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

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

A 5-inch Triluminos display withX-Reality engine for mobile, an IP55/58 certified body promisingwater and dust resistance, and the latest, most powerful Snapdragon800. Those are but a few of the top-of-the-lineinternals that the Sony Xperia Z1 comes packing. And yet, it is the20.7MP camera unit packing an Exmor RS sensor and Sony's proprietaryG 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 asmartphone”.

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

Pitting the Sony Xperia Z1 againstits main rivals, the company's new flagship was joined by the iPhone5, HTC One, Nokia 925, Nokia 1020 and Samsung Galaxy S4. Tested underseveral scenarios, all of the smartphones listed above had theirflash set to 'off' and their camera settings set to default. Ratingthe quality of the snaps taken by the various devices from 1 = verypoor, to 5 = very good, were 209 consumers based in the UK, said torepresent a typical sample of smartphone buyers. Theplethora 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 A4photo paper. The results were judged based on four factors that aprevious Sony-sponsored survey found were most relevant to consumers:Sharpness, Brightness, Life-likeness, and “Overall picturequality”.

By now, it should be dawning on youthat when we said Sony was quit extensive, we weren't kidding –this is actually the short version. Despite Sony's attempt tostrictly adhere to a unbiased survey, however, we feel obligated to note a few key facts for your consideration. First, and probably mostimportant – while we definitely get the idea that what consumersperceive as the best mattersmost at the end of the day (for a business entity, such as Sony), we nevertheless have to point out thatthe multitude of considerations that go into defining a really goodimage 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 ofsalt.

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

source: Sony Mobile 

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Xperia Z1
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 20.7 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(15h 3G talk time)



1. lee480 unregistered

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

2. kobainez

Posts: 454; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Nokia is not a camera company, SONY is

3. lee480 unregistered

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

9. kobainez

Posts: 454; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

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

36. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

LOL, nailed it.

4. trickster_qc

Posts: 107; Member since: Jun 18, 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.

5. kobainez

Posts: 454; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

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

14. wicpromd

Posts: 266; Member since: Aug 20, 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

16. trickster_qc

Posts: 107; Member since: Jun 18, 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 ''.

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.....

79. AnukulVcool unregistered

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

94. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

They make the best consoles.

97. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

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

10. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

67. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 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.

92. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 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.

76. guest

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

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

91. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 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.

6. mousesports

Posts: 286; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

Right ... Fotoshop ... tards sony

18. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Any proofs?

47. ihatesmartphone unregistered

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

7. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 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.

11. kobainez

Posts: 454; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

12. wicpromd

Posts: 266; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

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

23. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"i checked the Exif file it is genuine" Exif is aint argument, Exif easy to fake! ;)

24. kobainez

Posts: 454; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

How about we wait for comparison from PA?

27. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

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

80. AnukulVcool unregistered

we are not talking about samsung

89. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

What my comment has to do with a Samsung?

26. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 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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