Sony Xperia Z2 named the best smartphone for photographers

Sony Xperia Z2 named the best smartphone for photographers

With a DxOMark test score of 79 out of a possible 100, the phone, which was only launched in February at the Mobile World Congress and which boasts a 20.7-megapixel camera, has finally beaten the Nokia 808 PureView (a handset launched in 2012) into second place and puts the Z1 (the Z2's 2013 predecessor) into third place.

"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. Noise levels remain low with none of the objectionable chroma noise found on some rivals; only some fine-grained luminance type noise is noticeable at times," said DxO Labs of the phone's performance.

The phone's overall score was reached by combining performance for both stills and moving video and DxO Labs notes that if the two points totals are separated then the Z2 is only equal to the Nokia 808 in terms of stills photography and third in terms of video, behind the Z1 and the GoPro Hero3 action cam, the current video leader.

However, as a combined package it is currently unbeatable. the DxOMark test results are yet to be published for Samsung's Galaxy S5 but its predecessor, the SIV, is currently in fifth place, behind the iPhone 5S in fourth and ahead of the Nokia Lumia 1020 in sixth position.