If you’re in the market for a new Smartphone and a good camera is at the top of you list Sony makes some of the best camera sensors in the business, so it’s no surprise that their Xperia line up is no slouch. Chinese manufacturer Meizu has snapped up the same lens that was being used in Sony’s flagship devices. Today we take a look at the photos of from the Xperia Z3/Z3 Compact camera and the Meizu MX4 Pro.
The lens in question is the 20.7MP Sony IMX220 Exmor RS sensor, but if you read the fine print, this is a series not a part number. One thing that I should note is the camera on the Z3 and Z3 compact are the same. At first glance it might seem like you’ve got the same it’s not the exact same one found in the Z3, Meizu was able to score the lens that is found in the Z2. There were only a few minor updates to the camera between the Z2 & Z3. The difference is the Xperia Z3 line has a 25mm wide lens and the Z2 and Meizu handsets sport 22mm which doesn’t give quite a wide field of view. This is clear in the below sets of photos that I took from the exact same distance from the Android Guys.
Though both are using Sony’s sensor, what isn’t the same is the software, the camera’s have similar features, Slow Motion and 4K being two popular choice. Meizu has stepped up with an improved image signal processor that claims to further reduce noise while still offering 30 fps continuous shooting and 4K video capture. The two shots below actually show how Meizu handles back light a little better than the Sony.
The ISO on the handsets is also different apparently giving a huge advantage the Z3 dipping down to 3200 in the settings while the Meizu only drops to 1600. This should give the Sony a clear advantage at night. We’ve got some shots here for you to make your own decision.
The MX4 Pro’s photos are overly punchy and have the saturation tuned up just a wee bit too high. This however, is a far cry from the washed out pictures that the Sony is throwing out in comparison. I think that Meizu has done a great job with the software customization they’ve combined with the Sony lens.
What do you think? Let me know in the comments, I think Meizu out performed, but maybe you see something I don’t.