Xperia Z1 camera tips!

Xperia Z1 camera tips!

This article will give you some tips about using your Xperia Z1 20.7 MP camera. Everything in this article is based on the Sony stock camera app. I will share my experiences and will update this when I find better settings.

Daylight

In daylight there’s a wide range of settings you can use. For ISO all values between 50-400 should give you nice noise free images. For the “White Balance” or “EV” settings AUTO-mode is pretty good on our Xperia handset. Although setting EV to -0.3 upto -1.3 or even -2 with a very clear and sunny day might give you much better results. Colors may look better and image may be a bit sharper.

For the Focus I use autofocus most of the time, so I can’t really tell a lot about how and where to focus since that’s different for each and every picture you’ll ever take. I’ll go deeper into detail about cloudy/sunny conditions and the differences later.

Here is a small overview of the most used settings in daylight:

- Size:

- ISO:

- Focus:

- Light:

- Image stabilization:

- White Balance/EV:

20.7 MP

50-400

Touch Focus, but depends on situation

Centrum or Average (rarely Spot)

Off

-0.3 upto -1.3 or -2 when sky is clear and sunny


Here are some pics I took in daylight conditions:

Low Light or Night conditions

In low-light or night conditions there’s a more limited range of settings you can use to get noise free images. For ISO all values between 50-200 should give you very good noise free images. For the “White Balance” or “EV” settings AUTO-mode is pretty good most of the time on our Xperia handset. Although setting EV to -0.3 upto +1 or sometimes even +1.6 may give you better results. Colors may look more natural and images may be a tad more detailed.

For the Focus, again, I use autofocus most of the time, so I can’t really tell a lot about how and where to focus since that’s different for each and every picture you’ll ever take.
One thing you need to pay a lot of attention to is the light source, try to take a picture close to the light source or at least stand somewhere you’ll have sufficient light for the lens to make a good picture. Also having something steady to lean against or put your phone on can be very handy to take a nice picture with low-light conditions.

Here is a small overview of the most used settings in daylight:

- Size:

- ISO:

- Focus:

- Light:

- Image stabilization:

- White Balance/EV:

20.7 MP

50-200 for less noise

Touch Focus, but depends on situation

Centrum or Average (rarely Spot)

Off

+1 upto -0.3


Here are some pictures I took with my Z1:

Conclusion

I hope you guys learned something and will remember my tips. In the end the right settings at the right time and place can make a big difference. But also try to use a steady surface to lean on/against before taking a picture, it can help a lot!

Written by Krabappel2548

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