It's Underwater Love With The Sony Xperia Z1, A Masterpiece Machined From Metal

Australia has its new luxury smartphone. The Xperia Z1, successor to the Xperia Z, is again waterproof/dust-resistant while its gorgeous 5-inch (1080p; 441ppi ) display thrashes the iPhone -- aided by Sony’s Triluminous and X-Reality Engines for superior images and video. Another must-see: The Z1’s new 20.7MP camera paired with Sony’s award-winning G-Lens, BIONZ image processing and a revamped camera interface. Take a look.

The Xperia Z1 is now available in black, white and purple in-store and through Sony online. Telstra, Optus and Virgin Mobile also offer the Z1 on various plans.

The Xperia Z1 is fast. You get a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB RAM, 4G support, and Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean). 16GB memory is built-in (expandable up to 64GB via micro SD card), and the 3,050mAh battery is rated for up to 15 hours talk time.

Yet the real innovations for the Xperia Z1 (and its 6.4-inch Xperia Z1 Ultra sibling) come as Sony integrates more of its proven world-class technologies than ever before. This includes drawing on the very best of Sony’s camera expertise.

It all adds up to sharper, clearer, brighter images. What you expect from a Sony compact digital camera, only this time in a slim waterproof smartphone with an aluminium and durable tempered glass unibody design. In fact, the Z1 will survive up to 30 minutes at a depth of 1.5 metres.

An Intelligent Camera For Perfect Pictures

Capturing great photos shouldn't be hard. So the Xperia Z1 has a dedicated shutter button which even allows you to film underwater and with Sony's Superior Auto mode this ensures you always shoot at optimal settings.

Taking an action shot? Let BIONZ motion detection ensure you automatically capture blur-free images. Low light conditions? That’s where a combination of technologies kick in. The Xperia Z1 reduces picture noise while maintaining high resolution thanks to its bright F2.0 aperture G Lens, sensitive Exmor RS for mobile sensor and BIONZ image processing (in this case noise-reduction, pixel binning, fast focus).

All this happens automatically -- no need to fiddle around with complicated settings. The Z1 also stays sharp with 3x clear image zoom. The Aspherical G Lens, high resolution CMOS sensor and BIONZ By-pixel resolution processing takes you to tele-like 81mm optical zoom with clarity. Full 1080p video capture is also crisp– SteadyShot will compensate for your movements to ensure the outcome is gorgeously smooth and distortion free.

More Camera Tools

Four new Sony camera apps and features included with the Xperia Z1:

Timeshift-Burst: Never miss the right shot by capturing an amazing 61 frames in 2 seconds.

Social Live: Broadcast video live on Facebook and see comments from your friends onscreen as you film.

Info Eye: Snap a photo of a landmark and receive information about it right on your screen.

AR Effect: Overlay a selection of fun, customizable animations to create pictures using Sony's SmartARTM augmented reality technology.

The Xperia Z1 is now available in black, white and purple in-store and through Sony online. Telstra, Optus and Virgin Mobile also offer the Z1 on various plans.

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