Move Over Nokia: DxOMark Mobile Crowns Experia Z2 New Smartphone Photo King


It’s been a good weekend for Sony from a photography standpoint. First they manage to keep the new full-frame A7s E-Mount camera a secret until only two days before it was officially announced, and now the Experia Z2 has dethroned the Nokia 808 PureView in DxOMark Mobile’s rankings.

For those of you who aren’t familiar, DxOMark doesn’t just test out the sensors found inside full-blown cameras. There is a whole section of the website dedicated to mobile phone cameras, and while that section is rarely newsworthy from our perspective, this newest update is very interesting indeed.

The Nokia 808 PureView, a 41-megapixel beast, has been usurped by a camera that not only boasts less than half the resolution… but is actually somewhat unchanged from its previous iteration, the Z1.


If that last sentence is confusing you, you’re not alone. The fact is, the Z2 boasts the exact same camera as the Z1: a 20.7MP 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor peering out at the world through a Sony G-type 27mm equivalent f/2.0 lens. Sony has simply managed to pull more performance out of the same hardware.

Here’s what DxOMark had to say about the phone’s performance:

In our industry-standard benchmarking tests, the revised Z2 impresses with its color and detail preservation, both outdoors and in more challenging lighting, and it retains the fast autofocus of the Z1 while improving its precision.


In reality, the phone ties with the 808 in the stills section with a score of 81, but its ability to shoot 4K video puts it two points above the Nokia at 77 in the overall rankings — a new top score among mobile phones.

No, it won’t compete with a serious camera (although, to be fair, the Lumia 1020 held its own against some stiff P&S competition when DxOMark tested it as a dedicated camera earlier this year), but if you’re looking for the best camera phone money can buy, the Experia Z2 looks like your best bet… and hey, it’s waterproof too!

Check out the full DxOMark review by following the link below.

Sony Xperia Z2 overview: Revised model takes first place in Mobile rankings [DxOMark via CNET]

Thanks for sending in the tip, Tristan!

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  • Renato Murakami

    Dunno how much I can trust this (DxOMark that is), but confirms some of my suspicions if right.
    At almost double the sensor size, it’s pretty weird that Nokia’s 808 or 1020 camera would perform worse than Sony’s Z2.
    Then again, here’s a couple of things:
    1. Even the more recent Lumia 1020 suffers in comparison to new and not so new smartphones because it’s processor and other guts are not as powerful. Lumia 1020 even has RAW capabilities, but they fell short on my tests simply because the processor can’t handle it. Most of the times, the smartphone will crash, hang up, or take too long a time to save RAW images;
    2. I don’t know if it’s the sensor itself or just how images get processed after capturing, but yes, despite being a huge sensor, and despite the images and videos still being very good, it kinda seems like Nokia smartphones underperform if they were to be compared to cameras with similar sensor sizes (if those even exists). Or more accurately, Sony sensors seems to work better than average;

    So yeah, kudos to Sony! Z2 might be my next smartphone. Not really interested in 4K video capturing though.
    I’d be curious to know how sound capture works in comparison though, and if the Z2 has anything like Nokia’s OIS. Kind of a dealbreaker right there…

  • Renato Murakami

    Yep, it has. Plus of course, waterproofing. Just came back from reading DxOMark’s reviews.

  • Mak Wa

    It should be Xperia not Experia.