Xperia X Compact’s autofocus put to the test on racetrack

by XB on 21st September 2016

in Imaging, Xperia X series

xperia-x-compact-af_4Sony has used several terms on its website when it comes to the camera of its latest Xperia XZ and X Compact smartphones. These terms include “Blur-free photos”, “Movement is no match for Xperia X Compact”, “A camera that captures life in motion” and “Because life doesn’t stand still”.

The idea is all the same, Sony feels that the Xperia X Compact does a great job of capturing moving objects in perfect detail, even under low light conditions. An Xperia Blog reader recently got in touch to share some of his shots taken at a racetrack, which really highlights that Sony has delivered on this front. Both the Xperia XZ and X Compact have triple sensing technology and predictive autofocus which should keep your moving pictures in focus.

The pictures below have all been taken with the Xperia X Compact at a racetrack, showing the crisp shots of many of the bikers around the track. The camera’s autofocus has done a great job here, which even came as some surprise to the owner. We’ve also included a shot from a dog frisbee event, which can move at speeds up to 45 km/h. The pictures attached below have been cropped, but we have confirmed the EXIF data of all pictures included.

If you recently bought the Xperia X Compact, we’d love to hear your initial thoughts on the camera.






Thanks Mareks!

  • NepgearGo

    X Compact owner here. Although the photos are still grainy when zoomed into 100% (not so different from my Z5 Compact), the camera really is much, much snappier, launching the camera is much quicker and the time between pressing the shutter and actually taking a photo is significantly shorter (probably due to the XC’s eMMC, which has 2x the sequencial write speed compared to the Z5C’s).

    Below are some zoomed-in samples. The first group is a comparison between the 8MP mode and 20MP mode, the others are between the XC and Z5C.

  • Huwah, di Jakarta nih kayaknya.

    This photo seems taken in Indonesia.

  • 杨曦

    When we used the Xperia for month,I can’t believe that photos can be captured by XC

  • Nimche

    How would you compare Z5C to XC?

  • R10

    It’s secretly waterpoof???

  • Vincentius Phang

    XZ will not come to Indonesia

  • Xperia XZ did not come to Indonesia officially, but there are many distributors who import to Indonesia (unofficially, with international warranty). Like the Xperia X-Series, Sony Mobile Indonesia not launch in Indonesia, but there are many distributors who sell them in marketplace (Tokopedia. Bukalapak, etc).

  • iia3ezu

    Look at the pic with the dog, look at the grass on the field, and the tree leaves in the background.

    I can’t believe Sony would charge US$500 for this crap. LOL.

  • Vincentius Phang

    Yes of course we can always look for it unofficially, I even plan to ask my friend in SG to buy it. But can we claim international warranty in Sony Indonesia’s service center? I own Z1, my wife own Z3 Compact, both of them have been damaged before, so I really need that warranty. Claimed those damage successfully in the service center. Albeit having to go to public complaint for the Z1, and wait for 4 months for the Z3 Compact, but it works.

  • Kariko

    I believe it has been compressed by the website he uploaded to

  • Kenny

    What’s your opinion of the XC battery life compared to the Z5? Do you think Sony used the Snapdragon 600 series instead of the 820 to get better battery life?

  • Alex Norris

    This is the true face of Xperia camera, noise, blur.

  • Alex Norris

    Yep… Poor quality from Xperia. My LG G4 takes more clear and sharper photos )

  • hansip

    no obviously..

  • Nicosea

    The time between pressing the shutter and actually taking a photo should be zero as for most of the phones of other brands!
    I am sad to read that also XC has same problem of Z5C and all other Xperia phones.

  • Emil Oskarsson

    Well it’s not oversharpened and lacking details like Samsungs cameras have lately :p So if you say Sonys camera sucks which is among the best ones out there from what planet do you buy your phone? :) My x performance is superb and my friends and I are really pleased with the shots taken with it :)

  • NepgearGo

    According to the pressure tests, it is. It also has rubber rings around the SIM card tray. However I won’t dump it into water yet.

  • NepgearGo

    Much more responsive thanks to the 650 (which also benchmarks better than the 810 on the Z5C). The Z5C easily kills apps that are in the recents menud due to the 2GB RAM while the XC does it much less frequently (although 3GB of RAM is still not enough). Killed apps in most cases reload faster.
    The fingerprint sensor is very accurate and fast, I have done a comparison with sweaty hands and it turned out the XC can quickly recognize my fingerprints while every time I try to unlock the Z5C with my sweaty thumb it will return with an error.
    Feels great to the hand because the display and back cover are not reclined, however, the glossy plastic back is prone to scratches and is a fingerprint magenet. I will really prefer a matte back instead.

