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.
The 8 MP snapper might not wow you, but it takes pictures with a fine color representation and amount of detail. Granted, the colors are a tad saturated, compared to reality, but not to a unpleasant point. Shooting against a bright source produces photos that are darker than usual, though, even for smartphone standards, and it happens even if there is a piece of cloudy sky in the frame only. Other than that, we have no qualms about the performance of the T3's shooter – it is adequate for the phone's class.
Indoors things turn a bit sadder, as the Xperia T3 introduces noise in the frame, and the pictures come out a tad soft and mushy. The color oversaturation holds as well, but there aren't any glaring white balance mishaps. The LED flash does a pretty average job at illuminating our test scene from about three feet distance, failing to distribute the light evenly to the edges of the captured scene.
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.