Sony Xperia 1 vs Galaxy S10 Plus Camera Test Comparison

– What's up guys? Saf here on SuperSaf TV, and welcome to another SuperSaf
style camera comparison, this time between the Sony Xperia 1 and the Samsung Galaxy S10+, the most requested on
the channel recently, so a thumbs up for that
will be appreciated. In the usual format, we'll be looking at front, rear facing cameras, images, video, low-light,
all of the good stuff. And right now we're starting off with the front facing cameras. We're gonna have 4K on the S10+, which is capable of. We are at 1080p on the Xperia 1. So, you can have a look. Got a lot of light coming
from the background, so this should test out the
dynamic range quite well. Before we test our stabilization, we are going to switch to 1080p to make it fair on both the devices.

Right, now at 1080p from both devices. Also, I've got to say, look
out for the audio icon. so you'll know which device
the audio is coming from. Let's go ahead and
initially start with a walk. Now let's go ahead and run. (footsteps running) Now we've switched the rear facing cameras performing at 4K. Let's go ahead and test
out the stabilization. (footsteps running) Now what we'll do is see the different angles of view. So, we'll try to zoom
into those ducks there. Both devices can do up to
two times optical zoom. Let's see if we can go into
the wide angle as well. Right so we can't actually
go on to the ultra wide with the Xperia 1. That's an option that's not
available unfortunately. We can go film with ultra wide. You can see that we are getting a lot more into our shots on the S10+. That's interesting. We've just switched to
1080p on both devices.

This is just to test
out the stabilization. Stabilization is usually better at 1080. (footsteps running) (lighter clicks) Now just testing the
autofocus on the Xperia 1. It's okay, not super fast. Same test on the S10+ and it's noticeably faster. That was the video. Now before we move on to images, let's have a quick look at
what we're working with here. For the rear-facing cameras, we have a very similar triple
rear-facing camera setup with a primary camera, a telephoto camera that's gonna give us
two times optical zoom, as well as an ultra wide.

Now the S10+ plus does have
a slightly higher resolution for the ultra wide and the primary camera also has a variable aperture,
where it's gonna switch depending on the light in your scene. And for the front-facing cameras, the S10+ does have two
front-facing cameras. The secondary camera is gonna
help with depth information for the selfie portrait mode. Now all images that you see have been taken on automatic and that is to keep things as fair as possible. They do both have pro modes, which we'll talk about a little bit later. Starting off with some images outdoors of these flowers, both
doing really good overall. Lots of detail especially if you look towards the middle of this flower. The S10+ a little bit
more vibrant, I would say, if you look at those greens, but overall both are doing a good job. Now I did have to tap
the focus on the Xperia 1 and that's because it just would not focus on the flower automatically. So, I did have to tap to do that just to mention that there
and keep things fair.

Now moving on here's an outdoor wide shot. We are shooting into direct sunlight, so looking at the dynamic
range, I do once again think that the S10+ is slightly better. You do have more details in those shadows. Once again a little bit more vibrant. You may or may not prefer that. Now testing up the ultra wide and there is a big difference
between these two images. Firstly S10+ much better dynamic range if you look towards the shadow areas. The S10+ has much better
maintained those shadows. Once again it is a lot
more vibrant compared to the Xperia 1 and the
Xperia 1 is slightly wider compared to the S10+. If you look towards the bottom, we actually got the side
of my finger in as well. So, it is very very wide
which you might like.

Now I wanted to test out the optical zoom. So, I went in front of this sign to see how close we could get to it. Here on the primary camera, once again dynamic range
easily goes to the S10+. There's a lot of blown
out clouds on the Xperia 1 and if we do use the telephoto camera, I think in terms of zoom, both are on par, but once again dynamic range, the S10+ wins here. The Xperia 1 is blowing
out those highlights in those clouds. Right now testing out the portrait mode of both devices here both
seem to be doing a decent job but the S10+ is definitely better. If you look towards my glasses, those edges have been maintained better as well as the area in between my arm and the dynamic range once again is better on the Samsung. If you look towards the background, you can still see some
of that blue in the sky, whereas that has been
blown out on the Sony. Now I was wearing a cap in this picture, which would probably make
it a little bit easier to cut around, so I
thought I'll take it off.

