Sony Xperia ion 12MP camera samples

Sony Xperia ion 12MP camera samples
One of the more interesting features of the new Sony Xperia ion is its 12.1 MP camera, capable of shooting 1080p video. Of course, we know that photo quality doesn't depend exclusively on the number of megapixels, so we preferred to take some images with the phone, in order to see what kind of camera quality we should expect from the Xperia ion once it launches.

To tell you the truth, we do find the still and video that we took to be quite good, but of course, we need to test the actual retain unit (this one here may not be final) to be able to draw any conclusions. We also took the same pictures with the Panasonic Lumix FZ40 digital camera for reference.

Camera samples taken with the Sony Xperia ion

Reference samples taken with the Panasonic Lumix FZ40

So, what do you think of these samples? Do you like the pictures and video that the Sony Xperia ion's 12MP camera makes? Tell us with your comments!

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Xperia ion
  • Display 4.5" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 12.1 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Storage 16GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1900 mAh(4.00h 3G talk time)



1. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

I vote this camera phone becasue the Panasonic DMZ-40 has strange image noise at high ISO while the cellphone handles it much better at a slight lost for detail. Either way, the cellphone still capture more detail then the camera did.

2. chunk1x

Posts: 248; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

I'm quite impress on the performance of Ion. Even without xenon, it preformed phenomenally great. I was expecting a disappointment since HTC Titan 2(16 mp), but it has one of the best indoor photo performance to date. I wish a head to head comparison to the legedendary N8 or the future new N8.

3. chunk1x

Posts: 248; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

PS: This guy needs a new watch.

4. gammaSharma

Posts: 33; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Impressive. Sony only now need to provide compac "zoom lense attachment kits" for the phone standardised for all Xperia range smart phones eg: Fish-Eye Panoramic zoom, lense attachment etc etc.

5. shelley.bevacqua

Posts: 80; Member since: Aug 27, 2011

Wow:-) i am impressed with the quality and detail of the photos and video taken by this phone. Hope Verizon will pick this phone up in their line up:-)

6. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Ill be buying the ION after seeing how quick u can take the picture. No more Motorola phones for me.

9. harsh_732006

Posts: 70; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

but then how will u make coffee between 2 shots.:P

7. WakaFlakaD

Posts: 576; Member since: Apr 30, 2011

Will T-Mobile get any love of this phone into its lineup?

8. microgoogaple_21

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 11, 2012

PA needs to do a photo contest with Xperia Ion, N8, Titan 2, iPhone 4S, GS2, RAZR MAXX, Nitro HD/Spectrum, and Torch 9810 (blackberry just for comparison.) or whatever the best camera phone for each company is but these are what I think. And of course wait til all these are out!

10. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Now, that's a fine camera. Xperia ion is the big daddy of androids right now. Heck, it's the best phone to buy when it comes out. Period

11. RamyRamz69

Posts: 390; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

Holy...the camera is just spectacular. For a smartphone this small, I am just...amazed.

12. Bruzzo

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 12, 2012

In the ION video sample, Nintendo's legendary Reggie Fils-Aime was captured!! Nobody else recognized him? ;D Very interesting phone! I am thinking about buying a Sony(Ericsson) phone for quite a while now, because of the miserable photo quality of most Android phones. Reminds me of my beloved SE-K800i. None of the phone sucessors I had, was capable of shooting photos that good.

13. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

These manufacturers are too overly concerned with how thin their phone is. There's no reason for this not to have a xenon flash on it, other than they didn't want to give it a Nokia N8 camera bulge.

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