Latest Xperia Z1 update does appear to bring tangible camera improvements

by XB on 25th October 2013

in Firmware, Imaging, Xperia Z1

wpid-8zQYeTs.pngThe Xperia Z1’s latest firmware update brought some big improvements, with Sony talking about positive changes to the camera algorithms. Well if you want to see some side-by-side images of the previous firmware (14.1.G.1.534)  versus the current firmware (14.1.G.2.257) then check out the pictures below.

They were supposedly taken with both firmwares about 8 minutes apart in similar light and on the same phone.  If you own the Xperia Z1, have you noticed any camera improvements from the recent update?



Via xda-developers.

Thanks Dan, kame and neorackle!

  • Mohit Gupta

    Amazing to see Sony improving camera on it’s mobile!

  • Ghareeb Saeed

    Bring it ON!

  • lunkz

    Woah that’s a huge difference

  • Can’t wait to received it!

  • rexperia

    Good job, SONY! so proud to own your mobile phone…

  • Micro

    Confirming. Perhaps old ones wasn’t THAT bad ;) but yes – there is a huge difference, especially about those artifacts in 20Mp mode. It’s fairly sharp now and clear.

  • Serdar Aytamaner

    Wonder why they didn’t do this right from the start…

  • Luis Urquiza Palacios

    no update to xperia z? :(

  • Pissed off now!

    Still nothing in the good old UK. Stuck on the 534 firmware. Come on Sony, pull your finger out and give it to us.

  • Muhammad

    here is one more extra comparison :)

  • Gowtham Surya

    Waiting for the same kind of update on SP.. :-)

  • Chetan Reddy

    u need to have better sensor ,and better image processing engine which unfortunately our SP lacks :P….install cm 10.1 …better image clarity than stock one

  • Muhammad Imran Khan

    Where is update of android version for Xperia Z?? What the hell is going Sony……come on plz roll out ur 4.3.3 version for Xperia Z…

  • Muhammad Imran Khan

    Where is android version 4.3.3 for Xperia Z?? Why are you postponing it Sony?? What the hell is this Sony come on plz rill out ur android next version for Xperia Z.

  • Prateek Bhanushali

    Wait wait buddy, Aftr all Sony is the Only Company that gives Real Updates. Other Companies just change the Android Number in setting and dance “We R first, We R ahead” :D

  • kiikooo

    yeah still waiting for it too. I bought my gf a purple one from Singapore, Connected it and the update popped up. Was really pissed :S

  • Johnson

    is there any improvement update in poor connection of WiFi & internet for xperia z…? :)

  • hesp

    the same in Poland :(

  • Lolzer

    It looks like they messed up the exposure, compared to the old one, the new one does not show the marble cracking line in front of the flower as much as the old one did.

  • Sami Mrabet

    some legal issues they needed to solve what i´ve heard

  • AnthonyG

    Why can’t AT&T just pick up this phone already!!! I may have to get it unlocked and suffer without having 4G.

  • Muhammad

    you are definitely true :)

  • Killian Khoo

    I wonder is there really 3 ppl that really hate sony ?
    Y all comment in this post all have 3 vote down ?
    Are they retard ?
    or all of them are the same person with 3 acc ? ~
    IF u r not sony fan pls dont do somethings retard in sony xperia blog ?

  • panagi?tis

    Wow that’s amazing from sony.never expect then to fix the camera.

  • dfqere

    looks like nokia will react negatively with the comparable algorithm they are using. the photos with the new firmware appear to possess the lumia-like noise and pixel binning techniques.

  • Adrian969

    And my X10 still stuck on 2.3! ;(

  • Ambroos

    Tell me what about 4.3 you want so much. There are hardly any differences. There’s an update coming for the Z that brings most of the Xperia Z1 software goodies (besides the camera) to the Z, and that’ll be worth 5 Android updates.

  • mobsony

    guys could anyone tell me about the battery performance before and after the update ? thanks…i have had enough of xperia ion.ridiculous battery life !!!

  • Marinko Agic


  • humm

    That’s actually quite impressive!

  • Adrian969

    Why not the camera-app?

  • z1 qatar

    How will update, I haven’ t receive yet any notifications.

  • Persian User

    Xperia Z needs such an update as well.
    My Z’s camera became a real mess after the last update.
    I see black dots all over my photos!

  • Prateek Bhanushali

    Becoz the chipset is not capable to handle those modes……
    Lets wait for the update to arrive if Sony can offer those goodies(may b not all)…..

