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Hands-on with the Sony Xperia Z camera


At the Sony booth we had a chance to have a closer look at the Japanese tech giant's new 13-megapixel smartphone, the Xperia Z. The device's spec sheet looks pretty impressive and we were equally impressed when handling the Xperia Z for the first time. It makes a very solid impression and has a true premium feel to it.  Despite the large 5-inch screen, it is only marginally larger than my Nexus 4 and it is even waterproof up to one meter depth -- no need to worry about answering your phone in the pouring rain or placing your device right next to a coffee cup.

We have not had a chance to examine the camera's image quality, but purely on paper the 13MP Exmor RS sensor should be a step forward from the current crop of high-end phones and the video HDR mode is at this point a unique feature among smartphones. We have managed to capture a few screengrabs to give you a first impression of the Xperia Z's camera interface.

The standard camera screen gives you access to both virtual shutter and video buttons. The layout of the settings buttons on the left can be customized.
Tapping the shooting mode button lets you choose from a range of modes, including the fully-automatic Superior Auto mode and the Sweep Panorama mode we know from Sony's compact cameras and DSLRs.
Tapping the settings button reveals a larger-than-usual number of parameters to play with.
Sony's album app is very nicely designed and lets you change thumbnail size using the pinch gesture.
In the Album app you also have the option to display your images on a globe, based on the location data embedded in your pictures' EXIF data. You can then zoom in and out and turn the planet using the familiar swipe and pinch gestures, a very neat way of presenting pictures for world-travelers. 
 GPS location data allows you to 'pin' each of your photos ...
 ... to a location on the globe.


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This was the Xperia promise finally realized. Starting with the Xperia X10 to the so called Bond Phone Xperia T, they all suffered from compromise in hardware and software. Most notably the camera aspect, it consistently under performed against the iPhones and Sanmsungs.

The Z is finally a winner in terms of hardware and hopefully it will be released with 4.2 Android. It looks stunning, the water resistance is brilliant. I want this.. NOW!


To bad this phone wont be coming to verizon... :"""""""(

Edited 7 seconds after posting

Any of these new high-end phones include image stabilization?


All Sony Xperia phones have top-notch stabilization since their debut couple of years ago.


"Despite the large 5-inch screen, it is only marginally larger than my Nexus 4"

This made me laugh. The Nexus 4 has a 4.7-inch screen ;P So of course it's only marginally larger lol.

Awesome phone. I've always been a fan of Sony's designs. Can't wait for this to go on sale in the US.


I think he meant to say, that the Sony has less screen wastage and smaller bezels, so it really is only marginally larger, much less than you would expect based on the 0.3" difference.


Can't wait to own. I like Sony's Android skin too.

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