Sony Xperia Z & ZL first camera samples

Sony Xperia Z & ZL first camera samples
When it comes to being above the curve in terms of smartphone cameras, there’s no arguing the fact that Sony is more than likely going to pop up somewhere on the list. As we’ve seen from their line of Android powered smartphones, they’ve blessed them with some exquisite sensors to make them stand out just a tiny bit more from the crop. During Sony’s CES 2013 press conference, we were introduced to their two latest offerings – the Sony Xperia Z and Xperia ZL.

Easily a standout feature on both of these super spec’d Android smartphones, they both share a 13-megapixel auto-focus camera that feature 1080p video recording and an Exmor RS sensor. Significantly higher than some of the other highly prized smartphones on the market, which normally range around 8-megapixels, these devices no doubt want to be ahead of the competition in this aspect. However, even though they can flex their muscles in this specific category, it doesn’t necessarily mean they’re going to beat the competition to a bloody pulp.

Before moving on talking about their quality, it’s worth mentioning that the snapped images are coming from pre-production units – and the lighting conditions aren’t the most conducive to produce the best quality. Starting off with Sony’s flagship in the Xperia Z, we have to say that it does a decent job in low lighting environments, as it’s able to maintain a steady exposure between light and dark areas in the scenery. However, its color production seems to be a bit lacking in the vibrancy department, which ultimately appears washed out. Meanwhile, its 1080p video recording quality is noticeably noisy. As for its sibling in the Xperia ZL, it coughs up similar results – though, it doesn’t seem to handle dynamic range as well. And finally, the 1080p video recording quality also exhibits the same level of artifacting and noise, which is most evident when panning.

Well folks, there you go! It’s sneak peek in what they’re able to deliver – for now, that is. Of course, we’re always hoping to see some additional tweaks between now and their release to tighten up any loose ends. Take a look and see for yourself!

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Xperia Z
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13.1 MP / 2.2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Quad-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 2330 mAh(14h 3G talk time)
Xperia ZL
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Quad-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2370 mAh(13h 3G talk time)



1. Rehankhan

Posts: 323; Member since: Oct 24, 2012


5. MeoCao unregistered

what do you see guys, I don't see anything special

7. haneef4u

Posts: 40; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

open your mind.... :)

8. MeoCao unregistered

lol can you help me open it :)? we need some comparison I guess.

10. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

gotta agree with you in this one. We need some comparison to know if it really is good.

17. ZiadMohamed

Posts: 21; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

agree with you the quality still the same of Sony mobiles nothing special and may be another competitors are better in terms of quality...but let we wait to see daylight and macro samples...portrait and landscape to judge the way Sony used the second generation from BSI sensor and Exmor RS new sensor...we need to see HDR and 1080P HDR rec ;)

2. bakhtawar

Posts: 41; Member since: Nov 22, 2012

wow !!!!

3. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 561; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

OIS missing.

9. MeoCao unregistered

I think this can be done through sofware. OIS makes phones thick and heavy. I don't want Z to be as thick and heavy as 920.

15. freebee269

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 10, 2012

i could tell it was missing also. it's easier to notice when you own a lumia 920. although the person holding the phones tried to not make it shake, there was still some jaggedness to the video. also i noticed the auto zoom took awhile to rezoom from far away to close objects. software image stabilization will never be able to be as good as hardware stabilization. if that was the case then professional photographers wouldnt have to use a tripod.

4. phljcnth

Posts: 565; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Meh, 2011-2012 phone cameras are just on par with these. 13MP and its sensor are but put-ons.

14. phljcnth

Posts: 565; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Thumbs down?? You guys are make believing. Can someone tell me what is so superior and special with its quality? I don't hate the phone (in fact I want to own one). I'm just telling what is obvious to the eyes! I didn't even say it is a bad camera.

6. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

Head and shoulders above the galaxy s3 and note2, but still not as good as the Lumia 920. Looks like Nokia has nothing to worry about.

11. dailybargainshop840

Posts: 6; Member since: Jan 08, 2013

Good one, it is having excellent features, this new launch of Sony camera is wonderful.

12. InspectorGadget80 unregistered


13. adjou

Posts: 106; Member since: Jul 06, 2010

Audio is amazing!!!!

16. rickysam

Posts: 44; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

nthing special common sony do something with your cameras increase clarity and details not pixels

19. ZiadMohamed

Posts: 21; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

agree with

18. DeepakMohan

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 11, 2013

nice phone

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