Underwater photographer takes the Sony Xperia Z1S for a dive among manatees

Underwater photographer takes the Sony Xperia Z1S for a dive among manatees
Sony's Xperia Z1S landed in the US last month as a T-Mobile exclusive. It’s quite similar to the Xperia Z1 that’s been available internationally since late 2013, thus offering a 20.7MP rear camera in a waterproof body.

The smartphone’s IP58 certification allows users to take it 5 feet underwater - and that’s exactly what Florida-based photographer Carol Grant did recently. She used an Xperia Z1S for a photo session of unusual models: Florida manatees, which are among the world’s largest freshwater mammals.

Carol Grant says about the Xperia Z1S that it's "easy to hold while snorkeling. In addition, the long battery life is a definite plus."

The Z1S’ camera performed pretty well underwater, as you can see for yourself in the gallery below. According to Sony, all the images are “completely unedited”, “taken straight from the Xperia Z1S shooting in Intelligent Auto mode.” Obviously, when viewed in full size, the photos lose a lot of detail, and noise is visible in some areas. Still, being able to take photos underwater with your high-end smartphone is something!

source: Sony

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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. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

dayyum, nice camera(work)

5. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

lets compete other amazing phones with Z1 under water. oh wait....

7. mokhtar

Posts: 405; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

hhhhhhhhh (y)

25. yudi.nemesis unregistered

There is no other phones can compete with Z1/Z1s/Z1C when in comes to underwater photography.

28. williamdroid

Posts: 125; Member since: Jan 19, 2014


2. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

really grt grt camera

3. MojoDojo

Posts: 102; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Thats impressive. The function as well, not only the camera.

4. r0ndy

Posts: 5; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

thats almost a selling point alone. that it was done with someones phones rather than a 200$ waterproof camera thats seperate.

6. mokhtar

Posts: 405; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

hey lumia 1020 / LG / SAMS***/APPLE can u do that ? oh wait .. :D SONY XPERIA Z1 .. BEST PHONE EVER MADE UNTIL NOW .. BE MOVED .. DONT BE RETARDED WITH other companies :)

10. SleepingOz unregistered

In your opinion and yeah, the Samsung S4 Active can! So can the Kyocera Torque, Casio G'Zone Commando and most of the japanese smartphones.

15. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

nope S4 active doesnt have camera button. if you have z1 and actually used phone inside water you would know that touch screen dont work inside water. not of iphone, not of samsung, not of nokia, not of sony. no touch screen works inside water thus u need camera button which sony z1 has. means your s4 active can take video only inside water that is even if u start it before entering water.

19. williamdroid

Posts: 125; Member since: Jan 19, 2014

Or, you know, you could set up the volume key as a camera button.

16. __0__

Posts: 242; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Z1's speaker sucks , that's the only downside

18. yudi.nemesis unregistered

Sorry but i'm not agree with you Z1 may not have the best speakers, but the speakers is good enough for notification, music and video playback. http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=kXydSEFLaKs&guid=&hl=en-GB&gl=ID&client=mv-google

21. __0__

Posts: 242; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

I wanted a Z1 , but compared to a note 3 I eventually spend my hard earn money on the speakers kinda sucks

23. yudi.nemesis unregistered

I just do not agree when you say Z1 speakers is sucks because in the video you can clearly hear that Z1 speaker is pretty good. Everyone has different standards in choosing a smartphone they would buy, but if the speakers are the most important things I would not pick the note 3. Note 3 is a very good oversized phone but from my real life hands on note 3 is not comfortable in the pocket, not easy to use with one hand and feels cheap just like my GS2 (Nokia E6-00 made ​​me fall in love with a phone made of metal because it feels and looks much more premium even with dents and scratches). For me cutting edge specs, comfortable in the pocket, easy to use with one hand, durability, premium feel and look is the most important thing. that's why I prefer to Z1Compact compared to other phones.

29. williamdroid

Posts: 125; Member since: Jan 19, 2014

And i just do not agree when you say the Note 3 feels cheap. My Note 3 feels very nice. I've used my friends Z and it does feel better but not enough to make my Note feel cheap in any sense of the word. Only thing i dislike about Sony's flagships are the huge(imo) bezels up top and on the bottom. Also, i greatly dislike on screen buttons. But to each his/her own.

34. yudi.nemesis unregistered

I got no problem if for you note 3 feels very nice, but based on my "real life" experience note 3 feels cheap for a high end phone. Just try using Z1, iPhone or HTC One for a week you'll know why I can say that the "metal" phone feels much more premium. For me the size of the bezels is very reasonable because usualy waterproof phones are bigger and thicker than normal phones, they can make it smaller but it will be thicker like sharp mini and Xperia UL. And from the latest screen ratio comparison sony waterproof flagships is not the worst when it comes to bezels, even my Z1 Compact with large battery, camera sensor and IP58 certification has better screen ratio than my GS2. Until this day there is no samsung phones can beat Xperia ZL screen ratio, and Xperia Z has smaller bezels than S4 Active. One last thing from my experience with those bezels i can have more better and secure grip in landscape mode especialy when taking picture with one hand. Screen ratio comparison :http://www.phonearena.com/news/Here-are-the-most-compact-phones-for-their-screen-size-infographic_id52529

35. williamdroid

Posts: 125; Member since: Jan 19, 2014

Well i have an iPad Mini. So i know what you mean by build quality. Sony, Apple, and HTC have that department covered (i almost went for the HTC One Max since i love phablets but i chose the Note 3 for the Multiwindow feature) But i will never carry a fone naked. I will always put a case on it. (My old HTC Titan, GS2, N2, and currently N3) so i will always choose functionality(i use this term loosely since everyone has different needs) over design. After all, you cant feel metal through plastic lol Also, the GS2 is quite old so you cant really compare it to your Z1 Compact. About the bezels, i always snap pics or take videos while holding on to the sides of my fones so the less bezels there are the more i like. But choice is good :) so lets just enjoy our fones

36. yudi.nemesis unregistered

Yeah i know GS2 is quite old but i think Z1 Compact is a great engineering achievement because Sony can put Large image sensor, big battery and higher IP certification in smaller and thinner body than Xperia Acro S and Xperia V. And if you do some bezels comparison between Sony and Samsung waterproof phones you will find out that Sony phones has smaller bezels. I know you can take picture and video with one hand by holding or "pinch" on to the sides of the phone. But with the combination of reasonable size bezels and camera shutter key you will have much better and secure grip. I prefer something useful and fuctional than just some cosmetics. Choice will always be a good things for all of us. Okay :)

26. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

S3> HTC 8S> Nexus 4> Nexus 7 and Xperia Z1. I have personally used all these phones from 3-6 months and i know all them very well. Comparing Z1 speakers to say samsung. the difference is: Samsung is louder but has very high pinch noise. Sony is lower but sounds like its amplified to sound clear. so it doesnt make weird sound when bass comes up or when someone screams in audio being played. if you want loud but distored sound, go with samsung. if you want clear but low sound go with sony.

30. __0__

Posts: 242; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

I have a Xperia ZL too. Which I like a lot. Speaker is fine , better than Z1 , bezels are super small too

8. JewBakaUCFG

Posts: 176; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

Well how flippin' sweet is that? Sea Cows are so cool to see in the wild here in Florida. I just wish boaters would be more aware of them ... BUT ... Holy wow nice pics :-p

12. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Excellent underwater results. And Manatees are cool....

13. Reeyawn

Posts: 66; Member since: Apr 21, 2013

Nice photos! Great phone!

17. GeekMovement unregistered

#9 Photobomb LOL

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