Samsung Galaxy Note Edge vs Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Camera Comparison

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge vs Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Camera Comparison

By Rich W Woods

For all of the flaws that come with the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, there are two things that it’s great at: the display and the camera. This is true of all Samsung devices. Sony is not too shabby on the camera front either with their 20.7 MP camera that they ship in their flagships.

I had wanted to do this comparison with the Sony Xperia Z3, as I’m sure there will be people to poke fun at my because I picked such a small phone to compare with such a large phone; however, this small phone packs a powerful camera.

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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge vs Sony Xperia Z3 Compact: Specs

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
Processor 2.7 GHz Snapdragon 805 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 801
Display 5.6″, 1600×2560, 524 ppi, AMOLED 4.6″, 720p, 319 ppi, LCD
Body 151.3×82.4×8.3 mm, 174 g 127.3×64.9×8.6 mm, 129 g
Camera 16 MP, 4608×3456, 3.7 MP Front 20.7 MP, 5248х3936, 2.2 MP Front
Video 4K – 30 fps, 1080p – 60 fps, Front 1440p – 30 fps 4K – 30 fps, 1080p – 60 fps, 720p – 120 fps, Front 1080p – 30 fps
Aperture F/2.2 F/2
Storage 32/64 GB, Expandable to 128 GB 16 GB, Expandable to 128 GB
RAM 3 GB 2 GB
Battery 3000 mAh, Removable 2600 mAh
Price $949 ~$525

 

Let’s take a quick look at the specs. The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact is a much faster device than the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge. While the Galaxy Note Edge has a more powerful processor, there are more than four times as many pixels for that processor to push. It’s also the reason that the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact gets better battery life with a smaller battery.

The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge definitely has a better display. This is not because of the resolution. After all, Apple defines Retina as 326 ppi. That’s the resolution where people can’t see any pixilation at an average viewing distance, assuming that the person has 20/20 vision. The reason that the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge has a better display is because it’s AMOLED.

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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge vs Sony Xperia Z3 Compact: Rear Camera

Both the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge and the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact use high resolution cameras, coming in at 16 MP and 20.7 MP, respectively. The difference between the resolutions is negligible. The reason is that the resolution of the photo is higher than the resolution of the display. For example, a 720p display is less than 1 MP, 1080p is less than 2.1 MP, 1440p is less than 3.7 MP, and 4K is less than 8.3 MP. Resolution is important if the user intends to crop the image; however, 16 MP is plenty of room to play around.

The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge has a smaller aperture, meaning that it will have a larger depth of field. This means that the background of the images will be more in focus.

Please note that in order to enlarge the photos, simply click or tap them. To view the full size image, there is a link in the gallery.

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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

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One thing that I’ve noticed with the Sony Xperia Z3 and the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact is that the tap to focus function is sort of tough to use. That’s why some of the photos appear out of focus.

The difference in aperture is not negligible. The background of the images appear much more focused in the photos taken with the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge. The colors seem more balanced with the Galaxy Note Edge as well.

While the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge seems to take better photos overall, the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact blows away the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge in low light. The second photo from the bottom is clear evidence of that.

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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge vs Sony Xperia Z3 Compact: Front Camera

The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge’s front facing camera comes in at 3.7 MP, which is exactly 1440p. The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact’s front facing camera comes in at 2.2 MP, which is exactly 1080p. Samsung also has a feature called rear cam selfie, which allows the user to easily take a selfie with the 16 MP rear camera.

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Rear Cam Selfie Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

It would appear that some of the photos taken with the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact are a bit out of focus. Clearly, Sony needs to do some work on the front facing camera software. It’s not just that some of them came out out of focus. Only two were out of focus. The rest were just bad photos because the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact takes bad selfies.

As always, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Vote in the poll and let the world know what you think. Think I’m an idiot? Let me know in the comments!

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About the author
Rich Woods

Being a computer programmer wasn't enough to fulfill his love of technology. In 2013, Rich founded For the Love of Tech and has been writing about his love of tech ever since.