Sony responds to Xperia XZ Premium and XZs camera distortion issue

by XB on 21st June 2017

in Featured Content, Imaging, Problems, Xperia XZ series

Sony’s latest flagships, the Xperia XZ Premium and XZs, launched with a brand new camera. Gone was the 23MP 1/2.3-inch sensor with 24mm wide-angle G Lens that Sony had used since the Xperia Z5. Instead, this was replaced with a 19MP 1/2.3-inch sensor with a redesigned 25mm wide-angle G Lens.

Sony dubbed this the ‘Motion Eye’ camera – it features predicative capture (buffering images one second before you press the camera button, giving you four images to choose from), and the embedded memory in the sensor allows for faster image scanning (great for keeping fast moving objects in focus). This stacked memory is what also enables the camera to shoot 960 frames per second slow motion video.

However, back in April 2017, once the Xperia XZs had launched, we had started to receive reports from owners that their pictures were suffering from distortion issues. Images of objects that were meant to have straight lines, ended up producing a picture that exhibited a slight curvature or warped effect. At the time, we only received limited examples of this, but that changed with the Xperia XZ Premium launch, with a number of people getting in touch about the same issue.

If anything, Sony’s news lens was meant to eradicate these issues. Sony Mobile has previously spoken about the changes in the new lens, which it says “captures detail and texture accurately, for higher optical clarity from corner to corner”. We previously provided some further detail on this, highlighting that the new lens improves the resolution in the corner of images. Sony also claims that the resigned lens has 25% better resolution compared to the Xperia XZ.

In addition, one of the spec features of the camera is an “anti-distortion shutter” that is meant to capture the “true appearance of objects and people”.

There is currently a large thread on the official Sony Mobile Talk Forums, as well as XDA, with people sharing their own experiences and photos. We have included some photos at the bottom of this post, which highlights the problem. Xperia XZ Premium and XZs owners have been trying to get to the bottom of whether this is a hardware or software issue, and how Sony plans to respond.

We reached out to Sony for comment, who says that the small number of comments it has received is consistent of using a “wide-angle field of view lens and is accepted within the industry”. You can see the full statement below. What Sony is saying here, is that these distortion issues that people are experiencing, are consistent with any device that uses a wide angle camera lens.

This is echoed by Sony Mobile developer ‘JensG’, commenting in the official Sony forums:

“We take this kind of feedback very seriously and this post actually resulted in an extensive camera test performed by our camera engineers. In summary a wide field of view (FOV) lens tends to have stronger distortion compared to a narrow FOV lens and in many cases (including example photos posted in this thread) distortion is to be expected. Phone cameras uses wide FOV lens to allow both landscape views and close-up shots in the same compact lens package.

“Our tests concludes that the amount of lens distortion in the Xperia XZs and the Xperia XZ Premium is approximately the same as recent Sony Mobile products (including the Xperia XZ) as well as competitor products. Photo quality is an area that Sony continuously improves and we will take all feedback in this thread to heart and continue to look for ways to help make your images better.”

So, it appears that this issue is a limitation of the hardware i.e. the camera lens used, but what we don’t know at this stage is if there is any kind of software fix that Sony can apply to counter the distortion. If we hear anything on this, we will keep you posted, as always.

In the meantime, if you are an owner of the Xperia XZ Premium or XZs, have you experienced this camera distortion? We’d love to hear from you either way in the comments below.

Sony Mobile statement on Xperia XZ Premium and XZs camera distortion

“Sony Mobile Communications has received a small number of comments from consumers that they have experienced distortion in some images taken with their Xperia XZs and Xperia XZ Premium devices. We would like to assure our customers that with our new Motion Eye Camera we are delivering the best possible balance of image quality and advanced features. The comments experienced are familiar for a wide-angle field of view lens and accepted within the industry and we believe we are still providing the highest possible image quality whilst capturing more of the scene in the photo with its wide field of view.”

