Digicam head to trail: Lumia 950 XL vs Sony Xperia 1 mk II
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Digicam head to trail: Lumia 950 XL vs Sony Xperia 1 mk II

I’ve already matched the logo contemporary Xperia 1 mk II up against the Lumia 950 XL, nonetheless I did promise an imaging head to trail – and it be going to be very close, the Xperia’s image processing is below wait on watch over and I promise to give it bonus draw when it will glean other revelant and well-known issues… Is the contemporary Sony the final ‘digicam phone’?

Lumia 950 XL and Sony Xperia 1 II

Let’s commence with a couple of widespread specs:

Lumia 950 XL (2015) Xperia 1 mk II (2020)

Devoted shutter button/commence key

20 MP (oversampled to 8MP here), f/1.9, 1/2.Four”, PDAF, OIS

Devoted shutter button/commence key

12 MP, f/1.7, 1/1.7″, major digicam, Twin Pixel PDAF, OIS

12 MP*, f/2.Four, 1/3.Four”, PDAF, 3x telephoto, OIS12 MP, f/2.2, 124˚, ultrawide, 1/2.fifty five”, Twin Pixel PDAF

* surely a 20MP Samsung sensor, query comments below

The Lumia is outgunned, no longer merely in zoom (as it in general is) nonetheless also in raw light gathering and processing, it seems. Nonetheless will these legendary ex-Nokia Microsoft algorithms prevail within the stop?

Notes:

  • I’ve shot at Four:3 at the default output resolutions on every (making framing better and leaving headroom for some lossless ‘PureView’ zoom into the 950 XL’s sensor and also getting some high-quality benefits of oversampling and noise reduction).

  • All photos own been taken on rotund auto and handheld, as a widespread user would glean. No tripods or RAW bettering sessions major!

Let’s pit the implications against every other, the utilization of our Illustrious Interactive Comparator (FIC). All 1:1 vegetation are at 900×500 for comparability, despite the indisputable truth that I’ve set up up the originals on my accumulate server, for you to download whenever you happen to preserve to must glean your accumulate prognosis.

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Take a look at 1: Sunny panorama

A helpful tag on a lush veteran of us care dwelling entrance, shot at about 35m. Here is the general scene, unzoomed:



You might maybe maybe additionally decide the fashioned photos from the Lumia 950 XL and Xperia 1 mk II (2020), to your accumulate prognosis.

To peek at the photos in additional detail here, here are slightly central 1:1 vegetation, from the Lumia 950 XL after which Xperia 1 mk II, merely wait to make certain that that the web page has fully loaded after which exhaust your mouse or trackpad pointer to study the photos:

I’ve seen worse. Referring to the Sony’s image processing, which renders the scene merely slightly artificially – looks at the grass in particular. The Lumia 950 manages to strike a first fee balance between sharpening and over-sharpening. And it be likely the Xperia might maybe maybe maybe toughen with tool updates, since this overview tool has but to receive an estimable update. A slim seize for the Lumia, because I’m Mr Choosy, as widespread!

Microsoft Lumia 950 XL: 10 pts; Sony Xperia 1 II (2020): 9 pts

Take a look at 2: Sunny panorama, zoomed x3

The same scene nonetheless performed into the Xperia’s hands with 3x zoom. You might maybe maybe additionally decide the fashioned photos from the Lumia 950 XL and Xperia 1 mk II (2020), to your accumulate prognosis.

To peek at the photos in additional detail here, here are slightly central 1:1 vegetation, from the Lumia 950 XL after which Xperia 1 mk II, merely wait to make certain that that the web page has fully loaded after which exhaust your mouse or trackpad pointer to study the photos:

As expected, the Lumia’s zoom is merely depraved at 3x, blocky and messy, while the Xperia X3 has a head commence with its 3x telephoto lens. Don’t fear, I am going to cowl other zoom levels below. Nonetheless for the moment the telephoto wins without inconvenience. I would own expected a slightly crisper consequence from the Xperia, nonetheless there are factors at play here. Initially there might maybe be the express of a 20MP sensor being feeble for 12MP output, as hinted above. Now, we know from the Lumia itself that oversampling can work wonders, nonetheless completely within the true tool hands. And, despite a fresh update, it does appear as despite the indisputable truth that Sony’s tool is struggling to provide clear outcomes. You might maybe maybe query extra of this below.

