Hands-on with the 20.7MP Sony Xperia Z1
Lars Rehm | Published: Sep 5, 2013 at 14:19:12 UTC81
The Sony Xperia Z1 looks and feels like a premium device and the water- and dust-proof design is a real mark of differentiation against the competition. Compared to most of its direct competitors it feels a little chunkier in the hand but most users of 4.5-inch-plus screens will not be intimidated by its dimensions. The hardware shutter button will be a welcome addition for all mobile photographers.
We have not had a chance yet to evaluate the Xperia Z1's image output but the 1/2.3 image sensor should deliver image quality that is on par with typical consumer level compact cameras. 20 million pixels make for a very dense sensor and while small individual photo sites will likely result in visible noise and other artifacts when viewed at a 100% level, they facilitate better digital zooming and good image detail in good light.
In terms of imaging features and modes the Sony doesn't offer anything that we haven't seen elsewhere before but if the Sony Bionz Mobile imaging processor can cope with the huge amount of image information and generate decent image output even at lower light levels, the Z1 could be among this year's go-to devices for mobile photographers. We hope to receive a production unit soon to put it through its paces in our real-life and studio test scenarios.