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Sony Announces the Xperia Z1, a Waterproof Smartphone with a 20MP Camera

By Michael Low & Alvin Soon - on 4 Sep 2013, 10:46pm

Sony Announces the Xperia Z1, a Waterproof Smartphone with a 20MP Camera

Sony has just announced the Xperia Z1, a waterproof Android smartphone with a 20MP camera.

The Z1 comes with a Sony G f/2 lens with a wide 27mm focal length, a large 1/2.3" CMOS image sensor which is the same size as those found in most digital compact cameras, and a Sony BIONZ image processing engine. To augment the camera, the smartphone comes pre-loaded with new Sony Xperia camera apps, and a 5" TriLuminous display to view those 20.7MP captures.

The Z1 features the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with 2.2 GHz quad-core CPUs, 4G LTE and a 3000 mAh battery. Like the Xperia Z, the Z1 is dust and water resistant.

The new Xperia camera apps include:

  • Social live: Broadcast video live from the Z1 to Facebook. Availability depends on region.
  • Info-eye: A visual search function which provides information on landmarks, and items like books or wine, simply by capturing the object with the camera.
  • Time-shift burst: Takes 61 images in 2 seconds in Full-HD resolution, a second before and after pressing the shutter.
  • AR effect: Overlays a selection of animations on photographs.

The new AR effect lets you overlay animations onto photographs.

The Sony Xperia Z1 will come in black, white and purple, and will be available globally from September 2013.