Sony Xperia Z3 Compact (part VI):

Media: Video playback on the Xperia Z3 Compact is also extremely good thanks to the handset’s excellent screen, though you have to make do with 720p resolution, rather than the 1080p of the Xperia Z3. It also has a widget that can be placed on the home screen for quick access. Music playback through headphones and over the built-in speakers is very good, with Sony’s background in audio technology being put to good use. Overall, the Xperia Z3 Compact is an excellent device for media, with plenty of formats supported. You also get plenty of playback options as well, with the integrated Music and Movie Unlimited streaming services, along with DLNA support for in home streaming. One of the most important bullet points on the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact’s spec sheet is its camera. It comes with a 20.7MP camera, the same as the one found in the Xperia Z3. A high megapixel count doesn’t guarantee a good camera, however, and Sony has seen fit to back it up with a range of technology that it’s used in its digital compact cameras. This includes the Exmor RS sensor and an ISO rating of 12800, designed to drastically improve image quality in low light conditions. The lens is Sony’s own wide-angle G Lens, aimed at giving a wider frame for taking photos. Sony’s camera app comes with a host of tools and modes including a superior auto mode that optimizes the settings based on what sort of shot you’re taking. There’s a manual mode if you want more control over your shots, and it gives plenty of settings to tweak. The camera app comes with a number of diverting modes such as AR effects and face in mode. The face in mode takes photos both with the rear facing camera and the front facing camera at the same time, the idea being to capture your expression as you take a photo.

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It works fine, but there’s not much to it. AR Effects places animated objects into your photos for moderately amusing results. For example, you can conjure up a T-Rex to stomp around your friends as you take photos. It’s fun for a while, but the effects aren’t quite good enough to be anything more than a mildly diverting time waster. You can download more effects from the app store, and these range from the ok to the downright terrible. At least they’re free. The video camera of the Xperia X3 does a decent job of filming, and as with still photos, there are a number of effects you can add. Perhaps the best one is time lapse, which takes a sped up version of a film, which you can slow parts down to 120fps for ultra slow motion. It’s not really time lapse per se, but it works surprisingly well, and is quick and easy to use. The Xperia Z3 Compact is also capable of filming in 4K. When launching the 4K mode, a warning comes up saying that the Xperia’s temperature may rise, causing the app to close.

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