FRANCISCO ARAGAO: Potential buyer, considere Samsung K Zoom as well. It has 10 x *optical zoom*, 24-240mm equivalent, lateral microSD card, 1/2.3-inch sensor, 20.7-megapixel, optical image stabilisation and a Xenon flash.
I've had the K Zoom for a couple of months now. Bulky but very capable in the imaging department. Very effective OIS.
I also wonder a bit why it didn't make the review -- it's titled "Best Smartphone Cameras" after all. Shrug.
ukkisavosta: Thanks for the interesting review. Might I suggest one additional but very crucial item to your testing scenarios: camera lens scratch resistance.
A good camera is useless on a phone, if the lens scratches easily, and my experience with Sony isn't exactly rewarding in this sense.
I recently upgraded my trusty old Nokia N8 to a Sony Xperia SP, and after a couple months of light use (with the phone protected by a fleece-lined case) the camera lens is full of microscopic scratches that have rendered the camera basically useless -- all shots are soft with an ugly glow and the camera struggles to AF.
I've handled the phone very carefully and it is still in like-new condition, except for the lens, which is obviously made of some sub-par glass (or plastic even!). My N8's lens was scratch-free after 3 years of hard use.
I like Sony's products, and I've been happy with my A7 and NEX-C3 cameras, but the Xperia SP has definitely been a disappointment in this respect.
Ah, too bad, but I perfectly understand.
I'm amazed that these units passed the manufacturers' (or Sony's in this case) scratch resistance tests during the design stage. Surely such basic tests are part of the basic testing process.
Anyway, just wanted to raise this issue to others looking at buying a Sony phone. I'm quite peeved about this and still debating whether to send my Xperia in for a warranty fix (problem would likely turn up again later, or more likely I'd be accused of 'incorrect handling' and charged for the job).
Thanks for the interesting review. Might I suggest one additional but very crucial item to your testing scenarios: camera lens scratch resistance.