Sony wants its smartphones to include this nifty camera feature from Samsung


Sony this week finally released its flagship model, the Xperia X in the Indian market at an extravagant price tag of Rs 48,990. The bezel-less display featuring Xperia XA and the Xperia XA Ultra smartphones are also in the pipeline.

The Japanese tech giant during the launch of the smarpthone stressed on the imaging sensors of not only the ones used in smartphones, but also the ones featured in its DSLR cameras . The firm has also partnered with some OEMs over the years, which use the Sony’s Exmor lenses in their own handsets. Sony claims to have put its best camera sensor till date in the Xperia X.

We have already talked about the smartphone’s camera in our review. It impressively shoots crisp images with saturated colours, has a dedicated manual mode along with an Intelligent Auto mode, and can shoot panoramas, slow motions videos and more. However, they also lack in some areas.

For everyday users, the 23MP rear and the 13MP front-facing cameras may be more than sufficient. However, for Sony this is not enough. According to the company’s Deputy Head of Research, Hiroshi Takano, the Sony Xperia camera user interface lacks one small nifty feature. The feature he says is there in the rival Samsung Galaxy smartphones.
Takano, at the time of the Sony Xperia X India launch, in an interview said that one camera feature that he would like to include in the Xperia handsets is its ability to preview the images quickly (at the corner of the screen) after they have been shot.

According to him, in Samsung smartphones when a user clicks an image, the preview image is shown within no time. But he says this happens because the preview image seen at the corner of the display is in lower resolution as compared to what the Xperia handsets show.

Takano says that in Sony Xperia smartphones, the image is previewed in the same high-resolution quality in which it has been shot. That’s why it takes nearly a second or two to show an image preview right after clicking it. The high megapixel count might also have a role to play here. With high megapixel count, the image size also shoots up, making it bulky.

While the Xperia X uses a 23MP rear camera, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge features a 12MP rear camera. An average image shot on the Xperia X and the Galaxy S7 Edge in the Auto mode with HDR weighs 7.5MB and 5.5MB respectively.

Takano did not reveal as to how the company plans to tackle the issue. But, he did say that implementing this in the Xperia handsets should be ‘nothing difficult’ for them and they can work on it. So fans can expect the next Sony model or the next handset update to bring this feature.

We used the Xperia X for some time and faced the same issue he spoke of. Hopefully, Sony finds a solution for this soon. We also noticed that after clicking a shot and opening it from the thumbnail preview, the smartphone took 3-4 seconds to properly render the image on screen. This might not be visible to most users at first go, but when carefully seen, one could see the difference in the image’s colour and sharpness after 3-4 seconds.

Sony has come a long way from creating its first MAVICA prototype camera back in 1981 to its latest Sony RX100 Mark III. The Japanese tech firm has also created a benchmark by introducing predictive autofocus in its smartphone cameras.
According to Sony until February this year, the company’s main Exmor, Exmor R, and RS cameras captured a total share of 35% in the smartphone market. It also had 70% share in sports-cam market. With the increasing share and ever improving camera modules, Sony is still strides ahead of its competitors.

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