In daylight, though, the camera really shines, and we’re still a big fan of that camera button Sony keeps around, allowing you to hit the shutter by, well, hitting the shutter.
Remember when cameras had buttons and weren’t all touchscreens? Sony’s Z5 Compact (and by association Z5) let you do just that, you can either hit the touchscreen shutter or press the button.
Images aren’t quite as strong at darker environments, though thanks to the high ISO sensitivity with a maximum of ISO 12800, you can get the shot without needing to resort to flash, it may just be a little soft, especially in the details.
We haven’t talked about how you’ll view these photos, though — the display — so let’s do that.
For another year, Sony has kept its 4.6 inch 720p only display, offering up the 1280×720 resolution and around 320 pixels per inch, more or less just barely hitting the resolution many describe as “Retina”, which makes it a lower pixel clarity than its Z5 brother.
That’s pretty much bang on with what we saw in last year’s Z3 Compact, and just like we liked it then, we still like it now, though it is a little behind what other phones are now offering.
This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, mind you, but this screen is by no means as clear and pin-prick sharp as say the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 or even Sony’s own Xperia Z5. Rather, it’s sharp enough for most people, and vibrant enough for most people, though we wouldn’t object to a higher resolution panel, since clarity is a big deal these days.
Granted, if Sony had included a sharper screen, there’s a good chance it would have shot a few holes in the battery life, which doesn’t fare too badly, easily producing a day of life, and a little more if you’re not a power user.
Stamina mode can see you get a little further, and through our tests over the time we spend with the Z5 Compact, we found a day and a half was easily possible here when Bluetooth was switched on, telling us that without Bluetooth, two days could probably be found.
In truth, Sony’s Stamina mode can help to bring the life up, but be aware this may come at the cost of less notifications and a bit of lag between apps as they load. For some people, these may actually be features.