Sony Xperia Z5 Compact – Superior Auto vs Manual – You Decide! – UPDATED with Results

This is a simple test. Below are several shots of the same church using Superior Auto Mode is 23mp and 8mp and also manual mode is 23mp and 8mp variations. Except the order is all mixed up. No cheating by looking at exif data allowed. So name your top 3.

Before we get to the test shots, this is manual mode, 8mp, backlight scene. It is a cracking shot too.

Haunted #SonyZ5Compact #Atmospheric

Right onto the test. I am going to label each photo 1 to photo 6. All you have to do is say which is best, or name your top 3. I am going to say this that IMO, I believe the best shot was taken in Superior Auto.

As you all have had a chance to ponder which is which, here we go with the results. If you haven’t read this yet, just have a look at how good superior auto mode performs. Photo 1 and Photo 2 are Superior Auto Mode, 23mp and 8mp respectively. All the others are manual, trying little tweaks here and there. However, my first choice is Photo 1. What this goes to show is we all have difference reasons for liking a particular shot or shots, but also Superior Auto mode does a good job now.

Photo 1

Testing Superior Auto vs Manual Mode on the #SonyZ5Compact  see article at http://gavinsgadgets.com for more info

Photo 2

Testing Superior Auto vs Manual Mode on the #SonyZ5Compact  see article at http://gavinsgadgets.com for more info

Photo 3

Testing Superior Auto vs Manual Mode on the #SonyZ5Compact  see article at http://gavinsgadgets.com for more info

Photo 4

Testing Superior Auto vs Manual Mode on the #SonyZ5Compact  see article at http://gavinsgadgets.com for more info

Photo 5

Testing Superior Auto vs Manual Mode on the #SonyZ5Compact  see article at http://gavinsgadgets.com for more info

Photo 6

Testing Superior Auto vs Manual Mode on the #SonyZ5Compact  see article at http://gavinsgadgets.com for more info

And while you deciding on which shots are the best, here is a photo from one of the many artificial reality modes.

Rumours of a Dangerous Predator on Dartmoor #SonyZ5Compact

A big thanks to Clove Technology for sending the Z5 Compact.

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14 thoughts on “Sony Xperia Z5 Compact – Superior Auto vs Manual – You Decide! – UPDATED with Results

  1. Yeah I’m with Joe……… 4, then 1, then 6.

    So which one is the SAM (Superior Auto Mode) shot you think is best Gavin?? lol

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  2. 2 and 3 seem the most realistic and so I would say they are without superior auto… Fog is fog, not sure how the others take it away without superior blending.
    6 has the sky blown out
    4 and 5 seem nicest of last 3 choices, but the stone below the main window in 4 seems extra contrast, so not sure how that was done when 5 is the same without the stone popping out. Arg, what a shame as I was hoping for more from this camera. OIS in 2&3 would kill!
    Otherwise #5 followed by #4 depending on my mood.

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    1. Strange and unexpected… I guess I’ll find out what works best for me in a week.
      The strangest is see the fog lifted and if it isn’t how the detail is represented for trees (upper left).

      Drop test next? haha, just kidding as I’m shooting for the Z5. Although I’m curious when someone will post one. I wouldn’t even suggest on the compact as it’s a plastic build.

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  3. Hmm, don’t understand when you said photos 1 and 2 are SA.

    SA is 8mp. So only photo 2 can be SA.

    23mp means manual. So photo 1 is 23mp in manual.

    Next thing I don’t understand is why it has more details than the 8mp.

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