Sony announces the Xperia C3, a fully-optimised phone for selfies with new ‘PROselfie cam’ and selfie apps
Ever since camera became a standard feature in phones, manufacturers have been trying to outdo one another in delivering better photographic experience. Sony has always been one of the leaders in this field, and no wonder, since one of the company’s branches specializes in cameras or more generally photographic equipment. Sony’s Exmor sensor is a legend among mobile photography enthusiasts and the company has just announced the Xperia C3, a fully-optimized phone for selfies with new ‘PROselfie cam’ and selfie apps.
Sony Xperia C3 – World’s best selfie phone?
While mobile photography is much older than smartphones, the whole selfie business is a pretty new invention. Focus on self-portraits is especially strong in Asia and this is where Sony’s new phone will be available first. The Xperia C3 will begin its journey in August in China and shortly after that will start visiting other markets.
If we were to focus only on the size of the sensor, the handset’s 5-megapixel user-facing camera would be on par with the HTC One M8, but there is much more to the Xperia C3 that just the resolution of the front snapper. The camera has wide-angle 80-degree field of view which will allow you to register not only your face but also the surroundings and thanks to a “soft” LED flash you will be able to do so also at night. When you get tired of snapping photos of yourself, you can switch to the 8-megapixel main camera which offers Sony Exmor RS sensor with auto focus, 1080p video capture and HDR photos/video.
To make photographic experience even more worthwhile, the Xperia C3 comes pre-loaded with a bunch of camera-centric apps and functions. For example, Superior Auto mode automatically adjusts the setting based on conditions such as light to produce the best photo possible. Portrait Retouch v.2 allows you to enhance your selfies in real-time by offering DECO frame options, magic eye beam effects and a choice of 10 different beauty styles. Timeshift-burst snaps 31 frames in just 2 seconds and Sweep Panorama takes a panoramic photo by just sweeping the camera.
Take the camera away and the Xperia C3 becomes a typical mid-ranger with a set of spec standard for its class. The phone packs a 5.5-inch Triluminous Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 display with 720 x 1280 resolution, which translates to a pixel density of 267 ppi, and is powered by a quad-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon processor with Adreno 305 GPU. Other features of the handset include 1 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal memory, microSD slot for storage expansion, 2,500 mAh battery, Bluetooth 4.0 and Android 4.4 KitKat. The phone will be available in black, white and mint color options.
The Xperia C3 will be one of the best alternatives for selfie-loving users, at least when you take into account the devices offered outside of Asia. There are a few manufacturers who put 8-megapixel or even 13-megapixel sensors in their phones, but they are next to impossible to buy in the US. The Xperia C3 will fill the void that is starting to become more apparent as the selfie craze sweeps across the world. Pricing remains unknown for now, but given the handset’s mid-range status, it shouldn’t be too heavy on your wallet.