We tested the Sony Xperia 1's triple camera, here are our best photos

We tested the Sony Xperia 1's triple camera, here are our best photos
Back in February, Sony announced its latest flagship smartphone, the Xperia 1. This week, we finally got to try it out -- to get a feel for its 21:9 display, to enjoy some 4K goodness, and most importantly, to try out its triple camera setup. Long story short, we had a blast!

Sony kindly invited us to beautiful Venice to show us its latest and greatest phone -- an offer we could not resist. Upon arrival, we were handed an Xperia 1 (and an umbrella, you'll see why later). "Go, have fun with it," we were told. And that's exactly what we did.

Now, it is too early for us to give you a thorough review of the Sony Xperia 1. We simply haven't spent enough time with it to properly weigh its pros and cons. But while our full review is brewing, we'd be happy to share some of the photos we snapped over the past couple of days.

Sony's triple camera setup is comprised of a main camera for every-day use, a telephoto camera for quality zooming and fancy portraits, and a super wide-angle camera. If any of this sounds familiar, it's because high-end phones like the Galaxy S10 and the LG V50 use the same combo of lenses - a combo we find highly versatile. It gives you plenty of creative freedom, and you don't have to be a pro photographer to appreciate the flexibility these three lenses offer. Here's how these three cameras compare in terms of field of view:

Main Camera

The 12MP, F1.6 main shooter on the Sony Xperia 1 is the camera we used the most. It has adopted a number of handy features from previous Xperia phones, including Predictive Capture and the ability to shoot bursts with autofocus. What's new here is Sony's Eye AutoFocus tech adopted straight from the company's Alpha line of cameras. As its name implies, it maintains the focus on a person's eyes instead of solely tracking their face. 

Telephoto camera

The 12MP, F2.4 telephoto camera on the Sony Xperia 1 provides 2x zoom, and its optical properties make it ideal for portrait shots. Or you can simply use it to zoom in on stuff, of course. Our initial testing suggests that autofocusing and Eye AF aren't as reliable with this particular lens, especially if portrait mode is activated, but that's a bit of feedback we've already passed on to Sony's engineers. That aside, we'd say our shots are totally Insta-worthy. 

Wide-angle camera

The third weapon in Sony's arsenal is a 12MP, F2.4 super wide-angle camera with a field of view that lets you capture epic scenes with ease. It fits a lot more in the frame than the main cam which makes it invaluable in certain situations. Its biggest downside is that it introduces noticeable GoPro-like lens distortion (as all cameras of this kind), but a software lens correction mode is available in the camera app. 

And these were some of the best photos that we took with the Sony Xperia 1 over the past few days. Do you like what you see? Let us know!

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Xperia 1
  • Display 6.5" 1644 x 3840 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3330 mAh(24.8h 3G talk time)



1. User123456789

Posts: 1008; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

PA scores: Xperia 1 : 8,5 (despite being better than 11 Max) U13: 8,0 11r : 9.3 11: 9.4 11 Max : 9.5 Note 10e : 8.8 Note 10 : 9.0 ( despite being better than 11 Max)

4. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

Oh is that a prediction? I'm not really sure HTC is gearing for a U13, although I'm wishing for one with a headphone jack... Btw apart from the pixels, the best actual camera of year past was the U12, too bad the button thing screwed up the entire project.

7. iloveapps

Posts: 855; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Your just butthurt that appleā€™s natural camera is more popular than your fantasy camera.

9. User123456789

Posts: 1008; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Purple sky and yellowish selfie are natural?

18. ibrar1996

Posts: 20; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

How on earth I read a comment saying apple has natural camera colours Plzzzz nooooo.. Plz dont reproduce

26. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

And your HTC U11 better than iPhone 8 Plus Lol.

27. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

2. Taquidi

Posts: 23; Member since: Oct 05, 2016

Wonderful photos!

