Sony made one of the biggest changes in the camera and that was one of the reasons for the launch of their new flagship smartphone, the Xperia Z1. The new Sony Xperia Z1 comes with the large 1/2.3” 20.7 MP Exmor RS™ for mobile image sensor and they have included the award winning G Lens for the best photography using a smartphone, and the title they claim “The world’s highest resolution camera in an Android smartphone”. All said, does the camera actually perform to the level being said by the company? We captured a few photos using the Xperia Z1 camera and were quite impressed, but cannot say that this is the best Android smartphone camera till date. Why? the LG G2 camera was better in quite more instances. Still, we have got the pictures for you to check and see what we are talking about.
The camera features included are excellent, with one of them being “Timeshift Burst” which memorizes the moments every second and once you click on the shutter, it would frame 61 photos, having 30 frames from one second before the shutter key was clicked, and 30 from one second after the click, making it a total of 61 photos in a time frame of 2 seconds. Credits for this would go to BIONZ for mobile, the image processing engine included in the Xperia Z which did make the capturing experience better because there’s no lags while you try to capture pictures in quick succession.
Special features of the camera include the apps such as Social Live where you can directly view the comments when you live stream the video on Facebook, and there’s Info Eye which would show you information about particular landmarks, wines, books etc. just by capturing their picture. AR Effect is another neat feature which allows you to add several animated characters to capture funny moments.
Check out the camera capture samples below, which we captured under natural light, low light, using flash in one, and a few other conditions.
We did some similar capturing with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the LG G2’s cameras, which you can check out by checking the Flickr page to understand which one is better in all of them. Sony had even launched the new Sony QX10 & QX100 Camera Lenses to take advantage of the Sony Xperia Z1 and use the lens externally and use the Xperia device as the viewfinder.