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Sony Xperia Z1 impresses in DxOMark Mobile Report

By dpreview staff on Oct 15, 2013 at 18:32 GMT

The Sony Xperia Z1 is Sony's top-of-the-line smartphone, and for photographers, the really big news is the Z1's camera. At 1/2.3-inch the sensor in the Sony's camera module is larger than the 1/3-inch sensors that are common in the current crop of smartphones. Our partners at DxOMark have put the Sony Xperia Z1 through their comprehensive image quality testing regime. Click the links below to find out if the Z1's impressive specs translate into great image quality.

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Total comments: 16
photofan1986
By photofan1986 (6 months ago)

All this blah blah around a camera phone and not even full sized samples? You got to be kidding me?

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keeponkeepingon
By keeponkeepingon (6 months ago)

I find it frustating that you downgrade every picure to an iPhone's resolution before evaluation.

Who the heck wants a "level playing field"??? I really wish you would compare apples and apples and we could see the 41mp pureview sensors duke it out with this 20mp sensor at full resolution.

I barely pay attention to your dxomark phone data, with the exception that I point out this atrocity on every review I care to look at.

"For all DxOMark Mobile data presented on connect.dpreview.com we're showing only the 8MP equivalent values, which gives us a level playing field for comparison between phone cameras with different megapixel values by normalizing all to 8MP"

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Peksu
By Peksu (6 months ago)

You don't understand what normalization means.

If the resolutions were not normalized, a camera with the same per-pixel image quality, but higher resolution, would get exactly the same score as the low resolution contender.

Scaling down _increases_ dynamic range and color depth, and decreases noise. Nokias 40MP would count for nothing without the normalization.

Futher reading http://www.dxomark.com/About/Sensor-scores/Viewing-conditions

http://www.dxomark.com/Reviews/Detailed-computation-of-DxOMark-Sensor-normalization

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jayKSR
By jayKSR (6 months ago)

Hope that you'll also review the camera of LG G2

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Expat Nomad
By Expat Nomad (6 months ago)

Oh, so phone makers have realized that 15 years or so of P&S development could be used.... Honestly, i'm surprised it has taken this long for someone to work out that an 1/2.3" sensor would take good photos, and not make the phone too big (similar to Sony's own T series). Pity about the MP count.

How about an image quality comparison between a current Sony P&S and this phone when you do the full review?

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ageha
By ageha (6 months ago)

Wow, that doesn't make any sense. You forgot you still need to squeeze a lens covering 1/2.3" into that thin body.

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Aero Windwalker
By Aero Windwalker (6 months ago)

Sony and Samsung are the only two companies that have comprehensive line of cameras. It's not surprising that their mobile phones have better a camera feature.

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LiSkynden
By LiSkynden (6 months ago)

Eventhough this is done by DxO i have to say that the "Video" part of the test should have AUDIO test too. I have seen, or should i say hear some really horrible audio on videos shot with really expensive and so called "good" smartphones, but no-one seem to care. Weird.

This is kind of same in really good P&S cameras too ... so called "enthusiasm" models. The audio just sucks.

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Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (6 months ago)

We'll look into audio quality in our forthcoming full review.

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KariIceland
By KariIceland (6 months ago)

And the cellphone megapixel race is ON! Where were these companies the past TEN YEARS when the other companies who make cameras realized "we went to far and have to back pedal with our compact cameras"

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jcmarfilph
By jcmarfilph (6 months ago)

In real-life scenario, only the 808 and 1020 should produce usable results. The rest of the phones will produce mediocre results at best.

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four under
By four under (6 months ago)

Mediocre results would be quite a step up for some of the "experts " that plague the DPR site.

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Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (6 months ago)

Well, it MIGHT be nice in the studio... however, it just sucks when it comes to, say, foliage rendering in real life. The camera, with the current firmware, is absolutely horrible at that. Even the G2 produces better results.

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ageha
By ageha (6 months ago)

I agree.

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Santana G
By Santana G (6 months ago)

Wow nice score and to think as I read this my Z1 has been updated 3 hours ago and the camera has been improved the amount of noise in shots has been lessened considerably and almost all artifacts are gone. Wonder what the score would of been like if the reviewer had the update.

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Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (6 months ago)

Good to hear. I'm looking forward for updated reviews. (The reviewed / compared Z1's I referred to ran an earlier firmware.)

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