Sony Xperia T3 Review
For pleasant looking photos and fluid video look no further than the Xperia T3.
The Xperia T3 sports an 8-megapixel main shooter with a Sony Exmor RS sensor and f/2.4 aperture lens. The camera interface offers some thrills like manual scene modes, HDR photography, and color effects, and there is a dedicated camera key on the side for a quick picture uptake. By quick we mean about two seconds from pressing the side shutter key, and taking a pic. That speed metric goes down to about a second shot-to-shot pause from within the camera interface. The default Superior Auto shooting mode churns out 5.5-megapixel snaps instead of 8-megapixel ones, so you have to go into the settings, and choose a 4:3 format if you want to utilize the full resolution.
As for video capture, the 1080p footage looks fine and is fluid at steady 30fps, with adequate detail, accurate colors, and no excessive artifacting. Our complaint is underexposure again, just like with the stills – the video comes out rather dark, compared to reality. The sound picked up by the two noise-canceling mics while filming is strong, and rather clean.
The Xperia T3 can be considered a multimedia consumption specialist, with a fairly large display, and rich codec support.
The usual crop of Sony-themed multimedia apps is what you'll find pre-loaded on the Xperia T3. As per usual, their design is pleasing and uniform, and they often offer some extra functionality you won't find on stock Android. For example, the Gallery is interconnected with Sony's PlayMemories Online service, which allows you to automatically upload photos to its servers and have them sync throughout all your connected devices.
The Walkman music player, for its part, has extras such as ClearAudio+, which automatically enhances sound clarity, not to mention that it's also hooked with Sony's Music Unlimited service (eligible for a free trial). Speaking of music, the thin T3's loudspeaker is of average quality, with bearable strength, and a bit tinny, flat sound.
The stock video player of the T3 played everything we gave it, such as DivX/Xvid/MKV formats, up to 1080p resolution. The player is rather barebones in terms of options, though, so if you want more features, you'd have to hit the Play Store.