IMAGE QUALITY & PERFORMANCE - SONY XPERIA Z5 PREMIUM DUAL
The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium Dual does well with accurate and pleasing color reproduction. It also has the best Auto White Balance among the five smartphones, while the others tend to grade their images a bit warmly, the Z5 Premium Dual usually gets the light looking the way it did in real light. There is slight barrel distortion, and the left upper corner of the image is soft.
The Z5 Premium Dual’s highest 22MP count should give us the most detailed images, but the odd crosshatching artifacts that plagued the Z1 still lives on in the Z5, albeit in a reduced fashion. The result is that subject edges tend to take on a ‘jittery’ look; when viewing the whole photograph, the jitteriness in the details make the image look noisy and inorganic.
The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium Dual’s HDR mode doesn’t capture as wide a range of detail as the rest of the cameras, especially in the highlights. The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium Dual’s panoramas are terrible for one vital reason: It doesn’t save panoramas in high-resolution like the other smartphones, but compresses them into low quality 3MP images instead.
The Xperia Z5 Premium Dual’s saving grace is its video camera, which actually does quite well. Rolling shutter is kept to a minimum, and there’s little noise in low light. Even though it lacks optical image stabilization, its digital image stabilization works to smooth the shot.
The Z5 Premium Dual delivers the best white balance, but it suffers from artificial-looking image noise, even in good light.