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First camera samples from the 20.7-megapixel camera of the Sony Xperia Z1S

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First camera samples from the 20.7-megapixel camera of the Sony Xperia Z1S
There’s a lot to say about the Sony Xperia Z1S’ 20.7-megapixel camera, which interestingly enough, is shared also by the Xperia Z1 before it. Sony loves throwing a lot of gear with its camera, and this phone doesn’t have any shortages of it, seeing that it’s ripe with several impressive camera gear to give hardened shutterbugs something to be excited about.

Not only does the monster tally raise eyebrows, but it’s further complemented by its 1/2.3”Exmor RS sensor, Sony’s G Lens (aperture of f2.0), BIONZ for mobile processing engine, LED flash, 8x digital zoom with still shots, and 1080p video recording. In our short time checking out the handset, we managed to snap several shots throughout Las Vegas to quickly gauge its quality. We’ll be reserved at the moment until we fully test the thing out, but what do you folks think about its quality so far?


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posted on 06 Jan 2014, 19:20 6

1. gilbert1029 (Posts: 14; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


To be honest I do not think this is a great camera at all. I don't know why but there is so much grain and distortion throughout all the pictures, and I though my htc ones was bad

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 19:52 2

6. MrKoles (Posts: 330; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)


I must say the opposite. As a proud owner of Galaxy S4 I never had any issues with it's camera, flawless...after Z1 came out I thought it will beat my "old" plastic-king, but they kept the wow-effect inside. However these pictures are really really good especially if you count in darkness with neon lights. I don't know what happened to the same sensor in this Compact version, but in overall I think it's better (best?).

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 01:48

11. apexKBC (Posts: 92; Member since: 10 Dec 2012)


I think updates will be provided for cam, as in Google Nexus 5..

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 03:16

14. Assa7inKing (Posts: 26; Member since: 23 Feb 2013)


You have got to be kidding me ! DUDE this is a MOBILE not a DSLR !!

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 19:22 1

2. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1254; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


think its same z1only difference is the S on z1s..lol

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 19:27 4

3. RohanM (Posts: 134; Member since: 15 Jan 2013)


Not impressive at all... I doubt it's a real 20 MP shooter.. !!

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 19:37 4

4. sgtdisturbed47 (Posts: 186; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)


"it’s further complemented by its 1/2.3” Exmor RS sensor". This is mediocre at best.

This is the same crap that point-and-shoot digital camera companies went through. Megapixels, Megapixels, Megapixels. The same result in this race applies to smartphones: image quality has absolutely nothing to do with megapixels. Nothing. Megapixels equate to image size, not image quality. Lens quality, Image sensor quality (along with photosite size and pitch), and onboard image processing has much more to do with image quality than MP. There are 6MP cameras that smash today's smartphones in terms of overall image quality because of the lens and image sensor.

Megapixels are purely for marketing towards the ignorant shoppers (not stupid shoppers, just uneducated and they honestly don't know better). It's cheaper to just pack megapixels onto a sensor than offer a camera with a higher-quality sensor, lens, and onboard processing.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 19:38 6

5. Killertech2099 (Posts: 143; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


Oh!! the smuggessss you at least could have wiped the phone lol

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 21:32

9. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6719; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Yes please!

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 19:54 1

7. fireblade (Posts: 714; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


Do you clean the lens?

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 20:38

8. thaivuth (Posts: 3; Member since: 18 Sep 2013)


no more blur in the corner anymore,

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 22:02

10. Penny (Posts: 1259; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


Those photos look great. Relatively clean and sharp unless you're pixel peeping. Sony makes sensors for so many camera manufacturers, I wish they put slightly larger sensors in these phones.

Mmmm, the day when my phone has a micro 4/3....

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 02:03

12. LikeMyself (Posts: 302; Member since: 23 Sep 2013)


U mean pictures from Las Venturas in GTA :)

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 02:35

13. sergiobr (Posts: 435; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


No reason to take photos at night, in a wide area, with a smartphone. All them will fail. Take it with a RX-100II instead, or something like this.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 06:55

15. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1254; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


wanna see camera comparison on this z1s and nexus 5.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 09:04

16. technitude (Posts: 29; Member since: 19 Dec 2013)


I wish when they did these pictures, they would compare the images with a good SLR. Otherwise, you don't know what colors you should be seeing.

The weird thing is that my LG G2 takes slightly better images in semi-dim light than I can actually see. It has to be enhancing the contrast and colors to do that, but I don't know how accurate the result is. (not that I would want it to stop that, I couldn't be happier with the camera)

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 15:51

17. Cesar (Posts: 134; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)


what a crap!

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