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The DxOMark Mobile league table has a new champion, the Sony Xperia Z5 edges ahead with the best rated smartphone camera on the market right now. DxOMark’s score is highly regarded throughout the industry for high-quality testing of cameras and lenses.

2015 has already seen the Samsung Galaxy S6 and its Edge variants, the Note 5, Moto X Style and the new Nexus 6P all score very highly in the DxOMark rankings, surpassing the previous years’ leaders by quite a margin. The Galaxy S6 was holding the crown for the majority of this year, but the title now belongs to Sony’s Xperia Z5, as the phone nudged ahead by just a single point with a score of 87/100.

DxOMark Mobile rankings Xperia Z5

The Xperia Z5 and its 23 megapixel rear sensor score particularly highly for its autofocus technology, which is said to work well in a variety of different condition. Low light performance and good flash exposure were listed as highlights, and video stabilization is also marked as one of the best in the business. If you’re looking for cons, DxOMark did note some artefacts with blue sky saturation and the camera’s video performance is not quite as good in low light conditions as when taking stills.

Looking at the overall performance table, there are a number of excellent smartphones to choose from if you’re the snap happy type. For a closer look at what to expect from the Xperia Z5 in general, be sure to check out our hands-on impressions in the videos below.

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