagship devices perform, including the Samsung Galaxy S5, with its 16MP ISOCELL camera sensor, the LG G2 Pro, with its 13MP sensor, and the HTC One (M8), with its Ultrapixel technology running a seemingly tiny 4MP main camera sensor.

While we await further device benchmarking results, if you are serious about camera performance on mobile devices and want the low down, I suggest you head on over to DxO to see all of the benchmarking results for the Sony Xperia Z2. If you are not all that concerned about the specifics, you can rest assured that the Xperia Z2 will do justice to saving your memories in picture form. It can even capture the mood around those images, if you don’t mind chat bubbles on your photos.

Sony offers compelling camera capabilities in the Xperia Z2, is that enough to get you to purchase, or do you have another device in mind this year?

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