Sony Xperia Z1 low-light samples roundup

Sony Xperia Z1 low-light samples roundup
The Sony Xperia Z1 might actually break the company's reputation for "much ado about nothing" mobile cameras that have been haunting the image comparisons for a while with the Xperia line.

The combination of a 1/2.3″ large 20.7 megapixel Exmor RS sensor, Sony's trademark BIONZ image processing engine, and 27 mm wide-angle f/2.0 Sony G Lens seems to finally hit the nail right on the head when it comes to Android photography. 

Samsung's Galaxy S4 and the optically stabilized LG G2 are the current leaders here, but judging from the shots taken with an Xperia Z1 of night time Singapore below, we might have a new leader on the Android block, which is thin and waterproof at that. Bear in mind that some of the photos are zoomed in utilizing the pixel-binning Clear Zoom feature, and the results are far better than the useless digital zoom most phone offer.

Check these out and tell us what you think, we'll have the Z1 very soon and be able to test for you if indeed its camera is this good with extensive shootout series. For the full-size samples, hit up the source link below.

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Xperia Z1
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 20.7 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(15h 3G talk time)

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68 Comments

1. Seo_Joo_Hyun

Posts: 65; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

impressive results, i want o see the comparison between this , Lumia 1520 with 20 megapixle and the Lumia 1020

4. yasir-921

Posts: 81; Member since: Oct 02, 2012

You're saying as if the 1020, 1520 and Z1 will be in front of you and you're going to choose one! huh..

12. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2348; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Some look a little blurry.,.but they do look brite in night shot

21. criticism

Posts: 46; Member since: Sep 12, 2013

ya, u r rite!! the sharpness is not impressing! I also think the dynamic range isn't also comparable to that of recent Lumia phones! But not sure unless we see the comparisons!

38. taikucing unregistered

remember... the sensor in Sony XZ1 is still not as big as Lumia. Sony can put big 2/3" sensor too if they want to and Sony can blow Nokia out of the water. Just saying...

41. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

But they didn't. Just saying...

44. Feanor

Posts: 1292; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

...because the Z1 is less than 8.5mm thin with no ugly hump that gets in the way when you hold the phone in landscape. Just saying... NOKIA fans, please face the truth. Sony could include a larger sensor and OIS if they wanted and they would have made the best cameraphone in the world. They didn't do, not because they couldn't, but because they wanted to keep the phone thin and elegant and also as not to confuse their own compact camera customers. Even if the Z1 proves slightly worse than the Lumia 1020 in making pics, it's still an engineering marvel, that it can do so much with its camera being only 8.5mm thin. More so than the 1020.

46. papss unregistered

Again IF? That's a serious fanboy statement that anybody could say.. Just stop, you sound silly.

50. Feanor

Posts: 1292; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Really? You think that Nokia, a phone producer can compete with Sony, a camera producer, in photographic capabilities? I think YOU sound silly. Nokia have pulled all stops with the 1020 because they don't have a camera business to take care of and therefore they want their 1020 to compete with compact cameras. Sony needs to achieve a precarious balance between offering a competitive cameraphone without ruining overnight their camera business. So, they made a marketing decision. Phones should be thin and competitive in the camera department but not so as to become a threat to their cameras. And with the Z1 they stroke the correct balance. If you think that they just didn't manage to produce a camera as good as the1020, then you are being naive. They could have just pasted a phone on top of their RX100 a la Samsung GS4 Zoom and kill the 1020 completely.

54. Rexperia

Posts: 136; Member since: Sep 28, 2012

I'm with you.

58. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2348; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Paste them silly huge lens? Rotfl

52. mdroid

Posts: 48; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

truly said Feanor, xperia Z1 gonna bolw 'em all. get ready.

57. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2348; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

I would rather have the slight hump, than a shytty wasged out camera , just sayin

66. UdhaiyaPrasanth

Posts: 76; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

"Not because they COULDN'T, but because they wanted to keep the phone thin" -> There! Now go compare Z1 with other phones on how much thinner it is. (Or in terms of any other feature you want) Don't compare it with a Lumia 1020 in terms of its camera, because Sony DIDN'T include a larger sensor, OIS, or a Xenon flash. It is a waste of time arguing "they could have done these easily" and outperformed a 1020!! Let them do it first and then you have all rights on earth to say that it has outperformed a Lumia 1020. 1020 is a camera-centric phone (focuses mostly on the camera performance), whereas a z1 is more of a flag-ship (that performs overall). Its silly to compare both if you ask me. I would classify these phones as follows: Best camera on a phone- Lumia 1020 Best phone with a good camera - Xperia z1

45. papss unregistered

If is open to all dude.. IF Nokia wanted they could have put a lager sensor in too.. See what I did there?

48. xtian1103

Posts: 364; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

then it will look like a big bump on the back like a cuterebra maggot!

22. wrm2013

Posts: 231; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

Will the 1020 be available to any other carriers? (Like tmobile)

26. Medel

Posts: 84; Member since: May 31, 2011

look at comparison Nokia Lumia 1020 vs Xperia Z1 http://www.hardwarezone.com.sg/review-sony-xperia-z1-next-frontier-mobile-imaging#.UjLfDYcq-Ug.facebook i stick with lumia 1020. still the winner! :)

33. ahomad

Posts: 175; Member since: May 15, 2012

1020 might be a winner in the camera department, but Xperia Z1 is the best overall package (read the conclusion of your own reference)

34. ahomad

Posts: 175; Member since: May 15, 2012

this is from your source "There is simply no other Android flagship device in the market at the moment that can come close to matching what Sony has offered on the Xperia Z1" and I will add "not just android but any other operating system"

39. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Sorry, but the Z1 is not better than the 1020.

47. papss unregistered

⤴ this

55. Rexperia

Posts: 136; Member since: Sep 28, 2012

yeah.. keep bashing! that's all you can do in every SONY's article. Seriously, what's a problem with you? did you have a bad experience with SONY so you keep posting and saying the bad things about SONY?

56. DashHax

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 13, 2013

In term of imaging capability, yes, but Z1 still sit on the second spot and Z1 sit on first spot in Android ecosystem. But in term of performance, no, Z1 is better than 1020. 2.2Ghz S800 x 4 vs 1.5Ghz S4 Pro x 2, Adreno 330 vs Adreno 320... With these comparision, Z1 can easily kick 1020's ass out of the arena. Say WP8 doesn't require lots of processing power, but try to play some heavy 3D games like Asphalt with FB & Twitter running on background ready to be switched anytime, your WP8 can't even rescue you from facing lags.

65. Medel

Posts: 84; Member since: May 31, 2011

the source is real. why so defensive? are you an android fan? if you're i don't need your opinion! and i don't even know you. =/ Nokia Lumia 1020 still the winner in camera but in specs is no to me. lets wait Lumia 1520. and the Nokia Sirius Windows RT tablet. :)

2. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Impressive? Are you sure?

27. criticism

Posts: 46; Member since: Sep 12, 2013

Impressive is in the topic of the PA post! but as I searched, I could not find anything special!!!

3. pankajgupta

Posts: 59; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Even if the actual shots from actual users are half as good... it will be awesome.. Sony FTW \m/

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