  • Ruslan K

    I’m waiting for same for ZR :)

  • Muhammad

    Bro with Xperia Z1 u’ll change ur idea about SONY’s battery life , its doing well and balanced .

  • Prateek Bhanushali

    If black dots appear(even whn ur camera app is open) then visit ASC. It an hardware problem…..

  • Babylonbwoy

    Samsung and HTC are rolling out 4.3, releasing source for kernel and we are stuck at camera fixes because of the fucking choice to sell two flagships the same year! :(

  • Babylonbwoy

    Didn’t know that ? Sources ? They own everything from hardware to software.

  • Sami Mrabet

    Esato is the source

  • Mac

    I just gotta say that I totally agree with you on this one! Sony Fo lyfe, but this is just not acceptable.

  • Raymond

    i think it was base on his experience with the new Z1,you don’t need any reliable website or any source,you can say that by yourself…

  • Ambroos

    Camera is a USP for the Z1. In addition to that, the Z wouldn’t benefit much from the supersampling, it’d reduce the resolution too much.

  • Red Salmon

    Because Sony have a year long deal w/ T-Mobile.

  • Keon Fraites

    The camera app works though (the AR, info eye, etc.) worked when it was ported over to the Xperia Z.

  • ray

    My xperia ZL need camera update. The camera pictures look so noisy!

  • manutd

    still waiting for this update in Romania. everything is so slow here,except for the internet speed! :)

  • Jayke

    Me too, in the UK checking for the update daily cause I was so disappointed with my camera on the Z1 :(

  • Ambroos

    Sure, but there’s a difference between a slightly wonky XDA-port and production-ready software. Lots of testing to go through, and in addition they want to keep those features unique to the Z1 as a sales argument.

  • bartium

    Just downloaded it and ran some tests. Nice!

  • Micro

    they are obviously m$nokia/shitsung fanboys pissed enough but have nothing more to say, there is nothing now they can. Sony shown his quality, again. As usual. They rushed the hardware so we can have it, then made us proud with the software they couldn’t bring to us at the same time. That’s Sony.


    Sorry trolls, eat this. Keep down vote, that’s all you have left.

  • Micro

    hahaha! (couldn’t resist) xD

  • Keon Fraites

    Well slightly wonky because it was made by third party app developer, if Sony really wants to incorporate it, they can like what they did with the Camera (UI port) from Z to S. But it’s a business so only the future holds the answer.

  • Marinko Agic

    Where is source of this photo?

  • Chaturanaga Manchanayake

    MKBHD says the camera is meh. I don’t understand him. haha

  • Pingback: Sony Xperia Z1 software update said to improve camera | Pocketnow()

  • Krasimir Argirov

    I also don’t want to update my Z because the last update it’s perfect – didn’t have heating issues, battery is much improved, there’s no lag, so I didn’t plan to update even if Sony release 4.3 and even 4.4 for Xperia Z. Not want new Android with bugs for a couple of things that I don’t use.

  • Ani

    Why sony is not doing anything good for SP??
    I hate samsung but seriously they are faster in improvements..
    Hope sony could make their all customers satisfied till the year ends.

  • Ankit

    bro does it lasts for a complete day??

  • pixlas

    You need to understand one thing : both HTC and shitsung got pre access to the 4.3 software as Google invited them to make Google editions of One and S4.
    So that’s why they are ahead, as they got the code several months before Sony. That’s how it works.

  • mobsony

    my ion battery after 20 mins of just radio falls to lost between note3 and z1 because what i have noticed in the latest sony phones is their batteries drain very fast…i need someone to close to a heavy user to tell me their experience…and how does the recent update improve the battery performance in z1 ? thanks

  • arcu de triumf

    Nu e asa, Sony e slow in toate si plin de probleme peste tot :D Bafta!

  • arcu de triumf

    My question is this: why Sony needs improvement at that level? I mean the difference is huge. They don’t test the camera before? Is that hard to take 10-20 photos to see what’s going on? For a so call flagship phone? After each release, they have to come up with improvements. And big ones. Good thing the pictures are not black&white. Yet. Looks like they don’t even use the phones before bring them on the market. We have to pay 500-600 euros to tell them what’s wrong. Who let the kids play with this company?

  • Anzilleo Kristello Mozihim

    He must’ve not got the update yet.

  • Tim Austin

    There’s nothing wrong with the Battery on the Z1 and there never was. Since getting the device at launch, I’ve routinely been getting 1.5 days from it with medium-heavy use. It’s a country mile away from the battery performance of the Z. Has the update improved things further? According to Sony, but it’s difficult to say, if you charge your phone every night.

