Features cont.

Timeshift Burst

Timeshift Burst works in the same way as it did on the Z2 and Z1. The camera takes a quick burst of images over a two-second time period - one second before and one after you press the shutter. This means that while you are in Timeshift Burst mode the camera is effectively constantly recording, but dumping anything older than one second from its memory. Once the burst has been captured you can scroll through all frames and pick your favorite one.

After shooting a burst you pick your favorite frame from the series.
Output images are only 1920 x 1080 pixels large.

Only the selected image is displayed in the Gallery app but the entire burst is saved in the internal memory, so you can change your mind later and pick a different image. As before the downside of the feature is that all images are captured at a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels and look a little soft when viewed at full size, which makes them pretty much unusable for larger prints or any other use that requires large image sizes. The Xperia Z3 also comes with the same Timeshift Video mode that we've already seen on the Xperia Z2.

AR Effect

AR effect is a rather gimmicky shooting mode that has been around since the Xperia Z1. You can pick from a number of themes such as Dinosaur, Dive or Celebration and if you then point the camera at a scene the frame starts filling up with augmented reality objects such as plants and dinosaurs in the case of the Dinosaur theme. Some of those objects, for example the dinosaurs, move around the frame and you have to press the shutter button to capture a scene and save the image. Again, the images are full-HD size only.

In AR mode Dinosaurs and other objects are overlaid onto the live view image.
Pressing the shutter captures a the scene at full-HD resolution.

Album and Editor

Images can be sorted in several ways.
The view

The Xperia Z3 comes with Android's standard Photos app installed but by default uses Sony's own Album app for image viewing. Like most similar apps it allows you to create albums, favorite images or sort them by month or place. The app automatically creates highlight movies which contain images and videos that seem to be grouped together by date. The function does a pretty good job at avoiding duplicates but there is no manual control over what files are chosen for the video. All in all it's a nice way of summarizing the activities of a day or weekend without spending much (or any) time on doing so.

The Photo Editor is a separate app that can be linked with the Edit button in the Album app but you can also pick any other editing app as your default tool. The Photo Editor has changed from previous versions and now looks even simpler than before. It offers a bunch of simple filter effects and frames. You can adorn your images with virtual stickers or overlay them with text. There is also a function to create collages but more fundamental editing options are limited to cropping and rotating. There are plenty of better options in the Google Play Store and the already installed Android Photos app with its integrated Snapseed editing functions is a good start.

The Editor offers a range of filter options.
You can also create collages from two or more pictures