And here in this image you can see that the Sony is really struggling. My hair is now all a blur. It's actually now missed
out a lot of chunks in between my arms, whereas the Samsung is doing much better here. And I thought I'd do one last test for portrait mode. And again it's obvious here that dynamic range better on the S10+ and edge detection so much better. The Xperia seems to have
completely ignored the section in between my arms,
whereas the Samsung has taken care of that. And around my face and ears as well, the Sony has really struggled whereas the Samsung has
done a much better job. So, when it comes to portrait mode, the Samsung clearly winning here. Right, now I thought I'd go
into some more challenging lighting situations, so here
is a chocolate fudge cake, which was absolutely delicious.

And the S10+ maintaining a lot more detail in those shadows. It has become a very, very dark towards that chocolate
cake area on the Sony. And then I went and took
a picture of this light. Sony has blown it out. So, dynamic range it really does not seem to be on point on the Sony. The Samsung it's actually exposed it very, very well. Moving on to low-light. So, here's a shot that I
took on auto on both devices. The Samsung much brighter has maintained a lot more
detail in those darker areas and it doesn't stop there, because on the S10+, if
you've got the Exynos version anyway, the new update
does allow night mode, which lets in a lot more light, and here you can see that
it's night and day difference. The Samsung looks like it's
almost been taken in daylight which is very interesting.

When I took another shot in low-light, here once again the S10+
doing so much better. The Xperia 1 is struggling
to even keep focus on this sign, wheres the S10+
has absolutely no problem. Once again if you do use
the night mode on the S10+, we're gonna get a much brighter image. Final test in low light. S10+ again much better. The Xperia 1 has a bit
of a green tint to it, and it's not as bright as the S10+, and once again if you
do use that night mode, then it really does brighten
up the image quite a bit and it's a much much better image compared to the Xperia 1.

Now let's have a look at some selfies. So, this is a selfie taken in good light. Both actually doing a really good job. The Xperia 1 is slightly wider, compared to the S10+ but generally speaking, I like the colors on both of these. The sharpness is also on
point of both of these. So, I'll call this one a bit of a draw. Now I wanted to test that dynamic range. So, I went in front of the sunlight and here the Sony is
actually doing a better job. It's done a good job of
balancing the foreground as well as the background and
everything is well exposed, whereas the S10+ is
struggling a little bit, although the background
seems to be well exposed, I am a very very dark
here in the foreground. Now testing out some portrait selfies. The Xperia 1 is struggling a lot here. Firstly the dynamic range
that we talked about in the previous shot has completely gone out the window here. The sky is now overexposed. And the edge detection is very, very bad towards my jacket as well as my face.

I know a lot of you guys gonna say it's because of the sunglasses
that this has happened, but the S10+ has done a great job. Edge detection is on point. Yes that's gonna be partly thanks to that secondary front-facing camera, but dynamic range as well is on point. It's not blown anything
out like the Xperia 1 has. Now just to make things fair, I did take my sunglasses off, and I took these shots here. Once again the S10+
doing much better here. The Xperia 1 struggling
with dynamic range.

It looks like as soon as you put on that portrait selfie,
then HDR is just non-existent and the edge detection is also really bad. If you look towards my arm, you can see that there's lots of defects. My ears bled, and it's just nowhere near as good as what we've got in the S10+. Now some low-light selfies. The S10+ is a little bit brighter. The Xperia 1 it's got a bit of a tint to it. It's a gone a bit too warm for my liking. So, I do prefer the S10+ here. However if you do use
the front-facing flash, then I do prefer the Xperia 1. The S10+ does have more noise, and it has washed things out a little bit. and there we have it guys. I don't know what to say. You guys know that I'm completely honest and unbiased in my videos. And I have to be completely honest with the Xperia 1 and say
that I'm very disappointed with the results. You guys all have the results. I've also spoken to a lot
of my YouTuber friends, who've been using the Xperia 1 and they've had a very,
very similar experience.

I mean if you look at all
of the different tests, the S10+ just performed better, whether that was dynamic range, low-light, portrait mode, video from the front as well as the rear facing cameras. I think the only area where the Xperia 1 was better was when it
came to dynamic range from the front-facing
camera for regular shots. Not portrait mode shots. Just regular shots. Now both devices do support HDR video. I couldn't do that for this test because the rest of the
video isn't shot in HDR and you need an HDR display for it too. And the Sony does have
manual control over video using the Cinema Pro app. This is something that
you don't have available on the S10+, so if you are somebody who wants to manually
go and configure things, then the Sony might be an
interesting option for you but when it comes to
shooting the camera as it is, which most people do then the
S10+ is the clear winner here.

