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Touch Metering

One very annoying aspect of the user experience with the Xperia camera app (on the Z5) is that it does not feature touch metering, a feature that is common with so many other devices.

For those unaware, touch metering is the process of adjusting exposure to the area of the screen which you touch, similar to how touch focusing focuses on the area you touch.

Currently, to change the metering mode one has to:

1. Unlock the device (3 seconds if you care about your security and use lock screen protection),

2. Open the camera app (2-3 seconds),

3. Swipe to manual mode (1-2 seconds), then

4. Open the settings, additional settings, then select metering (2-3 seconds).

This process is currently the only way to change to metering. It can not be changed in superior auto, and to change it in manual requires a screen unlock (yes, I know, it's just weird). The process takes so long that your opportunity is gone most of the time. It's such a shame.

 

After all this hassle, metering only applies to the centre of the viewfinder. This is also stupid because, obviously, most of the time you don't want to meter on the centre of the viewfinder.

 

Sonytalk, can I please have a response from the devs as to why there is a lack of touch metering? This is such a useful feature, and I can't begin to consider the Xperia camera to be 'feature-rich' and 'professional' without it.