The #XperiaZ3 Project: 48 Hours of Shooting

 
Photograph/Aditya Nair

Photograph/Aditya Nair

Sony has attempted to fix the age old ‘Photographer Vs Camera Battery’ battle, that has been particularly hard on cellphone photographers, by equipping the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact with powerful batteries.

Bringing an end to our month long shoot with the Sony Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact we decided to try out Sony’s claim that the Z3’s 3100mAh Li-ion battery (the Z3 Compact has a 2600mAh battery) lasts up to two days on a single charge. This, despite having a large bright 5.2-inch Full HD LCD screen.

Additionally, we found that there are some other nifty features you can exploit to expand the battery life on the phones, even further.

Photograph/Aditya Nair

Photograph/Aditya Nair

Here are a few things you can try to extend the battery life with the Sony Xperia smartphones,

1. Stamina Mode: The Stamina Mode on the Sony mobile devices shut off all features except the most essential ones like SMS and calls.

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2. Launch and Capture: The Quick Launch option lets you shoot a picture as soon as you launch the camera. Thus, you don’t waste time waiting for the camera to start up and then have to separately take a picture.

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3. Dedicated Camera Button: The touchscreen drains most of a cellphone’s battery. Having a dedicated camera buttons helps as you will use less battery than if you were using the touch-to-shoot ability. Taking it a step further, Xperias allows you to program the volume button to act as a digital zoom or a shutter release as well.

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 And when you do finally run out of charge after all that shooting,

4. Quick Charge: Thanks to the quick charge technology, these Xperia smartphones can charge up to 60% in less than half an hour.

All of this is bound to come in handy especially when you want to exploit the Xperia’s great sensor or its 4k video capabilities.

Photograph/Aditya Nair

Photograph/Aditya Nair

If you have been following Better Photography’s #XperiaZ3 Project, you now know all the cool little features that we have become fans off. Don’t forget to read our review of both the Z3 and Z3 Compact, to see how they perform against all the other smartphones out there, which will be out in the December 2014 issue.

Tags: Android, battery life, Smartphone, Sony, touchscreen, xperia, Z3, Z3 Compact