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Photo comparison of Xperia 5, Xperia 8, and Xperia 1: Machine translation

How different are the night views and portraits taken with each model?

Engadget JP (Machine translation), @Engadget_MT
2020年4月6日, 午前11:35 in sony
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This article is based on the Japanese version of Engadget and was created by machine translation.

If you're wondering which of the two Sony mobile phones to buy, Xperia 8 or Xperia 5? In this article, I'll focus on the camera (still image) and compare it to Xperia 1.


What's the difference between the Xperia 8 and the Xperia 5?

Xperia 5 and Xperia 8 Review▲From left to right: Xperia 1, Xperia 5, Xperia 8.

Here's a quick rundown of the differences between Xperia 8 and Xperia 5: Xperia 5 takes some of the goodness of the existing Xperia 1, and realizes a body size that is easier to fit in one hand. Xperia 8 is less expensive and less powerful than Xperia 1 and 5.

Xperia 5 and Xperia 8 Review▲Xperia 8 is easy to grip.

Also, Xperia 8 and Xperia 5 have different button placement, color variations, and basic performance. The only common feature is the long display with a 21: 9 ratio "Movies are easy to watch, wide and easy to hold".

Xperia 5 has super wide-angle mode, Xperia 8 has 21: 9 shooting mode

When talking about the Xperia camera, the first thing to notice is the number of lenses and the shutter button. First, I will explain the structure of the lens.

Xperia 5 and Xperia 8 Review
▲From left to right: Xperia 1, Xperia 5, Xperia 8.

The back of Xperia 5 is equipped with a 12 million pixel camera made up of "standard", "super-wide angle" and "optical double" while the Xperia 8 has two eyes with different number of pixels for "Standard" (12 million pixels) and "optical double" (8 million pixels).

I think Xperia 5 can cover the trendy super wide-angle. However, you cannot shoot in super wide-angle mode just by starting the camera. Once you launch the camera app, tap 'X1 (Standard)' 'X2 (telephoto)' and 'W (super wide angle)' in that order to take a picture in super wide-angle.

Below are some examples.

Gallery: Xperia 1 / 5 / 8 Standard (Compare landscape photos) | 3 Photos

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Gallery: Xperia 1 / 5 / 8 Telephoto (Compare landscape photos) | 3 Photos

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Gallery: Xperia 1 / 5 Super wide-angle (Compare landscape photos) | 2 Photos

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Of course, for some people, standard and telephoto are enough. But once you try the super-wide angle, you can't let it go. For example, it is useful for taking pictures of scenery or group pictures.

On Xperia 5, Eye AF which automatically focuses on the eye in front of the subject, and the AF/AE which has a following speed of up to 10 fps follow the camera performance of Xperia 1.

Xperia 5 and Xperia 8 Review▲Xperia 5 has a new feature that displays shooting advice.

In addition, Xperia 5 has a new function to display shooting advice in Photo mode and Manual mode. This feature lets you know before you shoot that your finger is in the frame or that you're out of focus. It also checks for blinking and camera shake immediately after taking a picture, and advises you to take a picture again.

Not only does it improve the camera's performance, but it's nice to have a nifty feature that assists these users.

So far, only Xperia 5 seems attractive, but there is actually a mode that only Xperia 8 has, not Xperia 5. You can shoot at a 21:9 aspect ratio.

Xperia 5 and Xperia 8 Review▲Xperia 8 can take photos at a 21:9 aspect ratio

Xperia 5 has three different photo aspect ratios 4:3, 16:9, 1:1. On Xperia 8, you can choose from 4 different 4:3, 16:9, 1:1, 21:9.

All photos taken with Xperia 1 and 5 have black bands on the screen. Of course, double-tapping will switch to full screen, but if you want to show your photos to your family or friends, it's better to have a beautiful picture that fills the screen.

Next, I will list some examples of food and night view.

