Sony Zperia XZ3 will not fail you when it comes to the sound. It has two speaker directed towards the user: one is the speaker for calls located on the upper frame, and the second one is on the lower frame, in the cavity where the glass panel connects with the metal frame. They give an actual stereo effect, they are loud and offer a clear, strong sound – thanks to them watching streamed movies and series is a pure pleasure.
I do not enjoy the fact that the Xperia XZ3 model lacks a universal jack. This decision can be justified in different ways and we can of course use wireless solutions, but the lack of a minijack is always a disadvantage to me. As a compensation I can add that the smartphone supports the Hi-Res Audio standard and it supports the LDAC codec, in order to ensure the highest quality of wireless sound. For checking this aspect I have used Motorola Pulse Escape – in this aspect the Sony flagship works perfectly. Let us add functions and technologies provided by the menu, like DSEE HX, ClearAudio+, Clear BASS and a virtual surround sound. There is the Dynamic Vibration System function as well, that is a system adjusted to played sounds. I did not like this solution in XZ2 and when it comes to its successor I have similar impressions. Some will probably like this – especially gamers – but for me it is something useless.
We will not find an FM radio, but there is a great app for playing music, with basic tracks sorting options, playing songs not only from the local memory but from Google Drive as well and a possibility to download information about songs and covers.
Photos and video
The camera can be launched quickly by using the dedicated trigger button. Sony is probably the only manufacturer that offers a physical button in its smartphones and we should praise them for this. It makes using the camera and taking photos in different conditions a lot easier. An additional help is the auto-run of the camera preview, when the user will take out the phone out of his or hers pocket and will hold it in the horizontal orientation (Motion Eye). We do not need to waste time on running the camera. But let us move to the important stuff.
A single, 19-megapixel camera with an f/2.0 lens and 25mm focal length is responsible for taking photos. It has a laser autofocus with phase detection as well. We can record videos in the maximum resolution of 4K (with HDR), there is a super slow motion mode, which captures image with 960 frames per second. There is object tracing, lens correction, automatic smile detection… But there is no optical image stabilization or a second camera that could ensure a wider angle, optical zoom or depth measurements. Basically I think that Sony creates great sensors, but it does not fully use its potential in their own products. Sony’s converters work best in its competition, where they provide better photos and what is more they use brighter lenses and OIS.
The camera app is enhanced, but well-thought as well – the most important things are at hand, like modes selections, as well as switches to the most important parameters of the photo.
In the Xperia XZ2 model I had problems with assessing the camera – in paper it looked great, but I was not fully pleased with the results of its work. In XZ3 it is better, though I think that noises reduction and focusing algorithms are too strong. On a phone or on a monitor – but without zooming in – photos look great, they have good colours and details level. And not only those taken during the day. Nigh time photos look good as well. However, when we will zoom into particular parts of photos and view files in the 100% size, we can clearly see that the noise level is high. Photos have poor level of details and they do not have a quality as should be expected from a model that costs almost 800 euro. I have written it in the review of Xperia XZ2 and I can repeat it for XZ3 - when it comes to photography, this smartphone gives way to flagships from the competition.
At the front there is a 13-megapixel camera with an f/1.9 aperture, which provides the bokeh effect and different beautifying modes. It works really good and where there is not enough light we can use the display to light our face.
Xperia records super slow motion in 960 frames per second, both in HD and in FHD. It offers 32x slowdown of the captured scene, however the recording time of 0.1 second will not be enough in every situation, there is no auto mode that could detect movements on its own. It requires a good lighting – otherwise the video will have a lot of noises. I will add that there is a possibility to record videos in 4K in HDR. This is a unique feature of Sony’s smartphones and I must admit that effects look decently – images are full of colours and details, they are smooth and sharp. However in order to use the image stabilization, we need to lower the quality to FullHD. These effects can be seen below:
|Sony Xperia XZ3 - FullHD sample videos
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|Sony Xperia XZ3 - 4K sample video
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