How to shoot underwater pics and video with the Sony Xperia Z3 or Z3 Compact

How to shoot underwater pics and video with the Sony Xperia Z3 or Z3 Compact
The new Sony Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact sport the highest dust- and waterproof ratings on a smartphone this side of the CAT-branded Android monstrosities. You wouldn't tell from their slim and stylish physiques, but those premium chassis house IP65/68 durability ratings, meaning that you can submerge them in up to five feet (1.5 m) of fresh water for up to 30 minutes.

This depth is more than enough for some underwater photography fun in the hotel pool or the home aquarium, for instance, but don't think you will just lurk in the pool shadows, waiting for your frat buddies to make a cannonball, and shoot their inebriated faces underwater for the afterparty posts. You will quickly notice that you can't really operate a touchscreen underwater, as your finger taps will be reflected all over the place, usually taking you out of the camera app altogether. Here's what to do to shoot pics and video with the Z3 and Z3 Compact underwater:

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Xperia Z3
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 20.7 MP / 2.2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3100 mAh(14h talk time)
Xperia Z3 Compact
  • Display 4.6" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 20.7 MP / 2.2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(14h 3G talk time)

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8 Comments

1. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I am torn between the Sony Xperia Z3 & the Google Nexus X. I JUST DON'T KNOW!!! 1080p vs 1440p, 5.2" vs 5.9", Water/dust proof vs we don't know yet, 20.7MP vs 13MP Sony vs pure Google Android...

2. f35hunter

Posts: 240; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

Just get the z3 compact if you are not a developer or better wait for the z4

3. spin9

Posts: 310; Member since: May 31, 2014

Z3 - 6" no way

5. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

At least wait for the Nexus release first :)

4. Poshey22

Posts: 6; Member since: Nov 28, 2012

the camera is not the best on z3 i got it and not 100% happy with it like i think the s5 i had before it had a better camera and the iphone 6 is even better camera never mind under water

8. jmonteiro829

Posts: 261; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

Must be holding it wrong!

6. el_sur

Posts: 8; Member since: Sep 23, 2014

The Z3 compact has an option to prevent accidental input, like from water droplets. I then just use the physical shutter button. That does the trick.

7. vahid.victim

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

z3 compact better all of phones .........

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