Sony launches the 20-megapixel Xperia Z1 camera phone

Sony Xperia Z1Sony wants a piece of the high-end camera phone action, a niche it once controlled with phones like the Sony Ericsson K800i, and has launched the Xperia Z1. The phone is a photographers dream, as it has a very capable camera built in, plus a range of interesting accessories ready to take your pictures to the next level.

We’ll start with the phone. It has a 5-inch, 1080p screen, just like the Xperia Z, but like the Xperia Z Ultra, it’s equipped with Sony’s Triluminos technology for improved colours and brightness. A Snapdragon 800 2.2GHz, quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM runs the show, and the phone has Android 4.3 installed.

The camera is really impressive. It has a special 20.7-megapixel Sony G Lens camera with the Exmor RS sensor, plus the Bionz for Mobile image processor, all of which is technology borrowed from Sony’s own compact camera range. Additionally, Sony has launched the QX10 and QX100 Smart Lenses, which can be attached to the phone itself, or paired using Bluetooth and used independently. In both situations, the smartphone acts as the viewfinder and control centre.

Additionally, the Xperia Z1 has a water and dust proof chassis, 16GB of internal memory, a microSD card slot, NFC and Bluetooth, plus 4G LTE connectivity. So far, Vodafone, EE, and Three have all confirmed they’ll be stocking the Xperia Z1, and Sony plans to have the device on sale before the end of September.

Make sure you check out the launch video below, which explains more about the camera features.

About Andrew Boxall

Andy's fascination with mobile tech began in the 90s, at a time when SMS messages were considered cutting edge, but it would be at least a decade before he would put finger-to-keyboard as a freelance tech writer. In the interim he wrote about travel, formulated strong opinions about films and drove a series of audacious cars