Sony Xperia S 12MP camera samples

Sony Xperia S 12MP camera samples
The Sony Xperia S is a spectacular device any way you look at it, and that 12MP camera with an Exmor R sensor that it carries there on its back is just one more reason why you should consider this model when you are on the hunt for a new phone later this year.

Of course, we couldn't resist the temptation to take the device and snap a few pictures, just to get a sneak peek at what we should expect from this handset in terms of camera capabilities. Although this might change a bit until the phone ships, we should still say that the Xperia S demonstrated some pretty decent photo-taking capabilities. You'll find the samples below, as well as the same images taken with the Panasonic Lumix FZ40, for reference purposes.

Camera samples taken with the Sony Xperia S

Reference samples taken with the Panasonic Lumix FZ40

So, what do you think of these samples? Do you like the pictures that the Sony Xperia S's 12MP camera makes? Tell us with your comments!

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Xperia S
  • Display 4.3" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 12.1 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S3, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 1750 mAh(8.50h 3G talk time)



1. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Ok, detail on both are good but I think detail is superior on the Sony cell phone. The Sony has good noise surpresion and maintains good detail. The Panasonic camera simpy has over processing in low lighting. Fine detail is smeared and it is very, very grainy. However, both do very well in macroshots. I'm not surprised their since that is where Mega zooms and cellphones excel on. Color is more accurate on the Panasonic camera but barely. I find the Sony cellphone to struggle slightly with processing reds but it is not very noticeable. Anyways my point is that it beats the HTC Amaze, Samsung Galaxy SII (variants included) and the iPhone 4S. It is not quite to the level as the n8 but it came extraordinarily close. It took better shots the a 400 dollar camera! This is a good buy!

10. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Actually detail is A LOT better on the Xperia, except for the close watch photo where it's pretty much a tie. Anyways, i tend to notice that at equal resolutions the best phone cameras have more detail than the point and shoot cameras - is that due to zoom lenses of dedicated cameras?

11. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Somewhat. I'd sat that it is due more to how the pack such a small sensor into a large camera and expect good results in low light. And it has a lot to do with ISO. on my point and shoot, I forget to take it off of ISO 400 wehn I'm outdoors so my photos end up very soft and not very sharp. But Lower ISOs, photos turn out slightly better than the shots with the Sony.

2. mukrenol

Posts: 92; Member since: Sep 03, 2011

remember for a cellphone this is pretty good quality already still, it's different from an actual camera and cannot replace an actual slr type camera =)

12. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Actually the Panansic FZ40 is not a DSLR. It is a bridge camera. It has a DSLR styled body but that's only it. The rest is just a standard point and shoot with 24x optical zoom. To put it better, they used a sensor from a cheaper camera and added the zoom, features, and manual controls of a bridge camera. I know no cellphone can beat the features but at the wide end of the zoom range, this cellphone gives the megazoom quite a run for its money. But I did notice that in the video with the Panasonic, detail was just as good but it was smoother because of the complex image stabilization. The cellphone didn't do a bad job, I saw a few duplicated frames here and their, but mostly slight jerkiness and choppiness which was caused probably by low lighting. Overall the cellphone is impressive to say the least. I mean no cellphone can escape that video problem, not even the N8 so this is still a very great performance.

3. santaclaus

Posts: 52; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

are the pictures taken at same distance? the panasonic one seems has wider angle lens

13. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Yep. The images are at the same distaince but from my experience with the Panasonic, it has a very wide lens, even in telephoto. It is even wider than my canon powershot sx150is.

4. Padmasali

Posts: 15; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

Sony Xperia S best in current time...

5. sadaivadai

Posts: 156; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

U forgot N8 ..

7. RazaAsad

Posts: 100; Member since: Nov 24, 2011

best after n8

8. tahnik

Posts: 201; Member since: Jul 17, 2011

N8 will be 1 cause of xenon flash....without xenon Sony is the best

6. remyrz

Posts: 205; Member since: Oct 28, 2010

compare it to the sony ION :P

14. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

xperia s and ion have the same 12.1 MP Exmor R camera

9. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Looks great, fine detail and natural, not over processed like phone photos tend to be these days. Overall, easily the best camera on android phone, better than iPhone 4s too. (hardly a surprise since iPhone also uses previous generation Sony exmor module)

15. RamyRamz69

Posts: 390; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

Wow...I can't actually believe that these photos are taken from a phone. Sony did an ultimate job tbh.

16. nanozander

Posts: 97; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

There seem to be alot of lens flaring on the Xperia S. Did you guys wipe the lens before taking the shots?

18. monkeyfeet

Posts: 32; Member since: Jan 27, 2011

This All the images from the Sony have a haze. What gives?

20. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

i guess fingerprints are on the camera lens since many people are touching the phone. @PA, please try to clean the lens if you are comparing camera details. =)

17. SGSatlantis

Posts: 227; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

Nice watch

19. josephnero

Posts: 795; Member since: Nov 16, 2011 is the best

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