At the Sony booth we had a chance to have a closer look at the Japanese tech giant's new 13-megapixel smartphone, the Xperia Z. The device's spec sheet looks pretty impressive and we were equally impressed when handling the Xperia Z for the first time. It makes a very solid impression and has a true premium feel to it.  Despite the large 5-inch screen, it is only marginally larger than my Nexus 4 and it is even waterproof up to one meter depth -- no need to worry about answering your phone in the pouring rain or placing your device right next to a coffee cup.

We have not had a chance to examine the camera's image quality, but purely on paper the 13MP Exmor RS sensor should be a step forward from the current crop of high-end phones and the video HDR mode is at this point a unique feature among smartphones. We have managed to capture a few screengrabs to give you a first impression of the Xperia Z's camera interface.

The standard camera screen gives you access to both virtual shutter and video buttons. The layout of the settings buttons on the left can be customized.
Tapping the shooting mode button lets you choose from a range of modes, including the fully-automatic Superior Auto mode and the Sweep Panorama mode we know from Sony's compact cameras and DSLRs.
Tapping the settings button reveals a larger-than-usual number of parameters to play with.
Sony's album app is very nicely designed and lets you change thumbnail size using the pinch gesture.
In the Album app you also have the option to display your images on a globe, based on the location data embedded in your pictures' EXIF data. You can then zoom in and out and turn the planet using the familiar swipe and pinch gestures, a very neat way of presenting pictures for world-travelers. 
 GPS location data allows you to 'pin' each of your photos ...
 ... to a location on the globe.