Sony Xperia Z3+ features various manual camera settings (no RAW support though)

Sony Xperia Z3+ features various manual camera settings (no RAW support though)
Officially announced this week as a global version of the Japan-only Xperia Z4, the Sony Xperia Z3+ will be available to buy starting this summer (possibly from June). If you're curious about the new handset's rear camera, this is a 20.7 MP one with a 25mm wide-angle G lens and, fortunately, with support for multiple manual controls.

Btekt recently played a bit with the Xperia Z3+, finding that its rear camera supports manual focus, manual white balance, manual ISO, and manual shutter speed. What the camera doesn't offer is support for RAW images, though this could be added in a future software update.

Right now, we don't know if the rear camera of the Sony Xperia Z3+ is better than the one of the Xperia Z3, so we have to wait until we get the chance to review the handset to find out.

The Xperia Z3+ is 6.9 mm thin and, like its predecessors, it's dust- and water-resistant. Other features include an octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor, a 5.2-inch 1080p display, a 5 MP front-facing camera, 3 GB of RAM, and a 2930 mAh battery that can provide 2 days of usage time. The smartphone runs Android Lollipop out of the box.




source: Btekt (YouTube) via Xperia Blog

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Xperia Z3+
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 20.7 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2930 mAh(17h talk time)

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26 Comments

1. waddup121 unregistered

BTEKT!

5. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Most of the time people would like to point and shoot their smartphone and if you don't know how to use the camera settings of Sony you'll end up whining. Most likely the raw options will be added thru software update. I want to read all the review before ditching my Z2.

2. gaming64 unregistered

Manual camera setting is becoming a thing now.

6. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

It has been a thing on android for a long while... I've used it since my Samsung Galaxy S3... And learned better with the Xperia Acro S... Nothing against the wonderful simple point and shoot mode on the iPhone, it is better than most auto modes, but manual does give you better control over what and how you want to frame.

21. FriendlyFoe09

Posts: 82; Member since: Jan 09, 2012

This is the only thing that the current Sony phones are lacking. Sony needs to do better with the camera. The UI is bad and the performance is a hit and miss especially on Auto. The whole point of auto is to quickly take a shot and it should be good most of the time. I currently own the Z1C and coming from an iPhone 4S. The images looked better overall with the 4S than is does one my Z1C. Yes the Z1 has more detail and better low light but the images don't look good. After taking each shot I have to edit them to get them t look right. The added features and modes on the Sony is pretty much useless. I tried different modes for the same shot and they all look the same. The HDR feature doesn't do anything. I have Moto G 2014 and it takes better HDR than the Sony. I still haven't tried the Z2 or Z3 yet and I hope Sony fixes this with their new phones. It such a shame as they make the best Android phones. I will most likely go back to Apple on my next contract if Sony doesn't change this. I'm not a fan of other Android makers, I'm a hiker and I want a decent camera when I hike without my DSLR.

3. Sauce5 unregistered

Such a beautiful phone

4. ARTE.8800.

Posts: 192; Member since: May 27, 2015

Agree, especially if it was made with pure 100% copper. This will be my next phone. Can't wait to Max out the S810 , Rooted and overclocked. No BS throttling. Don't care if it heats up to 70degrees, I would enjoy pure hardcore power and raw maxed out 800mhz GPU over clock, CPU to 2.7ghz. This is what Android needs, not this useless powerless standard 810.

7. dmn666

Posts: 244; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Amen to that. After churning out few panda looking white models, now they are making golden & green pandas. It needs to stop!

16. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

afaik, copper is pretty soft compared to other metals and it would be a disaster if anyone try to make a phone out of it imagine how the crash test would end up into lol :v

17. dmn666

Posts: 244; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

I'm pretty sure he didn't literally mean copper :D Sony just calls this gold-ish color 'Copper'

18. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

i still see it as "copper" the color it's just a little golder than on the Z3, but absolutely not "gold" :v or maybe this is the "blue & black dress" all over again lol

22. TyrionLannister unregistered

I hope you were being sarcastic.

27. ARTE.8800.

Posts: 192; Member since: May 27, 2015

Was speaking the truth. Such an expensive phone, with fake materials. Learn to love and look after an item. Pure copper is stunning.

9. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

They should really gear up on their next flagship, include RAW support and make it like a professional camera-centric phone. No time to fool around.

10. rsiders

Posts: 1958; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Alas! There is hope that these features will be unlocked on the Z3. I'll take the other things without RAW support over not having any of them any day.

13. dimas

Posts: 3366; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

I'd love to see the raw image support in the future. Now with the technology on G4 and Z3+, this is more evident that expandable sd cards is a must for those hi-res pictures. Selfie cameras in my opinion, is ok to stay on 2-8mp since social media sites downgrade them anyway. I know somebody will still say that urban legend that sd cards will slow down your phone but in real life, you won't feel that slower microsecond transfer time if there's any slowing at all. Sandisk 128gb is only $80 in amazon and it's getting more cheaper.

15. dmn666

Posts: 244; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

+1 for microSD. Why the heck would microSD slow down a phone unless the user is a complete tool? Apps should be in the main storage, files that don't need to be accessed over & over should go to microSD.

19. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

too bad most of them dont even know it, mate

20. dmn666

Posts: 244; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

lol - yep. But lots of 'them' used to make fun of Apple though.

25. Jason2k13

Posts: 1462; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

wait what technology from Z3+? lol Anyway expandable storage is not a must, its a want... companies cater for the majority not the minority. There's also laptops, PC and external Hard drives or simply buy a higher memory phone to store these files. Iphones and now the S6 dont have Sd cards, and still selling millions.

29. ninja_master

Posts: 306; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

"iPhones And now the s6 don't have sd cards,and still selling millions" It's because of the brand.most people in my country doesn't care about specs as long as it's Samsung or apple

23. ddxmms

Posts: 170; Member since: Feb 09, 2012

finally a smartphone from Sony with great battery life and doesn't take forever to charge !

30. ninja_master

Posts: 306; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

The Xperia z3 Has QC2.0 support

24. mixedfish

Posts: 1555; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

So that means this is api2? There is still hope for RAW.

28. wesley.

Posts: 213; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I find it really irritating that the biggest change to this updated model is a reduction in thickness at the cost of 10% battery capacity. WTF Sony?

31. muhammed50

Posts: 20; Member since: May 29, 2015

the most beautiful phone z3+

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