Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro review

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Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro review
The definitive Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro review

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The Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro can record clips at up to 720p resolution, saving its output as MP4 format files.

Sony ericsson xperia mini pro review

The camera app doesn't have much at all in the way of options when recording clips, with the same selection of scenes on offer as when taking still shots.

What is welcome is a choice of auto-focus options, with the camera coming with Face Detection, Infinity and Single Auto Focus options.

And it's rather good. The app is fast and responsive when recording clips. The auto focus takes a second or two to adjust, but you may find that preferable to one that's too quick to respond and leaves you with clips that are constantly being adjusted.

Sony ericsson xperia mini pro review

There's a digital image stabilisation tool in here, a self-timer, manual white balance options and the option to toggle use of the touchscreen as a shutter button on and off.

There's no digital zoom when recording video, though, but you can select the LED flash to stay on permanently, as a little night time torch.

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Videos recorded at 720p resolution feature a solid frame rate, with our sample clips registering 29-30fps.

Detail isn't that great. Clips are pretty soft, with a kind of pastel blurriness.

Indoor footage under average light comes across as washed out, with the image over-saturated and lots of noise.

The Reality Display and Mobile Bravia Engine don't really bring any obvious benefits when viewing your clips on the Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro's screen.

The viewing angle is good and the phone plays back clips at a solid frame rate, but there's no noticeable improvement over what you see on the screens of similarly-sized smartphones.