Z2 20.7MP camera in Japan

The Xperia Z2 went for a little walk about Tokyo, snapping up beautiful photos of the night and some 4K video too. The Chinese blog Ring HK shared the 20.7MP photos and short 4K video clip on their site. They were sure to let us know that the Z2 in use was an engineers test unit, not the finished retail unit that you or I will eventually put in our pockets.

The Xperia Z2 will come equipped with Sony’s 20.7MP Exmor RS sensor and these photos appear to be just that. Photo details show camera model D6503 running software version 17.1.A.0.504_9_f200. The photos themselves come in at 5248 x 3936 pixels, weighing about 9.3MB each. Click any photo below to see fullscreen slideshow, but be forewarned, it contains a good number of large images and may take time to load.

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As for that 4K video, just a normal downtown Tokyo intersection shot at 3840 x 2160 resolution. The video recorded in the MP4 format using H.264 with AAC audio. 43 seconds of footage ran a mere 297.9MB of space. Now prepare your eyes for ultra HD video and hit play.

Cameras on smartphones are getting pretty interesting. We took a look at an apparent 50MP photo from the OPPO Find 7 last week. At MWC we were able to test drive the 16MP camera of the Galaxy S5 and the 13MP shooter on the LG G2 Pro. Not to be left out, HTC has been teasing their new HTC One with some sort of improvements to their UltraPixel technology.

For the remaining photos and the Chinese descriptions, checkout Ring HK’s website. What do you think, are smartphone cameras getting to the point that we can leave dedicated shooters to the professionals?

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