With the Sony Xperia 1, the Japanese maker lastly desires to clearly show the earth what it seriously has up its sleeve in for shots and movies. We ended up invited by Sony to go on a photo safari in Venice, and now we can clearly show you the success of our initial digital camera evaluate of the Sony Xperia 1.

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Sony Xperia 1 camera specifications

With the Xperia 1, Sony has ventured into the subject of triple cameras for the to start with time. Even so, the Japanese are not making use of their very own 48 MP sensor, but are using a sensor with a greatest resolution of 12 MP in each of the three sensors.

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Triple cameras are new territory for Sony. / © AndroidPIT

For focal size, there is a assortment of extremely large angle, ordinary and double zoom, at the very least in automatic manner: the extremely huge angle lens are unable to be utilised in handbook method. As well lousy. Sony’s personal digital camera app does not give a way to help save Raw pics. If you need it, you have to set up Open Digicam or yet another camera application.

Complex specs of the cameras in the Sony Xperia 1:

  • Extremely-extensive angle: 12 megapixels, 16 mm focal length, f/2.4 aperture, 1/3.4-inch sensor, preset aim
  • Normal focal duration: 12 megapixels, 26 mm focal duration, aperture f/1.6, sensor 1/2.6 inch, OIS, EIS, autofocus
  • Telephoto: 12 megapixels, 52 mm focal duration, aperture f/2.4, sensor 1/3.4 inch, OIS, EIS, autofocus
  • Entrance camera: 8 megapixels, aperture f/2., sensor 1/4 inch, display flash, SteadyShot, HDR

Xperia 1 Digicam evaluate: Sony shines in daylight

Underneath great lights problems, the Sony Xperia 1 provides extremely good shots. The richness of depth, publicity, impression dynamics and sharpness are absolutely outstanding, the smartphone produces nearly no blurred or normally unusable pictures. Even so, picture noise is visible a bit more rapidly than with some of the most effective smartphone cameras. Though the double zoom is only of limited use – the magnification as opposed to the ordinary lens is just not so potent – the extremely wide angle lens can really collect factors in its favor.

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The Xperia 1 usually takes excellent pics in good light / © AndroidPIT

This is also due to an selection in the settings of the camera application. Below the person can decide whether the Xperia 1 really should work out the standard perspective distortions straight out of the broad-angle photographs. Then the picture is minimally cropped at the edges, and then seems a lot less like a fisheye lens. No other company at present gives this possibility.

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Ultra huge angle without … / © AndroidPIT
Sony Xperia 1 camera review: more is better, Next TGP
… and with point of view correction. / © AndroidPIT

Speaking of digicam apps: Even though many of these apps are overloaded with various capturing modes and possibilities, Sony’s digicam application is refreshingly very simple and reduced to the essentials. There is no night time method, nor is there any manner for taking portraits. The track record blur can be switched on and off with a faucet and its strength can be adjusted. The bokeh influence typically is effective very well, but as with all other smartphones it provides mistakes every now and then. The digicam reacts very quickly and is right away all set for use in all predicaments many thanks to the two-phase shutter button.

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Attractive shades even in terrible climate / © AndroidPIT

Whilst the front digital camera has only 8 MP, it also provides very good shots that rating factors with tidy aspects and very good sharpness. In guide mode, on the other hand, only white stability and exposure can be altered.

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The Xperia 1 tends to make stunning selfies. / © AndroidPIT

Xperia 1 digital camera critique: low-gentle photos with heaps of flair

When there is much less gentle, the photos from the Sony Xperia 1 grow to be weaker in the particulars. The sharpness of the impression suffers from enhanced picture sounds, which can be found comparatively rapidly without zooming too considerably into the picture. Reduced light-weight professionals like the Huawei P30 Professional or the Google Pixel 3 supply technically cleaner photographs listed here.

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The Sony Xperia 1 captures the temper effectively. / © AndroidPIT

Nonetheless, the pictures of the Sony Xperia 1 in the digital camera examination are really excellent in other respects, even in reduced light, specifically in conditions of mood. While Huawei, for illustration, brightens very low-light visuals far way too much and Samsung frequently provides a yellow forged to the images, but the Sony Xperia 1 depicts reality a lot extra obviously and thus provides visuals that appear rather near to what the eye sees. There are the weaknesses in the particulars to defeat nevertheless.

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It basically looked like that. / © AndroidPIT

In poor lighting ailments, the Xperia 1 quickly decides regardless of whether the telephoto lens with the smaller aperture should be utilized or irrespective of whether only the usual lens with the f/1.6 aperture really should be applied. The greater aperture, which allows far more gentle on to the sensor, boosts graphic excellent, but can make the zoom even worse, as it only will work digitally. The consumer is not informed and does not see any big difference in the digital camera app. Sony must still be working on that.

The online video functions of the Sony Xperia 1

The Sony Xperia 1 can document videos in HD, Full High definition with 30 or 60 fps, or in 4K with 30 fps. Right here, as well, the smartphone succeeds in reproducing the lighting condition and hues the natural way. The combination of optical and digital impression stabilization guarantees a constant hand, and the Xperia 1 is also outstanding for filming even though functioning. Sluggish motion photos can be recorded at possibly 120 or 960 frames for every 2nd, while the better body rate only is effective in High definition.

In addition, Sony has presented the Xperia 1 a distinctive method for all filmmaking hobbyists. The application is called Cinema Pro and gives features that are not actually vital for usual use, but which bold video followers can use to get even much more out of the Xperia 1 digital camera. We will devote yet another post to these special capabilities.

Here’s the bottom line

The switch to a triple camera was unquestionably value it for Sony: far more actually is better in this scenario. The digicam provides good to extremely good photographs in almost all circumstances. The Xperia 1 made up for its slight weaknesses in the details of small-gentle pictures in our digicam review with a especially lifelike search. It is really just a shame that Sony isn’t going to use its personal 48 MP sensor, and therefore can not use the choices of pixel binning – specially with reduced-mild this would have helped. For interest filmmakers, the Sony smartphone also has a lot to provide.

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Steffen Herget