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    General camera settings

    Xperia™ Z3 Compact support overview

    Capturing modes

    Superior auto
    Optimise your settings to suit any scene.
    Adjust camera settings manually.
    Sound Photo
    Take photos with background sound.
    Multi camera
    Record the same scene from multiple angles on a single screen.
    Face in picture
    Take photos using the front and rear cameras at the same time.
    4K video
    Take videos with 4K ultra high definition.
    Timeshift video
    Take high frame rate videos and apply slow motion effects.
    AR effect
    Take photos or videos with virtual scenes and characters.
    Creative effect
    Apply effects to photos or videos.
    Timeshift burst
    Find the best photo from a burst of images.
    Sweep Panorama
    Take wide-angle and panoramic photos.
    Background defocus
    Blur the background of your photos to make your subject look sharper in comparison.
    Style portrait
    Take photos with real-time portrait styles.

    To learn more about how to take better photos, go to read the article.

    To switch between capturing modes

    1. Press and hold down the camera key.
    2. Swipe the screen to the desired capturing mode.

    Superior auto

    Superior auto mode detects the conditions in which you are shooting and automatically adjusts the settings to ensure that you take the best photo possible.

    The highest resolution that Superior auto mode supports is 8MP. If you want to take photos with a higher resolution, use Manual mode.

    Manual mode

    Use Manual mode when you want to manually adjust your camera settings for taking photos and videos.

    AR effect

    You can apply AR (augmented reality) effects to your photos or videos and make them more fun. When using the camera, this setting lets you integrate 3D scenes into your photos or videos. Just select the scene you want and adjust its position in the viewfinder.

    Creative effect

    You can apply different effects on your photos or videos. For example, you can add a Nostalgic effect to make photos look older or a Sketch effect for a more fun image.

    Sweep Panorama

    You can take wide-angle and panoramic photos from the horizontal or vertical direction in an easy press-and-sweep motion.

    To take a panoramic photo

    1. Activate the camera.
    2. Swipe the screen to go to , then select .
    3. To select a shooting direction, tap .
    4. Press the camera key and move the camera slowly and steadily in the direction of movement indicated on the screen.

    Timeshift burst

    The camera takes a burst of 61 photos in a window of two seconds – one second before and after you tap the on-screen camera button. So you can go back and find the perfect image.

    To use Timeshift burst

    1. Activate the camera.
    2. Swipe the screen to go to , then select .
    3. Take photos. The photos taken appear in thumbnail view.
    4. Scroll through the thumbnails and select the photo that you want to save, then tap .

    Timeshift video

    You can record video at the high frame rate of 120 frames per second and then apply effects so that you can play back parts or all of the video in slow motion.

    Background defocus mode

    Use your camera's blurred background effect to make your subjects look sharper and more vivid in comparison to their background. In Background defocus mode, the camera takes two shots, identifies the background and then blurs it while keeping the subject sharp and in focus – like shooting with a digital SLR camera. You can select from three different blur variations and tune the blur level in the preview display.

    Face in picture

    You can use the Face in picture mode to turn on the front and main cameras at the same time, so you can take a photo of yourself together with the subject.

    Multi camera mode

    Multi camera mode lets you take a photo that combines images from two different angles and devices. You see two images in the camera viewfinder of your device – one from your own camera and one from a connected Xperia™ device or a Sony camera that supports NFC and Wi-Fi Direct™ technology. You can then edit what you see in the viewfinder before taking a photo.

    So if you’re at a concert venue, for example, and you want to capture a photo that combines a view of the band from one angle and the audience from another, you can use Multi camera mode for the best effect.

    You can set up Multi camera mode using NFC, which launches the pairing of the two devices using Wi-Fi Direct™ technology.

    To use Multi camera mode

    1. Turn on the NFC functions on both devices that you want to connect.
    2. Activate the camera on your device.
    3. Swipe the screen to go to , then select .
    4. On the screens of both devices, tap .
    5. Touch the NFC detection areas of each device to one other. Both devices should now connect using Wi-Fi Direct™ technology.
    6. Once the devices are connected, two images appear in the viewfinder of your device – one from the viewfinder of your camera and another from the viewfinder of the connected device.
    7. To edit the images in your viewfinder, tap .
    8. Edit the images as desired. For example, you can tap and hold an image and drag it to the other side of the viewfinder to change the order.
    9. When you are finished editing and are ready to capture the final combined image, tap Done > .

    Downloading camera applications

    You can download free or paid camera applications from Google Play™ or other sources. Before you start downloading, make sure that you have a working internet connection, preferably over ‎Wi-Fi‎ to limit data traffic charges.

    To download camera applications

    1. Open the camera application.
    2. Tap , then tap DOWNLOADABLE .
    3. Select the application that you want to download, and follow the instructions to complete the installation.

    Quick launch

    Use Quick launch settings to launch the camera when the screen is locked.

    Launch only
    When this setting is activated, you can launch the camera when the screen is locked by pressing and holding down the camera key.
    Launch and capture
    When this setting is activated, you can launch the camera and capture a photo automatically when the screen is locked by pressing and holding down the camera key.
    Launch and record video
    When this setting is activated, you can launch the camera and start capturing video when the screen is locked by pressing and holding down the camera key.

    Save location

    Add geographical location (geotag) information to your photos when you take them.

    Touch capture

    Identify a focus area, and then touch the camera screen with your finger. The photo is taken as soon as you release your finger.


    Choose to turn on or turn off the shutter sound.

    Data storage

    You can choose to save your data either to a removable SD card or to your device's internal storage.

    Internal storage
    Photos or videos are saved on the device memory.
    SD card
    Photos or videos are saved on the SD card.

    Touch Block

    You can disable the touch screen to avoid unintended touches when you are using the camera.

    White balance

    This setting, which is only available in Manual capturing mode, adjusts the colour balance according to the lighting conditions. It also allows you to adjust the exposure manually in the -2.0 EV to +2.0 EV range. For example, you can increase the image brightness or decrease the overall exposure by tapping the plus or minus controls accordingly when the white balance setting icon is displayed.

    Adjusts the colour balance automatically to suit the lighting conditions.
    Adjusts the colour balance for warm lighting conditions, such as under light bulbs.
    Adjusts the colour balance for fluorescent lighting.
    Adjusts the colour balance for sunny outdoor conditions.
    Adjusts the colour balance for a cloudy sky.

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