Tech & Science Sony's dual camera Xperia XZ2 Premium takes ultra-low-light photos

07:45  17 april  2018
07:45  17 april  2018 Source:   engadget.com

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The Sony Xperia Z 2 has. one of the most feature-packed camera apps we’ve seen. There’ s an awful. It does this without masses of image noise too, by smoothing out anything it can. Xperia Z 2 ultra - low light treatment

a close up of electronics © Provided by Engadget Sony's regular Xperia XZ2 is, to put it mildly, underwhelming -- as capable as it is, there's little to recommend it over its rivals. You can't say that about the just-announced Xperia XZ2 Premium, though.

The new handset preserves the 4K HDR visuals of its predecessor (this time on a 5.8-inch screen that's 30 percent brighter), but the real centerpiece is the photography. Sony is hopping on the dual rear camera bandwagon with a focus on low light performance: it melds the input from a monochrome sensor (for contrast) and a regular color sensor to capture video at ISO 12,800 sensitivity, and photos at a whopping ISO 51,200. (Huawei's P20 Pro is also claiming similarly crazy high-level ISO options in a forthcoming software update -- we yet haven't tested that either.) We'd be skeptical of Sony's claim that the performance rivals pro cameras, but this might help you shoot with confidence in truly dark environments.

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Sony Xperia Z 2 low light samples, Normal mode: flash off • flash on. LG has a simpler interface, but still offers the dual -shot mode. It does have the nifty magic focus feature that lets you choose an object to focus on after you take the picture.

Sony Xperia XZ Premium low - light samples (Intelligent Auto). Sony Xperia XZ Premium vs. Xperia XZs vs. Xperia XA1 in our photo compare tool.

The dual cams also enable the obligatory portrait mode (here called Bokeh) with soft-focus backgrounds, and you can snap shots with just the monochrome sensor if you're going for the classic look. Sony is also promising a better front camera -- you're now looking at a 13MP, 1/3.06in sensor that Sony says can take quality low-light selfies.

a close up of electronics © Sony Most of the other features are carryovers from the standard XZ2, although that's not entirely a bad thing. That means 4K HDR video recording (still a relative novelty), 960FPS slow-motion video capture at 1080p, stereo speakers and a Dynamic Vibration System that promises more than the usual buzzes from haptic feedback. The Premium is still running a Snapdragon 845 processor, but there's now 6GB of RAM (up from 4GB) to help with the extra performance demands.

Sony ships the new handset "globally" in the summer. There's no word on a US launch or pricing, although it's bound to be expensive when the garden variety XZ2 goes for $800 in the US (£699 in the UK). With that in mind, this could be the XZ2 variant to get. Its camera implementation and 4K HDR display help it stand out at a time when differences between phones are becoming indistinguishable.

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