Sony Xperia S 12MP camera samples
Of course, we couldn't resist the temptation to take the device and snap a few pictures, just to get a sneak peek at what we should expect from this handset in terms of camera capabilities. Although this might change a bit until the phone ships, we should still say that the Xperia S demonstrated some pretty decent photo-taking capabilities. You'll find the samples below, as well as the same images taken with the Panasonic Lumix FZ40, for reference purposes.
Camera samples taken with the Sony Xperia S
Reference samples taken with the Panasonic Lumix FZ40
So, what do you think of these samples? Do you like the pictures that the Sony Xperia S's 12MP camera makes? Tell us with your comments!
1. Birds (Posts: 848; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)
Ok, detail on both are good but I think detail is superior on the Sony cell phone. The Sony has good noise surpresion and maintains good detail. The Panasonic camera simpy has over processing in low lighting. Fine detail is smeared and it is very, very grainy. However, both do very well in macroshots. I'm not surprised their since that is where Mega zooms and cellphones excel on. Color is more accurate on the Panasonic camera but barely. I find the Sony cellphone to struggle slightly with processing reds but it is not very noticeable. Anyways my point is that it beats the HTC Amaze, Samsung Galaxy SII (variants included) and the iPhone 4S. It is not quite to the level as the n8 but it came extraordinarily close. It took better shots the a 400 dollar camera! This is a good buy!
10. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Actually detail is A LOT better on the Xperia, except for the close watch photo where it's pretty much a tie.
Anyways, i tend to notice that at equal resolutions the best phone cameras have more detail than the point and shoot cameras - is that due to zoom lenses of dedicated cameras?
11. Birds (Posts: 848; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)
Somewhat. I'd sat that it is due more to how the pack such a small sensor into a large camera and expect good results in low light. And it has a lot to do with ISO. on my point and shoot, I forget to take it off of ISO 400 wehn I'm outdoors so my photos end up very soft and not very sharp. But Lower ISOs, photos turn out slightly better than the shots with the Sony.
2. mukrenol (Posts: 90; Member since: 03 Sep 2011)
for a cellphone
this is pretty good quality already
still, it's different from an actual camera
and cannot replace an actual slr type camera =)
12. Birds (Posts: 848; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)
Actually the Panansic FZ40 is not a DSLR. It is a bridge camera. It has a DSLR styled body but that's only it. The rest is just a standard point and shoot with 24x optical zoom. To put it better, they used a sensor from a cheaper camera and added the zoom, features, and manual controls of a bridge camera. I know no cellphone can beat the features but at the wide end of the zoom range, this cellphone gives the megazoom quite a run for its money. But I did notice that in the video with the Panasonic, detail was just as good but it was smoother because of the complex image stabilization. The cellphone didn't do a bad job, I saw a few duplicated frames here and their, but mostly slight jerkiness and choppiness which was caused probably by low lighting. Overall the cellphone is impressive to say the least. I mean no cellphone can escape that video problem, not even the N8 so this is still a very great performance.
3. santaclaus (Posts: 52; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)
are the pictures taken at same distance? the panasonic one seems has wider angle lens
13. Birds (Posts: 848; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)
Yep. The images are at the same distaince but from my experience with the Panasonic, it has a very wide lens, even in telephoto. It is even wider than my canon powershot sx150is.
8. tahnik (Posts: 123; Member since: 17 Jul 2011)
N8 will be 1 cause of xenon flash....without xenon Sony is the best
14. spiderpig2894 (Posts: 328; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)
xperia s and ion have the same 12.1 MP Exmor R camera
9. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Looks great, fine detail and natural, not over processed like phone photos tend to be these days.
Overall, easily the best camera on android phone, better than iPhone 4s too. (hardly a surprise since iPhone also uses previous generation Sony exmor module)
15. RamyRamz69 (Posts: 389; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)
Wow...I can't actually believe that these photos are taken from a phone. Sony did an ultimate job tbh.
16. nanozander (Posts: 56; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
There seem to be alot of lens flaring on the Xperia S. Did you guys wipe the lens before taking the shots?
18. monkeyfeet (Posts: 29; Member since: 27 Jan 2011)
All the images from the Sony have a haze. What gives?
20. spiderpig2894 (Posts: 328; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)
i guess fingerprints are on the camera lens since many people are touching the phone.
@PA, please try to clean the lens if you are comparing camera details. =)