Review: Sony Ericsson Xperia Play – Part 4

I finally had a chance to try out the camera today. I took a trip to the zoo in Toronto’s High Park to try the still and video camera functions. First the stills, here’s a couple of sample snaps that I took:

The picture quality is actually quite good considering it’s “only” 5 megapixels. The colors are impressive and there’s very little if any noise in any of the photos. I have to say that it’s one of the better cameras that I’ve see on a smartphone lately. It crushes the camera in my Blackberry easily.

Now the video. Here’s a couple of examples of the video capabilities of the Xperia Play:

The video is filmed at 800×480. If that resolution sounds weird, it’s likely due to the fact that we live in a world of 720p video capable smartphones. Therefore 800×480 in this day and age is a #fail. I’m not sure what Sony Ericsson was thinking when they green lighted that feature. But they really should have given that a second thought. In any case, the results are pretty good despite that oversight. It was overcast today when I filmed this and the camera handled it well. The microphone picked up a ton of ambient sound as well which I was impressed with. If this smartphone had a higher resolution, this would be an outstanding phone when it comes to video.

Tomorrow, I’ll wrap up this review with my final thoughts.

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