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The coral reefs of Hilversum, testing the Sony Xperia Z – under water.

I’ve been here before, De Rifwachter in Hilversum has an astonishing collection of colorful fish and coral polyps. The first time I was there is quite some time ago: I visited the place to make shots with my Nokia 808 PureView I only had for a few weeks.

In Finding Nemo and Friends you’ll find the whole story – please don’t forget to check it if you didn’t do so already, I still love that post and I really think it’s worth your time. This is one shot from that post to inspire you.

Also, that post is way more “on topic” than this one in fact, since I will be showing a test with the Sony Xperia Z here. Why? Because I’m interested in new cameraphones in general, and I love to compare them with the ones offering PureView technology. And because I think the next PureView Lumia flagship should be waterproof too – like the Sony Xperia Z is.

Now I’ve read Nokia is in fact working on a waterproof new device already with a “nano-coated 2PI coating”. You’ll find that story on GSMarena, where they found the story on the Russian MobilTelefon. To be complete here is MyNokiaBlog’s comment on that story. So there is hope already! :-)

Waterproof
Sony has “waterproof ” as a unique selling point since the previous Xperia V and I think it’s extremely practical. Not only when you accidently drop it in a glass of beer (or worse), or when you’re calling outside and it starts to rain. Also, you can make underwater recordings with it – without any protective case that is – and that’s what I did today: not from behind the glass this time, but in the water itself.

If I would have lived in a region with coral reefs, I would have gladly made these recordings there. But this is second best I think: it gives you a good impression of what the Sony Xperia Z is capable of, and I’m happy to share it here also maybe to inspire Nokia even more to really think of adding this to their next flagship PureView Lumia (it never hurts to ask, right? :-)

One last thing: you’ll see recordings of three basins filled with salt water. After recording I cleaned my phone with clear tap water for about five minutes. You should do so too when you try anything like this in salt water, because the device may be waterproof, salt water will probably damage it if you don’t.

Here we go. Don’t forget to choose fullHD (1080p) if your connection is fast enough. And as I like to say:  enjoy! I hope Nokia is watching this as well.

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15 Responses

  1. Crystal clear

    Wow, so cool be able to shoot underwater video with a phone! If you love the underwater world, and have an android phone, check out realfishes live wallpapers http://tinyurl.com/d7bc5p6

  2. i suppose this phone has a sort of “look ma, i’m tweeting underwater!” appeal with the waterproofing. but despite reading about how gorgeous the device is, i can’t really feel myself getting excited about it from pictures and videos of it that i’ve seen. how is it in person?

    • Marc @PureViewClub

      Can’t really say much about the camera yet, really. Need to do some more tests. For that I need to get rid of the flu and better weather outside :-)

  3. rhishi

    Glad to know about underwater photography possibilities with a phone, hope this thing being incorporated in next pureview flagship. Again talking about compiting phones ones in a while is good idea. Keep it on.

  4. Techgeek

    Thank you for this video. It is interesting how long you can put the Xperia Z underwater without getting any damages. Wow… As the news came up that Nokia is looking forward to bring out a device thats also waterproofed.. i’m exited for the future. This is a PureView-Blog yes, but i appriciate it, that you test other smartphones too… Thats absolutely great, and i’m happy that this blog is not for Brain-Washed people..but for Nokia-lovers and Tech-Lovers who keep there eye not only on one brand. Keep the great job going on… Thank you.

  5. Marc @PureViewClub

    @Junnior_Reis

    Your agressive reaction surprises me. This is the first time in 690 (!) posts I’m paying attention to another brand. It’s a bit like having a blog on Mozart and someone is getting furious at me I’m posting something about the Beatles once.

    I’ve written in this post that it looks like Nokia is working on a waterproof smartphone – I’ve shared the sources. I wrote about the obvious advantages, and I can’t wait to compare a future waterproof Nokia Lumia with the Xperia Z or whatever new waterproof smartphone will be available at the time.

    You are mentioning the Motorola Defy. You could have mentioned the Panasonic Eluga as well, or the Samsung Galaxy XCover. There were some smartphones preceding the Xperia Z in being waterproof, true, but I’m quite sure the Xperia Z offers a much better camera.

    I will be doing more comparisons with the Nokia 808 PureView, Lumia 920 and Xperia Z – just to see how they perform. I will do the same as soon as I get my hands on the HTC One. It’s not PureView, but I just like to compare high-end smartphone cameras and I think it’s interesting for my readers as well.

    My interest in mobile photography made me start the PureViewClub in the first place, and I feel – when it’s simply impossible to make a direct comparison – I should be allowed to show what another smartphone camera appears to be capable of. As soon as a Nokia waterproof PureView Lumia hits the market, I’ll be glad to back to the local coral reefs once more.

    Remember: an open mind is a joy forever.

  6. Junnior_Reis

    PureViewClub = Technology Pureview = Nokia Devices !!!

    P.S: If I wanted to read or see some action on phone sony, would attend a forum Sony (Example: XperiaBlog.Net) !

    • Beatle

      On Xperiablog they post information also about Nokia products in comparison to Sony’s ones. Same as here. But in this case Pureviewclub couldn’t compare Sony’s waterproofness with Nokia, simply because there’s no such Nokia smartphone as of today. I see nothing wrong if Pureviewclub looks for everything innovative that Nokia could really incorporate in the products to be announced later this year.

      • Junnior_Reis

        Xperia Z is not innovative !

        Even the Motorola Defy account with this technology !

        Xperia Z is a mediocre cameraphone (Poor Lens, Tiny Image Sensor And Terrible Post Processing) !

        Here, I want to read and know about nokia devices and pureview !

        P.S: Lumia 720 is much more innovative which Xperia Z and little was said about him !

      • Techgeek

        i agree completely… nothing wrong about testing other brands!

    • Mimi

      I am happy to read about other companies products as well. Why shouldn’t I be? I don’t have blinders on, and I don’t wanna be one of those people who blindly follow one brand alone. There are enough iSheep around already.

      If you feel you would strictly Nokia blog, why don’t you create one? This way, you would be in full control of the content. (btw, I like the name “strictly Nokia”).

      BTW, interesting post by you, Marc. Personally, I would be too scared to take my precious multifunctional device under water, but … Why not!

  7. Junnior_Reis

    Test useless !

    I love cameraphones, but I love good cameraphones this is not the case in Xperia Z !

    If competition for cellular use, compare with Nokia smartphones !

    P.S: I hated !

  8. Beatle

    Not choral reefs, but coral reefs. Good video!