Now as I was saying, I
did have lots of hopes for the Xperia 1, but
it seems like Sony keep making the same mistakes
over and over again. They actually make amazing hardware. If you look at the S10+, if
you look at the iPhone 10S Max if you look at any flagship
smartphone out there, it's most likely gonna
be using a Sony sensor. Sony make the best sensors out there.

They also make amazing cameras. I use the Sony a7 III on a regular basis, but hardware is just half of the picture. You do need to have a
good software processing to go along with it. Google is the perfect example. Look at the Google Pixels. They might have just regular hardware, but when it comes to
the software processing, they do an amazing, amazing job. And this is where the Sony
Xperia 1 is definitely failing. Maybe more than what we
had in previous years.

So, the Sony Xperia team
if you're watching this, then please improve the software
processing on your devices. This is something that so
many of the manufacturers are doing really well now. Look at the S10+, look
at the iPhone XS Max. Look at the Google Pixels. Have a look at what all
these other guys are doing and try to also bring that
to your Xperia devices, but as it stands right now, I can't recommend the Xperia
1 based on its cameras. Maybe we'll see some
improvements with software. We'll have to wait and see, but right now I'm pretty
disappointed to be honest. That's what I think anyway. What do you guys think? Definitely drop me a comment below and let me know your thoughts. If you want to see lots of images from lots of different devices, then do give me a follow on Instagram. I'm at @SuperSaf. I hope you enjoyed this
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Sony Xperia 1 review: a tall order

The thing that I like about Android is there can be so many
different kinds of phones, just a lot of weird choices. But lately, it seems like
there are really only two choices, at least in terms of screen size. There's regular and there's extra large, which is why I was so excited
to try this phone right here, the Sony Xperia 1. I mean, just look at this good tall boy. It's got a 21:9 aspect ratio, which makes it relatively
narrow and super, well, tall. I think it's a fascinating phone, and it's way nicer than
I expected it to be. But I don't think it can
really justify its $950 price. Let me tell you why. Now, a lot of people would
like to have a big-screened phone, but they're put off by
how big these phones feel.

And that's the reason I like the Xperia 1. It has a big screen, there
is no doubt about it. It's 6.5 inches. But it's quite a bit narrower
than this OnePlus 7 Pro here. So you get the benefits of
seeing more stuff on your screen, like on the web or on Twitter, without the drawback of
feeling like you have a big honking glass slab you can barely wrap your fingers around. This phone is also really good if you like to do split-screen apps, which… I don’t know, I guess
people still do that. I never do. Anyway, it's nicer to hold, but that doesn't make
it a one-handed phone by any stretch of the imagination.

You're still going to need
to use your second hand to reach the top of the screen. Sony has a couple of
software tricks that help with how tall this phone is, but neither of them are great. You can double tap the home button to make a smaller version of the screen. Or there's this other thing with… Er, wow. What are you
doing there, Chuckles? Huh. Sorry, let's back up. Or you're supposed to be able to tap either side of the screen or swipe on it to do other stuff. It's called Side Sense,
and it kind of sucks. I can never get it to
work when I want it to, and it pops up all of the time when I don't want it to.

Now the reason that Sony
says it made this phone at this weird, tall aspect ratio is for watching movies, and Sony says that it
has a 4K HDR OLED screen. It also has, quote, “professional
level color reproduction.” So it can be in the DCI-P3 color gamut. It can also be in the BT.2020 color space if you care about that. And it has the D65 white point. There's this whole “Creator Mode” thing. Basically, Sony is
trying to make this phone appeal to people who really
care about video quality, both watching it and recording it. But Sony, the thing is, if you're going to do that, this screen should get way brighter. It is way more dim compared
to other OLED screens. Anyway, yeah, I will say
watching a 21:9 movie on this phone with its Dolby
stuff, without letterboxing or weird camera cutouts, is great. But the truth is that most
of the video that I watch is not 21:9.

