Update brings improvement to rear snapper on Sony Xperia Z1

Update brings improvement to rear snapper on Sony Xperia Z1
If you thought that the Sony Xperia Z1's rear-facing camera was amazing, you might need a new adjective to describe it following a firmware update that improves the algorithm to enhance the performance of the camera. Features like Burst Mode, Superior Auto, AR Effect and Sweep Panorama are all improved following the update.

The update has started rolling out globally and a Dutch Sony Xperia Z1 owner showed off some shots showing the difference in the quality of photographs taken before and after the update. As you can see, the update allows the camera to capture more detail, even in shadows. You should also notice the improved color reproduction and contrast.

The rear snapper on the phone is 20.7MP with an f/2.0 aperture that allows for clear photographs even in low-light conditions. With a 1/2.3 inch sensor and a Sony G lens, the firmware update helps the camera on the Sony Xperia Z1 come closer to reaching its potential.


source: XDA via GSMArena

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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)

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45 Comments

1. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Going to update my Z1 just got a message for update. Going to try it out.

2. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I think PA needs to do another camera shootout considering the Z1 and 1520 are now going head to head.

15. rency0722

Posts: 158; Member since: Jun 12, 2013

I also think PA should be tracking all the software updates on every phone, then they should capture the same image and show them how it differs from the previous SW. It may be time-consuming but it will show how manufacturers live up to their words of providing better updates. :)

19. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

*cough* Moto Droids *cough*

3. cjtaxi

Posts: 7; Member since: Sep 11, 2013

Hm as soon as the update available on my phone i will try the camera immediately...cant wait

43. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

Not..jealous..of people..with..Z1..

4. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2254; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

Just the right moment for 1520,But hey I do t think it'll come close to this bad boy..

5. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

we cant say that!!!! hahaha

6. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

So far, the 1520 destroys the Z1.

8. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

we cant say that!!!! hahaha

9. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Let's post the same comment twice in a row! /s

12. shuimaranaman

Posts: 11; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

Let's post the same comment twice in a row! /s

40. AnukulVcool unregistered

z1 have bigger sensor and same resolution , so z1 have obvious advantage! z1 : 1/2.3 , 1520 : 1/2.5

35. Diazene

Posts: 129; Member since: May 01, 2013

it was released a while ago

7. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

so camera performance is mainly software with the exeption of the camera for just light sampling ? so in theory i could make an 8mp snap like a 21mp ?

10. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Aperture + sensor size + software = mind blowing photos. Just check the Lumia 1520, 925, or 1020.

13. alltechinside

Posts: 248; Member since: Apr 21, 2013

You need to good software with good camera. the Z1 has an excellent 20.1mp camera, but poor image processing. The sharpness is good but the color accuracy needs more work. This update brings up a very good improvement :D

14. rency0722

Posts: 158; Member since: Jun 12, 2013

Color accuracy? Every bit of news I read regarding Z1 was it produces accurate colors.

17. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

yes the z1 is already good with color accuracy. they just need to work on the noise and the blurring. hopefully, they've done it right now.

25. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

yes...... sad they dont work on camera software more :(

11. iluvsonynokia

Posts: 161; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

significant change s,but only in next update it will become perfect

16. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

if they have to update the z1 review, they need to update those of others as well. that's going to be a big task but still doable. i remember gsmarena used to update their reviews when new a firmware is released. they're just not doing it with new devices recently. it's not their fault that sony released an unfinished product.

18. DAddYE

Posts: 48; Member since: Oct 04, 2013

Z1 owner here. I confirm that the latest update brought an exceptional photo quality. This phone now is close to the perfection.

20. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Curious, what's stopping it from being perfect?

22. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Hey, even the 1020 isn't perfect. Nothing can be perfect since there is always room for improvement.

24. DAddYE

Posts: 48; Member since: Oct 04, 2013

My main concern is that the the glass is not olephobic and has a builtin screen protector which is neat to have indeed but isn't either antifinger print. Other than this it has a bit too big bezel, but to be fair this is also his personality of this amazing device.

21. rency0722

Posts: 158; Member since: Jun 12, 2013

I've seen one sample also on the previous and the current FW. (just delete the space after "h" and the "w") OLD: h ttp://w ww.flickr.com/photos/59117758@N02/10461603024/ NEW: h ttp://w ww.flickr.com/photos/59117758@N02/10461614645/

44. Remmy

Posts: 187; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Wow the difference is really evident D: Good job Sony! :)

23. irellemot

Posts: 109; Member since: Nov 29, 2012

Would love some kind of update like this for my HTC One. Camera issues only got worse after the 4.3 update, along with battery life.

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