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There was almost no difference between Xperia 1 and Xperia 5, and both of them took good pictures. On the other hand, Xperia 8's overall contrast is high, especially its bluish tinge, which unfortunately doesn't make you want to eat it. In terms of expressing more natural colors, the Xperia 1 and Xperia 5 are better.

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Next, regarding the night view, Xperia 5 is brighter and has clear details than Xperia 1. Xperia 8 is a little darker overall than these two models.

There is a difference even in the in-camera.

The rear camera has a lot of different features, but both models have the same five effects when taking selfies. The feature is already available on Xperia 1, Ace, and Xperia XZ3.

Bokeh effect: blurring the background
Soft skin: Smoothes human skin
Skin Brightness: Brightens and removes dullness
Enlarge eyes: make eyes bigger
Sharp face: thinning face contours

Xperia 5 and Xperia 8 Review▲You can also adjust the amount of background blur with the slider.

Then, how about the finish of the pictures taken without correction? In fact, the specifications of the three models, Xperia 1, Xperia 5 and Xperia 8, have the same effective pixel count as about 8-megapixel (f/2.0).

Xperia 5 and Xperia 8 Review▲Please understand that the angle of view is different.

It was cloudy with "The sun has softened with the autumn breeze.". With Xperia 8, I can't express the color and brightness of the jacket I was wearing. If the brightness is not enough, you can adjust it in manual mode. However, all three Xperia models have a habit of making the surroundings slightly darker, brightening the skin of the person, and trying to focus when they recognize the person. Depending on how you take it, you can take pretty good pictures with Xperia 8.


The Xperia 8 doesn't have a shutter key, and there is a power key that integrates a fingerprint sensor.

Xperia 5 and Xperia 8 Review
▲From top to bottom: Xperia 8, Xperia 5, Xperia 1

Xperia 5 and Xperia 8 Review▲The appeal of Xperia is that you hold it with one hand and take a picture with one hand.

After using Xperia 5 and 8 for a few days, one thing that bothered me was the lack of shutter keys on Xperia 8, rather than the camera's performance or the finish of the photo. When it comes to Xperia, the ease with which you can focus and take a picture with one hand is the most attractive feature. Of course, you can change the setting to assign the volume key to the shutter, but that's still a shame.

Xperia 5 and Xperia 8 Review
▲Xperia 8 on top and Xperia 5 on bottom

On the other hand, Xperia 8's good news is the return of power keys with integrated fingerprint sensors. For years, the fingerprint sensor on the side of the previous Xperia was also the power button. On Xperia 1 and 5, however, the fingerprint sensor and power key are placed separately, making it difficult to locate them with your fingers. I can give Xperia 8 credit for this.

Xperia 5 and Xperia 8 Review▲Xperia 8

In addition, all models of Xperia 1/5/8 have a fingerprint sensor and a power key placed almost in the center of the side, so it is easy to touch with your index finger or middle finger when you hold it with your left hand, and it is in the position where your thumb touches when you hold it with your right hand.


More advanced Xperia 5 or less expensive Xperia 8?

Sony Mobile's strategy for the Japanese market, which had been dominated by high-end handsets, has now been forced to introduce the Xperia, which is in the low-end price range, as three major mobile carriers have introduced separate plans.

Xperia 5 is sold by three major carriers and Xperia 8 is sold by the inexpensive brands of UQ and Y mobile in addition to au. At the online store of each company, the price of Xperia 5 is about 8 ~ 120000 yen and Xperia 8 is about 4 ~ 60000 yen.

If you want the camera performance equivalent to Xperia 1 or an organic EL display with good color, I recommend Xperia 5.

On the other hand, with the Xperia 8, the SoC "Snapdragon 630" is something that came with smartphones over two years ago, so it's hard to say that it's the latest. However, for everyday use, the affordable Xperia 8 is not lacking.

For reference, here is the specification table of Xperia 1/Xperia 5/Xperia 8.

Xperia 5 and Xperia 8 Review▲Xperia 1/Xperia 5/Xperia 8 spec comparison

This article is based on the Japanese version of Engadget and was created by machine translation. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.


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