I made this comparison with the photos of the first part of the low-light review (no tripod, XZ2 samplse resized to match S9 resolution):
XZ2 on the left, S9 on the right. I very much prefer XZ2 here, although these are the biggest differences I could spot in favour of Sony. But overally XZ2 seems to be able to resolve far more detail even if it's using much higher ISO values than S9. There is noise for sure, but I still prefer detail over the overprocessed look of S9 photos.
Tim is scared now, 03 Apr 2018Sony lost camera. Not only that.. the design looks ugly.Except it clearly didn't.
Shootergod, 03 Apr 2018May be because of personal preference I guess, the noise is not little at all. It looks terrib... moreUuuh, no. Are you looking at the same pictures I am?
There is SOME noise at extreme zoom but CLEARLY far more detail, despite it. Look at the clock face comparison, look at the blinds. The S9 mushes the detail on both and the Sony gets it correct.
Sony also gets better colour reproduction, clearer video and better night shots if you hold it steady.
The Samsung is possibly the better point and shoot for Instagram but if you want truly better results for anything else, you get the Sony.
If the point to choice one of them is not camera, then XZ2 is clear "go" becouse of: system optimalisation, updates, performance, cleanest android is go for Sony (ex, my Z1 is running smoother than my S7 and is 2yrs older) And If U add this year many features form Sony the choice is only one.
Anonymous, 03 Apr 2018The battery life of the XZ2 IS better according to ALL tests. I don't know what you read. Also... more1. According to GSMArena's battery test, XZ2 only edges out Galaxy S9 for only an hour in browsing time while S9 has an advantage when it comes to other two - it's 4 and a half hours and 3 and a half hours ahead for video playback and call time, respectively. XZ2 surely has better standby-time, too, but remember, the regular S9 has smaller battery than XZ2 and needs to drive higher resolution display of roughly the same size.
2. "There was also a report that Sony are the most reliable and bug-free devices"
You can literally look around Sony's support forum and you'll see how many people are complaining about all the bugs they have on their phones. One of my friend with Xperia XZ, battery had gotten much worse after nougat update, then he had encountered the bug with alarm not being activated, then volume issues with speakers etc. and had had to let it go. He went for Galaxy S8, and he said while it was not the fastest smartphone on the market, using it was much less annoying than using XZ. Phones running on near vanilla Android always come with some sort of issues which also can be found on Pixel devices (obviously not as horrible, but still).
3. GSMArena states that the most accurate colour balance they could get with XZ2 was DeltaE value of 2.9, which is not far off but still less accurate than any of S9's built-in colour profile apart from Adoptive Display. Also, AMOLED display has inherently wider colour gamut than any IPS display because of how it emits the light.
4. S9 offers more extensive manual mode and RAW support, and also OIS ensures that you can take blur-free photo every single time you press the shutter button. Wider aperture helps in even dimmer environment as well. S9 beats XZ2 in BOTH Auto and Pro mode.
5. It's got a headphone jack with overall higher audio quality... enough said.
The XZ2 needs a fudging tripod to produce good images. I wouldn't call that a win.
MdN8, 02 Apr 2018Honest question: why would you want to record 5 minutes of the same scene? You don't see 5-min... moredo you really think every movie is made for 1:30h ?
a single scene can take as long as 10hours from which you see best 30seconds
you dont want to start filming something lets say a lighting and your camera to stop after 5minutes but lighting appears 5minutes and 1second so you missed it
AnonD-186803, 03 Apr 2018The problem being that it clearly - especially at night - removes fine details that the Sony c... moreMay be because of personal preference I guess, the noise is not little at all. It looks terrible, and I have no idea how you appreciate the accurate color when the photo you got is that blur, dear!
Faizal Firdaus, 03 Apr 2018Happy to see a Sony Flagship challenging a Samsung flagship to this extent. Hopefully Sony wi... morenope, sony is always a year away from the competition, all its innovations are copied later When they take out the double sensor fusion in September the other companies will be delayed several years
I read a lot about photography.
Photographers laugh when they read about mobile cam and someone says pixel size is important.
Remember Htc had a 5 or 8MP with more than 2 micron and failed.
Carl, 02 Apr 2018The low light photos with zoom of the Sony XZ2 looks terrible with a lot of noise, I would nev... moreAre you blind? They were able to retain more detail than Samsung eventhough there were noise.
DroidBoye, 03 Apr 2018I do like Samsung on the performance side of things. They could better integrate their codes w... moreAnd Samaung still buy parts from other suppliers like Apple. So you dare to make such a claim?
Nick, 03 Apr 2018When you go darker, S9 will have an edge due to: -Wider aperture lens which lets more light i... moreHow does it defy physics when it is right in front of you. Both have pros and cons, but props to Sony for defying expectation without following the trend. If they can do this good without OIS and dual camera, then you can bet they will do better in the future. Sony will always be a unique and practical company.
Faizal Firdaus, 03 Apr 2018Happy to see a Sony Flagship challenging a Samsung flagship to this extent. Hopefully Sony wi... moreNo, I want Sony to be unique without following any trend and defy expectation.
Nick, 03 Apr 2018When you go darker, S9 will have an edge due to:
-Wider aperture lens which lets more light i... moreWhether it makes sense or not is irrelevant. The images speak for themselves.
If you're not holding the phone steady, the S9 will produce a better shot at night.
If you steady your arms (you don't have to have a tripod, it's possible to get the symbol up just bracing your arms on your ribs) or place the Sony on a surface, it CLEARLY produces better results.
It also, arguably, produces the better daytime shots and better video, making it the better camera overall.
Shootergod, 03 Apr 2018Both in day and night shot, GS9's noise handling superb for a smartphone, oh boy!
So noticeab... moreThe problem being that it clearly - especially at night - removes fine details that the Sony captures. As with last year's tests, look at the shutters in GSMs standardised shots: the S9 simply gets the pattern WRONG. Whereas the Sony captures it correctly.
I will always, always, always trade a little noise for a more accurate image.
Happy to see a Sony Flagship challenging a Samsung flagship to this extent.
Hopefully Sony will be way ahead against Samsung in few years.
I agree Samsung has better specification on paper compared to Sony, however in real life usage, Sony will definitely have the upper hand.
Things Sony should improve are,
2. Dual camera (Hopefully the next flagship will get it as marketed in MWC).
3. Bigger pixel size (1.5 similar to Huawei P20, which has the same size sensor)
4. Better screen to body ratio
5. Better slim, non generic design
6. 3.5mm audio jack
7. Better flash, at least few LEDs with dual tone or xenon at the max (I know xenon won't happen)
8. Better selfie camera, need not to be as of XZ1, at least 8 MP with auto-focus & OIS?