  • Tim Austin

    Check your computer update software. My UK 537 dropped over a week ago.

  • Tim Austin

    Quite. Why all this fuss over 4.3? It ruined my original Nexus 7 – it’s a bug-ridden shit-storm of an update. I’d be happy if it never dropped, either for the XZ or the XZ1. Skip it and move on to KitKat.

  • manutd

    Ramane sa apstept,sau sa asta ar fi trebuit sa fie cam peste tot.,dar din pacate nu prea e prea inteleg de ce

  • Babylonbwoy

    Next time post a link, I’m nterested to read about this, have to search the whole honami thread…

  • Babylonbwoy

    I know that, but in the ends what people will remember is Sony brought the update last. I use to think like you but know I’m not indulgent with them no more.
    It’s not only about competition, you want to reach 20% market share ? Ok, improve your support and stop releasing non finished products. I’m still waiting for a proximity sensor bug, it’s unacceptable for a 700€ device to wait more than 48H for such a fix. Proximity sensor is a big deal for me.

  • Sayan Summers

    I knw its a old saying bt u hv to admit ‘EAST OR WEST SONY IS BEST’

  • Babylonbwoy

    Not the first time that I see that here, looks like the guy vote down every post to have his own bumped in “best comment” maybe

  • Babylonbwoy

    When do you think Kit Kat will land on our Xperia if 4.3 isn’t even finished? I’ll make my choice once it is released but I want to have a chance to test by myself

  • Babylonbwoy

    700€ here!

  • Babylonbwoy

    And Z1 was just classed second after Lumia 1020 with this quality !? And now with this update it will become first or +1 ??

  • Babylonbwoy

    Always better to have last version available no matter if there’s big change or not, Google update to 4.3 ? Ok, I want 4.3 too, spent so much money…

  • Babylonbwoy

    True, I ike it more than I liked the Z when got it, but fixes should comes faster than that. To be honest I never had this amount of bugs with a new device from Sony.

  • Micro

    Do you even have the Z1? Pics were outstanding, only when compared to those after the update, they were relatively worse. “relatively” worse to the old FW. It’s not about any lumia. But I guess the distance from 1020 is now much longer lol

  • Persian User

    I thought the same thing at first but what is interesting is that the place of dots changes after some time and even their size is different from time to time!
    That’s why i think its a software problem.

  • Chetan Reddy

    samsung faster?????// where ????…dont see their high end mobiles like s4 and notes …see their midrangers …no updates buddy ..atleast our sp has got 3-4 updates according to region

  • Babylonbwoy

    Of course I have it, I’m not the kind of guy complaining about something I don’t own.
    And don’t get me wrong I’m not after you, I like Sony just like you do but when they mess up something we must admit it. We don’t have to praise them for a bug fix, it’s a normal behavior when you sell high end devices, we paid 700€ for a non finished and buggy firmware. Also I repeat that it’s the first time I have that many issues.

    Edit : where is the link you posted about the test where Z1 came second place ? I can’t find it here.

  • Micro

    mm.. I don’t think I posted any test like that..
    perhaps you are talking about this:

    But remember the Z1 was rushed too much, that’s the effect that couldn’t be avoided I think. Yeah, it still have a few bugs, but it is getting much better every update so I’d rather be happy about it ;]
    And you are talking about buggy FW that you didn’t have before… you really should have XS :D there was the real bugs, video camera lag etc.. or (forever) ION :P

  • Micro

    BTW, you decide ;) look mate, you kinda pushed me to come out and shoot a quick photo you, look what I got ;) I don’t know about you, but me? I don’t care about 1020 anymore if I can shoot like this with full-Idiot mode ;)

  • Ani

    I m having samsung mega 5.8
    And when i purchased the phone I was dissappointed with its camera quality but after an update camera is much far better than my sp.
    I love sony in all and every way but My SP’s camera is so poor, it makes the pic very yellowish.
    And SP’s vibration is also so low otherwise this phone is rocking in this price tag.

  • I like how sony consistently releases firmware updates after the release of a phone and make it better. Some other companies should take note. And also why are there so many haters here? Are they just butthurt?

  • fried_egg

    i havent had an update since just after it came out… and that was over the air.

  • Muhammad

    yeaaaaa ! it dose for me

    2G network , wifi open , some hardcore games , chatting , few Facebook , some music ” headphones ” and some photos .

  • Muhammad

    for what !!?

