Sony Xperia XZ1, XZ1 Compact, XZ Premium and XZs are getting a camera distortion fix


Four of Sony's recent high-end smartphones - the Xperia XZ1, XZ1 Compact, XZ Premium, and Xperia XZs - feature rear cameras with lenses that are a bit wider than on most smartphones. While this means you can capture more of your surroundings in just one shot, it also means photos can exhibit some visible perspective distortion.   



 



Plenty of Sony fans have been complaining about the distortions that the new Xperia cameras are producing, and, thankfully, Sony now has a fix for the problem. 


The fix comes in the form of a software update, and includes a "Correction for image distortion" option that's found in the camera settings menu - as seen on the right. When this option is enabled, your photos should be distortion-free.  



 



The camera distortion fix is included in the Android Oreo update that's now rolling out to the Xperia XZ Premium. The Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact, which already run Oreo, should receive the fix by the end of November. As for the Xperia XZs, this could get the image distortion correction feature at the same time with its Oreo update (though we don't know when this is supposed to arrive).



 



Here's Sony's official response to this camera issue:



 





 



sources: Sony Xperia Support Forum, Xperia Blog

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7 Comments

1. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Good thing its toggable or can be toggled. Distortion can be good thing too. Anyways, kudos for the fix.

3. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Was your comment sarcastic? Cause I was about to post the complete opposite... If this is truly a fix it should be a toggle.... That is like saying: "hey we fix the weird color of the Pixel 2 XL display but if you want it back you can uncheck the setting"

4. avalon2105

Posts: 352; Member since: Jul 12, 2014

Don't know about him being sarcastic but it is possible that someone would want to achieve fish eye effect on some pictures. It's also possible that not all units suffer from this issue so applying fix on those units could lead to "over correction". They are using software fix for hardware problem so some people might be better off not activating the toggle in camera options.

5. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

Sony has said it a few times before, but the distortion is a trade off from the wide 25mm lens, and therefore is normal. The "fix" uses software to edit the picture so I can imagine that some people would rather have the original one.

6. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Cool, thank for your responses.... I too get a slight distorsiĆ³n on my XZ due to the same hardware behavior, but unless the software fix is extremely aggressive i wouldn't mind a fix without toggle, anyway good to have options then...

2. libra89

Posts: 2280; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Good on Sony for doing this. I'll be looking forward to getting the update in November.

7. cheetah2k

Posts: 2254; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Got Android 8 yesterday (Australia generic) the distortion fix works superbly well. Very impressed. In fact the whole Andriod 8 update is bloody good.

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