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Basil your understanding of Sonys camera set up is very limited I have to say. It too has manual controls for white balance, exposure and iso. It also has scene modes one of which is the night scene mode which can use shutter speeds as low as 1s to capture light trails.
Admittedly we'd prefer to have full manual controls including shutter speed but at least on the Sony you can capture light trails if you want to unlike the s6.
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Clever??? I think they had no choice but to do that. A mistake though to call it the z4 in Japan.
We've reached a point where cpu upgrades aren't meaningful to the average user. The adreno 430 only matters for those who like to play graphics heavy games on their mobiles at max settings. For anyone else or even those who play the games at default settings there won't be a noticeable preformance increase.
I wasn't a fan of the z3 because of its cold pale bluish power saving ips lcd panel and the z3 plus looks to have just as cold if not colder panel on it so no thanks. Whatever happened to the warm colourful panel used in z2/z3v??
The camera also stays the same although the lens looks slightly bigger than on previous models but no OIS and it's the same f2.0 aperture.
Considering how cheap the z2 is, I'll struggle to recommend even the cheaper z3 never mind this very expensive phone with run of the mill specifications for 2015.
Htc and Sony seem to have hedged their bets on design primarily and it's failed them seriously!
The only hope is that now they've got this lame duck out of the way, they've got 8 months to construct something more competitive in time for mwc 2016. As far as I'm concerned, Sony mobile have wasted over a year since the launch of the z2. Barely any progress forwards. It's like they felt they had done enough with that phone and only thought it needed refinement. Bad call that. There's a lot more that needs including especially a meaningful upgrade to the camera module. It's been essentially the same since the Z1. Don't get me wrong it's a great camera but it's gotten rather stale now! 
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+Mobiwatch EN hé always is ^^ hé knows his stuff! 
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And finally a close up shot of some flowers. Both devices as expected did well here with colours, exposure and details but z2 comes out on top again with a sharper more detailed photo.
100% crops included this time 
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I'll have to give it to the S here in the 6th photo. It did a much better job with exposure. White balance and colours are also comparable. The subject not being too far away stops the higher resolution of the z2 making much of a difference in its favour.
The S's shot is better exposed and clearer so I give it the points here! 
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+Peter Gallacher fixing in post would not be something many would choose to do.
Exposure compensation before taking the photo would have produced better results.
I just didn't want to fiddle too much with the settings.
What I've noticed from comparing all the photos and examining their exif info is that the xperia s tends to use especially for indoor and lowlight shots, lower iso and slower shutter hence a lot of the photos come out slightly blurry or just out of focus entirely while the z2 opts for higher iso and faster shutter but still keeps noise under control at iso values 400 and below. OIS would help here allowing for lower iso and slower shutter.
In daylight, both devices generally use iso 50 for most shots and only use 100 to 250 late evenings and on very cloudy days with weak sunshine.
At night, the z2s iso is capped at 800 at full resolution but S went as high as 1000. Didn't do it much good because S really struggled with the night shots especially with focus.
I never use auto mode or shoot much at 8mp. The former can employ iso values as high as 6200 while the latter tops out at 3200. I can't imagine ever wanting to take photos using such a small sensor with such high values because they'll be full of noise and employing so much noise reduction that the resulting photo will look more like an oil painting than a photograph.
I just use the camera at full res because the iso range makes a lot more sense to me considering the very small sensor in play.
I'll be looking to do a similar comparison between the z2 and Z1 once I get it from a friend. It'll be interesting to see how closely matched or not both cameras are! 
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The 4th photo also with 200% crops. S stayed in touching distance. Not too much between the devices here but the z2s photo is a bit better in most respects. 
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Xperia S had a difficult time keeping up with the z2 indoors, in lowlight and at night time so here are some more daylight photos to see how well it does here. A very cloudy day in London today and I'm sure S would have done much better with clear skies.
I'll be uploading 8 different photos in total. Here are the first two with 200% crops included! 
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+NABIL AIZAT no its okay. Certainly brighter than M8,m9,g3 and G4 anyway 
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This just as the z3 was is a Sony fanboy device. The last reasonable device Sony had to show was the z2 at mwc 2014. It's been meaningless and all so very incremental since then. 
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+tony okoro technically your wrong. There has been 2 versions of the z series. The z and z2. Think of the z1 and z3 as the z+ and z2. The z3 is the z2+ while the z3+ is the z3.
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Sony and HTC seem to have hedged their bets on design primarily and it's failed them seriously. This is certainty a Sony fan device. It won't gain broader appeal than that.
In my opinion they've wasted the over a year since launching the z2 doing very little indeed.
They have about 8 months to mwc 2016 so let's hope both htc and Sony use it wisely.
The LG g4 gets my vote for 2015 so far although I won't be rushing out to buy one. I'll be waiting for next year's crop. 2015s offerings have been rather underwhelming. Perhaps we've just hit a plateau. 
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Back to normality again. Z2 once again outpaces the S in every respect. A bit disappointed with the S's photo here. Expected better clarity and details considering the building wasn't too far away. 
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The 5th photo is a mixed bag. The S did better with exposure but the z2s photo is better in every other respect. 
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The third also with 200% crops. S did okay but the z2s shot is clearer, with better white balance and colours and better exposed. All pictures where taken in manual mode with white balance set to cloudy and no exposure compensation. 
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The g4s video is miles better. Colours are more natural and the s6s video just has this strange weird effect to it. Like you're looking at it through a thin film of liquid or something. I've heard some refer to it as the jello effect. Not nice at all.
G4 for me wins this hands down! 
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