3. User123456789

Posts: 1008; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Looks like they still did not finish the software despite de phone is shipping already. I think this is wrong from my POV. I understand that after they ship they are working on improvments, but not the case. Last year XZ2 Premium was shipped without the bokeh and solo monochrome .

16. Nevita

Posts: 44; Member since: Sep 01, 2018


5. legar123

Posts: 59; Member since: Mar 26, 2019

Samsung Note 10 with its Vibranium powered cameras produce significantly better photos and it is validated by many reviewers!

28. rsiders

Posts: 1975; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

I'm here for the Vibranium.lol

40. Reviewerofstuff

Posts: 129; Member since: Jun 02, 2018


6. Arthurhkt

Posts: 725; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

It's sad to see that Sony had fallen so low, they had no one to blame except for internal conflict between their smartphone and camera sensor department, even now that finally make peace and used the best sensor they had, their name had fall so far off to the point basic consumer wouldn't even consider them again.

10. User123456789

Posts: 1008; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

This sensor is not better than one used inside xz3. From 1/2.3" to 1/2.6" ....

8. plsnoregforcomments

Posts: 26; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

I'm sorry, the photos look mediocre or bad (washed out background details) for a $1k+ flagship phone of 2019. The low-light photos are especially bad. This is the supposedly 'quality' after collaborating with Sony's Alpha camera team? Combined with Sony's in-house technologies (BIONZ) and using Sony's in-house Exmor camera sensors? Not impressed at all. No wonder Sony is scaling back its smartphone business around the world. And there are no carrier subsidies in the USA and other countries... good luck trying to sell them at full price on Amazon or Sony's online store.

11. User123456789

Posts: 1008; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Photos are compressed. i downloaded them and they are not full sized. Bigger aperture will cause more background blur compared to f1.8 and f2.0.

12. Djz89

Posts: 445; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

I disagree, those photos are great, at least wait for the full review with different scenarios, the colors looks good, and the photos looks natural, not fake like p30 pro

13. dazed1

Posts: 805; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

Good camera, useless phone. Who would buy a pathetic tv remote with 21:9 format that gives you noticable smaller display at same screen size like 19:9 for example. And again 1600x1200, and no full resolution photos, great!

14. bonkuero

Posts: 2; Member since: May 31, 2019

dude you are pathetic by commenting like that some might like 21:9 desing some may not.

24. asnurasnur

Posts: 1; Member since: May 31, 2019

I will, I like to work multitasking with dual apps on screen

36. Yashsingh

Posts: 1; Member since: May 31, 2019

Don't knock it till you try it, maybe wait and use the thing before you go full villian on it jeez

37. Djz89

Posts: 445; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

I played around with the xperia 10 pluss, and i actually like the ratio, a little getting used to but if the weight is properly managed its actually much better to hold than the s10, + thought i never say it, but this is not a bad idea. It's not in any way useless that is for sure, if i could change one thing, it would to make it 6" not 6,5.

41. Reviewerofstuff

Posts: 129; Member since: Jun 02, 2018

Should have gotten the regular xperia 10 then it had a 6" screen.

43. Djz89

Posts: 445; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

Yes, that is my point, the xperia 1 should be 6 not 6.5, because 6 is very easy to handle :)

44. romeo1

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

Xperia 2 is supposed to be the 6" or 6,1" version. Same hardware except for the screen if I'm not mistaken

15. bonkuero

Posts: 2; Member since: May 31, 2019

I think that those photos are amazing.

34. Sparkxster

Posts: 1240; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Nice natural colors and good clarity camera shots look fantastic!

17. Nevita

Posts: 44; Member since: Sep 01, 2018

The best color science on a smartphone. Huawei and google can take 4 seconds to shoot low light pictures and wherever you want but their color are so saturated or a with a completely wrong hue. But this phone really captures the natural beauty of that model, the skin tone is just woah. And those the new hdr is fantastic, not overused and no halos!

19. Joosty

Posts: 482; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

This may be the best phone camera. Shots are beautiful.

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