One of the features I could not wait to try on the Sony Xperia Z1 was the fact that it was waterproof. With almost all other smartphones (including my current iPhone) you need to avoid water at all costs. If you are going near water then you either need to leave the phone in the car, keep in a waterproof bag or get a waterproof case such as a lifeproof case. None of the options are ideal and it can ruin the experience of using the smartphone if you have to put it in a bulky case.
The Sony Xperia Z1 promises to be different: it has a waterproof body and you can take pictures while swimming in freshwater for up to 30 minutes. You can even dive with it for up to 1.5 meters. It does this with covers overs all the openings, apart from the head phone jack. While the covers can be a bit of a pain, they don’t seem to add any extra bulk to the phone.
Despite the weather not really being hot enough to swim, I took the phone to a pool (which was only one meter deep so no potential issues) and jumped in.
Despite my hesitation the phone worked as expected and it was straight forward to use. Once I got out of the water, I simply dried off the screen and it was as if nothing had changed.
The little video was taken as I jumped under the water and then came out of it.
So is it practical - would I use this feature on a day-to-day basis? Possibly not, but it is good to know that it is available and that you don’t need to worry that having the phone near water is going to risk damaging it.
The ability to take photos underwater is really just a small part of the features of the camera. The 20.7 MP camera with a larger sensor than most current smartphones, combined with the physical shutter button, means that this phone is pitched as those looking for a good digital camera replacement and I suspect Sony wanted to differentiate it from the other smartphones.
There are so many features and options you can select on phone, too many to go through all of them. There are some other blogs that go through it all in detail.
The reality is that in most situations we want to be able to pull the phone out and quickly take a photo and let the phone choose the best settings. The auto settings (or what Sony calls ‘Superior Auto’) the phone does a great job of picking the correct setting based on what the ‘intelligent screen recognition technology’ selects.
If you do want to try something else, there are plenty of options to play with:
One for the kids is AR effect option which lets you select some fun picture options that can add dinosaurs, masks, plants, etc.
There is a flood in our lounge.
My name is Mat (mule on Geekzone) and I am an Accountant in an accounting firm in Napier. I have been on Geekzone for over ten years. I have used a number of different phones, but it is fair to say that at the moment our family is fairly entrenched on the Apple side because it works so well together. In our house we have two iPhones, iPad 2, Macbook Pro, iPod shuffle and two Apple TVs.
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The Sony Xperia Z1: initial impressions
Sony Xperia Z1: first impressions
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