Comparison of Sony Xperia Z2 and HTC One M8 Camera Performance

Two leaders in the smartphone industry this year released flagship phones that rival the dominant iPhone of Apple and Samsung’s Galaxy series.

Following up on the Xperia Z1, Japanese electronics firm Sony gave us the Xperia Z2 and HTC, keen to build on the revival of its brand brought by the HTC One, launched the HTC One M8.

The specs of these two phones make them hard to pick apart. Both are powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor and the Z2 has just one more gigabyte of RAM than its HTC rival. In terms of internal storage both phones weigh in at 16 GB (though HTC has a 32 GB version) with a 128 GB capacity microSD slot.

Looking at the phone’s displays, there is not much to choose either as though the Z2 has a slightly larger screen, both have a 1920×1080 resolution.

With this in mind let us focus on one of the key distinguishing features; the camera.

Again the differences here will not be so profound to the average camera user. But if you know your cameras, then these subtle distinctions could mean the difference between buying and not buying.

A recently released video uploaded to Youtube by FoneArena pitted the two phones against each other, showing how images taken by their respective cameras compared.

It also showed how photos taken by a Canon EOS 5D Mark III in the same conditions appeared to give viewers a point of reference. At a quick glance you can tell that the HTC One M8 images are sharper, especially in the case of close-up shots.

It is also noticeable at first glance that the M8 pictures taken indoors or in low-light conditions appeared brighter than those of the Z2 in the same scenario.

However when it comes to video footage shot with the phones, the Xperia takes the prize simply because of the remarkable stability of the video captured.

Credit has to go to the brains behind the camera software in the Sony as image stability is controlled by the software, not the hardware.

But looking at the clarity of the video, it is equally evident that the HTC camera has a slight edge. The Z2 footage appeared dark and slightly hazy.

Other than that the video capabilities of the Z2 and the M8 are very similar. Both can record at 1080p and capture sound in stereo.

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