Pictures highlighting camera distortion issue of Xperia XZ Premium and XZs

– Click to enlarge images

Image of grid: iPhone (left) versus Xperia XZ Premium (right)

Image of grid: Samsung phone (left) versus Xperia XZ Premium (right)

Camera distortion: Image of keyboard

Camera distortion: Image of monitor

Camera distortion: Image of brick wall

Thanks Daniel, dunno someguy and Vitali!

  • XperiaJunkie85

    I’ve got the XZ Premium and I’ve no issues with the camera what so ever and I use it almost every day.

  • RuggeD_XBoY

    I have not really noticed any big distortion in the pictures that I’ve taken with my XZs yet.

    Looks like I got lucky and not affected by this ¯_(ツ)_/¯

  • mountain

    Damn, Sony, my A7R is broken! When I take photos of squares, they appear to be squares! Please provide me a fix!

  • Bashar Shehab

    I only see the issue in the curved (not really) TV picture, the rest look fine to me. Can someone point out what is wrong with the other pictures?

  • Santos

    Its a wide angle lens… perhaps it needs a better optical correction but nothing that cannot be fixed with a update.

    The Anti-Distortion is not for lens correction, it’s for high speed objects.

  • Julian Müller

    Also have the issue

  • The_Newtype

    It’s almost as though the software is not doing its work to correct the lens issues. As others have mentioned, Sony could squash these isolated issues with a FW update.

    (I hate that “a FW update” seems to always be the answer to every problem)

  • Ming William Lee

    Enough is enough…

  • GuilleSur

    I own a XZ premium dual sim and I’ve no issues with the camera.

  • pcgeek

    I have lens distortion issues on the original XZ.
    It occurs on the four edges due to the wide-angle lens.
    However, the photos in this blog post look even worse than those on my XZ.
    Sony should apply some calibration algorithms on their software, this is really unbearable.

    Right now, I have to fix my photos with Photoshop manually.
    For those interested, here you go…

  • bobeobi gzigzigzeo

    Geez, just look on a pic with keyboard

  • Paul McD

    I recently became the proud owner of an Xperia XZ Premium. I spent this morning trying to fix distorted images of a lighthouse with what should have been a straight horizon. Then I read this article.

    I contacted Sony and told them about the problem, and they gave me a fix. I’ve been told in the settings, under Superior auto, scroll down to the More options. On Auto-capturing select Smile Shutter. (Actually, they asked me to reduce the resolution to 17Mp 16:9 before setting to Smile Shutter – then I could change back to 19Mp 4:3 – not sure this is necessary.)

    I’m very sceptical, but over the next couple of days I shall try and get back to the coast for a decent horizon with which to test it.

  • DenisXD

    I’ve read the entire threads and if this is indeed the case, wtf?
    Sony is marketing the Xzp as a photography master, it costs around 800 and Sony also claimed they fixed the issue with edges and stuff, and the result is its even worse than z5?

    Z5 also has a much wider fov of 23mm at 16:9, and there is a little distortion only at the far sides, yes a little, not at this level.

    Yeah the photos can be distorted on purpose by trolls to make xzp look bad, but if this was tha case the subject wouldn’t have be such a discussion. I saw many trolls against the z5, but the actual problems got fixed by Sony.
    Now i see them making excuses ang that xzp has a wide fov, not wider than z5 though and still xzs takes a hell more distorted photos.
    This shouldn’t have been tha case.

  • azzido

    Sending it for fixing the issue or replacing my invalid “Premium” device. Otherwise asking for refund.

    Due to this Sony’s statement this is most probably my last Sony phone as I did not hear they will even try to fix this unacceptable, abnormal distortion that ruins many pictures…

    “Everything becomes wow”.
    Especially the camera and its effects…

  • singh

    I have the xz premium took loads of photos, couldn’t really see any problems, we have a xz in our household to never Evan new about wide lens distortion. Been very happy with quality photos, xz premium 960fps camera is definitely worth having, especially using it on the kids

  • Talos the Robot

    The FE 16-35mm F2.8 G Master lens has low distortion, but maybe it would be difficult to achieve that in the much smaller form factor of a smartphone. At least a lens correction profile should be provided.

