Sony Xperia M Review
The Xperia M comes with a 5-megapixel main auto-focus camera with a single LED flash and a basic front-facing VGA shooter.
Sony brings its own custom camera interface. Firing up the camera is fast and takes around a second. You are then taken into a simple and straightforward interface with large separate buttons for image stills and video recording. There are no built-in different shooting modes - you can shoot auto or dig into settings to manually adjust things like ISO, exposure and white balance. The camera does support HDR, though.
The camera takes pretty good images outdoors when light is plenty, but it does not stand out in its class. The capture pictures have very low level of detail (noise is visible even when the sun shines bright) and the tonality is a bit oversaturated, but are nonetheless usable for casual share-the-moment social use and people tend to like those popping colors.
Indoors where light gets scarce noise becomes a bigger issue, and the camera is not that usable. The LED flash is very weak and is not capable of lighting up scenes properly.
Video recording quality is definitely usable, but does not impress with anything. The handset records up to 720p video at 30 frames per second. Colors are lively, but it lacks detail and exposure compensation is a bit off at times. The continuous auto-focus works but is a bit slow. When it comes to sound recording, we have a very regular quality microphone capable of capturing sounds in the middle, but distorting higher and lower volumes.
The front camera is a very basic VGA unit, but we still like the fact that it’s there - it’s definitely useful for video conferencing.
Sony might never go back to its Walkman fame days, but the built-in Walkman music player in concert with the great sound pumping from the rear speaker make the Xperia M a great device for listening to music. The Walkman app is a great, polished application that breaks down your music collection by songs, albums, artists, playlists and favorites. It comes with an equalizer and some neat presets for clearer sound.
Now, for video, the 4-inch screen might be on the small side if you plan on watching longer clips or full-featured movies, but the device is definitely fit for checking out shorter clips. The built-in video player reproduced all popular formats at around native resolution with ease, and for more exotic codecs you can always turn to the Google Play store.
The image gallery has also been customized the Sony and categorizes your apps neatly by date or albums. We like all media app looks - all fit the streamlined Sony design and are clean, not cluttered.