For smartphone photography enthusiasts, Sony’s latest flagship offering, the Xperia XZ, features a 23Mp 1/2.3”-type sensor (5520x4140 pixels)and a wide-angle 24mm-equivalent f/2 lens. Achieving an overall DxOMark Mobile score of 87 points, compared to 88 for its predecessor the Xperia X Performance, it shares many of the same strengths and weaknesses of Sony’s previous device.
The Sony XZ has a notably lower score for photo artifacts, however, which include some noticeable haloing, ringing, and over-sharpening, all of which impacted its overall score. Achieving a Photo sub-score of 87, the XZ’s strength lies in its excellent autofocus system, which is fast and accurate in all lighting conditions, and particularly impressive in bright light.
Target exposures are generally good, with pleasant color and accurate white balance, although dynamic range is limited in some exposures, and HDR sometimes fails to activate automatically. Exposures in extreme low light are impressive, though, and thanks to Sony’s stabilization system that detects camera movement and adjusts settings accordingly, some impressive detail with low levels of noise are possible when using a phone support in low light.
The Sony XZ achieves a higher Video sub-score of 88 points, recording moving images at either 2160p@30fps or 1080p@60/30fps (tested default mode is 1080p@30fps), and offering good stabilization and autofocus systems. Dynamic range is again a little limited in video exposures, with overexposed highlights, but exposure adaptation when changing lighting conditions is both quick and smooth.
Video color rendering and white balance are accurate, and although luminance noise is well-controlled in all lighting conditions, some chromatic or colored noise is evident in low-light movies.