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Sony’s Xperia Z2 Reaches the Top of DxOMark’s Rankings; Kicks Nokia’s 808 Pureview to the Kerb

April 8, 2014 - Written By Tom Dawson

 

We all know that Sony knows how to make a good camera. Those of you reading that have ever owned a camera from their NEX range, or perhaps the RX100 can attest to that. However good Sony’s digital cameras have gotten over the last few years however, it’s never really translated to good mobile imaging. Until now that is, as the latest and greatest Xperia Z2 from Sony seems to put Sony back on the map when it comes to mobile imaging. DxO Labs, known for their excellent PC software for adjusting images have long ranked smartphone cameras in their DxOMark rankings and just recently, they found the Xperia Z2 to be the best smartphone out there for photographers, as it’s climbed to the top of their mobile rankings.

Beating out Nokia’s 808 Pureview, the Xperia Z2 scored an overall 79 out of 100 and despite the fact the 808 is still neck and neck on overall image quality, DxO Labs found much more to praise Sony’s latest for. Citing much-improved movie capabilities – no doubt due to the ability to record 4K resolution footage – the Xperia Z2 came on top of phones like the iPhone 5S and the Galaxy S4. It wasn’t all excellent news for the Z2 however, as the autofocus was a little unpredictable and that foliage would often confuse the auto white balance. Of course, these niggles were offset by the good stabilization, decent texture reproduction and more importantly, low noise levels.

Noise is one of the biggest buzzkills when it comes to mobile photography, and is something almost unavoidable with such small sensors. However, software has come a long way to clean up noisy images and it would seem Sony has come up with the goods in the Xperia Z2. Sony’s latest and greatest definitely impressed DxO Labs more when it came to video performance, but on the whole, the Xperia Z2 came out on top of everything else they’ve tested so far. How the Z2 will shape up against the likes of the Galaxy S5 and other devices to launch this year remains to be seen, but considering the 808 was at the top for a long time, Sony’s latest Xperia will take some beating. Take a look at the full report at the source link below.