  • Muhammad

    these are from my own device !!!!!!!!!!!!

  • lol

    i want this update on my L too, sony promote L as Camera Phone but the picture is poor

  • hans

    Well with some issues on 4.3, I wosh sony to jump ahead to 4.4 rather than wasting time on 4.3

  • reDalerT

    48H is unacceptable? good grief..

  • falesh

    dude its a hardware problem visit the care center and get the device replaced as soon as possible its a issue with Z and ZL..i got my device replaced as soon as i got that issue plz search XDA forums for more information…

  • So will you be a much happier person with 4.3? It’s nice to get the updates but it’s hardly the most important thing, and definitely not worth whining that much about. STFU ffs

  • Go fondle your Samsung, troll

  • Raymond

    maybe they are also hired by Samsung to write bad things about the competition,see what happen in Taiwan ,and I’m sure they also doing the same thing in some other countries especially US…

  • Pingback: Sony Xperia Z1 software update said to improve camera - SmartPhones()

  • Jayke

    I had my Z1 last 2 days with ease. Streaming music over HSPDA+, watching YouTube and playing games, you get about 3hr45 screen on time pretty much.

  • Jayke

    Rumoured I think I read that the Z1 would be the first none Google phone to be getting android 4.4 KitKat.

  • mj

    hope to see improvement also in lower phone such SP

  • ChenAn
  • boosook

    No, he’s right. It’s unbelievable that a company like Sony makes such silly mistakes. The developement of the phone surely took many months, yet they released it with a camera processing algorithm that had many problems, as nearly everyone on the internet noticed. Then, after a month, they come out with an update that apparently solves every problem. How is this possible? Sony has been making cameras for many years. How is it possible that nobody inside Sony noticed that the image processing was subpar?
    Now the camera will improve, and will improve a lot. Well, the Z1 has been tested already on every site. Reviews will not be amended. And reviews have had mixed feelings about the Z1 camera quality. People will read the reviews and will read that the Z1 camera is not so good as advertised, no matter if *now* it is. These are mistakes that a big company like Sony shouldn’t do. The same has happened with HTC (with the One) and with Nokia (with the 900). Guess who never had to update the camera software to bring better quality? Samsung. That’s why they sell. They live in the present day and know that a product must be good at day 1 becuase it will be permanently marked by the reviewers on the net. If we, stupid users, understand this, why can’t a Sony manager do the same?

  • Babylonbwoy

    I just don’t give a fuck about anonym comments.

  • Babylonbwoy

    Yes this link, yes it wasn’t you, sorry.
    I had a white XS, sold it.

  • z1

    Has anybody seen improved camera?? can I update???

  • About time

    Update rolling out now for UK unbranded. Check SUS.

  • Peter

    I can tell that the calling sound quality is fixed. Now I can use the loudspeaker without any problem. I think the battery life is improved as well. And I believe from those sample pictures camera is better now too! :) Great job SONY!

  • faisal

    yes bro..i agreed.since last update…my z camera became worse.but my sp after updates,camera getting better even though cam only 8mp!i keep comparing especially in low light…looks like sp wins!!!why?

  • Ramakrishna Kumbar

    Sony Please work on charging of z1. it takes 3 hours to charge… even though I’m not Samsung fan but I have to say wow because Note 3 has 3200mAh battery and charges just in 1 hour 45min Please work on charging, and ya Please We want soft keys to auto hide while GAMING.

  • Ramakrishna Kumbar

    Sony what is this Joke?? “In my z1 camera superior auto has 8MP In my friend’s ZR its 9mp, Common…….I expected z1 to be 16mp superior auto and optional 9mp superior auto We want to prove Z1 is the best Camera Only if we get Cristal clear Images even after crop. that’s possible only by Increasing Superior Auto resolution” . Learn from HTC and iPhone and please provide face detection on front facing Camera.

  • Ramakrishna Kumbar

    If still in warranty. sony will replace it, if not Please sell it. and get new one

  • Ramakrishna Kumbar

    ya even i checked it out, details are less in new update but Images are exposed, And how badly Sony annoying 20.7 mp camera and we can take 8mp?? in 20mp 4:3!! and No features :( :( I wish I could had superior auto @16mp and optional 9MP even XPERIA ZR has 9mp Auto it has just 13 mp, Every z1 users please leave comments about Camera resolution.. So that wee get good Images after crop.

  • Berg

    Note 3 uses USB3.0, Z1 uses USB2.0.

    It’s not possible to charge a 3200mAh battery from empty to full in 1h 45m, without breaking against USB-standards for USB2.0.

