Sony Xperia Z2 Review

September 29, 2014 | Amy Davies |


Overall, the Sony Xperia Z2’s camera is very capable for a mobile phone camera with some obvious limitations. Although it is billed as having a compact like camera on board thanks to the larger than average (for a phone) sensor and Sony G lens, it’s pretty safe to say that dedicated cameras can still outshine the performance of the Z2.

If you’re photographing in good light then the Sony Xperia Z2 is great and you’ll be very pleased with the images it produces. Colours are warm and vibrant while there’s plenty of detail on display. There’s lots of fun elements about the camera, including digital filters, sweep panorama and the gimmicky but cute artificial reality feature.

However, if you want to use it a serious camera to replace your compact camera, you might be a little disappointed. With only a digital zoom - that’s not particularly impressive at the telephoto end and a flash which leaves subjects with red-eye, don’t rush out to bin your compact just yet.

Moving on to the video features, it’s pretty exciting to see 4K video recording in a consumer smartphone, but the fact that the device overheats if you try to use it for any length of time makes it a little less than perfect in practice. This also happens sometimes when using the artificial reality feature too, suggesting that the Sony Xperia Z2 has some processing issues.

One of the best things about this phone is that it’s waterproof making it ideal for lots of shooting scenarios that perhaps your compact camera can’t deal with - it’s the kind of credentials that also make it good as a family camera, you can be confident of letting your kids loose with it without worrying about damage.

Of course one of the other fantastic features is the hundreds of apps available from the Google Play store - with such a wide variety to choose from, you can make the Sony Xperia Z2 work in the best way for you.

4 stars

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