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2015-02-05 07:32 PM - edited 2015-02-05 07:38 PM
Hello fellows from this community,
I have had my Z3 Compact for a little more than a week, it is not much but I think it might be sufficient to help other users with my personal experience.
I know that there has been several threads about specific camera issues with our devices, some widespread and some very limited, however I would like to start this thread as a way for people to post both issues encountered and temporarily or permanent solutions as well as suggestions to make the experience better for other users.
I will try not to list our devices features (Sony's Product page already does that) but I do want to show off certain capabilities that many users AND TECH SITES ignore or simply forget to demonstrate.
1. PINK BLOTCH ISSUE:
1.1 BLACK WAIST PACK
- Scene description: Close-up picture, indoor light with sunlight coming through a tinted window.
- Mode: Superior Auto, No Flash
- FIX: Turn on Fill Flash or Flashlight to overcome incorrect automatic White Light selection.
- GENERAL FIX for most of this cases, simply step out of that enviroment with crazy lighting... As soon as I step out of that office building the issue went away:
2. FLASH IS TOO BRIGHT FOR LOW LIGHT (I.E. Night Clubs, Bars, etc)
- Scene Description: Night Portrait with dark enviroment, less than 2 meters away.
- Mode: Superior Auto. Flash ON
- FIX: Change mode to Manual, and lower Exposure Value (EV) to desired results (mine was between -1.0 to -1.7). Leave Flash ON.
Note: this fixed was done in a hurry and I didn't take the time to manually select each scene, so you might want to play around and test before you actually need a picture in a hurry.
3. OTHER RECOMMENDATIONS AND FEATURES OF OUR PHONES:
This is well known but many people still fail to realize its advantages besides exposing shadowy areas....
I took these 2 images at my front yard, showing very similar results with the main difference being the well exposed sky, without darkening the subjects when HDR is turned ON:
(TOP no HDR, BOTTOM HDR)
3.2 LOSSLESS ZOOM
This is one of my favorite features of having a high count MP camera.
I took 2 pictures at night, of a distant building (right) and its parking lot illuminated (left).
TOP picture in Superior Auto using Zoom (remains in 8MP)
BOTTOM picture is also Superior Auto but no Zoom, just cropped at the center (Low Res, and this is what most smartphones cameras do with digital zoom)
3.3 HIGH SENSITIVITY ISO (UP TO 12800)
This feature has got a lot of media press and marketing, but not many people know what it is and for what situations...
Besides the typical extreme low light situation that requieres NO flash.... when you are in a place with your target far away than what the flash actually can reach, this may also come in handy.
- Scene Description: Low Light shot, semi-abandoned restaurant's parking lot.
- Mode: Superior Auto. Flash ON
- FIX. Turn your Flash OFF (and check that the Low Light candle Icon appears on the bottom right) or alternatively change mode to Manual and set Scene to High Sensitivity ISO. Also with Flash OFF. Steady Hands
I hope everyone find this info helpful, or at least interesting. This snapper is actually quite capable, but we need some time to learn how to make the most out of it.
It is true that competing phones give better results in some situations, but it is mostly shooting Auto mode vs Auto, this phone is capable of great Manual settings.
As an extra tip, third party cameras (such as Google Camera) can take advantage of features like HDR using full resolution instead of the regular 8MP on Sony's camera application.
2015-02-08 01:13 PM
Nice post there. Will be healpful for new people joining sony and also for other brands.
I actually realized these potentials just yesterday night when I was trying to capture moon and dark sky. And what all settings you explained here was exactly the same which I tried experimenting with.
..and today only read this post. :smileysmileywink:
I still have a concern that why sony locked its Camera to just 8MP for Auto mode? It could have very well provided it to a 12mp or 15mp.
2015-02-08 03:47 PM
2015-02-09 12:25 AM
Thank you for the post.
I came accross another problem that makes Z3 Compact photographs trashy in comparisson to, e.g., iPhone 5S...
When taking picture in snowy environment the "Super Automode" significantly shifts white balance to purple. Whenever I tried using "Manual" mode, left or right quarter of the frame was blurred very heavily, thus, the picture was absolutely corrupt.
I have checked if the blurring issue is reproducable indoors. Yes, it persists in "Manual" mode regardless of lightning or dominating color of the scene.
Don't you know by chance any solution to prevent Sony Xperia Z3 Compact from randomly blurring significant parts of image in "Manual" mode?
Thank you in advance.
2015-02-09 01:21 AM
2015-02-09 10:19 AM
2015-03-11 03:24 PM - edited 2015-03-11 03:41 PM
Sorry it took me this long, but like I said earlier I don't have much experience with snowy enviorment... however, have you tried using the "SNOW" mode in Manual?
After reading the suggestions made by Sony "Using still camera settings", it seems like this mode would prevent overexposing the image and maybe this will help with your issue...
I still test as many modes as I can, and I still get great results for the most part... the only "issues" I've encountered (besides the ones already mentioned) are heavy loss of details on far foliage/grass (specially with the loseless zoom), something I will post later... and the other one is extreme bordering when framing a dark object with backlight.
My next post will be about those 2. But sadly I don't have any advice to overcome those problems, other than image post-editing (softening, changing brightness/contrast, etc)
Anyway, hopefully you can find a way to take great pictures in Snow...
2015-03-11 05:11 PM - edited 2015-03-11 05:12 PM
OK, I am back... and with pictures.
Issues mentioned in my previous post:
1. Detail Loss on Grass or Foliage, specially after Zooming:
- Description: I was trying to take a picture of the bird that was on the glass table, and after that I noticed the grass was extremely blurry/pixelated due to high contrast (bright leaves / shadowy areas) HDR helps very little and the picture lose vibrancy.
2. Extreme Borders (Sharpening?) when the subject is dark vs the backlight (also worse when Zooming in)
It becomes more noticeable with this bird:
For this problem, the solution is using a post-editing app such as Autodesk Pixlr and Softening the image a little bit, and maybe play around with Brightness/Contrast values.
Maybe this problem occurs because the image is Zoomed and the "Superior Auto" algorithms do not kick in...
2018-03-01 11:31 PM
I have the xa and the front camera isn't there in support other said on the test
"front camera not available"
And flashlight is gone as well peasep can I have some help, thanks!
2018-03-29 07:50 AM
Hi, i have a problem with the rear camera of my xperia z3 compact.. its been a month i cant use the camera because of a misterious blank or black screen since i bought the phone 2 months ago.. i hope u can help me with.. what happen with my phone n how to fix it... thanks