Check out some Xperia Z1 Compact sample pictures

by XB on 7th January 2014

in Imaging, Videos, Xperia Z1

6_sony_xperia_z1_compactThe Xperia Z1 Compact (D5503) has the same 20.7MP camera sensor as seen in the Xperia Z1. Therefore you should expect the image quality and algorithms between both handsets to be very similar. You can see some sample images below from a Xperia Z1 Compact running firmware build 14.2.A.1.114. All pictures were taken at 20.7MP resolution. Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Xperia Z1 Compact sample pictures

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Xperia Z1 Compact sample video


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  • Nabil

    Damn look at the details on the bottle! You can still see each individual line of the drawing, i’m really impressed! (edit: look at the faces of the people in the restaurant!)

    The colors are nice too I think, sadly we don’t have anything to compare it to.

  • cs098

    Looks a bit noisy on the big screen, but it will probably look perfect on the compact’s 4.3 inch screen.

    Awesome job sony.

  • ????????? ?????

    as always too noisy and the colours are not vivid and dim ((

  • Lunkz

    my Z1 is cowed

  • dixit

    HAHAHAHAHA Just zoom and you’ll see a lot of noise, as always with sony. Other manufacturer cam get noise on low light condition, but Sony even with good one can’t manage do deliver a clean image.
    Was excited about this “mini” but this and the lottery panel make me reconsider, maybe the HTC One 2

  • Tobias Hedlund

    Yeah there is noise but less artifacts

  • Itsarapong Intoum

    look strange… I remember the picture that take with Z1 mini in japan (The one which have the old man) that one look sharp and less noise. WTF with this one.

  • mosfett

    I suggest you crawl back to whatever Samsung cave you came from :)

  • Miron Orzechowski

    I have no idea why and how but this photos were made in Poland! How i know about it? It’s my country and on 6th photo there is logo of Polish company. You can even see “Polska” reversed :)

  • Billy de Fretes

    noise.. noise everywhere..

  • sulre

    pretty noisy. too many pixels on such a small sensor… Hope the noise can be reduced by some future fw.

  • BenKatz

    It’s kinda noisy when you zoom in, however I can’t really judge it’s true quality. What I would have been interested to see is a low light picture taken with iAuto on (8mpixels) and see how the noise compares to the Z1. The cameras are identical, the only difference would have been due to a newer camera app version, which would have basically been the update the Z1 would receive in the future.

    In good lighting condition, with the latest update, the Z1 (and the Z1 compact most probably) deliver stunning pictures for a mobile phone, however Sony needs to figure out how to further optimize their low light pictures when it comes to noise. It’s a shame to see the iPhone 5/5s and the Galaxy S4, all three phones with Sony sensors (yeah, Samsung uses Sony sensors) handle low light better. And when you think that many people my age (20s) take most of the pictures in bars and clubs, where the light is low and noise is obvious on the Z1, it’s kinda annoying sometimes.

    Please Sony, work thoroughly on your camera optimization, especially on the noise reduction. You gotta beat your competition on this front, and you gotta satisfy us. We don’t like noise, other manufacturers have fixed it with your sensors on their devices, now do the same for us, your customers.

  • Tim Aries

    Nice details, too much noise

  • harlo

    Because they denoise to a “cleaner” image, but the detail is sacrificed and the picture became watercolour look. If you want to get “cleaner”, just use photoshop to clear off the luminance noise and sharper it, but you will end up getting “muddy” effect.

  • Faisal Armand

    I bet this images are shot with 20MP mode instead of 8MP mode, that’s why it’s noisy.

    In Xperia Z1, 20MP mode shows TONS of detail but it has artifacts and visible noise (even at outdoor conditions) the noise levels are starting to get worse indoors and in low light conditions as the level of noise in outdoors itself are medium high.

    Oversampled 8MP mode only sacrifices a tiny bit of detail (oh yes even at 8MP, the level of detail is capable of outperforming those of the best 13MP cameras such as Galaxy S4 and G2) but almost all of the noise and artifacts goes away, hence it produces better quality than 20MP mode.