  • Talos the Robot

    That happens with every Sony device. First they produce the hardware and then fix some issues with a FW update.

  • Chaot0407

    I own a XZ Premium and the issue is barely noticeable for me, not nearly as bad as the TV one above.

    I only noticed it while making test pictures of grid structures, so it’s not that bad for me, but still bad for a top smartphone, especially since the camera is really good for the most part.

  • Moisés

    Sometimes it happens to me.
    Doors, closet doors.

    Question for z3+/z5 owners..

    After last april update ( sound fix + march patch) do your phones are louder than necessary ( with earphones) and top speaker stronger than bottom?

    Anyone having to comment on XB app when logging in using gmail?

  • Nebojša

    I also have Distortion problem with Z3+ when im trying to record 4K video *without Stabilisation*, (with Stabilisation a Distortion disappear).

  • luigi

    Have your eyes check

  • Major Sceptic

    That is noticeable , i would exoect a bit of barrel effect on my second super wide lens on my lg g5 , but not so on the xzp.
    That’s a bit disappointing , hopefully there’s a fix for it.

  • LOL

  • Stanley Kubrick

    Agreed,,,,but even worse is when they say to do a factory reset to fix problems. That leads to hours of setting everything up again and the problem is still there!!!

  • Stanley Kubrick

    This happens with nearly every new device from all OEM’s. It just shows that getting people to buy the latest-greatest is more important than customer satisfaction, GREED

  • Moisés

    Sometimes it happens to mine.
    Z3+ dual.
    Usually indoor videos

  • Moisés

    If you look carefully the samples of iphone and samsung ( grid pics) have distotion too.

    I believe this is why those dual cam phones like LG have second cam smaller or both same sized but small sensor.
    Wider angle plus big cam may be the answer.

  • Yuen Yin Tse

    I really wanted to upgrade from my Z5 Premium but this lets distortion is putting me off! Sony, please sort this out or I will have to change brands. Have used Sony phones since K750.

  • Nebojša

    Yeah, indoor videos mostly

  • hansip

    Have to say that the distortion is not normal (like there’s an extreme pincushion distortion at the central part). But as with how Sony does their mirrorless camera, it should be easily fixed with software update.

  • Dash Huang

    See distortion issue photos in the the entire threads,especially portrait photoyou will see OMG your XZ was so luck.The xzs and xzp was extremely bad.

  • Dash Huang

    See distortion issue photos in the the entire threads,especially portrait photo you will see OMG ,The xzs and xzp was extremely bad.

  • Dash Huang

    See distortion issue photos in the the entire threads,especially portrait photo you will see OMG ,The xzs and xzp was extremely bad.Z5 was the luck one.

  • Max Meng

    They are deleting posts now. In A user ‘Kunicross’ trolling others claims issue is not exist, and saying replying posts wasting his time. Well, seems it didn’t stop him posting on the thread.

  • Dash Huang

    See distortion issue photos in the the entire threads,especially portrait photo you will see .

  • Itsarapong Intoum

    I’m sure that this distortion cause by faulty lens. It’s not the same as the distortion cause by normal wide angle lens.

  • DenisXD

    I saw the thread buddy, and as I said, if this is indeed a fact Sony is doing things wrong.
    I would advise a camera replacement at service, explain to them the issue you have.

  • DenisXD

    Get your grammar checked boy

  • DenisXD

    That’s my thoughts also. It just can’t be marketed as this, and have these distortion issues. It has to be a faulty sensor.

  • Itsarapong Intoum

    You know what’s the funny thing. some of SONY blind fanboy keep saying it’s the normal distortion =…=

    and yes SONY should find the way to fix this issues. It has been almost 2 year already since Xperia Z5 which also has this issues.

  • Imran Hussein

    I have too XZP I’ve got no any problems. It’s a masterpiece photographer

  • Neha Kulkarni

    the april update was just a flow
    i have noticed that there is no sound fix
    top speaker is just a bit louder
    but overall speaker volume is below average

  • iia3ezu

    Sony Mobile developer ‘JensG’

    I’ve always said that software is what’s holding back Sony Mobile. The hardware (other than the laughably large bezels) has always been excellent.

