The Xperia mini pro boasts a 5 megapixel snapper with a single LED flash. There is a handy dedicated shutter key too.
The user interface of the Xperia mini pro’s camera is quite intuitive. You have a bar with five shortcuts to popular features on the right, a bar with the latest captured images on the left and still camera/camcorder switch at the bottom. You can hide or expand both bars with swiping gestures.
The five most used shortcuts allow you to change the capturing mode, resolution, to pick a scene, turn on flash and switch to the front-facing camera.
Upon pressing the menu key (or dragging the left bar to the right side) you get some extra customizable options like focus mode, touch capture, white balance, geo tagging and image stabilization. The Xperia mini pro also boasts face detection and smile shot.
The image quality is good, but it could have been much better. There’s enough of fine detail in the Xperia mini pro shots and the color rendering is good, but the noise levels are too high and in some places you can observe the so-called staircase effect. We already saw quite similar camera samples in the Xperia Neo fella. We really hoped for better than that.
We’ve also added the Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro to the database of our Photo Compare Tool. The Tool’s page has a quick how to guide and also what to look for.
You can clearly see from the comparison tool that the shots are pretty much identical with Neo's samples and fall behind other 5 megapixel snappers.
HD video recording is turning as a hot feature recently and the Xperia mini pro is doing relatively well with the framerate. It’s 30fps and quite steady too. As some previous Xperia devices, the mini pro also captures few duplicated frames, but not that much to ruin the video.
The Xperia mini pro camcorder supports continuous autofocus. Its approach is the same as on the Xperia X10, Arc, Neo, etc: it may take a few seconds to refocus after you reframe instead of fast and constant re-focusing. It’s certainly the approach we prefer.
The videos run smooth, but the captured detail is low and there's purple fringing on most high-contrasty edges. On the positive side, the color rendering is spot on. The HD samples look good on the small display, but they are not that great on a bigger screen.
Check out the 720p sample that we captured with the Xperia mini pro.
Here is another one that we uploaded on YouTube for your convenience.
We added the Xperia mini pro samples to our Video Compare Tool database too and put it head to head with the other 720p mobile camcorders we have tested.
The lack of fine detail is evident when compared to competing products plus there's an obvious pinkish spot in the center of the frame. Sony Ericsson's own Xperia Neo seems to produce better results than the Xperia mini pro.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro has the full set of connectivity options: quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and tri-band HSPA with download rates of up to 7.2 Mbps and upload at 5.76 Mbps.
It offers Wi-Fi (b/g/n) with DLNA support, USB v2.0 and Bluetooth 2.1. If you want to use the phone for DLNA, you should use the dedicated Connected Devices application.
The inbuilt storage is 400MB only, though additional storage can be added with a microSD card. The phone ships with a 2GB memory card, which has only 750MB of free space.
The standard 3.5mm audio jack completes the connectivity tally.