Microsoft Lumia 950 XL: 6 pts; Sony Xperia 1 II (2020): 9 pts

Take a look at 3: Shut-up detail

A ravishing flower in an overcast backyard (nonetheless otherwise just real light). Here is the general scene:



You might maybe maybe additionally decide the fashioned photos from the Lumia 950 XL and Xperia 1 mk II (2020), to your accumulate prognosis.

To peek at the photos in additional detail here, here are slightly central 1:1 vegetation, from the Lumia 950 XL after which Xperia 1 mk II, merely wait to make certain that that the web page has fully loaded after which exhaust your mouse or trackpad pointer to study the photos:

Both astonishingly just real photos, you might maybe maybe maybe query the miniscule hairs along the flower stems, nonetheless whenever you happen to determine the fashioned photos (links above) then you will query that the Xperia X1 ii has important extra pure bokeh, thanks to the better sensor and bigger aperture. So a slim – a extraordinarily slim Sony seize.

Microsoft Lumia 950 XL: 9 pts; Sony Xperia 1 II (2020): 10 pts

Take a look at Four: Sunny mid-vary

A pub hanging tag, shot at about 6m and aiming upwards. Here is the general scene:



You might maybe maybe additionally decide the fashioned photos from the Lumia 950 XL and Xperia 1 mk II (2020), to your accumulate prognosis.

To peek at the photos in additional detail here, here are slightly central 1:1 vegetation, from the Lumia 950 XL after which Xperia 1 mk II, merely wait to make certain that that the web page has fully loaded after which exhaust your mouse or trackpad pointer to study the photos:

Swings and roundabouts here. The Lumia has extra pure greenery and a photograph-practical quality on the total, nonetheless then ruins the coloration of the tag. While the Xperia nails the tag background coloration nonetheless down at the pixel stage detail looks synthetic. So a rating-design!

Microsoft Lumia 950 XL: 9 pts; Sony Xperia 1 II (2020): 9 pts

Nonetheless I did promise the routine bonus point here and there. The Xperia 1 II has a broad attitude digicam too and it would appear churlish to ignore this fully. So here’s its wide attitude peek:

Huge attitude

An arbitrary 2 bonus draw for this. It’s surprisingly how gradually a broad shot is a well-known tool for your imaging toolkit.

Take a look at 5: Including in a meter!

Shot at about 20m (to the meter), I couldn’t resist this shot. Here is the general scene, unzoomed:



You might maybe maybe additionally decide the fashioned photos from the Lumia 950 XL and Xperia 1 mk II (2020), to your accumulate prognosis.

To peek at the photos in additional detail here, here are slightly central 1:1 vegetation, from the Lumia 950 XL after which Xperia 1 mk II, merely wait to make certain that that the web page has fully loaded after which exhaust your mouse or trackpad pointer to study the photos:

A first fee instance of the Lumia PureView oversampling at work – every pixel within the image is made to work completely, with clear meter nonetheless also fully plausible leaves and branches – take care of you own been the scene via a window. While the Xperia 1 II does well nonetheless there might maybe be uncertainty within the greenery and even the shaded and white meter looks less assured.

Microsoft Lumia 950 XL: 10 pts; Sony Xperia 1 II (2020): 8 pts

Take a look at 6: Zooming x 2

Now, undergo in mind that the Xperia has a 3x telephoto, so that is a test of its tool (interpolative) zoom, while the Lumia 950 is phase lossless, phase digital, and so forth. You might maybe maybe additionally decide the fashioned photos from the Lumia 950 XL and Xperia 1 mk II (2020), to your accumulate prognosis.

