The Xperia C has a very handy way to capture selfies

by XB on 18th February 2014

in Imaging, Xperia C


Xperia C self portraitThe Sony Xperia C saw a limited release in 2013, although despite this it has a couple of camera features not seen in other models. The MediaTek-powered 5-inch qHD handset has a very handy mode called “Self-portrait voice guide”, which will automatically take a pretty good selfie of you. It will make sure you are correctly framed and focused before taking a snap of you.

Another mode is “Portrait retouch”, which gives your portrait a nice complexion by smoothing the picture. We expect this mode to be revisited with the soon-to-be-released Xperia T2 Ultra, which will allow you to apply different styles to your portrait. Further detail on both of these camera modes can be found below.

Xperia C camera settings

The Sony Xperia C has a couple of extra camera features that we have not seen in other Xperia models. This includes “Portrait retouch” and “Self-portrait voice guide”.

Xperia C camera settings

Xperia C: Self-portrait voice guide

This camera mode allows you to take self-portrait photos using the rear camera with the help of a voice guide. First of all you need to select which kind of ‘selfie’ you want to take i.e. alone, with a friend or a third more intimate option.

Xperia C Self-portrait voice guide_1

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The guide will then ask you to turn your phone over so that the lens is pointing at you. The female voice is quite charming, saying “let me see you, don’t be shy” while it waits for you to come into focus. The guide will then instruct you on where to position the camera. Once you are aligned with the silhouettes seen above, and perfectly focused inside the frame, it will take the picture automatically.

Xperia C self portrait

The video below shows this mode in action. It works quite well and we’re surprised this mode hasn’t turned up in other Xperia devices.

Xperia C: Portrait retouch

Xperia C’s “Portrait retouch” is also referred to as “Beauty mode” by Sony. When using this setting, it adds skin whitening or skin smoothening effects to your portrait pictures. When enabled, you are limited to pictures up to 2MP in resolution.

Xperia C Portrait retouch

Portrait retouch will be revamped in 2014 as a camera app for Sony’s smart social camera ecosystem. The camera app has been announced for the Xperia T2 Ultra so far, but we would expect it to hit other handsets in due course.

Portrait retouch camera app

The app will allow you to apply different styles to your portrait. You will also be able to see the changes in real time, before capturing the shot.

Portrait retouch camera app_2

  • Clarence Alvarado

    Port port port! Hehe.

  • Clarence Alvarado

    The best of Sony in a ‘selfie’ Smartphone. :))

  • yuskhayru

    In our land, we dont selfie. You can get killed by doing this.

  • Z_ftw

    yeah, why is it not included in the social camera apps for the Z series? odd.

  • Prasanth Namboothiri

    I want this on my Xperia ZR :-)

  • Mirrorpurple

    Someone upload the apk…

  • kust0r

    where’s the “now do the the duckface”?

  • basag

    Land before time??

  • Stephen

    selfies used to be cool until obama and cameron were spotted doing them at mandelas funeral

  • Ratha ITC

    Not available on Z1

  • Sand

    T2 Ultra will have notification led? Cause I have not seen in photos neither in the specs.

  • lucasarg

    I want this un the xperia z devices right now :D

  • Purnama

    so, people have more reason to buy this one..

  • Bob

    Samsung will copy this and try to make it their own soon!

  • Bob

    Me too, it should be just a Camera update!

  • Clarence Alvarado

    Just wait for the release of Xperia T2 Ultra, and our good friends at XDA will give you the extracted APKs. :)

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  • FArt’em Russakovskii

    THE S-ElFie, also comes with S-Lag….

  • Yasir Fawad

    one of the best smartphone regarding battery as well. beating most smartphones out there.

  • Soj Varghese

    I tried in my Xperia c its work perfectly.thank you sony

  • vito

    APK! :DD

  • raj

    Even though this is a cheaper model, the buiold quality of Xperia C is top-notch.
    It looks really beauitful
    Worth the bucks (20000 Rs in India)
    MY friend has it and it looks cool
    Have a couple of extra features, as mentioned in the above article

    Really good effort from Sony. Bring a new Xperia C2, SONY … FAST !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • raj

    Living in STONE AGE???????????????????

  • Aigars Vilc?ns

    Can some one get and shear APK please?

  • xperianer

    this two girls dont need that function, i would hold that phone, while they are togetehr in every situation ;D

  • xperianer

    let me retouch them

  • Bryan Ng

    That’s terrible..

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  • me here

    is anybody recive update for xsp…………..in india???

  • Guest

    I have the Xperia C but self portrait voice guide doesn’t work when i press it ,, it just shows the focus square but nothing else

  • HardyHarHar

    It’s processor independent. Unfortunately the voice guide and auto retouch isn’t don’t ony by software but by hardware also. You can’t just add a GPS navigation in a computer right?

  • Wikedwitz

    Can somebody help? I bought a Sony Xperia c last week and I can’t seem to get a good quality photo from the front facing camera. The pictures appear dark and the color is dull even on broad daylight. What settings do I need to adjust to improve this? It is quite frustrating coz I have not had similar issues with Samsung and iPhone.

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  • Mentor Kulli

    I have the same problem. Did you resolve?

  • sirenspeaks

    Here’s a sample pic of the Sony Xperia C front camera. The room is well-lit so I don’t understand why the quality is so… I don’t even know how to describe it.

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