I upgraded from the Z1c to the Z5c. My wife upgraded from the Z1c to the Z3 because she prefers the larger form factor. I upgraded from the Z1c to the Z5c because I wanted 4K video. I have been using the Z5c for nearly a year, and I can say that the usage experiences for both my wife and me have been excellent.
I don't keep my phone in a case. Instead, I use a tempered glass screen cover and a similar plastic guard for the back. Not only does it look sleeker than a fugly case, I don't experience heating problems. I have shot tons of 4K videos, some as long as 30 minutes and all to my 128 GB microSD. The only time I ever had a problem was last summer at a waterpark trying to make a video on a 95+ deg day with the sun shining directly on the phone. Since my phone is black it quickly got too hot and shut down. Did I miss the moment? Yes, there wasn't any shade to be found and considering the conditions I wasn't overly surprised.
I play all the latest games smoothly like Asphalt 8 and Simcity Buildit.
The camera in manual mode is great. While it is the IMX 230 23 MP sensor, I have set it 8 MP (4:3) as Sony has optimized the sensor to oversample the image for superior performance at that setting versus 23 MP (4:3). If you don't believe me, try it for yourself. There is actually more detail in the 8 MP setting. Shooting in manual mode and taking the time to properly set the ISO, white balance, and exposure guarantees excellent photos every time.
Sony still supports the Z5c and has promised to roll out Nougat sometime soon.
People who moan or complain have no taste when it comes to phones and just follow the trend.
I am still yet to receive the Nougat update. Is anyone else suffering with the same problem?
Zseries Compact guy, 15 Feb 2017I have owned the z1, z3, z5 compacts and I have to say at this point I am looking at a differe... moreVery weird, my z3 is almost 3 years old, it has not a single issue.
I have owned the z1, z3, z5 compacts and I have to say at this point I am looking at a different brand because the complete lack of longevity on any of these phones has been more than frustrating. Z1 wasn't waterproof and had battery/heat issues. Z3 had durability problems as well as battery/heat issues. The Z5's camera stopped working after 6 months! And also ...drumroll... heat/battery issues! Call me crazy but if I spend over $500 on a phone I want it to last me more than a few months and not need to be charged at lunchtime. All in all I'm tired of having novel, shiny, gimmicky phones that can't even come close to enduring a normal life. Just so disappointing.
Sony certainly pull no punches with this beast, because it's as potent as a Jeremy Clarkson cocktail !!!!!!
Ali Bashir, 10 Feb 2017EIS Mark, and yet with only EIS sony is offering the best image stabilization, go to YouTube a... moreI should think The Galaxy S7's rear camera, would blow away everything, especially in low light, with it's dual pixels!
Ali Bashir, 10 Feb 2017EIS Mark, and yet with only EIS sony is offering the best image stabilization, go to YouTube a... moreDid you mean O.I.S, or whatever it's called? and the sensor on the back, is actually 25 mega pixels, but it's 23 max, in actual usage , owing to the software!
Mark 1234, 09 Feb 2017I wonder why that is? unless they want their mobile division, to go out of business? and ... moreEIS Mark, and yet with only EIS sony is offering the best image stabilization, go to YouTube and see.
It's a beast, and so is the Z5 Premium! Well done to the Japanese electronic giants, and keep up the good work!
Ali Bashir, 09 Feb 2017Sony's problems are poor marketing and advertising, nothing else. How good is the camera? and can it compete, with the one on the galaxy s7?
Ali Bashir, 09 Feb 2017Sony's problems are poor marketing and advertising, nothing else. I wonder why that is? unless they want their mobile division, to go out of business? and why do they use steady shot on their cameras, instead of proper optimisation?
Mark 1234, 08 Feb 2017That's good advice, because a faster charger, fries your phone quicker! I am using a 0.75 A old Nokia charger for my z3 instead of the two 1.5 A sony chargers that I own, yep, slower is better for the battery health.
Ali Bashir, 07 Feb 2017A lower amperage charger will make the battery charging slower, nothing else, plus read please... moreThere's less issues with Sony phones, but the problem is, nobody's buying them, so The iPhone and Samsung fanatics are clueless, when it comes to how fast a phone is, outside of meaningless benchmarks, so the suckers naturally assume, that their phone's the fastest!
Ali Bashir, 07 Feb 2017A lower amperage charger will make the battery charging slower, nothing else, plus read please... moreOf course a lower amperage charger will be slower, but there is more to it. Many lower end phones only have a 0.5A or a 0.8A rated charger as these are cheaper to make and that's all these lower end phones need.
But, these lower ratings are max output. Charging is controlled by the phones hardware/software and with so much fast charging these days, a current flagship will try to pull more current, thus pushing a lower end charger to its limits. This causes heat build up and can trip a charger off and on and eventually can shut down or fail. This applies to all brands of chargers, not just Sony, so there is no bashing here. Now, before you start arguing, all this can happen and does happen, but not all the time.
Yes, a 1.5A Sony charger would be best for all Sony phones. But, many brands are now using a 2A charger which is a better option, especially with so much fast charging happening now.
However, fast charging is another topic for another day.