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Sony Xperia 1 III Smartphone Review - Performance

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Sony Xperia 1 III Performance

The performance section is where we look at the image quality performance of the camera. Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review, photos and product ratings.


Sony Xperia 1 III Sample Photos

Sample Photos - The major plus point of Sony's Xperia smartphones is that they capture true-to-life colours which is something that's a bit novel nowadays as other brands, even the premium ones, have a tendency to overcook colours. What this means is we've kind of got used to seeing toxic greens and oversaturated blues so when a smartphone gives us an accurate representation of what's actually in front of us, we tend to think they're a bit dull but in reality, the images are actually correct. The colour accuracy of the Xperia 1 III's images has really impressed us with no overcooked tones and accurate exposure levels throughout the images. Brightness and shadows are well balanced, dynamic range is good throughout and the sharpness levels are excellent. 

It's worth mentioning that autofocus was impressively quick and we had no problem tracking the ducks and swans on the lake without any blur occurring when they sped up or flew out of shot. The phone's camera was also able to capture sharp images of a butterfly whose wings did continue to flap while it was settling on the plant.  

Another big plus point is the automatic bokeh that the Xperia 1 III creates in images where you have foreground interest as it's really quite superb. There was rarely any catching of subjects or missed areas of the background and the fact you don't have to set the bokeh ratio either means it's even easier to capture bokeh-filled shots that look quite professional. 

Close-up photography can be a bit trickier but overall, the camera on the Xperia 1 III impressed us. 


Sony Xperia 1 III Lens test images

Lens Performance - The wide-angle lens gives the best results in terms of quality but the ultra-wide doesn't lag too far behind. The 70mm telephoto produces good results but quality does start to fall off when using the 105mm lens. Still, they're all useful focal lengths and switching between them is a doddle. Plus, focus is fast when switching between the two telephoto lenses so you're less likely to miss your shot. You do have access to digital zoom (12.5x) but we'd always recommend moving your feet rather than relying on digital zoom as quality tends to be poor. 


Sony Xperia 1 III Digital filters

Digital Filters - Various filters are built-in which can be applied both during capture and after in the photos app. A selection of what's available are shown above. Some are a bit weird but there are soon cool vintage-inspired ones that will suit more people. 





The panorama mode is easy to use and stitches well so the smartphone produces a great image quickly and pleasingly. The colours are accurate and sharpness levels are good. You really do get a good amount of detail in images when using this mode. 


HD with HDR video sample:


4K Video Sample: 


Video - Video is captured at 4K or 1080p at various frame rates with EIS and OIS which make a big difference to the smoothness of footage captured when panning. You can use the auto HDR function when shooting in HD but not when capturing 4K footage. Overall, colours are accurate, dynamic range is good and panning is smooth. There's a Pro video app should you want access to more advanced video controls, too. 


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