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Mediocre at best: DxOMark takes issue with the rear and selfie cameras in the Sony Xperia 1

Sony Xperia 1: Midrange triple and selfie cameras according to DxOMark (Image source: DxOMark)
Sony Xperia 1: Midrange triple and selfie cameras according to DxOMark (Image source: DxOMark)
The camera benchmark website DxOMark has just released its in-depth analysis and extensive review of the rear-facing and selfie cameras in the Xperia 1, and it is not good news for Sony fans. As we discovered in our recent review, the Xperia 1 has sub-par cameras for a modern flagship.

Sony aimed high with the Xperia 1, with it using its 21:9 aspect ratio display to distinguish it from other flagships. However, while the Xperia 1 has an excellent display, its cameras underwhelmed during our tests. Now, DxOMark has drawn a similar conclusion, having performed extensive camera tests and analysis. In short, the cameras in the almost US$1,000 Xperia 1 fall well short of other comparably priced flagships.

While the Xperia 1 has triple rear-facing cameras like many other flagships, DxOMark found them severely lacking in its standardised tests. Likewise, it found comparable issues with the 8 MP and f/2.0 front-facing camera with which Sony equipped the Xperia 1.

The differences in image quality become clearer when comparing the Xperia 1 against other modern flagships too. While there have been questions around the impartiality of DxOMark, the rear-facing cameras in the Xperia 1 score more than 20 points fewer than the Galaxy Note 10+, which we are currently reviewing. Moreover, DxOMark gives the front-facing camera in the Xperia 1 78 points, putting it on par with the Google Pixel 2 and well behind the Pixel 3, Galaxy Note 9 and even the OnePlus 7 Pro.

Setting your questions about DxOMark aside, it is incomprehensible that Sony has equipped the Xperia 1 with worse camera sensors than the Sony sensors that its competitors use. Surely the IMX586 would have been a better choice? Go figure.

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(Image source: DxOMark)
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Alex Alderson, 2019-08-30 (Update: 2019-08-30)
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Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.