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Sony Xperia Miro review

Sony's second budget handset in as many months - does it do enough to stand out?

Packing a 5MP sensor, the camera on the Sony Xperia Miro is about par for the course for a phone in this price bracket.

It's a fairly standard offering in terms of options too, with a handful of scene modes such as landscape, night and document.

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You can also change the white balance, metering and exposure value, turn the flash on or off, set up a self timer and set whether to tap to focus or autofocus.

It's not the most comprehensive set of options, but it should be enough for casual snappers. Changing the options is straightforward as well, and all the options are overlaid on top of the camera screen, so you can see changes as they happen.

Sony Xperia Miro review

More disappointing is how long it takes to actually take a photo. There's often a several second delay between pressing the button and the image actually being captured, which is annoying for a couple of reasons.

First off, if you're taking a lot of photos it will slow things down considerably and could get quite annoying.

Secondly, it limits the camera's usefulness for capturing a specific moment that might only last a few seconds - such as a bird in flight.

Once you do take a photo, you'll find that the quality is generally reasonable. It's nothing close to what you could achieve with an iPhone 5 or a Samsung Galaxy S3 of course, but those handsets both cost substantially more.

Compared to other handsets in its price range, such as the Sony Xperia U and the HTC Wildfire S, the Sony Xperia Miro holds its own on camera performance. It doesn't outperform them, but it doesn't get shown up either.

Ultimately it's a decent enough camera, but it won't be replacing your dedicated compact camera.

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Extreme close ups come out incredibly blurry, but pull back a little and the camera is capable of sharp, detail-rich images.

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Bright light inevitably washes out affected areas, but colours remain natural and it doesn't overly flood the image.

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Without a flash, dark rooms lack detail and display a substantial amount of noise.

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With flash, the same image is considerably brighter and displays more accurate colours. However, it still suffers from noise and lack of detail.

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Even with night mode activated, the Sony Xperia Miro's camera struggles to make much out in the dark.

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Document mode isn't always as crisp as we'd like, but small text is still perfectly readable.

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The camera on the Sony Xperia Miro struggles to pick out details on landscapes. Viewed on the phone they look great, but blowing them up yields disappointing results.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory4 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyEDGE, GPRS, HSDPA, HSUPA, UMTS
SAR Value0.87 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedYes
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyXPERIA miro
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported2
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameSony Mobile
Battery Talk Time5 Hour
Screen Size8.9 cm (3.5")
Screen Resolution320 x 480
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)110 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Maximum Video Resolution640 x 480
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Backlight TechnologyLED
Operating System VersionAndroid 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density165 ppi
Height113 mm
Width59.4 mm
Depth9.9 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time470 Hour
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product NameXPERIA miro Smartphone
Processor Speed800 MHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon
Product LineXPERIA miro
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass, Orientation Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor
Manufacturer Part Number1265-4055
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing Information

Stylishly colourful

The slim Xperia miro, powered by the latest version of the Android platform, Ice Cream Sandwich, comes in four stylish and eye-catching colours. Choose yours and start expressing yourself.

Full Facebook integration

Stay close to your mates. Share music, pics and laughs - Facebook features are integrated throughout the Xperia miro.

Unique illumination alerts

What's going on? Xperia miro's unique illuminations give you a heads-up. The light notifies you of incoming messages, Facebook updates and more. Choose light intervals and have it just the way you want it.