Xperia XZ2 Premium – The ultra-low-light phone camera Sony promised in February 2018

Xperia XZ2 Premium – The ultra-low-light phone camera Sony promised in February 2018

A large percentage of social media shots happen in poorly lit places like bars and restaurants. The low light solution will go a ways toward helping reduce noise and blur. Sony promised an R6;ultra low-light phone R7; during its Mobile World Congress press conference back in February.


The Xperia XZ2 Premium preserves the 4K HDR visuals of its predecessor (this time on a 5.8- 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 : it melds the input from a monochrome sensor (for contrast; 12MP, 1/2.3-inch, 1.55um) and a regular color sensor (19MP, 1/2.3-inch, 1.22um) 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’d be skeptical of Sony’s claim that the rivals pro , but this might help you shoot with confidence in truly dark environments.

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, 1/3.06-inch sensor that Sony says can take quality low-light selfies.

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), 960 FPS 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.

When compared to the XZ Premium, XZ2 Premium comes in at a whopping 236g, which is a notable jump from its already-bulky predecessor’s 191g. You do get an extra 310 mAh worth of battery juice (not to mention the secondary rear camera), but that’s hardly a convincing justification for such a weight gain.

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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