It’s stuff on YouTube, and so I still end up
having big black bars on the left or the right. Or, if I expand it full screen, I end up cutting off people's heads. Now, I do think this phone is pretty good from a build quality perspective. It's got Gorilla Glass and IP68. It's got some bezels,
but they're not too big, and it's just nice to hold. But, you know, of course
there's no headphone jack. But there's no getting around how it being this tall
makes it really awkward. It's so tall, it couldn't
fit in my pocket. I was sitting down, and it just slid right out of my pocket and clattered on the concrete, which is why there are dings on the edges of the
phone on our review unit, which is sad. The buttons are also awkward.

They're all on the right side of the phone and, I don’t know, the fingerprint sensor is separate from the power
button for some reason. And sometimes it gets a little dirty and you have to wipe it off
before it will actually work. I do like that there is
a dedicated camera button. But overall, when I'm
trying to use this phone, I just end up hitting the wrong button, like, all of the time.

On the back, there are
three 12-megapixel cameras. There's a regular, a 2X
telephoto, and a wide. Sony put some nice optical
image stabilization on the main lens, and you know what? Finally, Sony has made
a phone with a camera that's pretty good. It's not quite as good as a Pixel 3 or a OnePlus 7 Pro to my eyes, but it's finally respectable.

I do wish that the
telephoto was more than 2X, but the wide angle one, it's really fun. I kind of love it. But I don't love Sony's camera software. The wide angle thing makes you pick between prioritizing image
quality or distortion. The auto made doesn't do HDR by default, and there's just a bunch of other settings that just really look
and feel kind of silly. Anyway, let's get into the results of what I actually get
out of these lenses. I think that Sony
prefers leaving detail in, even though that also
leaves in a bunch of noise. It also doesn't do as
aggressive HDR as I would like unless you have to, you
know, manually turn it on.

But the thing that did surprise me is that even though there's
no dedicated night mode, sometimes it actually
really nails it anyway, even if it's incredibly dark. Now, you can shoot 4K, and
that's one of the reasons this phone exists. And so Sony also
included a Cinema Pro app that lets you really dial
in all these manual settings for shooting 4K video. Unfortunately, the 8-megapixel camera on the front is junk.

It's really not good. I don't know, man. If this phone didn't cost $950, I'd probably be a little
bit less nit-picky, but you know what? It does. So I am. In terms of software and performance, I actually don't have a ton of complaints. It's a fairly clean version of Android 9 with just a few bells and whistles. It has a Snapdragon 855 processor so it's fast, and there's 6GB of RAM, which is decent, but not stellar. I am a little bit grumpy that there's only one storage option:
128GB of storage. If you're going to want more, and especially if you're
going to want to shoot 4K, you're going to need to expand it. And you can because there's
a microSD card slot. Battery life is
average-ish for big phones. I'm getting over four hours of screen time, and it's lasting through a day, but there's only a 3,300mAh battery in here, and I kind of feel like that's not enough.

I would be happier with that if there was wireless
charging on this phone. But no, there's not. It does do fast charging, but one neat thing Sony does is it won't fast-charge when it knows that you’re charging overnight, which helps with the overall
life span of the battery, which means it should last longer, a year or two for now — at least in theory. Now, after all that, if you're still interested in this phone, you should also know
that Sony as a company has kind of been deemphasizing phones since it hasn't been
really successful with them in the past few years.

And that kind of makes sense, and I also think it makes sense for Sony to try something new and move into this niche
of making tall boys, like this guy right here. Now, of course, you can spend less money and get a better phone
like the OnePlus 7 Pro, but what you can't get is any other phone in this tall aspect ratio, so I like the idea of this form factor. I think that it should exist in
the world of Android phones. So I'm glad that Sony's
trying to make 21:9 happen. But I don't know that I'd
recommend this particular phone to anybody. If you really, really,
really love the tall screen or you really love what
Sony does with video, then maybe.

But there's no getting around the fact that this is an expensive phone. For $950, I expect more,
and you should, too. Hey, thank you for watching. Do you want a tall phone? Let me know in the comments below. Also, if you're wondering if
there are other tall phones, we did review the Xperia 10 last month. It's kind of the same idea but cheaper and also, it's really bad for a whole other set of reasons.

But if you want to see a
review of a good big phone, click here..

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