Giving the two phones a casual look-over, it can be easy to miss some of the differences between the Sony Xperia Z1 and the new Z2. On a spec sheet, the changes seem subtle, like an SoC bump, extra RAM, and and a slightly larger display. As time goes on, though, we’ve been getting a greater appreciation for just what the Xperia Z2 offers, like how that bigger screen also brings with it much superior color reproduction, or how the phone’s video-out supports the new MHL 3.0 standard. Now we’re turning our attention to the Z2′s camera, and what improvements it delivers.
Just like the Z1, the Z2 has a 20.7-megapixel backside illuminated 1/2.3-inch Exmor RS sensor. While that should put both phones on a quite even playing field, sample shots taken with both models appear to reveal pronounced improvements in the Z2′s image quality. Noise levels seem substantially reduced, and the images are overall more crisp and detailed.
Could this mean that a software update may enhance the Z1′s performance to bring it up to this Z2-level quality? We can’t say, but considering the comparable camera hardware shared between the two models, we’re certainly optimistic.