The Xperia Z1 Update Improves EVERYTHING… except for the camera
I was really excited about this update because there was a lot of talk that Sony would address the erratic and unpredictable camera in Superior Auto mode as mentioned in my review. I am well aware of how great the camera works in Manual Mode but this isn’t what it’s all about. Aside from the camera, the update improves just about everything about the phone and really enhances the user experience. Here are a few notes:
- All the benefits of Android 4.3 and the smooth fast performance of “Project Butter” and built in TRIM support
- Improved UI of Albums app
- Improved Movie app, now with subtitle support
- New Xperia Themes to download
- Improved and slightly tweaked mail app which now supports push for all accounts
- General UI Improvements
- Bluetooth 4.0 Support
- Unlocked bootloader now does not disable the camera!
Let’s take a look at some of the photos after the installed update:
As you can see, some pictures turned out great – especially the ones taken outdoors with good lighting. Indoors on the other hand tend to have more noise, overexposed and are blurry. For some reason, the Auto mode sets the ISO settings unnecessarily high.
Here’s a side by side comparison between two cameras:
This shot was taken on the Xperia Z1 with the new 14.2.A.0.290 Update
Taken with the Nexus 5 on 4.4.2 firmware.
What do you think is better? There is some mixed feedback on both of these photos. For instance the one taken by the Z1 is more real and not oversaturated like that on the Nexus 5. However, the lighting captured by the Z1 is quite poor with a fair amount of noise on the photo. On the Nexus 5, the photo feels much more clear and brighter but the oversaturation (especially on the oranges) causes some loss on detail.
To get on the EXIF data on the photos taken, you can check out the Flickr album here: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjP5Eneu