Sony Xperia 10 IV review: a compact and durable smartphone

Sony Xperia 10 IV review: a compact and durable smartphone


The Xperia 10 IV largely retains the photo block of the Xperia 10 III. It is therefore equipped with a trio of modules, the first being equipped with a 12 megapixel sensor and wide-angle optics (f / 1.8). The other two, 8 megapixels each, are associated with ultra-wide-angle optics and a telephoto lens (each f / 2.2).

Main module: 12 MP, f/1.8, eq. 27mm

Sony tends to practice soft software processing, and that’s especially the case here. Faced with a Pixel 5a for example, there is less sharpness, but perhaps a little more natural. Anyway, part of the textures disappears due to significant smoothing: the shots are pleasant, but the possibilities of cropping are limited.

Google Pixel 6a (f/1.7, eq. 27 mm, ISO 56, 1/121 s)

Sony Xperia 10 IV

On the other hand, the exercise of night photography is much more problematic. Textures are fully smoothed, colors are desaturated, but the overall image is seamless.

Google Pixel 6a (f/1.7, 27mm eq., ISO 1463, 1/17 sec)

Sony Xperia 10 IV

Ultra-wide-angle module: 8 Mpx, f/2.2, eq. 16mm

Rather classic in the ultra-wide-angle radius, the Xperia 10 IV uses an 8-megapixel sensor associated with optics opening at f / 2.2. However, it seems that the hardware is not sufficiently supported by the software, as our images illustrate. Only the center of the image benefits from correct sharpness, when the periphery is completely blurred. But even at best, the image is far too smooth to be really usable.

Oppo Find X5 Lite (8 Mpx, f/2.2, eq. 15 mm, ISO 288, 1/100 s)

Sony Xperia 10 IV: a compact and durable smartphone

The finding worsens at night, when almost all the details of our scene disappear. In comparison, the processing operated by Oppo lacks accuracy, but it allows to restore part of the information of the image.

Oppo Find X5 Lite

Sony Xperia 10 IV (8 Mpx, f/2.2, eq. 16 mm, ISO 1178, 1/8 s)

Telephoto module: 8 MP, f/2.2, eq. 54mm

One of the great merits of this Xperia 10 IV is to offer versatility in terms of image capture that is relatively rare in its price segment. This is evidenced by its module with telephoto lens (52 mm equivalent), therefore allowing 2x magnification. By day, it does quite well, despite obvious smoothing and accentuated contrast. But at night, the details are unfortunately crushed. It should be noted, however, that at equal definition, the telephoto module does much better than the ultra wide-angle.

Sony Xperia 10 IV (1/8 sec, ISO 1156)

Sony Xperia 10 IV (1/50 sec, ISO 58)

Front module, portrait and video mode

The Xperia 10 IV takes over from the Xperia 10 III its 8-megapixel front sensor associated with wide-angle optics (f / 2). It produces shots that are not very detailed and sometimes struggle to manage the exposure of the scene. A portrait mode is associated with it: pay attention to the settings, the smartphone immediately applying a filter supposed to embellish the faces, but in fact, blurring them.

As far as video is concerned, the smartphone is content to film in 1080p at 30 fps, where most of its competitors offer 4K. This is all the more regrettable since the Xperia 10 III itself offered 4K.

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