Friday, September 6, 2013

IFA Sony Revival: The Xperia Z1 and

It is nice to see that Sony is still innovating. After a dry spell for the last two years, this year's IFA in Berlin was a milestone for Sony which had a slew of new products to announce. Chief among them is the Xperia Z1, which sports a 20 megapixel camera.

There are two streams of thought when it comes to mobile phone photography. One group uses it to post to social media while the other group thinks it is time to forgo the compact camera and use a mobile device as the main camera.

Key Photographic / Video Specifications

  • 20.7 MP 1/2.3 Exmor RS CMOS sensor
  • F2.0 lens
  • 1080p/30 fps video
  • HDR video

Other Specifications

  • Snapdragon 800 quad-core 2.2GHz processor
  • 5-inch 1080p Sony TRILUMINOS display (441ppi)
  • Android 4.2
  • 2GB of RAM
  • Waterproof body (IP55/58)
  • 16 GB internal memory
  • microSD up to 64GB
  • 3,000 mAh battery, non-removable
  • Available in black, white and purple

I have no issues if you belong to the latter. The Xperia has a BI sensor so it should be decent even if used with a ISO 800 setting. In broad daylight, image quality will be excellent. I do think that the hefty 5 inch screen with TRILUMINOS display is gonna cost you big time in terms of battery life.

QX-10 and QX-100 Lens Cameras

Sony too has two lens cameras, the QX series which is also aimed at mobile photographers. The QX-100 has a CZ lens, now that's cool. It has to be used with a mobile device as there is no display on the lens camera.

The QX-100 will be pretty useless with a tablet or smartphone as it lacks a display. It has an app which runs on both iOS and Android but little else. Capturing JPEG photos only, it is probably the best bet as a travel and holiday camera that works alongside with your iPhone or Tablet. This baby will cost you 500 bucks.

Sony also has a Smart Watch 2, which to my knowledge isn't compatible with the QX lens cameras. If it were, then you would be able to pair the SmartWatch 2 display with the QX lens camera to review your images. That would be really cool.


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