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Sony Xperia Tablet Z Review

Camera

Sony put last year's 8 MP Exmor R sensor in the Tablet Z, skipping on the LED flash, which we can't say we miss that much on a slate. We do get a 2.2 MP front-facing shooter for video chat, though, which is able to record 1080p video in its turn. The camera app offers the full monty of Sony's shooting modes, like Intelligent Auto, Sweep Panorama, HDR, Burst Shot, nifty color effects and so on.


Pictures turn out rather soft and lacking detail from aggressive noise suppression, plus they are quite oversaturated - two features that Sony's mobile camera software settings seem to never be able to shake off lately. The Intelligent Auto mode is hit or miss, so we'd recommend sticking to the normal mode, and using one of the numerous scene presets if needed.


Video is captured with Full HD definition up to the fluid 30fps, and exhibits the same smudgy, oversaurated looks as the stills.

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Multimedia

The picture and video gallery app of Sony's interface lets you edit the photos with a rich number of applied effects, plus options for enhancing and retouching them.


Sony's simple, minimalistic music player graces the Tablet Z with the usual Walkman branding, and offers a set of equalizer presets, Sony's xLOUD bass-enhancements, and the new S-Force 3D virtual surround sound mode, made possible by the four tiny speakers in the tablet's bottom corners.

While the speakers aren't incredibly loud, the output is pretty decent, and the touted surround sound modes like Studio or Club do make a difference. Sony also offers Clear Stereo, Clear Phase and Dynamic Normaliser options for minimizing cross talk, automatically setting the sound quality of the internal speaker, and averaging out the volume of songs, movies and so on, playback.


The tablet plays every major video format, including DivX/Xvid/MKV up to Full HD definition right out of the box, with no need to download an additional app, except for the extra features.

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