Sony’s Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact both boast a 20.7-megapixel rear camera, which was first introduced on the Xperia Z1 last year. As Sony explains it, the camera features the best of Cyber-shot and Handycam technologies. While it may be the same camera, Sony has made quite a few improvements to the camera, including improved low lighting shooting capabilities and the ability to record 4K videos.
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To make it an ideal shooting companion, Sony has added a physical shutter button on the side, and the rear camera can click pictures at 5248×3936 pixels resolution in manual mode, and 3264×2448 pixels resolution in Superior Auto mode. The camera on the new Xperia smartphones are the first to support ISO 12800, which means you can click great photos when in a dark environment. As for selfie lovers, there is a 2.2-megapixel camera at the front. Also Read - PlayStation 5 going on a diet? Retailer leaks lightweight PS5 in works
It is not just the impressive hardware that makes the Xperia smartphones ideal for photography. Sony has also bundled a bunch of shooting modes that includes the likes of Augmented Reality, Face In, Multi-camera, Sound Photo, Timeshift, and Creative effect.
As the name suggests, AR Effect lets you add Augmented Reality effects to your photos and videos. Some preloaded themes include T-Rex in a jungle, fairies, and face masks among others. Using its Face Recognition and SmartAR engine, Sony is able to smartly merge your photo or video with a virtual world.
Face In is a shooting mode that lets you click a picture using the rear and front camera simultaneously. So for example you can add your reaction to a photo your friend clicked, or use the front facing camera to recognize you and up to two friends to include in a photo.
Multi-camera is an interesting feature that lets you take photos or videos from various angles. What it does is let you connect your phone to other Sony devices including Xperia smartphones, QX lens and Sony Action Cam via Wi-Fi. All the devices will click a picture and the original phone will act as a hub for all the connected devices.
Sound Photo essentially captures a bit of audio when you are clicking a picture. According to Sony, it can capture a short burst of audio from the second before you take a photo until a few seconds afterwards. Timeshift, on other hand, captures up to 30 shots in just two seconds. What’s more, Sony also lets users download third-part shooting modes for their cameras.
We have already talked about the smartphones’ rugged qualities. With its water resistant ability, you can actually take the smartphone for a swim and more importantly click great photos underwater.
As mentioned above, the rear camera supports 4K video recording. You won’t need to carry around a tripod either to shoot steady shots, as the camera has a feature called “SteadyShot.” If your hands are shaking or you are moving while recording a video, the intelligent feature steadies the picture for a smooth video. Check out the video embedded below to see how this feature works.