“We put the two snappers of the Sony Xperia C3 to the test.”The Sony Xperia C3 (unboxing and first impressions) is part of a new breed of smartphones that are cater to a very specific requirement – the selfie. At a time when a smartphone’s front camera is being used more than its primary snapper, it’s no wonder that manufacturers are churning out new devices to take advantage of this trend. While it’s not uncommon to see high-resolution front shooters on smartphones, the 5MP secondary camera on the Xperia C3 has a little help in the form of a soft LED flash. Unlike the regular LED flash which often causes bleached skin tones and red eye, the soft flash is a gentler alternative that serves only to illuminate and highlight. The Xperia C3 also has an 8-megapixel primary camera, endowed with Sony’s Exmor RS BSI sensor. Will this deadly duo hit the bulls-eye? Let’s find out.
Close Up (Zoomed In)
Low Light (With Flash)
And now for the front camera. Despite being snapped in a brightly lit room, the image is still fairly noisy, and is lacking in sharpness. It’s also worth noting that since the front camera is fixed focus, blurry images are a frequent occurence.
Front Camera (With Flash)
With the soft LED flash, the camera has been able to capture skin tones well, and thus satisfies its primary purpose.
Even though the USP of the Xperia C3 is its front camera, at the end of our camera test it became evident that the primary shooter is the one that shines. It’s great for daylight, macro and landscape shots, with low light being its only weakness. The front camera on the other hand was a bit of a let down – primarily due to its fixed focus nature which doesn’t go a great job with capturing sharp images.
For more details on the camera performance, stay tuned for our full review, coming up soon.