SONY XPERIA Z1

HWM (Singapore) - - Multi- test -

The Sony Z1 is the most rugged phone among the batch; it’s the only one that’s dust and wa­ter re­sis­tant, mak­ing it the only phone you can shoot with in the rain. The slightly curved edges make it more com­fort­able to hold than the Xperia Z, and it comes with a ded­i­cated shut­ter re­lease but­ton which can also open up the cam­era app when the phone is locked.

There are two main modes with one big dif­fer­ence; in Man­ual mode the Z1 can shoot us­ing the cam­era’s full 20MP im­age sen­sor, in Su­pe­rior Auto the Z1 will only save a down­sam­pled 8MP im­age in a 16:9 as­pect ra­tio. Shot-to-shot re­sponse is quick on both as is auto-fo­cus, al­though if you shoot at low ISO in low-light, AF speeds will drop no­tice­ably. When that hap­pens, the Z1 has a dis­turb­ing habit of shoot­ing when the pre­view im­age is out of fo­cus, so you never know if the shot is ac­tu­ally in fo­cus or not.

There seems to be a tap to fo­cus bug in both Auto and Man­ual mode, once you tap to fo­cus, the fo­cus point re­mains locked in the same po­si­tion, even af­ter you take the pic­ture the cam­era never re­turns to multi-area AF. You have to exit the mode, or exit the cam­era app to have the cam­era let go of the fo­cus point.

“THE SONY Z1 IS THE MOST RUGGED PHONE AMONG ALL; IT’S THE ONLY ONLY PHONEYOU CAN SHOOTWITH IN

THE RAIN.”

Un­like the Xperia Z, the Z1 comes with its own ded­i­cated shut­ter re­lease but­ton.

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