    And the colours of xperia z1’s images are accurate and not slightly too saturated like those of galaxy s4, iphone 5s, and lumia 1020.

    And despite Xperia Z1’s image quality imperfections, Xperia Z1 can take the title of the best camera on android smartphone.

    The problem is, the people are expecting too high. And for those of you who don’t know, 41MP mode on lumia 1020 also produces images with tons of detail but it also has noise and artifacts. Shooting with 5MP mode makes the image a lot cleaner

    Cheers :)

  • cesar suarez

    During our not allowed to use the cam of the Z1 Compact because the final software was not installed as a precaution and that any means could take pictures with the same

  • fib

    You English better talk understand hard

  • raj

    SONY has clearly upped the ante

    Their mobile division is finally doing good, with their waterproofing and dust proofing and followed by contemporaries(read as Galaxy S4 Active)

    Their wearable devices have been noticed and followed by contemporaries (read as Galaxy Gear)

    Their camera modules are used in most of the devices in the market today like iPhone 5, Galaxy S4, Oppo N1 etc

    Their Xperia Z1 Compact is on the way to turn the fate of Mini versions and establish that “Mini” doesn’t mean “Stripped down versions of the Original flagship”

    Their Lens only NFC enabled camera’s are a thing to look forward to

    Their Xperia Z Ultra has caught the imaginations of people and manufacturers are not afraid to cross the 6″ category screen size

    Combining all their services into a One Sony strategy, clearly has paid off

    Looking forward to more cool and clean devices and ideas from Sony!!!!!

  • King Koopa

    Much better than Z1-taken photos during its launch but still a bit dim on stills with ample light
    low light photos aren’t improved.
    its a shame really, like what @BenKatz said that Apple and Samsung uses Sony sensors but cannot make their own units take good pictures.

  • Mokhtar Mouhib

    The pics are in a difficulte situations, but the noise is so high, sony come on you can do better than.that, this is not a 20 mp to be honest, its a 8, and.iphone 5s will beat this camera easly when it comes to zoom, im a z1 owner btw

  • Ramirowski

    noise… but maybe the lens was dirty :)

  • Colby Leong

    Hopefully Sony can release another update to improve the upon the camera, like what they have done before.

  • Colby Leong

    How great would a 15MP Superior Auto be?

  • Prateek Bhanushali

    There is a brilliant mind behind all… You know who I am talking about :)

  • Chaturanaga Manchanayake

    LOL I doubt that they’d do that hahaha

  • Kerby Cortez

    New Sony Xperia PlayStation ????

  • AA

    I agree that they have much to improve. It is still a good camera, but if they want to market the device with camera being one of the selling points, they’ve gotta do better than this.

  • loco_loco

    That’s why Sony adds DSC-QX10/100 lens to improve image quality for this thing. Smart business.

  • loco_loco

    Is that Xperia PLAY?

  • loco_loco

    You can see the post above: “All pictures were taken at 20.7MP resolution.”.

  • loco_loco

    Let’s see the result under microscope. LOL!

  • xperiaDROID

    I think it’s the good ol’ Xperia Arc.

  • xperiaDROID

    He English is betta then u. ;)

  • Chris

    In low light condition, never use Superior Auto mode and use Manual mode instead. Picture’s quality will surprice you even all the settings are default.

  • Billy de Fretes

    who? voldemort ? :D

  • Jaywalker

    Noise as usual. What good are those thousands of MP? Why so many MP if the quality is the same or even worse than HTC or Samsung with less MP? We expect next camera to have 40MP with the same noise, how about that? :D Or make it 80MP. The specs for camera are very impressive if you read them, with super sensor with exmor and all with megapixels and super lens. Ok, so what? They just can’t beat that noise. There’s no one there to find a simple solution. And people wonder why Samsung has millions of sales. And I’m not a Samsung fan so hold your horses. 2 years of Xperia for nothing, no improvements at all.

