Take great pictures with your Xperia™ camera
Your Xperia device comes with all the latest camera technology from Sony, which helps you to capture those magic everyday moments in clear, vibrant detail. But, with a little craft and know-how, it gets even better! Below, you’ll find some tips and tricks on how to get more out of your Xperia camera and improve your technique.
It’s all about the tech
Your Xperia camera packs in an impressive amount of tech, including an Exmor RS™ for mobile image sensor and Hybrid Autofocus. Combine all of that with powerful 5x Clear Image Zoom and 23 megapixels and you’ve got a camera that helps you capture those fleeting moments in sparkling clarity, every time.
The ultra-fast Hybrid Autofocus combines two technologies: contrast-detection for accuracy and phase-detection for speed. Thanks to its wide Auto Focus coverage, your Xperia camera is able to focus accurately on your subject anywhere on the screen in less than a second. And with Superior Auto mode taking care of the settings automatically, you just need to launch the camera and start shooting.
Tip: When the Touch Capture setting is on, you simply touch the screen anywhere you want the camera to focus and it immediately takes the shot.
Superior Auto. Superior photos.
From illuminated night views to close-up photos, Superior Auto recognises up to 52 different scenarios and adapts the settings automatically. As the default camera mode, Superior Auto turns HDR (High Dynamic Range) on and off depending on your surroundings. HDR mode takes multiple shots with varied exposures and then merges them together to make your photos look more natural.
Superior Auto mode works best in situations where the lighting conditions are good and you just want quality results without having to manually adjust any settings. It’s also ideal for situations where subjects are moving fast and the conditions are changing, or when there’s a lot going on around you and you don’t want to miss anything.
Tip: You can adjust both the colour and brightness before you take a photo in Superior Auto mode. You can also adjust the resolution up to 23MP (megapixels) from the default value of 8MP.
Manual mode offers several settings to help you take better pictures depending on your environment.
Manual mode works best in situations where you want to have more creative control over the final image and you have the time to get it right. And with a resolution adjustable up to 23MP, you can achieve great quality as well.
Tip: If you’re having trouble keeping up with a moving object, you can enable ‘Object tracking’. With this feature you can select an object by touching it on the screen. The camera then tracks it for you.
Tips and tricks
More focus. Less blur.
- Make sure the lens is clean – you’d be surprised how much a fingerprint mark or a little dirt can diminish the quality of your photos.
- If you are having trouble with blurry shots, check to see if your smartphone cover is obstructing the flash or lens. You can even try removing the cover to avoid any unwanted reflections.
- When possible, use the dedicated Camera key instead of tapping the Camera button on the screen. By using the Camera key, you naturally keep your fingers away from the screen and around the frame of the phone. This helps to steady your device before you take photos.
- Use the self-timer function to further avoid shaking the camera when taking photos. You can also use a tripod to achieve optimal image and video stability.
- Try moving your smartphone around with the Camera key half pressed and look for a spot where the picture comes into focus. Once the focus is set, the circular frame turns blue.
- You can also set the focus by touching the point of the screen that you want to focus on.
Get high quality in low light
- The main trick is to keep the camera steady. Place your smartphone on a hard surface or, better still, use a tripod and the self-timer.
- Shooting in Manual mode, the ISO or light sensitivity level can be manually adjusted ranging from 50 to 3200.
- To achieve more control, shoot in Manual mode and adjust the shutter speed (SS), exposure value (EV) or white balance (WB) settings. You can also change to focus manually.
- Several different flash settings are available in all three shooting modes. These are especially useful when lighting conditions are poor or when there is a backlight.
- For more tips about how to take better photos in low light conditions, click here.
Back to selfie school
- Use the self timer so that you have a few seconds to steady the camera before the shot.
- Use the Smile Shutter feature to automatically trigger your selfies with a smile. This is another good way to avoid touching and possibly shaking the screen.
- Use the AR effect app to play around and add effects while you’re taking selfies.
- To reduce shake when shooting videos of yourself using the front camera, make sure you’ve got SteadyShot™ turned on.
Bring out your inner photographer
- Get to know your camera. Check out the main settings and modes before you use it, and refer to the User guide. Practice makes perfect!
- Learn how to look for light with direction and colour that gives a scene shape and depth. This type of light happens naturally just before sunrise and at sunset. Window light can also be good.
- When taking photos of moving objects, try not to follow the object. The trick is to find a position from where the object has to pass in front of you.
- If you can't fit the whole subject you want to photograph in one frame, try using the camera app ‘Sweep Panorama’ to get a wider angle.
- Activate the Grid lines in your camera settings so that you can shoot using the ‘Rule of Thirds’. Try placing your subjects along the grid lines or at the points where they intersect. By not always having the subject in the middle of the frame, you can make your photos more interesting.
- Be creative and try different angles. You’ll be amazed how your picture can change by just getting down on your knees or stomach. But stay safe!
Stay on top of your game
- Activate the camera immediately, even when the device screen is locked. Simply press the Camera key briefly and you’re set to go.
- Use the ‘Creative effect’ app in your camera to boost photos before you take them. For example, you can add filters, pixelate photos or create a mirror effect.
- You can select a Quick launch setting so that the camera immediately starts taking photos or videos when you launch it, for example, by long pressing the Camera key.
- You can also take photos while recording a video. Just press the Camera key or on-screen Camera button while the video is recording.
- Enable the ‘Save location’ function to geotag your photos by saving the approximate geographical location as you shoot.
- Update your smartphone software regularly to get the latest camera functionality and improvements.
Please note that this article is not product specific. Features and functionalities described may therefore differ depending on your device and/or software version.