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Review: Sony Ericsson Xperia Play

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The Xperia Play's shooter does an excellent job at taking pictures. In challenging shooting environments, with a full-force morning sun, it still managed to capture a lot of detail without letting the bright spots become completely blown out. Color representation and white balance were perfect in every shot. I noticed that exposure was off in one shot, but the rest were all good. My only complaint is that some of the images were a little soft with respect to focus, though most were nice and sharp. You'll gladly want to share the images you capture with the Xperia Play.

 

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Video

The Xperia Play shoots video at a maximum resolution of 800 x 480. That means no HD video for you, and that's a shame.

The quality of the video was not nearly as good as that of the camera. While color, exposure, and white balance all looked good, focus and clarity were way off. There's plenty of digital noise, and detail is lost throughout with the blocky appearance of the footage I capture. It's not terrible, and will surely get the job done in the pinch, but so many other Android phones can snag HD video that this is a bit of a let-down.

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