Good hardware, high image quality, image color is inferior to iPhone 13"

Good hardware, high image quality, image color is inferior to iPhone 13″

Sony is a strong technology company in terms of cameras, screens and audio. However, for many years in a row, Sony smartphones are often not appreciated for the quality of photos taken. However, in the past two years, Sony has tried to improve more and achieve certain successes.

The newly launched Xperia 1 III is one of the most powerful smartphones with camera hardware right now. It’s a cluster of three cameras on the back, but unlike the other three on the market, this one offers four native focal lengths or zoom levels if you prefer.

That’s thanks to its new telephoto lens that can switch between 70mm and 105mm equivalent lenses in its periscope assembly. Let’s dig into the details.

Camera application interface

The basic shooting interface is not much different from other Xperia smartphones, although it has changed in the manipulation positions. You’ll have basic controls like white balance and exposure compensation, bokeh mode, flash adjustment, and aspect ratio moved right next to the shutter button.

Zoom ratio selection buttons are also available. Almost users can manipulate the shooting modes with the thumb.

When you switch to Pro shooting mode, you’ll find it almost like the control panel of a high-end digital camera. You will have a dial to choose different shooting modes such as aperture priority, full manual or automatic mode.

In addition, Sony also provides the most professional customization of iSO and light balance when you switch to Pro mode.

Photo quality in daylight

The main camera of the Xperia 1 III is generally really good. Image detail is on par with other 12MP cameras on the market. What is more important is that it shows a very natural and attractive way the green of the grass and foliage. There isn’t any loss of focus.

The ultra-wide camera continues to maintain the same strong performance as the main camera. It delivers sharp and detailed images on near and far subjects alike. You can of course observe some unfocused fine points at the far corners or edges, but this is what most wide-angle lenses on the market experience.

With Camera Tele, the image produced has good detail when 2.9x magnification but slightly lacks focus. The image will become softer at 4.4x magnification, but it’s still not out of focus. Compared to competitors in the market like the iPhone 13, the Xperia 1 III clearly performs better with the telephoto lens.

Image quality in low light

In low light, the main camera of the Xperia 1 III captures sharp and detailed photos with well-controlled noise. Color fidelity is also maintained. This is achieved without the need for a separate night mode like many other brands.

The ultra-wide camera is also well-reviewed – sharp, detailed, and low-noise images can benefit from this lens’ better representation of dark areas.

Switching to the telephoto lens, the Xperia 1 III captures pretty decent photos at 2.9x magnification. However, the higher the magnification, the greater the noise level. However, compared to competitors at the same launch level, Sony still does very well.

Portrait mode

The Xperia 1 III is capable of taking pretty good portraits. The lens captures the subject and removes the background quite well. However, the color of the photo is a bit pale, especially the skin tone. This could be due to Sony’s AI. In this area, the iPhone seems to perform better.

When taking portraits with a Zoom lens, the image quality also decreases. This is quite understandable and proven with the shooting modes above.

The front camera of the device at 8MP resolution, it is quite lagging behind many competitors. However, the image quality is quite sharp and the colors are quite good. Of course, you won’t be able to have modes like removing fonts.


Xperia 1 III can be considered as a smartphone with the best hardware quality ever. Image quality, especially in terms of sharpness, is very well done by Sony. However, it all stops there, the image quality is good, but the colors of the photos are not flattering like the iPhone 12 Pro Max. This may be because Sony’s AI aims to produce true-to-color images rather than beautiful images that are pleasing to the viewer.

(Photo: gsmarena)


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