- Page 1 Sony Xperia Z1 Review
- Page 2 Apps & Performance Review
- Page 3 Camera Quality Review
- Page 4 Call Quality, Sound Quality, Battery Life and Verdict Review
Sony Xperia Z1 – Camera Quality
Photo taken in Manual mode at 20.7-megapixel resolution
It also means the sensor is bigger than the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 (both 1/ 3.0inch) and has the ability to let more light in. This should help deliver better, much clearer photos in low-light conditions and keep image noise to a minimum.
Photo taken in Superior auto mode at 8-megapixel resolution
The snapping performance is good but we were perhaps hoping for more. Using the Superior Auto Mode images are sharp and detailed with accurate colours. Manual mode improves things and the menu overlay makes it easy to quickly adjust settings like exposure levels and white balance. The camera can take some time to focus and the lack of image stabilization means capturing images without some blur can be tricky.
Underwater shot taken in Superior auto mode at 8-megapixel resolution
When it comes to camera extras, Samsung has that department well sewn up but Sony does a pretty good job of it with the Z1 as well. Sony follows suit with a host of feature to enhance the use of the main camera.
First up is Social Live which lets you stream live video straight to Facebook. By simply connecting your Facebook account you can begin recording and let friends see the streaming footage.
Info Eye uses the camera to scan items like landmarks or book to generate information about the object. It sounds like a glorified Red Laser-like scanner app and that’s pretty much what it is except we didn’t have much luck getting it to pick out the books we tried to scan.
There’s also Picture Effect to add borders, filters, Fisheye look and AR Effect to add virtual scenes like a moving dinosaurs or masquerade masks.
The Social Live is certainly the most interesting out of the bunch, but whether you would get much long term fun or use out of them we are not so sure.
Photo taken in Nostalgia Picture Effect mode
Photo taken with AR effect mode
Sony Xperia Z1 – Front-facing camera
Sony Xperia Z1 – Video quality
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