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Video Test: Sony Xperia Z vs. Galaxy Note 2 vs. Nexus 4

Authored by: Steven Blum — Feb 12, 2013

The French Android fan site Frandroid recently conducted a video comparison test between the Sony Xperia Z, Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and the Nexus 4. The winner may surprise you.

Frandroid filmed day and night in Parisien tourist sites. During the day, it first looked like the Nexus 4 took the sharpest videos although, on second glance, it appeared the Sony Xperia Z and the Galaxy Note 2 were far more accurate at color reproduction. The Nexus 4 sometimes cast more severe shadows than the Xperia Z and the Galaxy Note 2, as well. Sound quality was far, far better on the Sony Xperia Z and Galaxy Note 2 than the Nexus 4, which always sounded tinny and weak. The daytime video concluded with a comparison of the Sony Xperia Z camera filming with and without HDR, which is supposed to help in strong light although I couldn't see much of a difference.

The results were much more dramatic at night. The Sony Xperia Z was able to take in far more light than either of its competitors, resulting in stunningly great night time shots. Color reproduction was also far above the other two; lit objects did not appear as orange as with the Galaxy Note 2 or the Nexus 4. The only time the light in the Xperia Z's video became distracting was when the camera was fixed on the Eiffel Tower; a large halo of light surrounding it against the night sky.

Overall, I would say the Galaxy Note 2 and the Sony Xperia Z's benefits far outweigh their shortcomings, when stacked against the Nexus 4. While it may first appear as if the Nexus 4 takes more accurate, sharper pictures, it later becomes clear that they are actually more whitewashed and less colorful. Anyone who cares about sound quality in their videos should pick up a Galaxy Note 2 or a Xperia Z. Finally, the Xperia Z wins unequivocally at taking night-time shots.

Winner: Xperia Z.

What do you think?

Source: Frandroid

Steven Blum has written more than 2,000 blog posts as a founding member of AndroidPIT's English editorial team. A graduate of the University of Washington, Steven Blum also studied Journalism at George Washington University in Washington D.C. for two years. Since then, his writing has appeared in The Stranger, The Seattle P-I, Blackbook Magazine and Venture Villlage. He loves the HTC One and hopes the company behind it still exists in a few years.


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