    And hiring Swedish nincompoops from Lund, will not improve things.

    It’s been so many years, and Sony (a leading maker of DSLR cameras!) hasn’t got the camera right with Xperia phones. Sony camera sensors on non-Sony phones work well.

    Once upon a time Samsung’s camera was really terrible. Look where they are now.

    Once again, it’s the software, not the hardware. What will Sony do? Does Sony (Japan HQ, not the monkeys at Lund) even care at all?


    I hope the Sony Japan HQ does more of this:


    I just checked out my XZP (Black colour, dual SIM). The distortion is real, and looks really bad.

  • Chaturanaga Manchanayake

    Yea Factory reset isn’t the absolute solution. They should’ve done those vigorous testing before releasing the phone to the market. I guess this issue is affected to all XZP and XZS.
    Honestly Sony makes great cameras but they still can’t make proper camera for their phones.

  • Gcrack

    Nice attempt to try to collect the facts in a neutral tone the topic in the Sony Forum is really gone off topic.

    I’ve read a lot of reviews and looked into pictures as well as my own and can’t see a big problem as many XZP users here commented as well.

    So evey professional reviewer totally oversaw this thing? (OK not everyone making reviews is professional but at last some should be) As well development and testing at Sony itself and the fast majority of owners so far? Yea well sony probably bought them all out?

    The whole story orginates only on the discussion in the Sony forums and a couple of users there. (in xda forums it’s a 1:1 copy of said thread) it seems the thing in reallity is more making a mountain out of a molehill.
    (not to say there is no distortion at all but for most people in most situations it seems barly noticeable, also not to say sony should not fix it for the other people if they can because in the end we all should be happy ;))

  • Gcrack

    Quite interesting please report back if it helps (so sony could habe avoided the whole thing going amok if they just had given that fix out right away?)

  • fried_egg

    Although many people have “complained” about photos their phones have produced I was very happy with the quality my X10, S, Z1 took and current Z5 takes… BUT that XZs/p performance doesn’t impress me at all… hopefully they will get this fixed by the time the IFA September phone is announced (my likely next phone)

  • Atanas Vangelov

    Android 7.1.1 is out for Xperia X dual !

  • fried_egg

    DXOmark have reviewed the HTC U11 and SGs8 but not yet the XZs/p…. it would be a shame if Sony take a back move on their table.

  • Rohan

    Are you still on 7.0? I had some distortion on 7.0 but the camera software with 7.1 fixed it. I guess images are still distorted but unless i break out a scale and measure it, i wont see it.

  • Santa Kukulite

    And luck of focus in macro close up images. My old HTC one M9 far more better for close up photos.

  • Kageyama Shigeo

    no raw on xzp… Sony wt hell….

  • IlluX

    Ofc not working :D guess the guy loled hard telling u that bs.

    No, seriously – I tried it, it’s ofc not working. How could it?

  • deekbee

    The distortion in these examples isn’t a result of being a wide angle lens – that would tend to only affect the corners, not the entire image.

  • deekbee

    I’m not sure why you’d give any credibility to DXOMark – their reviews are not based in the real world, and there appears to be an issue with exchange of money in return for a good review.

  • Paul McD

    I probably won’t have a chance to try the “fix” until tomorrow. I remain sceptical, but need to try it for myself before getting back on to Sony support.

    In the meantime, I’ve posted one of the offending images on Flickr, simply resized to something more manageable. I think the distortion is quite plain to see. The problem is that the distortion isn’t symmetrical which would make it relatively easy to fix in Lightroom etc. The picture is repeated further down in my photostream with my attempt at correction. Still just enough distortion to be irritating.

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  • Moisés

    Mine it very loud.
    Earphones + 100% volume is enough to make your ears bleed.

  • Gcrack

    That’s a really beautiful composed picture, sadly seem I can’t get to the foto stream.
    I’ll check if I can see the distortion on a bigger screen.

