Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

Gone are the days of separate cameras. When it comes to taking photographs, you just need to take your phone out of your pocket. The latest smartphones are even beginning to challenge professional cameras for image quality, and the new Sony Xperia™ Z1 Compact is the perfect example.

Sharp photos with lots of detail

There’s only one other smartphone in the UK with more megapixels than the 20.7MP shooter on the Z1 Compact (the Nokia Lumia 1020), so the photos you take really show up all the details. It’s fantastic to zoom in on a photo from a few weeks ago and relive the experience of being there. The only downside is that there are fewer settings and modes when you’re taking shots in 20MP mode.


Automatic setting for hassle-free photography

For when you just want to have a solid picture, the Superior Auto mode is very handy. When it’s turned on the Compact will automatically select one of 36 scenes and tweak settings to get a great shot. All you need to do is point and press the shutter button. Photos are limited to 8MP though, so you won’t get the same super high level of detail as in 20MP mode.

Manual mode gives you loads of control

When you want to take a stylish shot or spot a scene and know exactly how you want a photo to turn out, the manual mode is exactly what you need. It’ll let you choose one of 17 scenes (pre-set settings) so you can get the look you want by just cycling through the scenes.

If you want more control, manual mode lets you alter the meter, exposure and white balance. They’re pretty effective and alter the images in exactly the same way as professional DSLR cameras.

Control the focus for professional looking images

The best photographers take photos with the front of the shot in focus, and the background out of focus. With the Compact and the Touch focus setting, you can pull off these impressive shots too.

It’ll get wet and still take photos

Whether swimming on holiday or caught in a downpour, you can take out your Z1 Compact and still take a photo. The metal body is waterproof for over 30 minutes in water up to 1.5m deep. Make sure you keep all the covers closed though, or water will get in and cause damage.

Take great photos even into bright light

If you love a good sunset or are on holiday, you’ll want to take some shots into bright light. The HDR setting on the Z1 Compact is designed for exactly that. It takes three shots, varying the level of light that enters the camera, then blends them together. It works with videos too, giving pretty good results.

Never miss a great shot again

By selecting a setting called Launch and capture, as soon as you open the camera app using the shutter button the Compact will take a photo. That means if you spot some skateboarders doing tricks, you’ll get a shot of them the moment you see it.

Attach a professional level camera lens

If you really want to start taking shots worthy of the pros, the Z1 Compact is ready for that too. There’s an accessory called the QX10, which is a snap on lens. The lens works with all the features and settings the Compact already has, but now lets it zoom much, much further. You’ll be able to take amazing shots from miles away, with no detail loss.