Sony Xperia XZ1: Behind the lens

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Sony Xperia XZ1: Behind the lens

A match for any compact camera

Taking professional-quality photos is easy. All you need is a top-quality smartphone with a great camera, like the Sony Xperia XZ1.

Its Motion Eye camera is a match for almost any dedicated compact shooter. It combines several elements that combine to deliver some of the features you’d expect to find on most DSLRs, such as: manual focus, ISO settings, and intelligent image processing.

So, what is Motion Eye, and what else makes the Xperia XZ1 camera so special?

The Motion Eye camera borrows from Sony’s photography knowhow

Motion Eye on the Xperia XZ1 is built using the same expertise Sony puts into its interchangeable lens cameras, and its Cyber-shot range.

Sony’s Exmor RS sensor is at the heart of what makes the camera so great on the Xperia XZ1. The original Exmor RS sensor was a world first. It introduced a ‘stacked structure’ that allowed Sony to cram superior image quality, and advanced camera skills into a compact device the size of a smartphone. And today it continues to impress.

The sensor can capture sharp shots even in low light conditions, and generate a wide spectrum of colours. That means the colours in your photos spring to life, no matter what condition or environment you’re shooting in.

Capture more detail with Sony’s G Lens and BIONZ image processing skills

Sony’s G Lens features prominently in Sony’s high-end cameras. G Lens on mobile borrows the ability to focus with more precision to capture more detail and texture. You’ll notice it when shooting close-up and portrait photos.

What about action shots? That’s where BIONZ image processing comes in. Motion detection technology lets you capture great still shots, even if your subject isn’t completely stationary. Which leads us to…

The camera predicts movement before it happens

You don’t need a DSLR with a fast shutter speed to take great photos of moving subjects. The camera on the Xperia XZ1 has Predictive Capture.

It automatically buffers to compensate for moving subjects, and takes up to four images automatically before you’ve pressed the shutter button. Just pick the photo you want to use. You’ll never miss a moment if you’re fingers are too slow on the shutter button.

You can record video in super slow motion

Slow motion video recording isn’t anything new. However, the image processing power of the Motion Eye camera lets you record at 960 frames per second. That’s up to four times more than any other smartphone, for dramatic-looking footage crammed with detail.

You can even record a video in normal speed, and apply slow motion affects afterwards. Just have a look at the video above for an example of what the Motion Eye camera can do:

DSLR features, squeezed into a smartphone

The manual mode on the Xperia XZ1 offers many of the features found on DSLR cameras, made possible again by the stacked motion sensor that crams even more features into a small device.

Get to grips with it, and become a master of smartphone photography. Adjust ISO, light sensitivity, shutter speed, exposure value, and white balance for professional-looking photos.

Don’t worry if you’re not ready for manual photography just yet – Superior Auto mode also lets you adjust individual settings in a way that’s more approachable if you’re a photography newbie.

Do you like the sound of the Sony Xperia XZ1? Follow the link to be taken through to Carphone Warehouse’s website.

You can also get it on a flexible leasing deal. This is where you rent it - rather than own it - and can then upgrade to the latest phone every year. Best of all, our flexible leasing smartphones aren’t locked to just one network.

Check out this article for more information on flexible leasing and all your other shopping options: 4 ways to shop with Carphone Warehouse

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