Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium: A Closer Look at the Flagship’s Huge Selling Point, the Dual-Camera

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Apr 16, 2018
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Sony’s latest Xperia XZ2 Premium might have kept the bezels, but it shines vividly in other categories, such as the camera and the hardware specifications. The company has brought forward a dual-camera to its 5.8-inch flagship and we will be looking at extensive details on what could be the best-selling point of the entire smartphone. Let us get started.

Xperia XZ2 Premium Camera Specifics: No Telephoto Lens but a Lot of Features Packed Underneath

The Xperia XZ2 Premium features a total of three camera lenses on its metal and glass body. The dual-camera is present at the back, while a 13MP sensor is present at the front. The rear shooters feature a 19MP + 12MP combination. The 19MP sensor, which is the primary sensor captures color, while the second one captures monochrome or black-and-white images.

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Lots of manufacturers like Huawei are following this approach and it is different than what Apple and Samsung have employed on their high-end flagship offerings. The latter offer zoomed-in, telephoto lens, while Sony uses the black-and-white pictures from the secondary camera to get more light from an image and then smartly combines the images from the two cameras into one using what it is calling the ‘Aube’ fusion image processor.

For video capture, the ISO sensitivity level can go up to 12800 and for still-image shooting, you can go up to an impressive 51200. This aforementioned value is certainly a first for a smartphone camera but there are going to be downsides to this. If you have a lot of experience in capturing images or video using a smartphone in areas where there is a limited amount of light, you have always come across that ‘grainy’ effect in the content that you have captured.

To compensate and to obtain high levels of brightness in areas where there is low amount of light, it can only be done if you increase the ISO sensitivity, and by doing this, you will come across images that look extremely grainy, so that is going to be one of the trade-offs that you’ll surely be experiencing.

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Select Bokeh and Advanced Slow-Motion Video Recording

The ‘Select Bokeh’ mode is also known as a Portrait Mode in other flagships and it allows you to blur the background of an image for a DSLR-like look. You can also desaturate parts of an image and leave only your subject in color, for a more meaningful image, hence the term ‘Select Bokeh’.

No modern-day high-end smartphone will ever be complete without the addition of a slow-motion video recording specification. Not only does the Xperia XZ2 Premium support 4K HDR video recording, you also have the option to record both 1080p and 720p footage at 960 frames per second. That is insanely fast and will give you additional freedom when you get down to editing the final cut of what you’ve recorded.

Xperia XZ2 Premium Camera Specifications

  • Primary camera: 19MP with a sensor size of 1/2.3 inches and individual pixel size of 1.22μm, 25mm lens with F/1.8 aperture.
  • Secondary camera: 12MP monochrome sensor with a size of 1/2.3 inches and individual pixel size of 1.55μm, lens with F/1.6 aperture.
  • Front camera: 13MP camera with a sensor size of 1/3.06 inches, camera lens of 22mm with F/2.0 aperture.

Hopefully, when the actual image and video results come out for the Xperia XZ2 Premium, we will get to know how the flagship performs against its primary competitors.

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