Select Sony Xperia Z1 Compact units reportedly riddled with flash bleed
posted by Chris P. / Feb 05, 2014, 1:47 AM
This is not the first time we've heard people complain about flash bleed, and neither is Sony. Usually, flash bleeds can occur due to a poorly-constructed case, or an improperly applied back protector. Unfortunately for the Japanese manufacturer, however, complains are coming in droves, with many users claiming that their Z1 Compact doesn't use either of those, nor are they even close to obstructing the flash light physically while taking the shots. According to the Xperia Blog, the issue is more prevalent with the pink- and lime-colored models, which, again, could lead some to believe that there is a slight manufacturing defect not detected during trial runs.
We'll keep tabs on this as it progresses, but it's worth pointing out that while strictly unpleasant, these things happen, even in the smartphone world. If such a defect is indeed confirmed by Sony, it's likely that offending units will be fixed/changed.
- Display 4.3" 720 x 1280 pixels
- Camera 20.7 MP / 2 MP front
- Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
- Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
- Battery 2300 mAh(18h 3G talk time)
Well that's not very good.. hope they find a solution soon.
posted on Feb 05, 2014, 2:01 AM 1
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This can probably be fixed by a software solution changing the timing of the flash bursts.
posted on Feb 05, 2014, 4:04 AM 1
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If you stick a screen protector on the iPhone 5S's glass part around the camera sensor, it too produces the same results. It has something to do with how light is bent, even a slight misplaced region can produce. Since the Z1 Compact is glass front and back, maybe the users stuck a screen protector.
posted on Feb 05, 2014, 2:16 AM 4
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What is a new Sony phone without some bizzare bug, HW defect or screen lottery I guess. Feel bad for the people who finally got a compact flagship but now have to deal with Sony's poor QC.
posted on Feb 05, 2014, 2:20 AM 5
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Really do u care for those people? Here you come as I expected, you never leave a single chance to bash Sony, from esato.com to phonearena. You are nowhere to be seen when Samsung do something wrong nor you appreciate when Sony shows something promising n Im not defending Sony here. Yup this is unfortunate, It shows poor QC of Sony. Hope Sony will find the solution asap & replace the defective handsets.
posted on Feb 06, 2014, 1:58 AM 1
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Sony should really stop this thing happening, phones have screen crack, flash bleed etc. and software problems. It will make the customers frustrating. My first smartphone was the Xperia P, and after using it for few months, the phone have software problems and suddenly the phone can't turn on. Then, after that I sold it and got a Xperia Z and it's the same, after few months it has software problems and suddenly it can't turn on. After that, Sony replaced it with a second Xperia Z and after using for few months it has a bit bugs and software problems but those were fixed via Sony PC Companion. I really hope my phone won't have problems again. Sony should really improve their QC. But I still love Sony, I love their products and their customer service is good.
posted on Feb 05, 2014, 2:25 AM 3
Man this is bad for sony. Finally having a heavy hitting phone (best in the "Compact" category) and they miss up with the camera. Still would love to have one of those *cough* bring it to the states and VERIZON *cough*.
posted on Feb 05, 2014, 2:38 AM 1
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I get those kind of shots when the flash hits something closer than my subject of focus. If this is a real manufacturing issue there's nothing to worry about. Sony will surely replace this. Like what they did to faulty Xperia S units.
posted on Feb 05, 2014, 8:37 AM 0
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Sony Z1 Compact owner here, and I can confirm I get this issue with my (black) unit, with no fingers near the flash or camera, no cover of any sort, no screen protector. This appears to be a hardware problem caused by the use of plastic rather than glass as the back material.
posted on Feb 19, 2014, 7:44 PM 0
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