To peek at the photos in additional detail here, here are slightly central 1:1 vegetation, from the Lumia 950 XL after which Xperia 1 mk II, merely wait to make certain that that the web page has fully loaded after which exhaust your mouse or trackpad pointer to study the photos:

Unsurprisingly, there might maybe be a range of wager work from the Xperia 1 II here, with three of every four pixels successfully ‘made up’. so there are artefacts and a lack of readability. That is a feeble point in a phone digicam system which has completely a major and a 3x telephoto – it be no longer as extreme as other examined telephones which own merely a major and a 5x periscope, the set up there might maybe be a gray situation of glum efficiency from 2x to Four.9x – on the Xperia 1 II it be roughly 2x to 2.9x. Nonetheless it completely’s restful there, while the Lumia will get to 1.5x zoom by fantastic cropping into its sensor after which provides zero.5x lossy zoom on high, with execrable nonetheless restful better outcomes, as you might maybe maybe maybe query above.

Microsoft Lumia 950 XL: 8 pts; Sony Xperia 1 II (2020): 6 pts

Take a look at 7: Zooming x 3

OK, now the Xperia’s telephoto comes into the equation. You might maybe maybe additionally decide the fashioned photo from the Xperia 1 mk II (2020), to your accumulate prognosis. Picture that there became no point in shooting at x3 on the Lumia – outcomes would own been too hazardous.

To peek at the photos in additional detail here, here are slightly central 1:1 vegetation, from the Lumia 950 XL’s present 2x image, after which Xperia 1 mk II, merely wait to make certain that that the web page has fully loaded after which exhaust your mouse or trackpad pointer to study the photos:

Hmm…. I’ve been assist and checked (for complications on the digicam glass) and that’s but one other slightly disappointing consequence from the 3x telephoto lens. I glean it, zoom optics in tiny modules are worthy, nonetheless the waste consequence here merely seems too woolly. Again, I suspect glum tool doing the 20MP to 12MP downsample – it completely can’t be the lens, since ZEISS provide the digicam glass coating here and I’m definite they’d own checked out the optics too? Scoot, there might maybe be extra detail than within the Lumia’s unsuitable 2x effort, nonetheless the Sony’s photo might maybe maybe maybe restful own been a lot better. 

(The Lumia will get a lower rating than before because here I became soliciting for 3x zoom and so forth)

Microsoft Lumia 950 XL: 6 pts; Sony Xperia 1 II (2020): 8 pts

Take a look at 8: Indoor macro

A surely no longer easy shot peering real into a lily at point blank vary. Focussing here is so no longer easy that I gave every phone digicam a couple of efforts to nail it – and they did. Here is the general scene:



You might maybe maybe additionally decide the fashioned photos from the Lumia 950 XL and Xperia 1 mk II (2020), to your accumulate prognosis.

To peek at the photos in additional detail here, here are slightly central 1:1 vegetation, from the Lumia 950 XL after which Xperia 1 mk II, merely wait to make certain that that the web page has fully loaded after which exhaust your mouse or trackpad pointer to study the photos:

Two terrific efforts, and I obtained’t quibble about which pulled off the shot easiest. Both desiring some skilled positioning/contortionism by yours surely, nonetheless I got the shot I major. From both. Honours even!

Microsoft Lumia 950 XL: 10 pts; Sony Xperia 1 II (2020): 10 pts

Take a look at 9: Low light panorama

My widespread aviation museum shot, 1/2 an hour after sunset. A real self-discipline. Here is the general scene, unzoomed, and made to peek lighter than it became to my eyes:



You might maybe maybe additionally decide the fashioned photos from the Lumia 950 XL and Xperia 1 mk II (2020), to your accumulate prognosis.

To peek at the photos in additional detail here, here are slightly central 1:1 vegetation, from the Lumia 950 XL after which Xperia 1 mk II, merely wait to make certain that that the web page has fully loaded after which exhaust your mouse or trackpad pointer to study the photos:

Merely unparalleled quality below low light from the Lumia 950 XL – because of this it be been my gold widespread for phone digicam sorting out for the final four years! See at the detail within the tree and within the fence, all captured when all became grey to my eyes! The Xperia 1 II does well passable nonetheless there are little indicators of noise reduction and edge enhancement, while the shaded plane physique is given an synthetic blueish tint.

