The Sony Xperia Z is a recently released flagship smartphone which features an impressive 13 megapixel camera. Sony is known for including cameras with high megapixel counts on its flagship devices, with last year’s Xperia T and Xperia S being notable examples.
Cramming awesome cameras in handsets is a wise move by the Japanese manufacturer, because when people buy mobile phones one of the main considerations is how good the lens is. This got us thinking, if this smartphone has such a good snapper, could you replace your digital camera with the Xperia Z?
The 13 megapixel camera sported by the Xperia Z is able to create really impressive shots regardless of lighting conditions. This is due the camera’s Exmor RS technology and next-generation BSI light sensor. The Xperia Z’s sensor is ‘stacked’, meaning the camera captures the same image at different exposure levels and layers them to create one optimised photo. The resulting photos are clear, colour reproduction is accurate, and the images produced rival those created by some compact digital cameras.
The Xperia Z also features Superior Auto mode and this automatically detects the best camera settings for the conditions you’re shooting in and automatically applies them. This means you can concentrate on getting the picture composition correct without having to worry about fiddling with shooting modes. Also on board is Burst Mode, which takes an unlimited number of photos at a rate of 10 frames per second, and is especially good for capturing action shots. Smile Shutter mode is another quirky feature of the Xperia Z, as it automatically takes a picture of a face when a smile is detected, which is great when you’re shooting unruly kids or reluctant grumpy pals.
Some of the great things about using a smartphone such as the Xperia Z instead of a digital camera is that mobiles are often smaller and lighter, and you tend to have your handset on you at all times. So, when you’re out and about and a photo opportunity arises, you can whip out your phone and take a quick snap. It means you don’t have to lug a digital SLR around with you everywhere just in case there’s an interestingly shaped vegetable in the supermarket that you want to grab a picture of (yes, we’ve been there).
Editing and sharing
The Xperia Z has a basic photo editing suite on board that you can use to crop, rotate, and add effects to images. The mobile also benefits from all the photo editing apps available for Android smartphones from the Google Play app store. For example, if you download the free Photoshop Express app then you won’t have to fork out for the pricey desktop version of the software.
And of course, because the Xperia Z can be connected to the internet either via Wi-Fi or mobile data connection, you can share all your pictures to your social networks instantly. There’s no messing around with wires and transferring snaps onto a laptop or PC first, and if you’re connected to a 4G network, uploading will be even faster. If you want to edit and share at the same time, there’s photo-sharing social network app Instagram that can be used to crop, rotate, lighten, apply filters and borders to photos then share them with friends online.
So, although the Sony Xperia Z may not have an optical zoom or the detachable lenses that a digital camera may feature, as far as smartphone cameras go, this one is really impressive. And you get the added bonus of being able to edit and share your photos on the device. Don’t chuck away your digital SLR just yet, but if you want a smartphone that can create beautiful and brilliant snaps on the go, the Xperia Z is an excellent choice.
This guest post was written by Abbi Cox of Phones 4u, where you can buy mobile phones such as the Sony Xperia Z.