Sony Xperia Z HDR video compilation: less burn, more detail

Sony Xperia Z HDR video compilation: less burn, more detail
The new Sony Xperia Z flagship boasts a feature no other phone can brag with, and it is High Dynamic Range capture, but not only for still photography, but in videos as well.

The option is hardwired with the new Exmor RS sensor of Sony, and it merges footage with different exposure values on the fly to record the most distinctive scenes in tricky dynamic range situations - when shooting against a sunlit window, for instance, or with bright objects near darker ones in the frame, for example, where the conventional smartphone capture tends to overexpose or directly "burn" those areas.

A few impromptu samples with the HDR video function on have appeared, taken with the preproduction versions of the Xperia Z that were at CES and other places, and as you can see for yourself, the high dynamic range exposure trickery really does make a difference. The bonus footage is a middle-aged Asian guy caught doing pushups outside of the expo center at CES under a "Be Moved" billboard - 'cause tech shows are crazy like that.

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Xperia Z
  • Display 5.0 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 13.1 MP (Single camera)
    2.2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 2330 mAh
  • OS Android 5.1 Lollipop



33. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

DON'T LET ME walk into your HQ SONY & sneak out with your phone

30. theZED

Posts: 25; Member since: May 09, 2012

When it's rolling anything is nothing to Sony. See the history. It will again be the most trusted Electronics brand.

7. tashreef

Posts: 476; Member since: Nov 24, 2012

Better than L920?

10. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

If you mean camera - it seems like it could be better, apart from the sensor stabilization. If you mean the overall package - it absolutely blows the Nokia away in every respect

19. No_Nonsense unregistered

Blows it in every aspect? Care to go beyond the dumb better specs, more apps (pretty much a standard argument against anything non-Android these days) and the fact that the phone is lighter/thinner?. BTW, waterproofing is one area where I'll give it to the Xperia.

20. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

..and you've just answered it for me thank you. You missed only the expandable storage. Since discussion about the OS is a matter of taste, if you wish

21. MeoCao unregistered

higher res, more features, better material what more aspects do you need?

22. No_Nonsense unregistered

Better material? More features? Speaking of a higher res display, what's the use if there's hardly any content that can make full use of the 1080p display? Source: ARSTechnica's Droid DNA review.

25. MeoCao unregistered

Do you know there are 1080p videos? And pictures with high def too. And when there are many such screens, apps and content will be created for it. Have you ever heard of chicken-egg story ? :)

26. No_Nonsense unregistered

Do you know there are 1080p videos? Thanks for telling me sir, I never knew of it. There's some blind fanboyism on this site. Apps and content WILL BE CREATED, so wouldn't a normal guy be better of with a phone that has all content on his platform right away rather than waiting for content to arrive?

27. MeoCao unregistered

lol u r welcome. It's not you, not me. The normal users always want the best, the latest and the greatest. Try to explain to them they don't need such things... Well MS has tried repeatedly with Win mobile. WP7 and now WP8. you have exactly the same logic as MS: MS always wants it safe, so MS is never the first to push the envelop. The result is despite being the earleast player in mobile, MS is soundly beaten by both Apple and Google despite spending tonnes of money on ads.

28. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

If anyone is being blind here, it's you. Would you watch 1080p YouTube videos on your phone? Play some heavy games on it? You think your L920 is as fast as a phone can be? Well you're sorely deluded then. It's not faster than S3 even on the SAME PROCESSOR. It would be significantly faster with S4 pro I assure you. Anyway to rephrase my initial statement.. Xperia Z blows the L920 away in every measurable aspect.

32. freebee269

Posts: 543; Member since: Aug 10, 2012

except for lumia 920's video camera. i dont know if you have ever played with it, but it is pretty awesome. have you seen this video shot with the lumia 920 camera only? here a video comparison real world test engadget did for the lumia 920 vs. iphone 5. i'm not saying the rest of the xperia Z isnt better, because it is. but the video camera will not "blow the L920 away". daytime pics prolly will be better, but not low-light pics.

36. phonemirer

Posts: 111; Member since: Dec 07, 2012

why they re comparing l920 w xperia z ?? l920 is older, so wait for 922 and we ll see wich one will be blow out of the water

4. skuld

Posts: 44; Member since: Jan 10, 2013

game over! finest flagship of 2013.

11. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Meh. Sony does have a very strong innovation in their HDR video feature. However, declaring it game over for 2013 at the very beginning of 2013 strikes me as a bit optimistic. I doubt Sony is going to outsell Sammy for example. Nokia may have something to show that challenges Sony's HDR video feature. Even if Sony is the only manufacturer to feature HDR video, they have a way to go to challenge Apple, Sammy and the WP universe. Credit where credit is due, however.

13. tashreef

Posts: 476; Member since: Nov 24, 2012

exactly let's see what Sammy and nokia has to show in MWC ...... then we will declare about the finest flagship of the year on 31/12/2013

16. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

and once again where would sammy be without sonys lens on its camera? Sammy deserves NO credit in my opinion........

18. wendygarett unregistered

Off topic: Where's your previous avatars knight... btw, can you explain to me why Sammy deserves no credit?


Posts: 328; Member since: Oct 13, 2012

Sammy has its own CMOS sensors and probably every component of a smartphone, they will gradually stop their reliance on sony for its camera sensors in coarse of time and improve their own sensors.

31. ZiadMohamed

Posts: 21; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

Enough this of Xperia Z design which is far by light years from low end cheap looking of S3

24. rickysam

Posts: 44; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

i agrre that man especially in the camera department

1. bakhtawar

Posts: 41; Member since: Nov 22, 2012

sony best !

8. MeoCao unregistered

The HDR looks very promising, can't wait to see Z's HDR picture samples and comparison.

15. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

waiting to see a lumia 920 and xperia z camera comparison

23. rickysam

Posts: 44; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

i think nokia gonna win as the sample pics of xperia z isnt that good

34. zazori08

Posts: 113; Member since: Dec 21, 2011

not good? maybe you need to get your eyes checked.

35. rickysam

Posts: 44; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

man i think you havnt checked the pic samples of xperia z

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