  • NepgearGo

    IDK, haven’t paid much attention to battery life yet, but the 650 is more responsive than the 810 on the Z5C.

  • NepgearGo

    Believe it or not, some other day I saw some samples taken by the XA and X Compact zoomed-in, and it turned out that the XA shoots clearer photos than the X Compact. Unfortunately I can’t find that post anymore.

  • David Hvatov

    It looks like it’s a Bikernieki racetrack in Latvia?

  • Yes – was there during the track’s 50-est anniversary events and took pictures there

  • Talos the Robot

    There is nothing wrong with the Xperia photos except that they still insist to use a smaller aperture than the competitions. But I have to say they have done a good job to the iso performance.

  • AllanKafka

    Thank you for your photos and impressions.
    Do you really think the reduction in shutter lag is due to faster flash memory in the X Compact? I don’t think this is the reason. I am no expert, but I can’t see any reason why shots can be processed in the RAM and then saved to flash memory. I am pretty sure the bottleneck causing shutter lag is more of a software than a hardware issue on Xperias.

  • NepgearGo

    You have a point. I noticed that the photos are saved a lot faster as well, which has to be due to the better NAND chip used. Same goes for the faster launches of the camera app.

  • Ryuzaki Raiga

    this look similar to my xperia L camera

  • Nicosea

    I agree with you AllanKafka, it must be a software issue, the lag is so annoying :-(.

  • Prateek Bhanushali

    Compression blurs picture. I can’t give water color look and muddy colors. Admittedly Sony’s high-end phone comes with poor camera. And it is surprising that Sony’s mid end model take much better images which can compete with flagships.
    P.S- just suspecting, Sony is under some kind of claws with its Sensor buyers (Samsung or Apple of some others) to keep its camera under-qualified compared to them for smooth flow of their purchases.

  • Mars

    These samples don’t look that impresive …

  • Raj Singh
  • Itsarapong Intoum

    and that’s what make me hate SONY mobile… including that kaz bastard…

  • Gahead

    I’m impress, color and white balance are much better now, don’t know with other people’s response, as a mobile photography lover who use my Z5 Compact, I’m impressed, my Friend has an Xperia X, it has an improve clarity in the pictures when zoomed in compared to the Z5, This X compact will be much better if it’s in our hands.

  • azzido

    The picture was cropped, you have this info above.

  • Battel

    The problem with Sony’s camera is painting the ground color over the entire image :
    why don’t you link the full size images ?

  • korbindallis

    don’t tell me its just like the Xperia X it too can withstand water some one did a test in a bowl for few minutes ill wait for some one to do the same with Xperia X Compact

  • NepgearGo

    I think the XC is fully water resistant, just like X. Sony didn’t mark them as such so people who want an IP rating will buy the XP/XZ.

    Supporting evidence:
    1. The phone passed the pressure tests, which is actually what Sony did for water resistance tests before an air pressure sensor was even implemented onto Sony phones (like in the Xperia Go era, when there was a device that pressurized a phone to see whether it was air tight, correct me if I was wrong).
    2. I have seen the Xperia X teardown, it had a pretty standard water resistant design for Sony, like the taped cover and screen, taped headphone jack and USB port, as well as taped speakers and microphones. Also, the SIM card tray has a silicon seal on its cover. That’s really what’s needed for water resistance. I have yet to see an XC teardown, but I imagine it will be similiar.
    3. Of course, that video showing the guy submerging his phone for a few minutes without a problem.

  • korbindallis

    what colour to get “universe black,” or “mist blue;” leaning more towards mist blue :S

  • Ujoe

    I am not knowledgeable about photography but I remember that shooting with 8mp is better than shooting with 20mp in terms of iso etc in xperia cameras. Does it still valid? I am a basic user and I’m talking about auto mode.

  • Bezels for the win !

    they could reduce the noise , they just don’t want .

    same camera sensors , same lens and both SONY phones :

    ( difference is most apparent on the color chart )

  • korbindallis

    looks like someone put the X compact in a bowl full of Pepsi for you to check its water resistance

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