  • boosook

    The quality of Z1/Z1 Compact images is better than GS4, just downsample the 20mp output to the 13mp of the GS4 and you’ll realize it.
    When we look at images on our monitors, we usually look at images that have 2 (if we have a fullHD monitor) to 4 MP (with a 4K monitor), so even a 5MP image is enough.
    That’s why, for example, the Nokia 1020 produces by default a 5MP image by doing oversampling on its 41MP sensor output. For the same reason, the Z1/Z1C do the same thing with the 20MP output and produce an 8MP image.
    Phones with 13MP sensors, like the G2, GS4 and so on, do not downsample the output because with the current generation of sensors you wouldn’t achieve any improvement. Anyway, the rule is still the same: when you look at the image on your monitor, you’re looking at a 2-4MP image. And since we’re approaching the limit of human eye resolution, it’s unlikely that we will need more than 8MP images even in the future.
    The bottom line: in some cases it’s better to have more megapixels and “throw away” them by doing oversampling. The noise is lower and the detail is higher in the resulting image. Just look at the 8MP output of the Z1: images are among the best.

  • Rob

    Thousands of megapixels? The device in question has 20.7

  • Faisal Armand

    My assumption: 15MP superior auto will produce a lot of detail but I think the noise levels won’t be as good as those of 8MP shots but better than 20MP shots

    No offense, but.. I think 90% of the users doesn’t care about image quality and they won’t even bother to tweak camera settings such as ISO, white balance, exposure, etc. Plus, common consumers have a habit of shooting a picture then share it to social medias, a condition where a large image file will certainly be unusable. And judging from that point of view, making auto shots to 15-16MP would be quite useless in my opinion. If 15MP mode is to be included, sony teams must put it in the manual mode.

    I own Xperia Z until now and I NEVER use auto mode in taking shots. I always tweak manual settings first before I take a shot

    Now I have my own wish list for the camera of Xperia Sirius:
    – Increase the sensor size to 1/2.00″ or 1/1.7″ if possible (I don’t mind the phone’s thickness is over 9mm though)
    – 13MP or 16MP in 16:9 aspect ratio in manual mode
    – Xenon Flash
    – Shutter speed settings
    – Eliminate the slight corner softness which is present on Xperia Z1’s images
    – Auto mode should stay at 8MP (for common consumers)

  • Faisal Armand

    I tell you, i’ve seen so many people own Xperia Z Ultra in my country. Maybe people like it because it is handsome looking, waterproof, cheaper than note 3, and large screen which is perfect for watching p*rn :D

  • hardcore1312

    but the wine is from my country. (austria) ;)

  • surethom

    Nice photos but Sony on your next phone please us a LARGER sensor with just 16 megapixels & Much less compression, for superior photos.

  • Jaywalker

    I had SE k610i at 2MP and now an XU and comparing the same pictures made at 2MP with each other the difference is obvious. XU fr ex has the same noise at all settings 5-3-2 MP. I compared also with Galaxy Ace, same difference. This Z1 Compact has the same noise. It’s not about the monitor, the MP, the human eye or whatever, it’s about the compression and the soft that makes photo jpeg and also the light and how the sensor capture it. More MP doesn’t mean better quality, only bigger photos. Why all the people here have noticed the noice? Why everybody knows that Sony has one of the biggest noice in its photos? Why Samsung or others (not all) has less noice comparing pictures with same MP and conditions? Check the net to see or gsmarena. Maybe some customers doesn’t care or are happy with this noice…I expected much from Sony especially because I had SE before which made better photos and they made good cameras. It’s my opinion.
    Yes Z1 seems to have better results so far.

  • Rahul Radhakrishnan

    cmon man 41mp photo in lumia 1020 have too much noise like 20mp image in sony xperia z1 you gotta be kidding me….after using 808 i never heard of thing called noise while i take photos in 38mp or 34 mp…

  • doraemonboi

    Sony did improve its camera. Samsung might produce lesser noise, however their image are so soft. Sony camera is definitely sharper.

  • doraemonboi

    higher amount of noise does not mean that it is a 8 megapixel. Having more pixel means you can capture more details. however, you will have more noise in your image if the sensor is not good enough.

