Unlocking the bootloader of the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact decreases low-light camera performance, developers warn
posted by Peter K. / Oct 02, 2014, 7:16 AM
According to Magnus Sandin, the reasons for this reported behavior are the missing DRM security keys in devices with an unlocked bootloader, which leads to the malfunctioning of the “proprietary image processing”. Usually, DRM keys usually have nothing to do with the camera performance and image-processing algorithms, but it looks like this is the case with the Xperia Z3 Compact in particular.
While the manufacturer warns that unlocking the bootloader of its devices might cause unexpected issues, such as non-functioning preloaded content, inaccessible secure user data partition, no more official software updates, and in the worst-case scenario, malfunctioning hardware and overheating. No mention about an under-performing camera performance of sorts.
At this point , the issue seems to be irreversible, so you should really think twice before rooting and treating your Xperia Z3 Compact to a custom Android firmware. Hopefully, that is not the case with its bigger brother, the Sony Xperia Z3.
You can check out some Sony Xperia Z3 Compact camera samples in our review of the power-laden device.
source: @MagnusSandin via XDA
- Display 4.6" 720 x 1280 pixels
- Camera 20.7 MP / 2.2 MP front
- Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
- Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
- Battery 2600 mAh(14h 3G talk time)
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I hope that it won't be the case with the Z3.
posted on Oct 02, 2014, 7:19 AM 0
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because software is so present in every tech-device, it would be rather surprising, if the Z3 keeps the "great" performance after a Custom ROM
posted on Oct 02, 2014, 7:27 AM 0
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Saw Steve Litchfield do a head-to-head between the Z3 and the Lumia 930/Icon/1520, in which the Z3 completely screws up the exposure, making an almost pitch black scene look like it's taken in the middle of the day... Not to impressed with the Z3 results overall!
posted on Oct 02, 2014, 8:43 AM 0
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You're comparing two bricks of a phone with large sensors with a slim/compact phone with a standard sensor. Steve's comparison is fair, but he misses the point that people don't want to compromise a phone for a camera, they want a good phone with a slightly better than average camera, this is what the Z3 is.
posted on Oct 02, 2014, 9:36 AM 0
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