Sony Xperia 1 Camera Review: Better Than “Good Enough”

Sony Xperia 1 Camera Review: Better Than “Good Enough”

The Sony Xperia 1 isn’t as popular as the latest and greatest from Samsung or Huawei, but it’s still an excellent device. XDA TV’s Daniel Marchena recently published his full video review and came away very impressed. One thing he liked about the phone was its camera quality. In fact, he has also published a dedicated camera review.

The Xperia 1 has three rear 12.2MP cameras. The main camera is a Sony sensor, while the other two are from Samsung. The main camera has been tuned by Sony’s Alpha division, which is a first for Sony Xperia phones. How big of a difference does that make?


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Daniel says the Alpha tuning is more apparent than you might expect. There is nearly no image smoothing, over-reliance on HDR and image stacking, or overall messing about with the photos. Like a point and shoot camera, you basically get what you see. However, Daniel says the Xperia 1’s camera isn’t for everyone. It’s not the best camera on the market, but he’s usually happy with the results. That’s enough for a spot in his pocket.

Check out the video below to see camera samples and hear Daniel’s full assessment.

Category Sony Xperia 1
Dimensions 167 x 72 x 8.2mm
Design Corning Gorilla Glass 6, Side sense, Multi-window UI
Display 6.5-inch 4K HDR OLED, 21:9, X1 chip for mobile, Creator mode
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Memory 6GB RAM
Storage 128GB, expandable with microSD up to 512GB
Rear Cameras Wide-Angle: 12MP 26mm OIS, Dual PD
Telephoto: 12MP 52mm OIS
Super Wide-Angle: 12MP 16mm
BIONZ X for mobile, 4K HDR recording, Cinema Pro
Front Camera 8MP
Battery 3,330mAh
Charging USB PD 3.0
Audio Dolby Atmos, Hi-Res audio, DSEE HX, LDAC, Stereo speakers, Stereo sound recording, Smart amplifier, Sony’s Dynamic Vibration System
Software Android 9 Pie
Connectivity NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, 5CA LTE, Cat. 19 LTE, 4×4 MIMO, Wi-Fi 802.11a/ac/b/g/n
Ports and Buttons Side-mounted fingerprint scanner, USB Type-C (USB 3.1), No 3.5mm headphone jack
Water resistance IP65/68
Colors Black, Grey, White, Purple

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Joe Fedewa
Joe Fedewa

Former Managing Editor at XDA-Developers. Lover of all things with displays.

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