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  Reply # 775338 5-Mar-2013 22:59
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scottjpalmer: I had a play with one today. Nice but I was underwhelmed.


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  Reply # 775343 5-Mar-2013 23:04
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Probably the screen, it is quite poor from all respects apart from the resolution (one of the first things I tweeted about it). I think the design, while nice, probably isn't quite up to the praise that is being heaped upon it either.




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  Reply # 775361 5-Mar-2013 23:29
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NZtechfreak: Probably the screen, it is quite poor from all respects apart from the resolution (one of the first things I tweeted about it). I think the design, while nice, probably isn't quite up to the praise that is being heaped upon it either.


^ in a nutshell.

Plus (I have a Note II so the Z was always going to feel different but) it just didn't gel in the short time I had with it.

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  Reply # 777586 10-Mar-2013 11:28
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Some shots yesterday, subjects and composition nothing special, just for comparison. If you follow me on Twitter you'd have already seen some commentary on those shots, but try to look at them with fresh eyes (expectation bias is a very hard thing to overlook though). Click the links to go to the full res images from Dropbox.

 

Xperia Z, outdoors very bright light:



Xperia Z by @NZtechfreak, on Flickr

Same shot, Note 2:



Note 2 by @NZtechfreak, on Flickr

Same shot, Pureview 808:



Pureview by @NZtechfreak, on Flickr

 

Xperia Z, pitch black room:



Xperia Z pitch black by @NZtechfreak, on Flickr

Same shot, Note 2:



Note 2 pitch black by @NZtechfreak, on Flickr

Same shot, Pureview 808:



Pureview Pitch black by @NZtechfreak, on Flickr

 

Xperia Zmacro shot indoors under incandescent light:



Xperia Z incandescent macro by @NZtechfreak, on Flickr

Same shot, Note 2:



Note 2  incandescent macro by @NZtechfreak, on Flickr

Same shot, Pureview 808:



Pureview incandescent macro by @NZtechfreak, on Flickr

 

Xperia Z, indoors no flash:



Xperia Z indoors no flash by @NZtechfreak, on Flickr

Same shot, Note 2:



Note 2 indoors no flash by @NZtechfreak, on Flickr

Same shot, Pureview 808:



Pureview indoors no flash by @NZtechfreak, on Flickr

 

Xperia Z, indoors with flash:



Xperia indoors with flash by @NZtechfreak, on Flickr

Same shot, Note 2:



Note 2 indoors with flash by @NZtechfreak, on Flickr

Same shot, Pureview 808:



Pureview indoors with flash by @NZtechfreak, on Flickr

 

Took one more with the Pureview in the pitch black room with ISO 50 and exposure compensation:



Pureview, pitch black with ISO 50 and exposure compensation by @NZtechfreak, on Flickr

Interestingly in that last one, although ISO 50 was the setting I chose the EXIF data says ISO 320.

 

 

 

What do you guys think?

 

(If you want to play the game make sure to check out the full-res images and pixel peep a little too)




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  Reply # 777589 10-Mar-2013 11:45
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Looks to me like the Note 2 has the better shots, that's just me though..

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  Reply # 777596 10-Mar-2013 11:53
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Finch: Looks to me like the Note 2 has the better shots, that's just me though..


In most examples I agree, it is better than the Z (Pureview is the best in all shots, although that could be expected). The Z very slightly edges it in the macro, and wins by a bigger margin in the 'indoors, no flash' shot, probably the Exmor sensor and superior aperture are responsible for that. It loses all the others Vs the Note 2 quite soundly though, particularly in the 'pitch black' shot where the Z is a distant and dismal last place.




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Apologies for the images going down, Dropbox crying about traffic levels and suspended my public folder for three days. Fixing now.



EDIT: Fixed. Make sure to drop a line to the blog too: http://www.androidnz.net/2013/03/the-sony-xperia-z-mobile-camera.html




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Wow, this piece at soyacincau just goes to show you shouldn't assume anything:

http://www.soyacincau.com/2013/03/10/camera-shootout-sony-xperia-z-vs-htc-butterfly/

I left my HTC Butterfly out of the camera comparison, knowing it is worse than the Note 2, and assuming the Xperia Z HAD to be better.




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  Reply # 778874 12-Mar-2013 22:55
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cant wait for mine to arrive! Telecom said 3-4 days from March 13





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  Reply # 778881 12-Mar-2013 23:39
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Anyone know where in Auckland CBD I could play with one that is powered on?

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  Reply # 778886 12-Mar-2013 23:58
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You can come check out mine!




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  Reply # 778920 13-Mar-2013 08:43
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I see on Telecom website that it has changed from 'Coming Soon' to Stock available!





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I was totally thinking about getting the Sony Xperia Z, but now that I know that the camera isn't living up to its specifcation, I'm starting to lose interest in all this hype. Just wondering if this phone actually will last a day with moderate usage, without playing games? The more I research this phone and find out further problems the less excited I am to get my hands on one.
So far just been knackered by further online review problems such as finger print magnet, phone killing the battery, camera ain't taking pictures to our expectations, viewing angles isn't great, sound produced fromt the speakers is tinny and also apparently the quad core isn't living up to performance in terms of playing games.

Plus they forgot to add something that will make it future proof. Wireless charging.

Don't get why Sony NZ hasn't got it in stock yet?

by complaints such as finger print magnet, viewing angles, battery life, pictures produced from the camera and the fact that it takes a while to start the camera. Also apparently the quad core isn't living up to its speed, most likely a software problem.

The one thing that could've kept this future proof is wireless charging, but who needs that anyways :P

I hope that Telecom or Vodafone will get a display one going for the public soon. Still can't believe Sony NZ hasn't received any yet :(


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  Reply # 781743 14-Mar-2013 16:16
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Ops something went wrong there.......^

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  Reply # 781756 14-Mar-2013 16:36
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nakedmolerat: I see on Telecom website that it has changed from 'Coming Soon' to Stock available!


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