Upcoming Xperia R1 Plus to use new camera software?

by XB on 7th November 2017

in Imaging, Videos, Xperia R1


Sony Mobile plans to launch the Xperia R1 and Xperia R1 Plus at the end of this week. These entry-level handsets will be exclusive to the Indian market, at least initially. Both models will sport a 5.2-inch 720p display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 chipset and 2620mAh battery. Camera duties will be served by a 13MP rear snapper and 8MP selfie camera.

What is interesting however, is that Sony might be using a new camera user interface on these phones. One of the only hands-on videos of the Xperia R1 Plus, gives us a good tour of the device, including a look at the camera app. The new camera UI appears to be a much simpler fare, with bigger icons, perhaps befitting the handset’s entry-level status.

You can now select scenes (HDR, Portrait, Landscape) with a swipe from the left, and the camera settings menu has also changed. There is also a new type of focus circle. In addition, there are now a number of different filters that you can apply to your pictures (Mono, Sepia, Negative etc).

The device in the video is clearly a prototype model, so there’s no assurances that what we see here will appear in the final retail models. Could Sony be splitting its camera UI for entry level phones compared to its premium offering? Well, up until now Sony has used the same camera software across all of the Xperia range (including the other entry model, the Xperia L1), so it’s unlikely.

Would you like to see new camera UI? Do you like what you see in the video? Let us know in the comments below.

Thanks Subham!

  • Łukasz Leszczyński

    Looks exactly like stock qualcomm camera app i remember from LineageOS build I had on my old Arc S.

  • Moisés

    I like the current UI.
    Just want the continuous shot back.
    It was removed on android 6.0
    Also on 7.0 I had 20.7MP + hdr, now only for 15.5 again

  • Zayed Kotayba

    I have mixed feeling about this, it reminded me of the good old days of Sony Ericsson camera UI from the cyber-shot lineup which gave me nostalgia orgasm lol and on the other hand I see no way to access the other camera app from the camera itself which is a bumper because I use that a lot.

  • Lukáš P.

    Isn’t this the Qualcomm Demo Camera app?

  • Prince Mensah

    My concern is manual focus during video…why Sony doesn’t offer this is beyond me…even my Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8 LTE has this feature…..
    SONY PLEASE GIVE US MANUAL FOCUS WHEN SHOOTING VIDEOS!!!

  • Alvin Zahran Majid

    Looks old

  • shumayal

    This camera UI looks like a downgrade.. So no thanks!!

  • Santos

    No, the icons are the same in the sony’s cameras

  • Abrar Zahin Shahriar

    Seemed like dumbed down for people who are not tech savy.

  • Dany

    Its just the stock Qualcomm Camera app and Sony just make a few customizations to the icons….

  • james_paul

    Yeah! A monochrome function would be great!

  • xXENDER FREAKXx

    Oh god please no, I hope it is only for the low-end entry level ones, and not the high-end flagships, it looks much uglier!

  • deekbee

    If the camera application has improved post processing, then it will be an upgrade.

    Not that there’s any chance of us with older devices (Z5 Compact) will ever get an improved/decent camera application – Sony have stopped supporting us on that count.

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  • Objectif

    Agree with you. Perhaps only for low models…

  • Geralt

    exactly. as they say, Made for Indian Lifestyle

  • S.H.U.R.O.

    Looks cheap, and why i cannot see 10 sec. long exposure, raw?

  • PatQQ

    CameraAPIv2 confirmed. With Pixel style HDR lol

  • Geralt

    XDA always with you

  • Alex Norris

    What is this? xD
    Omg.. Sony, you can not write a high-quality software and just do not know how to make good looking camera application )
    You at least learn from competitors …
    http://cdn2.expertreviews.co.uk/sites/expertreviews/files/5/80/lumia_930_camera_-_manual_mode_0.jpg?itok=KUBvbAP-

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  • Ryuzaki Raiga

    this look like my xperia L camera app

  • Or use PlayMemories, developed by the Alpha department

  • Виталий Шеремет

    This is Ui from aosp android. all new Ui for camera in february

  • It can be Qualcomm’s camera with Sony’s UI.

  • Coz it’s cheap device and may not have this kind of features?

  • Santos

    Then isn’t a new ui coming…
    we’ll see later

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  • PCSoftware3

    Also an updated launcher with Pixel Launcher style.

  • Koh Yuan Chen

    Ok, the UI looks almost like what I saw on my Galaxy Ace 3 back in 2014. Looks outdated

  • عدنان ایوب

    Its looks good change in entry segment. Camera may perform faster and sharp. New Tech/UI acceptance take time.

  • _PorcoDi3Lettere_

    Open more thread (like lens distorsion) on Sony talk for add RAW+jpeg format and complete manual mode!! Sony must listen us!

  • Gary Ohanian

    No camera button?

  • John Caddell Sparky

    Icons are too darn big and the focus icon is so lame and outdated …

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