Sony Brings 20.7MP Photos and 4K Video to the Waterproof Xperia Z2


Trying to keep itself in the high-end mobile phone race, Sony has announced a new flagship phone that manages to pack a great deal of camera technology into a very thin, waterproof package.

While Sony isn’t exactly known for their smartphones, it’s quite a different story when it comes to their camera technology. Thus, to make use of their consistently improving performance in the photography world, they’ve decided to bring to life the Sony Xperia Z2, capable of shooting 20.7MP photos and 4K video.

Sony Xperia

Claiming “The world’s best camera and camcorder in a waterproof smartphone” the phone utilizes an “Award-winning ‘G Lens,’ 20.7 MP ‘Exmor RS for mobile’ CMOS image sensor and ‘BIONZ for mobile’ image processing engine.” While there are certainly plenty of buzzwords in there to add interest, we have a feeling the Z2 is going to create some great images both above and below water.

Speaking of which, the phone is given an IP58 waterproof certification. In plain English, that means you’ll be able to submerge it in “1.5 meters (4.9 feet) of freshwater for up to 30 minutes.” The phone is also dust-resistant.


To accentuate the photos and videos you capture, the Z2 features a proprietary 5.2” Full HD TRILUMINOS™ display that makes sure to display the phone’s images just as well as it captures them.

While by no means a DSLR replacement, or even a replacement for a quality high-end compact camera, there’s no doubt Sony is trying to grab the attention of photo enthusiasts with the Z2. Add the waterproofing of the phone to the equation and it becomes an extremely enticing option for those wanting something versatile, yet rugged.

The phone is set to launch globally in March in more than 60 countries. For more info and photos, head over to Sony’s press mobile blog here.

(via Engadget)

  • Martin

    This phone looks pretty cool actually. I like how phones are implanting water resistant into their products. I think this is going to be a standard for most phones in the near future.

  • Kyle Clements

    Waterproof is nice, but what about the glass? if you’re going to go for waterproof, why not go all out and put in a nice thick chunk of glass that is unlikely to crack? how far of a distance can I safely drop it from?

    Durability has been overlooked for far too long!

  • Julien

    I wish they made a Windows Phone version!! Altough I already have a Lumia 1020 and it’s super awesome, but it’d be nice to also see a Sony Windows Phone!


    Just because a piece of glass is thick does not mean it is more durable. Have you see gorilla glass?

  • Renato Murakami

    Might be jumping from my Lumia 1020 to a Sony Xperia Z in the future… the line seems to be getting very solid in the latest interactions. Also, I’m getting increasingly disappointed with WP lately, so…

  • Peng Tuck Kwok

    Because thick glass is freaking heavy. Gorilla glass is a compromise between all other factors, with scratch resistance and durability taking a higher priority. The other option is Sapphire glass but they cost more to make and require thicker layer to afford the same level of protection. The Z1 and Honami already have Gorilla glass. The Z2 should carry on that feature. I’m not sure if it is officially stated anywhere.

  • Pat Dooley

    20 megapixels on a tiny sensor is a joke unless they have gone beyond the 1/2.3-inch sensors usually used in smart phones.

  • Alan Klughammer

    except that most people disagree with you. I prefer android. I hope this has access to the play store. In the release they emphasize the Sony app store. I would guess it has even less content than Windows.
    Edit. Had to dig a bit, but it is running KitKat.

  • Alan Klughammer

    and a fixed (wide angle) lens is less versatile.

  • Julien

    I’m pretty happy so far with my 40 megapixels sensor on my Nokia Lumia 1020. Awesome picture quality, and the ability to zoom on a phone is pretty cool! Even if in the end most people upload 5 megapixel versions of the 40 megapixel images, the oversampling creates a picture that’s a lot sharper and that looks a lot more professionnal than if it had been taken on a standard 5 megapixels sensor.

  • Julien

    That’s one of the reasons for the extra megapixels. It allows you to zoom in. I have the Nokia Lumia 1020 with 40 megapixels and everyone (me included) is amazed by how much I can zoom in on image without losing too much quality unlike on 5 or 8 megapixels sensors found in standard phones. The picture quality is unbelievable for a phone camera.

  • Alan Klughammer

    zoom by cropping is ok, but it is harder to control other things like depth of field with that method. And of course we are ignoring noise and other issues with small pixels.

  • Julien

    Yeah, depth of field will always be a problem… But it’s also a problem on not full frame DSLR so it’ll probably be a while before they can find a way to fix that on small phone sensors, if it’s even possible. About the noise, it’s honestly not an issue on the Lumia 1020. Unless it’s dark and you zoom in 100% noise isn’t a problem. The only cases where the noise is really visible is when I’m taking pictures at night without flash and without a tripod, making it so that I need to boost the ISO to 4000, but just the fact that I can take pictures handheld at night on a phone is pretty amazing so I’m not complaining about the noise!

  • p mow

    Taking photos of a saltwater beach…So not only do they not cover use underwater (ever) but they’re purposefully including scenes it isn’t even certified for, in the hope someone will make the error. Nice.

  • superduckz

    Amazing how our expectations change over time. I mean it’s a phone fer crying out loud. Not a DSLR. But people are starting to use similar levels of criticism on them. Which is amazing when you think about it.

  • Fernando Callo

    And get VAIO mobile phones? Please NO. Nokia and Windows are doing a great job. In fact, it should be the only brand making windows phone mobiles.

  • crosskill

    because everyone complains about plastic and it’s impractical for a waterproof device to be metal.