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Sony Xperia 10 II review: A smartphone with a stunning display

By Liu Hongzuo - 4 Jul 2020
Launch SRP: S$569

Cameras and Imaging Performance

All about the cameras

The triple camera configuration on the Sony Xperia 10 II’s rear is rather straightforward. There are three different lenses for three different shooting scenarios. Leading the pack is a 12MP primary camera with a 1/2.8-inch sensor and f/2.0 aperture, which on paper is ideal for taking portraitures. An 8MP telephoto camera follows it with 52mm focal length and f/2.4 aperture for zoomed-in shots. Finally, it also has an 8MP super-wide-angle camera with 120-degree field of view, and f/2.2 aperture for wide, landscape shooting. 

Both the main lens and super-wide-angle lens work just fine, as it cleverly switches between these two when you tap the Zoom icon just above your shutter button. However, the telephoto lens only fires up more reliably when you start Bokeh mode (artistic background blur), and not always when you’re zooming in beyond 2x zoom. So please don't mind that some zoom shots are from the main camera and some others are from the telephoto lens - we could only manage what the phone allowed.

That said, we’re also here for the image quality of the shots, so here’s are the sample images.

Primary camera shot. Seems to have a slight problem in handling bright and dark sections of a scene as observed with the blown-out highlights near the bottom of the image.

100% actual pixel size crop of the above image.

From our new 'lab reference' shot, you can tell that the main camera's aim is to be functional, with little in the way of enhancements. It needs a bit more work on handling contrast and brightness, but we can’t deny it handles colour nicely, plus it doesn’t quite leave out details entirely. You can still make out the blemishes on some of the fruits, for instance. As a whole, it’s an average performance for a mid-range smartphone (as compared to the outcome on high-end phones), even if it cuts a little close to the bare minimum of imaging performance for any modern phone.

Another primary lens shot for reference.

Close-up shot with main camera.

2x zoom using main camera.

One surprise is how well the primary camera handles close-ups. It’s not quite a macro shot, but it manages to retain details and colour even at 2x zoom (probably because this zoom shot used the main camera).

Main camera photo for comparison.

Super-wide-angle shot.

Main camera shot for comparison.

Super-wide-angle photo from the same spot.

10x zoom from the same position.

The super-wide-angle lens is obviously of a different quality when compared to the main lens - in fact, details are lost when you try to capture too much in one shot. The phone also doesn’t handle maximum zoom (10x digital) well since you can’t even make out the clay tiles of the roof sitting just below the supermarket logo. This is pretty much expected from a mid-range phone and one that can only handle digital zoom at that reach.

Main camera shot for comparison.

3x digital zoom on the telephoto camera.

That said, we still think the main lens is decent for standard shots and close-ups, which is satisfactory imaging performance for mid-range smartphones. Notably, this also means that camera photography is not a selling point of the Xperia 10 II, though it will suffice for general use.

  • Design 8
  • Features 7.5
  • User-Friendliness 6.5
  • Performance 5
  • Value 5.5
The Good
Amazing quality for its 1080p display
Practical features
IP68 dust and water resistance
3.5mm audio jack
Expandable storage available
The Bad
Iffy fingerprint sensor
Non-intuitive user experience
Average camera quality
Below-average performance (benchmark, real-world, battery life)
Mediocre loudspeaker
Unclear value for money