Sony Xperia Z1 photo and video samples show off its 20.7MP camera

Sony Xperia Z1 photo and video samples show off its 20.7MP camera
So here we are at IFA 2013 and the latest smartphone we got to play with is the Sony Xperia Z1. It is the company's newest flagship device, packed with all kinds of goodies both on the software and on the hardware side. The 20.7MP camera is on this list of exciting features and sure enough, we didn't miss our chance to give it a try. 

Here you'll see a bunch of full-resolution photos taken with the Sony Xperia Z1. In addition, we took a short 1080p video sample (sorry, guys, the phone has no 4K video support as it was rumored) so you can check that out as well. Note that the lighting conditions at the booth weren't exactly optimal, so the test was extra challenging for the device. Nevertheless, Sony's latest and greatest managed to deliver satisfactory results. Dive into the slideshow below and see for yourself!

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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)



1. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

I will wait for camera comparisons :)

2. GMS85

Posts: 217; Member since: Sep 26, 2012


36. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013


3. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

9th one is the best even when its zoomed in. but we can't decide until the full review.

4. iluvsonynokia

Posts: 161; Member since: Aug 27, 2013


5. torgrim

Posts: 29; Member since: May 08, 2013

Ouch... Video ok, but photos dont impress at all... Hope Im wrong!

6. wicpromd

Posts: 266; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

check here for impressive samples and complete camera review

19. x_maly_x

Posts: 72; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

Impressive...? Are you blind? They good , but not even close to 808 and 1020...

21. wicpromd

Posts: 266; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

keep on dreaming excluding 808 z1 beats ur larger sensor lumia 1020 no keep on crying like a small baby

23. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Nope sorry. Sony did pretty good with their new camera, but Lumia 1020 still blows everything away.

26. wicpromd

Posts: 266; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

a smaller sensor coming close to larger sensor is a shame for lumia 1020 thats it

35. BillyG

Posts: 305; Member since: Sep 24, 2012

lol, at first you said z1 beats 1020, after papasmurf said something, you 'admit' it only coming close, and then try to defend it by writing some mumbojumbo... i guess people with real eyes will know better...

39. rgxVOiD

Posts: 440; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

Except it's own predecessor, 808 Pureview

46. x_maly_x

Posts: 72; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

wicpromd...Change the eye doctor...this cheating on you...

33. torgrim

Posts: 29; Member since: May 08, 2013

Link does not work...

40. heyhi

Posts: 137; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

im sorry man but this is not as good as i was expecting...if these are real, im kind of disappointed. when you click on the samples you can see the pic, but it says scaled 15%...when i click on the photo, it gets its real size i guess and then i see a lot of dots and noise. im not an expert, photographer, whatever...maybe im wrong, seeing things, but thats not what i was expecting.

44. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Frankly speaking, I'm not impressed by the samples at all, even considering that they have been shot in dull weather. There's something "wrong" in Sony's approach to image processing: there are evident noise reduction artifacts (just look at the images at 100% size) and there's not much detail. Perhaps, 20mp are too much on a sensor that is bigger than traditional smartphone sensor, yet not bigger than the sensor you find in compact cameras that exhibits problems as soon as they go above 16mp. Sony's approach is to feed the masses with more megapixels: unfortunately, this does not translate to image quality. The G lens won't save a sensor that crams too many pixels in too little space.

7. wicpromd

Posts: 266; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

according to medhodology consumer assesments xperia z1 takes better images as.compared to lumia 1020,htc one,lumia 925,iphone 5 and galaxy s4 check here for proof and the real.claim

14. papss unregistered

Wow I can't believe you would post something from a Sony site as fact.. Stop you spin on reality

16. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

read first. they said it's conducted by an independent research agency. however, i'm also taking those results with a pinch of salt. it's just like a phonearena test. they may try skewing things by deliberately trying to use angles that make the resulting photos less than desired.

18. wicpromd

Posts: 266; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

it will be not a surprise if z1 loses to lumia 1020 due to smaller sensor as compared to lumia 1020 but what if those claims are true?? what if a snaller sensor is coming close to a much bigger sensor? why would a brand make a false claims??

22. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

i really hope that's the case. i like sony. at least, when it comes to cameras, they should be on top.

37. papss unregistered

Wow, did you just ask why a brand would make a false claim?? Lol oh man...

29. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

They said the same when they launched XZ. We all know how that turned out. Pathetic at best (for XZ camera quality)

30. wicpromd

Posts: 266; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

lol u r making up things by urself?? they never ever claimed with xperia z if they claimed there might be some proof as i gave for z1 claims can u please give the same for xperia z and prove urself??

8. AliNSiddiqui

Posts: 382; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

LMFAO@ the guy with beard in the 10th picture xD

9. MrTzr unregistered

Really looks amazing!

10. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

No need to buy 1020, thanks Sony ! Android inside.

11. Rehankhan

Posts: 323; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

meh nothing impressive i'll pass

12. wicpromd

Posts: 266; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

lol nokia or sammy fanboy u were the 1 who always bashed xperia honami or Z1 but changing usernames is not the only result

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