SONY XPE­RIA Z3

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Not much has changed in terms of cam­era hard­ware in the Xpe­ria Z3 when com­pared to its first two pre­de­ces­sors. The Xpe­ria Z3 does pos­sess a larger sen­sor than the com­pe­ti­tion here — it’s a 1/2.3-inch sen­sor that’s typ­i­cally found in most en­try and midrange dig­i­tal com­pact cam­eras. The Xpe­ria Z3 cam­era has a fo­cal length of 25mm (35mm equiv­a­lent) and an aper­ture of F2.0. This gives it a wider fieldof-view than the rest, though this comes at the cost of reach.

The cam­era soft­ware on the Z3 is al­most the same as the one on the Z1 and Z2. In terms of shoot­ing modes, aside from Su­pe­rior Auto and man­ual modes, you get quite a few shoot­ing modes and ef­fects. There’s other modes like Timeshift video, which records high frame-rate videos and ap­plies slow-mo­tion ef­fects, and Back­ground De­fo­cus mode, which adds some bokeh ef­fect to your shots. Even then, most of you will be spend­ing your time in ei­ther Man­ual or Su­pe­rior Auto mode.

With the Xpe­ria Z3, you get some man­ual con­trols in the form of ISO, me­ter­ing, ex­po­sure com­pen­sa­tion and white bal­ance. You also get to shoot in 20MP when in man­ual mode, and the res­o­lu­tion is capped at 8MP when shoot­ing in Su­pe­rior Auto mode. HDR (high dy­namic range) is also capped at 8MP, which is a shame as the Sony Xpe­ria Z3’s dy­namic range per­for­mance is lack­lus­ter (more on that in the later sec­tion).

The Xpe­ria Z3 is ca­pa­ble of record­ing 4K video at 30fps, or 1080p video at 30 or 60fps.

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