Sony Xperia P review

A feature-packed mid-range Android smartphone

Sony Xperia P
The Sony Xperia P features NFC capabilities and an excellent HD camera

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Following on from the success of the stills half of the camera, the Sony Xperia P's rear-mounted camera also plays host to impressive 1080p Full HD video recording capabilities, with recordings of up to 30 frames per second handled with ease.

While this high frame rate and strong HD picture quality combine for strong video recordings that feature little motion blur, even when shooting challenging, fast-paced content, the camera's light management and continued focus abilities most impress on the Sony Xperia P.

Sony Xperia P

Transfer between areas of bright, natural light, through dark, streaking shadows and back into the light, and the smartphone's video camera handles the challenging transitions with ease, blending through the stark contrasts gracefully and with highly impressive results.

Although there is a smaller range of customisable features for the video abilities over the stills camera, users are still offered the chance to manually alter the white balance, chose from a selection of specific scene shooting modes as well as being able to lock the flash on to act as a light for desired content.

The VGA camera, meanwhile, captures low grade stills as well as unattractive, grainy, weak video content that is not a pretty sight, with ugly amounts of blur pairing up with undefined edges for an all-round sloppy performance.