Microsoft Lumia 950 XL: 10 pts; Sony Xperia 1 II (2020): 8 pts

Take a look at 10: Low light panorama, zoomed

The same scene, nonetheless zoomed to 3x – let’s query how the Xperia 1 mk II’s telephoto does in low light. You might maybe maybe additionally decide the fashioned photos from the Lumia 950 XL and Xperia 1 mk II (2020), to your accumulate prognosis.

To peek at the photos in additional detail here, here are slightly central 1:1 vegetation, from the Lumia 950 XL after which Xperia 1 mk II, merely wait to make certain that that the web page has fully loaded after which exhaust your mouse or trackpad pointer to study the photos:

The Lumia wasn’t slightly at 3x, essentially since the UI is appalling at telling you might maybe maybe you are at any zoom stage. Traditional rant from me, and so forth. The 3x telephoto on the Sony might maybe maybe maybe restful be streets ahead here, despite the low light, nonetheless it completely’s no longer, and that’s a fear. And yes, I checked that the telephoto became certainly being feeble. Even given the lights prerequisites, I became disenchanted by how unsure a lot of the edges are. Scoot, the lop reveals it better than the Lumia’s zoom effort – merely peek at the union jack on the plane’s facet. Nonetheless it completely’s no longer as far ahead as it might maybe maybe maybe maybe restful own been. Again… that change of sensor and these glum algorithms, Sony.

Microsoft Lumia 950 XL: 7 pts; Sony Xperia 1 II (2020): 8 pts

Take a look at Eleven: Evening time

A block of flats lit up at evening. Here is the general scene:



You might maybe maybe additionally decide the fashioned photos from the Lumia 950 XL and Xperia 1 mk II (2020), to your accumulate prognosis.

To peek at the photos in additional detail here, here are slightly central 1:1 vegetation, from the Lumia 950 XL after which Xperia 1 mk II, merely wait to make certain that that the web page has fully loaded after which exhaust your mouse or trackpad pointer to study the photos:

Both photos are slightly just real overall, nonetheless I surely must dock the Xperia a point for getting the building’s bricks the inferior coloration. They are surely because the Lumia reveals, even in synthetic light here, while the Sony reveals the building as virtually purple and that’s no longer real. With regards to detail, both glean better below no longer easy conditions, with the CCTV tag showing that the Xperia’s image processing uses a contact extra sharpening than the Lumia’s.

Microsoft Lumia 950 XL: 9 pts; Sony Xperia 1 II (2020): 8 pts

Take a look at 12: Into a dusk sky

A surely no longer easy shot snapping a darkish clock face against a dusk sky with some light restful left in it. Here is the general scene:



You might maybe maybe additionally decide the fashioned photos from the Lumia 950 XL and Xperia 1 mk II (2020), to your accumulate prognosis.

To peek at the photos in additional detail here, here are slightly central 1:1 vegetation, from the Lumia 950 XL after which Xperia 1 mk II, merely wait to make certain that that the web page has fully loaded after which exhaust your mouse or trackpad pointer to study the photos:

A surely worthy shot to pull off and neither phone digicam got it fully real. The Lumia exposed extra for the clock by default and the face is lighter, nonetheless there might maybe be some blurring seen within the Roman numerals from hand motion – monstrous given the OIS, nonetheless it completely happens, and it most ceaselessly is dependent which axis my hand is transferring in! The Xperia performed crystal clear numerals and a extra plausible dusk sky and positively will get the seize here. Nonetheless… even despite the indisputable truth that the clock became my self-discipline, own a see at the rotund JPGs and also you will query that the Lumia will get a point assist for surely high-quality detail brought out within the building below.

