Sony Xperia Z2 Vs Samsung Galaxy S5 in Photography: And the Best Camera Award Goes To..

By Prarthito

This year's Mobile World Congress (MWC) event, held in Barcelona, Spain, may have finally come to a close, but the event has seen a number of hotly rumored big names to finally come forward and reveal themselves officially.

For the entire span of this year's MWC, fans were treated to a host of devices from a variety of manufacturers such as Nokia, Samsung and Sony. However, while most of the devices were mid-rangers, there were a few which were tagged in the high-end section with all their upgraded specifications and features.


And speaking about the high-end devices that were announced at the event, it's safe to say at the moment that most of the noise in this respect were made by devices coming straight out of Samsung and Sony with their newest flagship offerings - Galaxy S5 and Xperia Z2, respectively.

Xperia Z2 Vs Galaxy S5 in Photography: The Best Camera Award Goes To..

While both these devices have their own special features and specifications to offer, it is still needed to be seen how both of them do in the forthcoming future when the devices will be pushed out for retail. And while there's some time left before that, let's take a closer look at how these devices will stack up against each other in terms of the cameras on offer.

To be perfectly honest, both the Galaxy S5 and the Xperia Z2 have arrived with massively enhanced cameras when compared to the devices released previously by the companies.

Samsung Galaxy S5

As revealed by the Samsung, the Galaxy S5 comes with a 16MP rear camera with what is probably the fastest autofocus ever attained on a phone - taking as little as 0.3 seconds. There's also an improved High Dynamic Range mode offered which shows users the HDR-based images in real time.

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Apart from that, there's the Selective Focus which allows the user keep constant and powerful focus on the subject at hand and blur out the background. And as far as video is concerned, the device can shoot in 120fps while also offering smooth playback in slow motion. Apart from that, a 2.1MP front-facing camera is also present for conducting video chats and snapping selfies.

Sony Xperia Z2

On the other hand, The Xperia Z2, similar to the Z1, comes with a 20.7MP rear camera. However, there's still a difference. Apparently, the camera sensor present in the Xperia Z2 is actually bigger and should allow matured light-accumulating abilities, which finally offers detailed and sharper images compared to the others.

But that's not all. The built-in camera app is kind of similar to the Galaxy S5's Selective Focus mode since it also offers a certain Background Defocus, which does the same thing as that of the Samsung offering. Apart from that, the camera app also offers SteadyShot image stabilization so that the user gets a smoother experience while shooting videos.

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However, if the video front is to be offered more importance, the Sony-made Xperia Z2 might take the cake with its ability to record videos in 4K quality (3840 x 2160 pixels), apart from the 120fps offering for 720p playback in slow motion.


While we are no big thinkers and it doesn't require much of a brain to understand, but it's quite clear that Sony goes ahead in the race in the photography aspect. And this is simply because Sony's handsets have always been known for their camera offerings in smartphones, and the Xperia Z2 is no different.

More on the camera will only be revealed when both the devices will be present with us (which won't be long now). But for the time being, the Xperia Z2 is offering a better camera.

Note: If you are looking for a more detailed comparison between the two, check out our comparison between the Galaxy S5 and Xperia Z2.

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