Sony Xperia XZ Review

February 28, 2017 | Amy Davies |


Considering Sony made quite the fanfare about the Xperia XZ when it was launched, regarding the camera, and considering Sony makes such excellent stand-alone cameras, the XZ is a little disappointing. 

Yes, it takes great photos in good light, but you’ll struggle to find a modern device which doesn’t. If you’re looking for a mobile phone purely based on the capability of the camera, it’s hard to recommend the XZ over anything else on the market. 

The quality of low light photos is a little disappointing, with smudgy details that are only really acceptable at very small sizes. 

Offering manual control should be something to be celebrated, but considering it’s not full manual control, and there are some odd quirks to using it, it’s hard to get truly excited about. Add to that the fact that the camera doesn’t shoot in raw, natively at least, and it’s not something which seems likely to particularly appeal to enthusiast photographers. 

That said, there are of course plenty of things to like about the Sony Xperia XZ. The camera app is easy to use, especially if you’ve been used to using other Sony Android phones before. There’s lots of extra options available, such as augmented reality, which is fun to experiment with, and, if that’s what you’re into, there’s 4K video recording, too. 

Although it’s a bit quirky, having some manual control is better than no manual control as we see on the iPhone, and it’s useful to be able to change some settings if you need to - for instance keeping the ISO low if possible. 

It’s also great that you can expand the storage of the camera via an optional Micro SD card - but of course that’s something that many phones (with again the notable exception being the iPhone) already do, so it’s not particularly unique. 

The construction, size and shape of the Sony Xperia XZ is also quite slick - it’s large without being unwieldy, and it’s nice to have a dedicated camera button, too. 

In the end, if you’re fond of the Sony phone brand, and want to get the latest model - the Xperia XZ is very capable of taking good photos in good light. However, if you often photograph things in low light, or you intend to examine things in close detail, don’t rely on this phone to get you the best shots possible. 

4 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4
Features 4
Ease-of-use 4
Image quality 3.5
Value for money 4