  • ramakrishna

    Ya but attest sony can update it’s charger to 2.0A OUTPUT

  • khan

    Would somebody please suggest me which phone to buy z or zr
    I am badly confused between these 2.
    I would have taken z but I am afraid as I heard many negative reviews about the xperia Z’s glass. People complaining that the glass cracks itself or due to over heating.

    Speaking about zr ,Its front cam is vga. thats really not done. There are some people who do take self pictures :).
    My main criteria is camera and I am quite a rough user. Would want my phone to work fine for a minimum of 3 yrs as i would be spending 30k.

    z1 is too expensive for me :( :(
    Sorry posting about a completely unrelated topic. But I am badly in need of some genuine guidance from ardent sony fans/users.

  • Micro

    this might help a bit: (only both have 4.2.2 now)

    Z has many disadvantages though, not only the glass or screen, but.. nobody can tell you buy this one or another, it’s up to you. I went for a bank loan to get Z1 instead, didn’t have enough in my pocket neither. Had my doubts but now… I know I did the right thing. I wouldn’t buy Z for sure (but this is me, not you). ZR.. dunno, I didn’t have it in my own hands so I won’t advice anything about it. Perhaps someone else would say a word.

    BTW: my oldest Sony phone is almost 14 years old, I never had to switch because of any failure, but 3 years in Android world… it’s very long you know, it won’t be about the phone, but the OS features i think.

  • Andrzej R

    I was a Samsung user. Had sgs 2, 3 and 4 and I must say that this camera 20,7 is terrible! Comparing pictures I could even say that the quality is nearly the same as my nexus 7 2013 5mega pix. The pictures are blurry and in dark light conditions the camera just won’t handle. For a device priced 650 euro we could expect something better!!!

  • Thiago Guerreiro Bastos
  • John

    Neither one

  • surajsam

    i had updated my z1 to build no 14.1.G.2.257 but nothing got improved with my camera even not with my screen, pics are full of noise, colors are unsaturated, whitish tinch,blurry and worse, screen colors are also very bad, brightness level very less, black color is like grey…i was having xperia ion..even my ion brightness level and colors are very true and relaxing…ions screen is far better then of my z1, ions 12mp cam clicked awesome pics for me…i updated my ph from ion to z1 just for good camera but am disapointed…pls tell what should i do…just having screen colors and camera problem…on the other hand yes its true z1 is fastest phone i ever used and battery level is remarkble…strong battery and good processing..but help me in sorting out my camera and screen problem..pls

  • Marinko Agic

    Why not Z1???

  • khan

    ahan. Thats great.
    Z1 can’t afford. I am college going student :P.
    Here there is a 10k diff between Z & Z1.

  • thumble

    Today i recorded a video with my note 3 with its hightest resulotion 3840×2160 after that i transfer the videofile via blutooth to my xperia z1 and look there z1 played it without a hitch this very good so z1 have full support for 4k video so it shoulnd be so dificould for sony to implement this in future update

  • sfordesign

    finally somebody finds out.. sony developers never know whatever the shit they are doing.

  • Pingback: Xperia Z1 - One Sony - Page 266 -

  • Marinko Agic

    same problems here…why???

  • Marinko Agic

    i had updated my z1 to build no 14.1.G.2.257 but nothing got improved
    with my camera even not with my screen, pics are full of noise, colors
    are unsaturated, whitish tinch,blurry and worse, screen colors are also
    very bad, brightness level very less, black color is like grey…why???

  • hahaha

    Not so impressed with xperia z1… Note 2 was much better.. Except the camera and waterproofness.. Scratch magnet screen of z1 already got 3 scratches in less than a week.
    Still a Samsung fan. Better luck nxt time sony..

  • Marinko Agic

    this is not have 3 scratches on screen protector…

  • NiggaHigga

    Impatient Asshole.

  • NiggaHigga

    Dude X10 is so slow it can’t run anything properly… Get a new one already lol

  • Habib

    Me & my friend buy 2 sony xperia Z1 & both of us finds out that the z1 camera picture quality is we poor. The picture are looks very poor especially when you zoom in. Black spots coming every where.

  • khan

    Bought the z1 two days back really loving the phone.:) :) :)

  • Micro

    I’m happy to hear that :) like any phone, this one has it’s issues also (like a2dp), but it’s really good one. I have it for 7 months now and I can’t imagine me switching it yet, even for Z2 haha ;) (the pen mode is AWESOME, you should try it! :))

Previous post:

Next post: