Pixel 5 versus Sony Xperia 5ii camera comparison: not even close


The new Sony Xperia 5ii has some impressive camera hardware. Rather than taking the same approach as other manufacturers and cramming in as many megapixels as possible into its imaging sensors, Sony is focusing more on larger pixels that can capture more light to produce better images.

While this approach is better on paper, Sony has struggled with its image processing, something that Google’s been excelling at for the past few years. The Pixel 5 also uses lower resolution sensors for its cameras on the Pixel 5, but the hardware Google is using is dated and far inferior.

To see how the Xperia 5ii’s upgraded hardware fares when matched up against Google’s computational photograph prowess, we’ve put together a detailed camera comparison that shows how the cameras stack up in various lighting conditions. Take a look at the results.

Pixel 5 & Sony Xperia 5ii camera specifications

Sony Xperia 5ii

  • 12 MP, f/1.7, 24mm (main), Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS
  • 12 MP, f/2.4, 70mm (telephoto), PDAF, 3x optical zoom, OIS
  • 12 MP, f/2.2, 124˚, 16mm (ultrawide), Dual Pixel PDAF
  • 8 MP, f/2.0, 24mm (selfie)
    Video: 4k/60 (rear) 1080p/30 (selfie)

Pixel 5

  • 12.2 MP, f/1.7, 27mm (wide), dual pixel PDAF, OIS
  • 16 MP, f/2.2, 107˚ (ultrawide)
  • 8 MP, f/2.0, 24mm (selfie)
  • Video: 4K@30/60 (rear), 1080p/30 (selfie)

Pixel 5 versus Sony Xperia 5ii gallery

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Nick Gray
I'm a life-long tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC. After writing about tech for more than a decade, I jumped at the opportunity to take on the role of Editor in Chief at Phandroid. Please contact me at [email protected].

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