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Sony Xperia M - Camera Quality

Michael Sawh

By Michael Sawh



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Sony Xperia M - Camera quality

For taking photos, you have a 5-megapixel 'fast capture' rear-facing camera and VGA-quality front camera at your disposal. The main camera has an LED flash, 4x digital zoom, autofocus and there's a dedicated camera button. It's not exactly camera specs to blow you away and as expected deliver a mix bag of results.

The camera UI is identical to the one used on the Xperia Z and Xperia Z1 albeit without the number of modes and settings to choose from. There's no Superior auto mode so you will have to make do with a Normal mode along with video camera, picture effect, sweep panorama and scene selection settings.

There’s some manual shooting options available letting you adjust exposure levels and you can shoot HDR photos to get sharper, more detailed images.

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In bright, well-lit conditions, the Xperia M's shutter speed is quicker to jump into action than the Xperia L (around a second). It can hamper results when objects are moving, but it's very useful to have on board. Thanks to the LED flash, images are bright and offer good levels of detail. Colour accuracy can be a little off. Using HDR definitely helps to push the quality of images and can add more vivid colours.

Image taken in HDR mode with 5-megapixel resolution

5-megapixel resolution photo using HDR mode

Same 5-megapixel resolution image taken with HDR mode turned off

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5-megpixel resolution photo taken in Normal mode (no flash)

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5-megapixel resolution photo taken in Normal mode using 4x digital zoom (no flash)

In low light, without the flash, the picture below will tell you all you need to know. It really struggles to fully capture the entire scene and you can just about make some of the objects in shot. With the LED flash on, results are substantially better and while there is some noticeable noise, colours and detail are okay for a 5-megapixel camera.

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5-megapixel resolution image taken with no flash in low light

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5-megapixel resolution images taken with flash in low light

If you want to film, you can shoot 720p HD video at 30fps. The continuous focus really struggles and recording at a live football match content was blurry and massively out of focus. Sound recording is actually one of the better aspect of video recording picking clear, distinct audio.

The VGA front-facing camera can take photos and record video and unsurprisingly will not blow you away in terms of quality and performance. It should make do for video chats but we have definitely seen better front-facing cameras in action.

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October 16, 2013, 4:04 pm

I'm looking for a cheap ish Andriod phone for my Mother, wondering if it's worth paying the extra and going for the Samsung S4 Mini? Any advise?


October 17, 2013, 7:52 am

very good detailed review. I saw this after buying the phone. Found to be trustworthy


October 17, 2013, 9:24 am

considering you can buy the Motorola RAZRi for £150 (plus £15 top-up) for an unlocked phone which has significantly better features (e.g 8GB onboard storage; 4.3" screen - 960x540, 2 GHz single core processor, 2000 mAh battery, 8MP camera capable of shooting 1080p video) it's not such a good deal. Only downside of the RAZRi is that i runs JellyBean 4.1.


October 17, 2013, 9:24 am

on the 3 network......

surya pratap

October 24, 2013, 5:14 pm

My xperia M is showing system update 15.1.c.1.17 . can any one give me suggestion how to update? Is there any need to make backup?


October 30, 2013, 3:42 pm

I think this phone is ace and better than the iphone5 and the samsung galaxy SIIII Mini


November 6, 2013, 2:06 pm

everything is fine but main disadvantage is dual standby... if one sim card is in use no data(net) can be used on another sim card. however this is avialable with cheaper phones by samsung...

Bhumin Vadalia

November 7, 2013, 2:31 pm

Quite a Detailed Review which i was looking for this Hand-Set..

One Thing, Xperia Z and Z1....should nt be compared with this...they are of different type..


November 14, 2013, 10:23 am

Thinking of changing from IPhone G3. Xperia M looks great price. Can I still get iTunes?


December 11, 2013, 4:47 am

Suffering with the worst battery backup with this duel sim stylish phone. I wish I had bought two phones of Rs. 1000/- each instead of this.....

Ezekial Meatt

December 17, 2013, 5:44 pm

My wife bought one of these recently to replace broken Samsung Galaxy S2....Wi-Fi on it is garbage. Continuously dropping the wireless network while other devices have no problem what-so-ever...might as well have been a run-of-the-mill flip phone :/ Not at all impressed.


March 22, 2014, 3:22 am

This phone is terrible! I wish I had never bought this phone! It has a front camera on it, but I can't use it because it is WAAY too dark and you can't see ANYTHING!


April 21, 2014, 8:07 am

I have purchased Sony Xperia M 15 days back and it stopped charging from third time . I have spent 2 hours at the service center and no idea when I will get it back

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