  • Paul McD

    Thanks for the comment. I did put in a link, but it came out as the picture itself. My id on Flickr is pmcdee, which should find me one way or another.

  • JC

    Get your punctuation checked, boy.

  • JC

    Yeah, that’s not it.

  • Paul McD

    I was moving about, so some photos are closer to the subject than others, but having said that, all the lighthouse pics have had their edges cropped to a greater or lesser extent as part of the correction process.

    Generally I’m very impressed with the camera. Lots of detail and good performance indoors without flash. Good colour too. However, I’m really not pleased about this distortion problem. It’s probably won’t be an issue most of the time, but it’s obviously not a camera to use at the coast.

    Weather permitting, I’m off back to the lighthouse again tomorrow to check the “fix”. (Expectations ridiculously low.) I’m also going to take my retired LG G5 to make a comparison.

  • JC

    I’m glad I haven’t got this phoen yet, I think I’ll wait then…

  • JXperia
  • Gcrack

    Well checked again on the PC but not really changes much for me (well I did not see the sailing boat on the cell, nice detail)- it looks a bit like the right side where the water gets brighter (probably reflection from the clouds) does rise a bit.
    A thing I also noticed also on the picture of the notebook above – distortion seems to happen where the shadow of the hands falls so either that’s maybe part of the problem or just makes it show much more prominent and noticeable – but might be worth trying out a bit.

    For example your pictures from the palace / house seem about perfect and that would be something where I really would expect serious distortion issues to show the most.

    The fireplace has a slight dent in reality I would say, right? (That would be a distortion very noticeable to me if it’s perfectly straight in reality.)

  • Iki

    Seems to be a lot of people who don’t know how a camera or lens functions…

  • Alex Norris
  • Rainie Yu

    I swear I I tried various angles.The best effect I can get from the latest firmware. Actualy the middle ladies and holding kid has lengthened head as well.You will not feel easily because you are not familiar with.Try move the head move up little bit,OMG!!!

  • Rainie Yu

    I tried various angles.The best effect I can get from the latest firmware. Actualy the middle ladies and holding kid has lengthened head as well.You will not feel easily because you are not familiar with.Try move the head move up little bit,OMG!!!

  • dragonsneeze

    Distortion is good. For d*ck pics ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

  • pcgeek

    I have the same experience.
    The effect is obvious especially in group photos.

  • pcgeek

    I have the U.S. version XZ and I am still waiting for the 7.1 firmware update.
    The U.S. version has no fingerprint function, no Qnovo, no Battery Care, and now no 7.1 update. lol
    Perhaps I should flash the UK firmware someday.

  • pcgeek

    The XZ distortion issue is already unbearable to me.
    I have read through the thread, and OMG the XZs & XZ Premium are even worse…

  • Sony Fanboy

    I have the XZs. No problem here.

  • DenisXD

    Umm no, z5 doesn’t have these issues. I tested it yesterday.

  • Itsarapong Intoum

    Yep. As this article said the issues exist only in some unit and unfortunately my z5 has this issues.

  • Manny

    I flashed with Central Europe firmware, I haven’t noticed any distortion and fp sensor works great.

  • mixedfish

    This is pretty bad distortion, but it’s not the lens because a wide angle lens will always be distorted, it’s the damn lens correction software. If Sony gave us RAW control this wouldn’t be an issue because we can select our own lens profile.

  • umaru-chan

    testing testing.

  • Night Guy

    So that’s why pixel is better even without ois. Then i rather choose narrower.

  • Elisarvogel

    My profit for last month was $11k… I managed that by working some simple online jobs from comfort of home for 3-4 hr/daily that I got from this company I found online and I got paid 95 bucks every hour…

  • Paul McD

    I’ve been back to the coast today and taken some pictures with Sony’s fix applied. It failed to make any difference, but I had to try it. I took along the LG G5 for comparison.

    The LG G5 pics were better. Not distortion free, but easily fixable.

