Photography with Sony Xperia Z (camera review)

Been playing with the phone for about 5 months, it’s an excellent phone with a 13mp camera. As a photographer for 7 years, I am giving this camera phone a small review for just the camera.

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Shot at Munich, Germany. Daylight performance is pretty decent. Unedited.

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Shot at some workshop in Singapore.

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My 29 years old Italian road bike.

My 29 years old Italian road bike.

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Portal

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Germany, with my friend at TUM.

Germany, with my friend at TUM.

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Burano, Italy.

Burano, Italy.

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My friend Andrew performing imprompt.

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Critic:

  • Speed: Is pretty fast as processing for multi-shot. The shutter-lag is sometimes annoying. Start-up of the camera is also quite slow.
  • Quality: Daylight performance is pretty decent, high-ISO night shot is VERY DISAPPOINTING! I was comparing next to my friend’s iPhone 3s, and the donkey-years-old iPhone 3 camera performs so much better than my Sony Xperia Z in low light.
  • Focus: Very disappointing as well. I am using the native camera app. I knew for sure that the lens is designed for a pretty good macro, but the selective focus is the worst I’ve ever used. I need a number of trials (maybe 3 to 8 times) to get a macro focus done correctly, no matter how hard I tried as high contrast areas, bright areas, macro just sucks. Sometimes, shooting macro in ‘normal mode’ works better than the ‘auto’ mode or ‘macro’ mode.
  • Color: Bad. The moment you ‘instagram’ it you can straight away tell the poor dynamic range and massive noise.

Conclusion:

No matter how disappointing it is, it’s still my most convenient backup camera. My last phone was htc Desire, the only ‘upgrade’ I feel is the pixel count. The front camera is crap too, don’t bother taking self-cam-whore shots with this. This phone is really my out-of-no-choice camera if I didn’t bring my proper camera with me.

Disclaimer, the above review was written in the very personal view, nothing in serious comparison with other camera phones on the market.

As an Android user, speaking on behalf of the rest of Android photographer out there, please please please make an Android Nokia Lumia! Or, my sincere words to Sony, please please please make an NEX-mount Android phone!

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