Sony Xperia TX’s 13 MP camera underperforms against Galaxy S3 and iPhone 5’s 8 MP shooters

December 11, 2012
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Despite being equipped with a dual-core processor when many of its competitors had quad-core power under their hoods, Sony’s Xperia TX (aka LT29i, aka T, aka TL) seemed to have at least one ace up its sleeve: the 13 MP rear-facing camera.

We know very well a snapper’s fineness is not determined (only) by its number of megapixels, but we all thought a 5 MP edge  would be enough for Sony to undercut the 8 MP shooters slapped on the backs of the Samsung Galaxy S3, HTC One X or iPhone 5.

Oh, how we were wrong! Not only did our own Dan Evans found the 13 MP camera to be underwhelming in his very comprehensive Xperia TX review from a while back, but we now have conclusive proof that some 8 MP shooters are better than this cam.

Chinese website dgtle.com took the TX’s shooter for a quick spin, comparing it with the 8 MP cameras of the iPhone 5, 4S, Xiaomi MI-2, Samsung Galaxy S3 and HTC One X. Unfortunately (for Sony), TX’s cam didn’t manage to win a single battle in a very extensive shoot-out, being at best average.

By far the most painful defeat has to be the one in shutter speed, where the TX should have theoretically come out on top by a mile. But not only the TX failed to win this battle, it even came last, because of the constant focusing and re-focusing after the blazingly fast two-second access of the camera app.

Now, it’s not all doom and gloom for Sony’s high-ender, because, let’s face it, most of the shots taken by dgtle.com look almost equally as sharp, bright and nice. Then again, if you were expecting Sony to blow its competition away, you might have some more waiting to do.

We’re going to let you now feast your eyes with some of the photos shot for this comparison and what we’d like to hear from you is who do you think comes out on top. We’re torn between the iPhone 5 and Galaxy S3, though some of the MI-2 pics look pretty darn good as well.

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