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The Sony Xperia Z2's impressive camera tests

The Sony Xperia Z2 has a great 20.7-megapixel camera. We took it for a spin to see what it's capable of.

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Andrew Lanxon

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The Sony Xperia Z2 has a great display, loads of power and a gorgeous, waterproof body. Its 20.7-megapixel camera put in a great performance too. Click through to see our test photos.

This first shot was taken at the maximum resolution. It's well exposed and the rich blue sky looks great.

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Again, there's plenty of colour and detail in the shadows, but a surprising lack of clarity at full screen.

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Looking out over Ealing, the HDR mode on the Z2 kept the bright sky under control but still maintained detail in the darker patches.

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These flowers have been captured beautifully.

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And so does this little white one.

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This flowerbed is well exposed but the colours are rather cold.

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A tweak of the white balance warms things up a bit.

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Like the flowerbed, shooting in full auto mode has made this pine cold look rather drab and lifeless.

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A custom white balance setting helps inject a bit of colour.

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It's the same story with this tree stump. There's loads of detail in the wood bark, but the colours don't look brilliant in automatic mode.

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It's warmer now, but it has made it look a little unnatural.

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Great exposure, good colours, loads of detail. What's not to like?

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The Z2 did well in low-light as well, capturing a bright, colourful shot without much image noise.

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Good old St Paul's Cathedral. It's captured here with loads of detail and a very even exposure.

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Sadly, the brilliant blue sky had passed, but this pond in West London still looked great.

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Apart from being full of tourists, Richmond in West London is a great spot for testing cameras.

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Not all days are as sunny and beautiful as this in London.

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The clarity on the peeling paint on this bridge sign is great.

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My house and garden came out great.

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In manual mode, the sky is a little overexposed, but it's not a bad effort at all at this difficult scene.

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With HDR mode enabled, the bright sky is kept under control.

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