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Here's why the Xperia Z1 is the world's leading cameraphone according to Sony

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Here's why the Xperia Z1 is the world's leading cameraphone according to Sony

A 5-inch Triluminos display with X-Reality engine for mobile, an IP55/58 certified body promising water and dust resistance, and the latest, most powerful Snapdragon 800. Those are but a few of the top-of-the-line internals that the Sony Xperia Z1 comes packing. And yet, it is the 20.7MP camera unit packing an Exmor RS sensor and Sony's proprietary G lens that truly sets the Japanese company's phone apart. So much so, that according to Sony, the Xperia Z1 comes with “the world's leading camera in a smartphone”.


But what goes into a statement like that? You've probably guessed that such a claim is sure to attract the legal minds of any one competitor named in the survey, which is probably why Sony has been quite extensive and descriptive in its portrayal of the exact conditions under which the survey that Strategy Analytics carried out was performed.


Pitting the Sony Xperia Z1 against its main rivals, the company's new flagship was joined by the iPhone 5, HTC One, Nokia 925, Nokia 1020 and Samsung Galaxy S4. Tested under several scenarios, all of the smartphones listed above had their flash set to 'off' and their camera settings set to default. Rating the quality of the snaps taken by the various devices from 1 = very poor, to 5 = very good, were 209 consumers based in the UK, said to represent a typical sample of smartphone buyers. The plethora of images were then put on display via the following media: a 50-inch HD monitor, on the displays of the devices themselves (which were concealed, and had their order randomized as to avoid bias), and lastly: printed on a glossy A4 photo paper. The results were judged based on four factors that a previous Sony-sponsored survey found were most relevant to consumers: Sharpness, Brightness, Life-likeness, and “Overall picture quality”.


By now, it should be dawning on you that when we said Sony was quit extensive, we weren't kidding – this is actually the short version. Despite Sony's attempt to strictly adhere to a unbiased survey, however, we feel obligated to note a few key facts for your consideration. First, and probably most important – while we definitely get the idea that what consumers perceive as the best matters most at the end of the day (for a business entity, such as Sony), we nevertheless have to point out that the multitude of considerations that go into defining a really good image are, for the most part, lost on your typical consumer. Moreover, a survey with a sample of just 209 participants, qualitative as it may be, will (and should) be taken with a pinch of salt.


So, now that we've covered the technicalities (the, admittedly, boring part), lets get right into the test samples and see some of the best cameraphones fight it out.



source: Sony Mobile 

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posted on 09 Sep 2013, 09:43 29

1. lee480 (Posts: 197; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)


Not surprising. Sony is known to make the world\'s best cameras, not Nokia or Samsung.

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 09:46 26

2. kobainez (Posts: 429; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Nokia is not a camera company, SONY is

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 09:50 18

3. lee480 (Posts: 197; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)


That\'s why they are an expert in the imaging area, not Nokia.

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 09:54 6

9. kobainez (Posts: 429; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Well you\'re right that\'s what I\'m trying to say

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 10:30 2

36. james004 (Posts: 486; Member since: 15 May 2013)


LOL, nailed it.

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 09:51 9

4. trickster_qc (Posts: 107; Member since: 18 Jun 2013)


they really don't make the world's best Camera. They make very good ones, but no the best. As far as I know ( I've read about and was told ) Leica makes the best lenses. Canon makes the best '' body '' and Panasonic makes the best point and shoot.

And for sure the Z1, made by Sony, will be the best according to Sony.

The last thing Sony manufactured that they were the best at were Trinitron TVs.

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 09:53 11

5. kobainez (Posts: 429; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Have u ever heard of rx100? Best compact camera in the world

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 10:01 5

14. wicpromd (Posts: 266; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)


Rx100 was awarded as best invention of 2012 by TIME
and that is a real mighty ,having a huge sensor in such a.compact size with great quality

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 10:05 6

16. trickster_qc (Posts: 107; Member since: 18 Jun 2013)


yes I've heard.

But it's not because one of their camera is the best available right now that they are the '' world's best camera manufacturer ''.

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 14:21

78. AnukulVcool (unregistered)


ok then why is sgs3 sgs4 note2 note3 iphone4s iphone5 all of them using sony camera sensors. are they sick? or maybe you.....

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 14:23

79. AnukulVcool (unregistered)


ever heard about hawk-eye tech? guy sony is still bangin, just not for you

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 16:24

94. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)


They make the best consoles.

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 20:41

97. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 1178; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


that's just prefrence and your opinion unless you can validate it then NO!

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 09:55 3

10. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


And given the carrier exclusive in the U.S., Sony will be known for not making as many sales as they could have made without the carrier exclusive.

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 12:19 1

67. rd_nest (Posts: 1606; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


Nope.

Leica is known to make world\'s BEST cameras.

Someone might argue with Nikon/Canon/Hasselblad, but not Sony.

Sony isn\'t regarded so highly in the professional scene.

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 16:02 2

92. McLTE (Posts: 875; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Not now, but I believe they are making great progress.

I recently sold all my Nikon gear to switch to Sony and their A77. The feature set and price is impossible to ignore and.. EVF is the future!

having said that, Sony is NOT the best in the world, but they do make great cameras. Talking cameras is just like talking phones - Canon vs. Nikon vs. Sony and Apple Vs Android vs. WP.

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 13:50 1

76. guest (Posts: 338; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)


Woo hoo my HTC one is still hanging in there at #2!

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 15:55 3

91. akki20892 (Posts: 3901; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Nokia Lumia 1020 and Sony Xperia Z1 are both superior for me.......!!! Don't fight guys, give credit to who give hard work in both phone.

if u guys agree hit like.

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 09:53 8

6. mousesports (Posts: 274; Member since: 28 Feb 2013)


Right ... Fotoshop ... tards sony

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 10:08 8

18. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Any proofs?

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 10:44 14

47. ihatesmartphone (unregistered)


Bye bye Lumia 1020...
Here I come Z1!!!

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 09:54 6

7. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


I really hope that is not biased. If those pictures are real, the Z1 really is the best one (I hope so). But it\'s just weird how the Lumia 1020 was voted so down in the comparison.

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 09:55 4

11. kobainez (Posts: 429; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


lumia 1020 vs xperia z1http://blog.gsmarena.com/sony-xperia-z1s-20-7mp-snapper-gets-compared-to-nokia-lumia-1020s-41mp-pureview-monster/

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 09:57 1

12. wicpromd (Posts: 266; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)


lol
Lumia 1020 got nailed very hard in this comparison
i checked the Exif file
it is genuine

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 10:12 6

23. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"i checked the Exif file
it is genuine"

Exif is aint argument, Exif easy to fake! ;)

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 10:14 2

24. kobainez (Posts: 429; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


How about we wait for comparison from PA?

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 10:19 1

27. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Does it somehow will change the fact which I have said in my comment #23 ?

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 14:26

80. AnukulVcool (unregistered)


we are not talking about samsung

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 15:48

89. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


What my comment has to do with a Samsung?

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 10:17

26. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


You should check the source of the article. And as one user commented, the article is basically useless as the author hand picked what he wanted to say. GSMarena at it\'s finest.

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