Motorola Droid Turbo vs. Sony Xperia Z3 – Camera Comparison

For quite some time, Sony and its handsets were considered the premium choice when it comes to camera power and features.

The Droid Turbo from Motorola looks to change that. The latest flagship from Motorola comes with an equally powerful sensor. How do these two cameras compare? Let’s find out.

The Basic Comparison

The difference in power between these two cameras is very slim. For example, the Droid Turbo features a 21-MP shooter on the back, and a 2-MP sensor on the front. The Xperia Z3 comes with a 20.7-MP rear facing camera and a 2.2-MP front facing camera. When you put things like that, you might say there is no difference in the camera section between these two flagships. But there is.

Quality of Pictures and Videos

Sony’s device can record 2160p videos at 30fps, 1080p videos at 60fps and 720p videos at 120fps. While that slow motion at 120fps is nowhere near the 240fps Apple offers, it is still better than what Motorola’s handset can provide. For comparison, the Droid Turbo can record only 2160p videos at 30fps and 1080p at 60fps. Both handsets can take pictures at 5248 x 3936 pixels.

Camera UI and features

Both handsets keep things minimal and simple, but Sony has added more features to the camera application. With Motorola, you get a camera with less customization options. The Z3, on the other hand, offers users manual mode with tons of customization options, including adjusting low light with high level ISO mode and other stuff. With standard features such as HDR, panorama, and face detection, what separates the Z3 is the background de-focus feature. With the feature, the phone takes two quick features, and then users can edit the pictures by adding blur in several different forms. It is a pretty neat feature that the Droid Turbo doesn’t have.

Low Light Conditions

While the Z3 comes with more customization and higher ISO level in manual mode, the Droid Turbo delivers better pictures in low light conditions. The reason is simple. Motorola’s device features a dual LED flash, while the Z3 comes with a single LED flash.

Speed of Shooting

Another area where the Droid Turbo is the superior device is the shooting speed of the camera. The Xperia Z3 takes longer time to focus, load and snap pictures. You might not notice the difference since it is milliseconds, but in photography, seconds matter. A mini second delay and you might miss your kid doing some funny stuff.

Recording 4K Videos

Sony had problems with the Z2 with regards to 4K video recording. The device could not record videos for longer than three minutes. After that, the handset heated up and crashed the application. Sony hasn’t fixed the problem with the Z3. There is a slight improvement, as the device shows you a warning that it is heating up and will shut down in 2-3 minutes. However, when it shuts down, you get no warning, and the application shuts down no matter what you do at the moment.

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