The Sony Xperia Z3+ comes with the same 20.7MP camera, that's become synonymous with the Z-series flagship. The lens has an f2.0 aperture and ISO can be pumped all the way up to 12800. It shoots at a maximum resolution of 5248 x 3936 pixels (20.7MP) in manual mode, or 3264 x 2448 (8MP) in Superior Auto. An LED flash is present to help you with some low-light photos.
The Xperia Z3+ also has a two stage hardware shutter key, that you can set up to unlock the phone and start the camera. It can also snap a photo or start capturing video immediately. The hardware shutter key is especially handy for underwater shooting, as on-screen controls tend to not respond well in those situations.
The camera interface is laid across two panes and is shared with the camcorder - you can snap a photo or shoot a video without changing modes most of the time. Depending on the shooting mode selected, the video shutter key may be replaced by a still/video mode toggle.
The pre-production unit we have with us is not running final software, so while we did shoot some of our usual test shots, we won't pass judgement until a retail device comes our way.
We kick off with camera samples, shot with the Xperia Z3+ in manual mode.
The Superior auto mode takes more of the shooting parameters in its own hands and limits resolution to 8MP.
We had an Xperia Z3 at our disposal and shot a few images for comparison.
The Xperia Z3+ has an HDR setting, and not a separate mode. It is only available in Manual mode, and in resolution up to 8MP.
The 5MP front camera shoots images up to 2,592 x 1,944 pixels in resolution and our office mouse posed for a sample.
The camcorder on the Xperia Z3+ shoots videos up to 2160p@30fps, but time constraints meant we only shot a standard issue 1080p@30fps sample, which you you can watch below.