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By gino_76ph, Senior Member on 5th March 2014, 11:02 PM
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I currently have an Xperia SP and i found the battery life to be pretty good for the tasks and routines i do everyday. It seems that Sony has properly optimised the OS and battery life on their phones this time.

But the biggest issue of my Xperia SP was the camera. Zoom is atrocious and near abysmal with lots of noise and artefacts. Burst mode and shot-to-shots/in-between shots was non-existent. Lag was a mile wide. ANY type of image stabilisation was just nothing.

Is the Z1 camera zoom unlike the SP's?
 
 
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Hi.

I currently have an Xperia SP and i found the battery life to be pretty good for the tasks and routines i do everyday. It seems that Sony has properly optimised the OS and battery life on their phones this time.

But the biggest issue of my Xperia SP was the camera. Zoom is atrocious and near abysmal with lots of noise and artefacts. Burst mode and shot-to-shots/in-between shots was non-existent. Lag was a mile wide. ANY type of image stabilisation was just nothing.

Is the Z1 camera zoom unlike the SP's?

Really wouldn't recommend zooming on a smartphone unless it's optical. But the camera itself is alot better. But low light is awful

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Really wouldn't recommend zooming on a smartphone unless it's optical. But the camera itself is alot better. But low light is awful

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Does the Z1 have not got optical image stabilisation?

Would you say any phone with OIS is good?
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It doesn't have OIS no...

And zooming on a smartphone is always crap, same as when you zoom in on a picture on the computer. Optical zoom != Optical Image Stabilization. OIS is great but doesn't define the phone, LG2 has OIS but still has issues with low light scenes. Also, OIS is only useful when shooting stills, it only corrects for minor movement of the phone itself not for movement of other objects.
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OIS is great but doesn't define the phone, LG2 has OIS but still has issues with low light scenes. Also, OIS is only useful when shooting stills, it only corrects for minor movement of the phone itself not for movement of other objects.

The irony is that the one of the best benefits of OIS would be to stabilize the device when using a separate camera button because that causes mild movement. And ironically the phone that has OIS (LG G2) doesn't have a camera button and the one that has the button (Xperia Z1) doesn't have OIS Another benefit for OIS would be when taking pictures in cold weather such as winter or on skiing trips if the cold is enough to cause hands to shake a bit.
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The irony is that the one of the best benefits of OIS would be to stabilize the device when using a separate camera button because that causes mild movement. And ironically the phone that has OIS (LG G2) doesn't have a camera button and the one that has the button (Xperia Z1) doesn't have OIS Another benefit for OIS would be when taking pictures in cold weather such as winter or on skiing trips if the cold is enough to cause hands to shake a bit.

Heh, indeed... I am a big fan of OIS btw (Had the Lumia920 for a while, worked wonders there). But it's not the holy grail (but indeed, I wish the Z1 had it).
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It would seem that's one of the major "flaws" of the Z1...having no OIS. I'm quite happy with my G2 when it comes to stills. Not much into taking videos though.

One factor i'm looking in a phone is the shutter lag. My old S3 LTE and my other phone (iPhone 5C) has an almost instantaneous/zero shutter lag just by tapping the on-screen shutter button. For me its a big advantage on a phone.
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It would seem that's one of the major "flaws" of the Z1...having no OIS. I'm quite happy with my G2 when it comes to stills. Not much into taking videos though.

One factor i'm looking in a phone is the shutter lag. My old S3 LTE and my other phone (iPhone 5C) has an almost instantaneous/zero shutter lag just by tapping the on-screen shutter button. For me its a big advantage on a phone.

I wouldn't classify the lack of OIS as a major flaw, it's just a deficiency of something that could be useful and improve the camera.
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But having OIS is STILL better IMO. Having something that helps even for a little means a lot overall.
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