Xperia S camera shootout roundup

by XB on 8th April 2012

in Imaging, Xperia S


The Sony Xperia S is one of the very few smartphones on the market with a 12MP camera sensor. We have already seen a number of camera comparisons with other handsets, but there were a few that we didn’t get the time to post first time round. They are still worth a read if you’re really interested in the imaging side of the Xperia S, so we thought we’d post the links for you to have a read this Easter Sunday.

First up we have, AllAboutSymbian’s shootout with the Xperia S versus the Nokia N8. The Nokia N8 is still one of the best camera phones on the market with one of the largest image sensors, so we can’t begrudge the N8 victory. We’ll be comparing the imaging between these two handsets soon so watch this space. Cnet compared the iPhone 4S against the Xperia S and declared the former to be the winner “in almost all situations”. GSM Arena compared both camera and video in a Galaxy S II shootout, whilst Recombu has a massive 5-way shootout including the HTC One X. One thing we can conclude is that camera phones have come a long way in the last few years and for casual use any of the phones mentioned would do a great job.

  • I don’t agree with the cnet comparison at all…, they r being compeletly bias towards apple.
    First of all they captured all the images in wrong aspect ratio, making xperia s capture images in 9mpx resolution and they possibly didn’t even tweak the settings of xperia s right…… btw, a big proof of their bias is that most of the people didn’t even agree with the comparison(see the comments below the comparison) and a lot of them brought up the history of the reviewer as being a apple fanatic

  • RaxaBoo

    I love how you’re generous to other maker’s handsets and not just one-eyed fanboys. Keep it up, XB. Imaging aside (i think they’re all pretty even N8 shading it for stills and the One X/S for video -you can capture stills while shooting videowith it ) I think the Xperia S has to be the choice of a mobile photographer purely because of the Fast Capture from standby feature -the One X is only faster once the camera app is open but if you’re on the move you’ll miss the key moment with it. And if you have time on your side, then a smartphone is the wrong photographic tool.

  • We All love Sony Exmor R lens and we know they are best of best :) 

  • megane198

    Duh. Cnet has a bias towards apple. Just like engadget.

  • SeaTHX

    Why aint there any comparision with the old Sony Ericsson Satio? It´s 12Mp with Xenon Flash could be better than the N8…? I know it´s way better than my Xperia S…

  • XYZ

    Xperia S’s image sensor is nowhere near the size of the Satio or N8, so it can’t win. Not to mention those two having a wide aperture. 4S also has a slightly wider aperture for low-light shooting, but its got terrible colour accuracy compared to the S.

    Conclusion, the Xperia S has the best image processor, but the worst sensor. Its high-res, but small and narrow aperture. Good enough for casual use, but not even close to the N8 or Satio.

    Sony need to put a larger image sensor with better optics a la the Satio. Maybe even Xenon Flash (but doubtful). Certainly, their Exmor R image processing is the best, they just need a larger sensor to round it off.

  • W-bernt

    yeas i agree with you man 

  • Nereknu
  • Cssf09

    IN THE END SONY Exmor R IS A WINNER NO DOUBT No matter who compare them …..

  • Nereknu
  • megane198

    Yes. And the pictures! The reviewer did not even bother (or s/he doesn’t know?) to change the settings of Xperia S. Using 9mp 16:9 against 8mp 4:3 of iphone. That’s where the title would be misleading.
    Some shots are blurry for Xperia S.
    The reviewer is accustomed to apple camera as far as I read the review, doesn’t know Xperia camera settings and such.

  • megane198

    4S and Xperia S have the same f/2.4 aperture.

  • abc

    XYZ, please see the camera comparison from dialaphone to see how Xperia S performs against N8. 

  • Asad Mulla

    What a load of bull. Cnet no longer have any credability. They say Sonys answer to low light is  “to be to bump up the ISO — resulting in significant loss of detail and a much grainier image” so clearly they dont know how Exmor works and that iPhone uses similar technology taking into consideration that iphones camera is infact MADE BY SONY.
    How did thay conclude the coins look better on the iPhone? its so dark.
    the book picture. Looks at the guys hand and the text Zeitoun. iPhone cant make it out. and the background.
    The droid colour look more natural. My a.. the flash has ruined it.

  • Asad Mulla

     yeh and same as the gadget show. (UK)

  • Asad Mulla

    funny how the nokia N8 guy thinks the best phone in the world is N8 and that Symbian is amazing. Had symbian on p800, p900. p910 and p990. its lame compared to android or even windows mobile 6.5

  • Kaostheory

    I agree that the XS is the better camerphones, but the sensors on both Iphone and XS are made by Sony. Apple did spend more money on the optics (lens) and that is why theirs does so well in the shootouts.


  • i just want to point out that as you have the Xperia S set to a 16:9 aspect ratio you are taking a 9 megapixel image and not a 12.1 megapixel image you would get from a 4:3 aspect ratio. This article as a result is not a true representation of the full capablities of the Xperia S. ”

    lol they cheated.

  • whatever they do , Sony makes best when it comes in camera lens )

  • andriod

    apple sucks

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