Microsoft Lumia 950 XL: 8 pts; Sony Xperia 1 II (2020): 10 pts

Bonus draw

I gradually glean criticised for focussing on pure image quality and for no longer including other stable draw about as a lot as the moment phone cameras. And the Sony has a total lot of. There might maybe be a ‘Educated’ digicam app for both stills and video, in every case mimicking a Sony ‘Alpha’ digicam – these are worthy handbook instruments, despite the indisputable truth that you just abolish no longer glean better image quality, so I am going to display these merely in passing. What does deserve a bonus point or two is the Xperia 1 II’s sheer tempo of focal point and the flexibility to trace americans, pets or objects.

In essence, you might maybe maybe maybe shoot bursts of photos at a rotund 12MP with any of the three lenses at over 20 snaps per 2d, all while tracking something. Ultimate for sports actions or pets. As an instance, I did a snappy burst with one among our pets – it be too broad to set up at rotund resolution here on AAWP, nonetheless I am going to embed my Twitter downsample, which is able to give you a theory:

Twitter will likely bloodbath the resolution and quality of this animation from my overview Xperia 1 II nonetheless I am going to strive anyway. Accurate sorting out the burst mode. Every physique is a rotund, focussed 12MP JPG. So important to own enjoyable with on this thing, eh @jimborae ? 😎 pic.twitter.com/xgDBbDNxRr

— Steve Litchfield (@stevelitchfield) June 26, 2020

The recount be conscious here is that this is no longer always a video, every ‘physique’ is a rotund photo with auto-focal point and tracking. That is the set up proudly owning a dog would own been helpful – there might maybe be completely so important a guinea pig will glean on ask!

In comparability, the Lumia struggles to shoot better than one photo every couple of seconds (shoot sooner and issues glean backed up on the background processing), so that you just would must shoot 4K video, hope for the finest, after which pull 8MP restful from this – nonetheless quality wouldn’t be anyplace with regards to as just real as on the Sony.

For which I surely must award the Xperia 1 II some extra draw, with regards to getting photos of real world transferring topics that the Lumia will salvage very no longer easy. Let’s call it 5 extra draw. I know, I know, it be arbitrary…

Verdict

For the file, the ratings add up as:

  • Sony Xperia 1 II (2020): a hundred and ten pts

  • Lumia 950 (slack 2015): 102 pts 

The astute at this point will repeat that even without the two devices of bonus draw, the Sony would own merely pipped the Lumia 950 XL overall, despite the indisputable truth that they are very close, needless to claim. Does this produce the Xperia 1 II a advice for a change for a Lumia 950 XL? Now not essentially, despite the indisputable truth that it be surely a first fee reveal. My biggest express with the Xperia became that its 3x telephoto digicam disenchanted. I’d counsel that a tool update might maybe maybe maybe crisp up its outcomes, nonetheless the phone had an update as I wrote this option and telephoto outcomes regarded important the same – likely the 20MP/12MP conversion happens in hardware (i.e. electronics) and might maybe maybe’t be fastened? 

It is also fee noting that on the Xperia 1 II you might maybe maybe no longer seamlessly trail from one lens to the change, in either stills or video mode. In every case whenever you happen to preserve to must swap lenses then you might maybe maybe manually produce the change. In video mode this implies stopping the decide, changing lenses after which restarting, which is slightly… inconvenient. And in particular in converse other smartphone contenders from Apple, Samsung, Huawei (and so forth.) all address switching lenses routinely without interruptions in either restful or video mode.

If telephoto just isn’t always something you are essentially afraid about despite the indisputable truth that, then there IS a lot here to love. The slightly pure processing, the terrific tempo of focussing and tracking, the ‘pro’ grade capabilities by which you might maybe maybe maybe fame merely about any parameter for both stills and video. The total while I became sorting out the Xperia 1 II it reminded me of these early days with the Lumia 1020, when the staunch truth of preserving it in my hand fame my imagination racing on photos I might maybe maybe maybe strive that wouldn’t own been fee attempting on other handsets. The Xperia turns out no longer to be perfect – or certainly an across the board advice (designate, size, display camouflage visibility within the solar) – nonetheless it completely’s surely one among one of the most interesting digicam telephones I’ve tried within the final few years.

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