I made a few photos to compare the camera of my old Xperia Pro to the one of my new Xperia XZ (actually not anymore, I sold it after one week usage, mainly because of the terrible camera performance) - https://www.dropbox.com/sh/0u28226fxm9z27d/AADrU08TmvfIUtSbprgharT-a?dl=0 . In my opinion the photos, taken with my 5-years-old Xperia Pro, are much better, with warmer and more saturated colors, making them much more eye-pleasing.
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I just recently bought Xperia XZ and I'm very disappointed to see that the "Full Manual Controls" in the camera UI and Camera2 API are actually pretty limited. Manual settings, such as "Saturation", "Contrast", "Sharpness", available since a long long time in Samsung and HTC devices, are absolutely unavailable and inaccessible here, neither in the default camera UI, nor in third-party applications, such as FreeDCam, Camera FV-5 and so on. For example, if you check this video, showing the capabilities of the FreeDCam application - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWg0KaXbv5I , you can see how many settings at the bottom of the screen can be manually adjusted. But when I installed this application on my Xperia XZ, I got only "Manual focus", "ISO", "Manual exposure time", "Exposure compensation" and "Zoom". All other settings are missing. I read some time ago that Sony finally enabled the full manual settings, but from what I see quite a lot of settings are missing... Is there any way to enable them, maybe by rooting the device or I don't know, but I need them, otherwise I'll have to sell the phone and look for other options... The best option is, of course, Sony to finally enable them, but knowing the quality of Sony's support, I doubt that wil ever happen... The reason why I need these settings is because of the camera's very poor performance, mostly because of with the dull and poor colors, and I want to compensate that by boosting the saturation and the contrast. Even my trustworthy 5 years old Xperia Pro takes much better photos - with less noise and better colors... I'm very disappointed with Xperia XZ's camera...
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