It was earlier this month when Sony unveiled their newest flagship lineup, the Xperia Z5. Three smartphones belong to the new series, the Xperia Z5, the smaller Xperia Z5 Compact and the larger Xperia Z5 Premium and its incredibly pixel dense 4K display. The major difference between the three of them is the size and resolution of its screens. They all feature the same industrial design, which resembles the design of their predecessors with a metallic frame holding the glass in the front and the back, which might disappoint some users, but it’s still water resistant and dustproof thanks to its IP68 certification.
Other internals found in all of the Xperia Z5 lineup are the Snapdragon 810, 32 GB of internal storage and support for Micro SD cards up to 200 GB. They also include front-facing stereo speakers and there’s a 5.1-megapixel camera also on the front. For the first time, a fingerprint scanner is included on the redesigned and reshaped power button. The larger models feature 3 GB of RAM while the Compact version features 2 GB of RAM. All of them also include a new 23-megapixel camera sensor on the back using some technologies from the Alpha lineup of cameras, it is a 1/2.3” Exmor RS sensor with a 24 mm wide angle G Lens and the Bionz image processing engine is also present. The new sensor features Hybrid Autofocus based on contrast-detection and phase-detection allowing it to capture photos in as little time as 0.03 seconds. The new sensor doesn’t feature OIS, but the fast autofocus and other technologies that Sony calls SteadyShot should provide crisp pictures.
Videos can be captured in 4K resolution and they could be more benefitted from optical stabilization, but Sony has optimized software and hardware elements to reduce blur. Now, the company has released a video to showcase the SteadyShot Intelligent Active Mode. The split-screen video compares this mode activated on the left side and the way it would look like without it on the right side. It is supposed to be shot while biking on some irregular ground and then on some ramps with more extreme movements. One can really see an improvement in the video on the left, but we would have to test it and compare with other devices to see if these optimizations can really rival a hardware-based stabilization system.