The Sony Xperia C is equipped with an 8 megapixel camera that can produce still shots with a maximum resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels.
The camera interface consists of two panes and is unified with the camcorder one - you can start snapping away or shoot a video without the need to change modes. The right one holds four virtual buttons - a shortcut to the gallery, video and still shot shutter keys, and a primary/secondary camera toggle.
On the left you get the shooting mode selection key in the top corner, followed by three customizable shortcuts. The final shortcut here opens the drawer with all available settings for the given shooting mode.
Naturally, the Sony Xperia C camera offers all kinds of features, including HDR mode, Sweep panorama face detection, geo-tagging and touch capture. Scenes and picture effects are available too. The effects split the screen into nine segments and show a live preview of each of the nine effects, but it's a little laggy.
There's also the home-baked quick launch mode, which lets you select what the camera shortcut on the lockscreen does. You can go for simply launching the camera in either still or movie mode, or you can set it to immediately snap a photo/start capturing video.
This might come in handy for those occasions when you are worried that you might miss a shot, but it is also useful for when you don't want to waste your battery keeping the camera interface constantly going (it's a real battery hog).
The image quality of the Sony Xperia C photos is decent, if unspectacular. The dynamic range is low and the photos often have their highlights blown. Colors are good and the white balance is right most of the time. The resolved detail isn't that great for an 8MP camera, but it will do for most of the people anyways.
HDR mode is available too, helping you bring extra dynamic range to both the shadows and highlight areas of your shot. It captures even less find detail though.
The Sony Xperia C goes into our photo compare tool in the category of 8MP. It does OK on the charts and the resolved detail in close range is definitely better.
The Sony Xperia C is capable of capturing 1080p video footage at steady 30fps. You can also capture 2MP stills white capturing videos.
The video bitrate of 17-18Mbps with stereo sound recording with a bitrate of 132 Kbps and 48 kHz audio sampling rate.
The end results are pretty good and definitely better than we expected. There's enough fine detail, but things look a little pixelated (this could be the effect of poor image sampling). There is lots of noise too. This time around the continuous auto-focus behave well and won't be bothering you as on other Xperia phones. Here's a sample for you.
And here's a 1080p@30fps sample for direct download.
The Sony Xperia C enters our video comparison tool database. See how it does against some popular 1080p sharpshooters.