    So, this afternoon I’ve been trying the distortion tool in Lightroom which I believe is meant to fix barrel or pincushion distortion. Unfortunately the distortion in the images never comes right. I expect waves at the seaside, but not in the horizon!

    I’ve forwarded the latest pictures to Sony who will get back to me with 48 hours. I wait with bated breath.

    The other pictures in the photostream of the hall have all been adjusted in Lightroom and I think it wouldn’t be possible to spot any distortion in these anyway. There probably isn’t a decent straight line in the building being 300 years old and then later burnt down. Thanks for looking at them anyway.

  • azzido

    To be fair, other than this distortion issue the phone is really good, screen amazing.

  • MikeU

    I own the XZ Premium, an upgrade from the Z5 Premium I still have.
    The photograph quality, with which I see no photographic distortions unlike other owners are reporting, is significantly better than the Z5 Premium. Highly recommended.

  • MikeU

    No distortions for me, so far.

  • Night Guy

    So they don’t want to be the best shooter in lowlight since they want to balance image quality and advanced features?

  • Rainie Yu
    see this sony official dancing woman’s photos (above photo)from XZP you can find in your phone,The distortion has been already there very serious, just that wall have bad workmanship make you think it is.Do a anti color you will see the serious distortion just absolutely same as XZP distortion map below .( borrowed from other user analysi post)
    look at the merger photo here you will see the coincide curve line.You know what is the most coincidence part that this little woman’s head and body just inside the blue box area where have less distortion.this photo makes me think this phone quality is very good the in before ad.XZP review online they all took photo from long distant landscape,no close-range or people so we can see the issue very coincidental .S PHONE and IPHONE review usually have close range shoot and close portrait.
    See this official photos.Whether use any angle to shoot these light bulbs should be regular spherical,rgiht ?! But the one closest to the yellow safe area has been distort absolutely serious already.I’m not saying that wide angle don’t have distortion, But this level ……….!This is definitely not a photographer and perspective problem.Also the “curve line” certainly affected distortion.
    Now the light bulb photo and map explained why my photo will be seriously deformed ,and also explained that no matter what angle and composition I try I can’t get one normal photo .Explained that why I use a 4:3 scale will have even more elongate head,also more and more in single person photo like below. (borrow from other user) Exactly same issue like my traveler’s photos,which they Complained about.

    This is not an ordinary perspective and wide-angle problem or what ever industry standards is.More like a failed lens design ,what is the point to use the lens like that ? Mobile phone camera should be to allow users to take pictures more easily than professional camera.Most users will not use the phone to shoot master style landscape photos. Most of them are normal shooting for ordinary live photo.If this phone designed for some landscape and flowers which are random shape please put it in the ad and packaging.Also even the landscape you can see the distortion easily than other phone.
    My old note5 and the new S8 I tried ,Safe area it is roughly in green box see above photo.
    I see the user here said that if cut some pixels may be able to get less distortion.If so, I would agree and accept too.And also like Samsung make a late correct option on software would be grateful.Please do something!

  • Rohan

    Now that’s just bad. Does it recieve monthly patches in time?

  • Moisés

    They take outdoors pic too.
    Many situations are tested, not just point and shoot.
    They know how to set up manual for each situation.

  • Bashar Shehab

    I probably need to :v

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  • Snake Skywalker

    Same issue happens on my Xperia X Performance!!! And it really bothers me!!! Every time I took group selfies the one at corners always got distorted and end up with weird head shape…

  • lolop

    I don’t give crediblity to your comment because you have no proof there’s exchange of money for good reviews. Your comment basically says “I know more than the camera experts at DXOMark.”

  • pcgeek

    We used to receive monthly security updates on time (monthly).
    However, as soon as Android 7.1 was released in other countries, the US version stops receiving any updates afterwards.
    Maybe they have trouble customizing the 7.1 version? I have no idea.

