+ Wednesday January 22nd, 2020


When Sony launched the Z5 series at IFA, we saw an updated camera user interface that offered a few enhancements and easier access to some camera features. It didn’t actually make it into the shipping product though, until today when the update has been delivered by Sony’s own update manager.

Sony says they’ve focused on practicality with this update. The most obvious change in the new camera is support for a swipe action to change shooting modes between Manual, Superior Auto, Video and the selection of available Camera Apps. Previously this switch was hidden behind an extra tap so it’s nice to see it exposed with a new gesture.

There’s also a new look to the settings menus, and some of the more specialised options are now hidden away behind a “more” option. This is much simpler to use than Sony’s older three-tab menu where you were never quite sure where to find things.

The update landed on Ausdroid’s Xperia Z5 today, so shouldn’t be far away if you’ve acquired your own. Sony does say that timing and availability may vary by market and carrier, though. They haven’t specified whether the new app will go out to older devices, but if we were asked to place a bet our money would be on “Yes”.

How do you like Sony’s new camera app? Tell us in the comments!

Source: Sony Blog.

Jason Murray   Deputy Editor

Jason Murray

Before discovering the Nexus One, Jason thought he didn't need a smartphone. Now he can't bear to be without his Android phone. Jason hails from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane depending on his mood and how detailed a history you'd like. A web developer by day with an interest in consumer gadgets and electronics, he also enjoys reading comics and has a worryingly large collection of Transformers figures. He'd like to think he's a gamer, but his Wii has been in a box since he moved to Sydney, and his PlayStation Vita collection is quite lacking. Most mornings you'll find him tilting at various windmills on Twitter - follow @JM77 and say hi!

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It’s definitely quicker to launch the camera, but they took the colour and exposure sliders off the Auto interface, you now have to go into settings to get to them.

Geoff Fieldew
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I hope it comes to my Z3C too. The current UI isn’t particularly user friendly.

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