We’ll definitely have a full review of Sony’s latest and competitive Android offering on AT&T’s fast 4G LTE network up soon, and compare the Xperia’s performance against AT&T’s other leading handsets. In the meantime, we had a chance to take the Xperia Ion’s 12-megapixel camera with single LED flash out to test in Los Angeles, California, and the pictures appear great.
The resulting images did come out a bit on the warm side, and the performance of the LED flash appears bright, but not quite on the same level as some Nokia handsets with the power of Xenon flash.
The nice part about the camera is that you can activate and launch the camera even when the screen is turned off thanks to the hardware button. It takes a few seconds, but pressing and holding down the camera button will launch the camera from anywhere on the phone. For comparison, neither the HTC One X nor the Samsung Galaxy S III on AT&T have a hardware button to quickly access the camera.
Once activated, Sony is using the company’s camera expertise from the CyberShot series with a number of settings and scenes mode.
The resulting images that we took with the camera turned out slightly warm, though that’s not a bad thing. Images had a lot of character.