  • Salem DE

    I gave up on xperia since xperia z3, and quit frankly i don’t see any reason why would any one nowadays buying an xperia device, these kind of issue and lack for innovation and refinement regard hardware or stylish design is way far from competition, don’t get me wrong, SE used to have lots of bizarre, weird design and tech for their smartphone. someone call it crazy and some call it creative. but they always have their own unique way to make stuff. I hope one day they will get that soon enough before economy collapse on them, the competition is getting harder every day and you can not win it by simply standing on your same position for years repeating yourself and hoping for the best!

  • Gcrack

    I think most users don´t get through and put their cell pictures into lightroom – many people probably don’t even do that with their DSLR.

    Did Sony give you any reply yet?

  • mizik

    So disappointed with Sony. I still treasure my old Z1. The new X series are disappointing.

  • Fabio Costa

    Today i take a picture very very bad, because the distorsion. Sony needs to fix that. Its the only bad thing of my XZ Premium

  • Paul McD

    Things have moved on a little.

    Sony’s initial response was that the distortion is normal pincushion or barrel distortion. I pointed out it wasn’t, demonstrating it couldn’t be fixed LR distortion tool. Overlaying a grid in LR, and taking a screenshot really makes the problem obvious.

    They then told me they could see the problem, and I was asked to reset my phone and see if that cleared it. Several hours wasted and another trip to the coast show the problem still exists.

    On their instruction, I’m now at the point of sending my phone back for repair, so back to my aged LG G5, which I’m beginning to wonder if I should have stuck with in the first place.

  • Svnjay

    You guys are the biggest nitpickers ever.

  • Rohan

    Huh. To me it looks like some type of regulatory or carrier crap stopping 7.1 release and Sony doesn’t want to do 7.0 patches.

  • Warren Chang

    i have just purchased a XZs, just test it, there is a very slight in curvature distortion, not as bad as mentioned above, maybe, i am using the latest firmware

  • pcgeek

    Seriously? How is this nitpicking?
    The result photos are absolutely unbearable. Go see it for yourself.

  • BEN66

    And you are a Lulli.

  • Paul McD

    Got my repaired phone back. The fault remains.

  • Will the problem with deformed photography be corrected in the near future or not what will be children? 800 euro phone is this if it is possible.

  • sompol kaewboonruang

    rip xperia xz premium

  • Łukasz

    So it was a good decision to stay within Xperias Z2 and Z3+.. No distorsions, no clarity loss on edges, no self restarting.. Wish I could add some memory to system disc, I could carry the Z2 for next 5 years, sad that updating apps makes them only larger, no Windows clean-up function with google yet. If they don’t fix anything, I’ll give away my Z2 for samsung, every new xperia brings new ridiculus issues for higher prices than it’s predecessors.

  • ZerothGlacius

    Hello, I checked this with XA1 Plus since it’s supposed to have the same sensor as the original XZ (23 MP one). I can definitely see such distortion when clicking the pic but it is corrected after saving i.e. the image processing seems to have done the job…..Would be surprised if that isn’t the case for XZ. I was torn between the original XZ and the XA1 Plus, but going by your post it appears I made the right choice?

  • pcgeek

    From my understanding, Sony’s Qualcomm and MediaTek devices are designed by completely different groups. So there are differences in software / algorithms.
    But having a mid-range phone performing better than its flagship counterpart is beyond me…

  • ZerothGlacius

    Don’t get me wrong, it’s still there, but nowhere near as bad as some of the sample photos I have seen from the XZ and XZs. I had to actually look very closely to notice it on my XA1 Plus, in contrast to XZ P where it’s, well, very obvious in some of the images.

    I agree it’s insane of Sony to do this to their flagships. Technically the XA1 phones came out in 2017 so maybe Sony did something to fix the issue? None of the XA1 phones have a Sony G lens, so I suppose it’s down to the software. I guess Sony owns the code for whatever lens correction profile is used on these phones, ODM or not, so what’s stopping them from pushing a fix for the XZ series?

    And yes, I do remember the ODM Xperia M5 having a better camera output than the Sony designed Xperia X in 2016 (same sensors too AFAIK). Sony needs to get its act together and start treating their premium customers paying top dollar better IMHO.

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