Sony Xperia Z gets firmware update, improves camera quality

Tags: Sony, Android

Sony has just released a new firmware update for the Xperia Z flagship. It's still based on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, but brings quite a lot of improvements.

The most notable change is the improved camera quality. The Sony fans probably remember the Xperia Z burst samples had better processing than the ones captured in regular (Auto) mode.

Maj 10.1.1.A.1.253 (4.1.2) en cours de déploiement pour les Xperia Z "nus".Tue May 14 13:05:44 via TweetDeck

It seems Sony has tweaked the imaging algorithm and now the camera samples look much better.


Burst Mode • Normal Auto Mode
Samples courtesy of vainqueur from XDA Developers

Other changes include system performance improvements as well as re-calibrated screen colors and white balance settings. There's also a new Mini Apps icon, new keyboard skin, new design for some widgets, notification light on/off toggle, the soft. Finally the navigation keys background color has been changed to black from grey.

There is no official change log yet, so some other changes might be present. The update is available over the air and its version number is 10.1.1.A.1.253.

As usual the update roll out is gradual, so it may take a while before the new build reaches you.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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Sony Xperia Z gets firmware update, improves camera quality - reader comments

  • Ardy

So... are the issues with the post processing and heavy JPEG compression now solved with this firmware update? Or is it still troublesome. And if so, also for the ZR and ZL models, or only Z.

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  • 2013-08-16 12:38
  • mis7
  • Anonymous

Same thing happened to the Xperia SP sometime recently. Image quality is WAAAY better now. Feels like a different phone.

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  • 2013-06-29 06:16
  • vGkI
  • jono

Thanks guys in Aus for the info I'm with Kogan and haven't received the updates. I got one a long while ago over a month but not the good ones the .253 or .307. I'm using PC companion each day to check as well as OTA from the phone. Oh well hopefully...

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  • 2013-06-12 22:24
  • H3PG