  • Chester Lau

    I believe this is not the raw quality of the optics.
    if the lumia 1520 with the same number of pixels packed in a smaller sensor, and yet has lesser noise compared to the z1/z1c, i believe this is just a poor image processing algorithm.
    sony really have to improve the image processing algorithm to eliminate, or at least minimize the amount of noise in the photo. color and sharpness otherwise, are mostly accurate.
    lets see when this device supports RAW shooting. then we can see the real quality of G lens+Exmor RS.

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  • MonicaBL

    The quality of the pictures is amazing. Samsung will have to make a really good sensor for their galaxy s5 if they want to beat this amazing Z1 ;)

  • Battal Aljadei

    NO it’s the beautiful SONY Ericsson Xperia Arc S without “Sony Ericsson” Logo on the Top .

  • shanefalco

    Sony ashamed! optimizes better 13mpx rather than increase the number with painful results. The problem with Sony is that the processing software is lower than that of other brands (samsung, lg, apple, nokia). In fact the other brands use Sony sensors that only they know to optimize.

  • Shane Torresan

    People can say what they want but at the end of the day these pictures are nothing special I would never want to show these off maybe in 2015 Sony Mobile might get it right but I doubt it .

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  • AA

    this so much. Sony loses on the software side every single time so much. After 2 years my Xperia S finally shoots decent quality photos but it’s time to switch phone.

  • Yup

    Lol, Sony is the one who provides Samsung with sensors.

  • Rogue

    Exactly you hit the nail on the head,it doesn’t matter the size of the sensor or the mega pixel count Sony’s downfall is the poor ass software that they use.It’s disgraceful that they are selling sensors to the competition and can’t compete.How hard could it be to change the algorithms for their camera software and push a proper update so that we the Sony customers really have the best camera experience!

  • Renato Laporte

    Yes noise, but much more details than you can find in photos from a Samsung phone… Samsung apply’s a much more aggressive noise reduction in post process and the downside of it is the loss of details.

    The biggest Sony problem is the JPEG compression and I don’t know why they do that, the Z1 and the Z1 compact are fast enough to process and save a much bigger (less compressed) jpeg files.

  • Renato Laporte

    ProCapture in night mode, keep the phone steady and you will get a much better low light photo, with 1/4 shutter speed the phone can reduce the ISO as low as possible, so more light and less noise.

    As you said Superior Auto tends to use a higher ISO (so more noise) and even in Superior Auto if you don’t keep the phone steady (like using the camera button to shoot or holding the phone only with one hand) the phone will take the photo with a faster shutter speed and higher ISO to avoid blurry photos.

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  • Faisal Armand

    I often mess around with my friend’s Xperia SL, witch has the same camera hardware and software as Xperia S.

    Actually, sunny outdoor shots are very good and comparable to those of samsung galaxy s4.

    But I don’t know why Xperia S/SL gets a bit lousy when taking indoor photos because there’s many chroma noise and exposure and colours seem a bit off as well.. Even Xperia Z beats Xperia S/SL at indoor photos.

  • S.H.U.R.O.

    When i saw zoomed photos, I vomited from the terrible quality, alot of noises, blurring detalization. Nothing changes:( Sony still has the worst cameras!

  • S.H.U.R.O.

    I understand your desire to see on future sony flagships, more large matrix, as well as to hight detailisation shoots in any light, but Sony mobile, is company which deals exclusively only PR and nothing more. If you want the really high-quality photos, you can see this only on nokia smartphones. Sorry, but it will be allways, and do not rely on sony cameraphones, they are one of the worst on market …

  • josesl16

    The cars on the intersection!

  • Arup

    I have a RX100, RX1 and a 36MP NEX-7R with a prime G lens, in daylight unless I am pixel peeping the SONY Z1 continues to amaze me, in night, you have to remember its a smartphone with small lens so there are shortcomings. Having said that I also have a 808 and the Z1 compares to that favorably and I exchanged this for the Nokia 1020 whose color I never ever liked from day one.

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