Select Sony Xperia Z1 Compact units reportedly riddled with flash bleed

Select Sony Xperia Z1 Compact units reportedly riddled with flash bleed
The rather vocal Sony community has taken to forum boards around the globe to voice its displeasure over what appears to be a manufacturing defect with select Xperia Z1 Compact units. Known as 'flash bleed', the issue is only apparent when low-light shots are taken with the help of the LED flash. In such scenarios, users are complaining that the flash 'bleeds' into the footage, messing up the end result. You can check a few examples in the gallery below.

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. 

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Xperia Z1 Compact
  • 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)



1. GeekMovement unregistered

Well that's not very good.. hope they find a solution soon.

9. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

This can probably be fixed by a software solution changing the timing of the flash bursts.

10. neops

Posts: 297; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

Yes, before or after 5 seconds the photo was taken...

15. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

LOL that was funny +1!

2. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

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.

3. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1178; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

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.

6. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

The phone is a total beast, but this is a complete turn off. QC isn't one of Skny's strengths.

12. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

You must feel even worse for those who will get some lower specs with the same price and even with the worst material available.

14. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

People are putting their finger on the flash in order to trigger the "problem", how can it be considered a bug?

16. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Every flagship phone has some problems at launch. But yes Sony should fix this and FAST

18. Fynjy777

Posts: 35; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

This flash is not such a big problem. I think it will be solved quite soon. Anyway it's still the best mini flagship nowadays.

19. bANNG

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 05, 2014

Really do u care for those people? Here you come as I expected, you never leave a single chance to bash Sony, from 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.

4. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

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.

5. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Sony's chance in redeeming themselves for the terrible QC in the past failed. They should fix this issue ASAP.

7. wolfsaviorzx unregistered

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*.

11. neops

Posts: 297; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

S#it happens, bless you.

8. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

sony they are known for this even in xperia s had the same issue . z1 also has but partial now this

13. sswain

Posts: 56; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

lol ..

17. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

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.

20. handbanana

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 19, 2014

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.

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