Sony Xperia 5 III Assessment




The Sony Xperia 5 III follows on from final 12 months’s Xperia 5 II, but additionally brings most of the similar specs because the Sony Xperia 1 III however in a smaller and cheaper physique design. It was launched in April 2021, nevertheless it’s taken till September for it to truly come to market because of a wide range of totally different delays out there. Sony says that the digital camera on board the Xperia 5 III takes its inspiration from the corporate’s vary of well-performing and standard Alpha sequence of mirrorless fashions. On the rear of the digital camera is three totally different digital camera modules, providing ultra-wide, huge and telephoto optics. The “primary” (24mm, f/1.7) lens makes use of a bigger than common sensor, which Sony says makes it notably well-equipped for photographing in low mild. Though there’s solely three cameras, the telephoto lens affords twin lenses, supplying you with 70mm (f/2.3) and 105mm (f/2.8) so as to add to your choice. Lastly, there’s an extremely huge (16mm, f/2.2) lens as effectively. There’s numerous different photographic-related specs together with Eye AF for each people and animals, the power to shoot in uncooked format, 4K video recording, burst capturing and extra. We’ll undergo a few of these specs because the overview progresses. Different helpful options embody 5G connectivity, USB-C charging and a strong 4,500 mAh battery. The Xperia 5 III runs on the Android working system (the present model is 11). Though the Sony Xperia 5 III is designed to be a extra reasonably priced model of the corporate’s flagship choice, it’s nonetheless not a brilliant low cost smartphone. At present its retail worth is £899, and is that can be purchased in both black or inexperienced with 128GB of inbuilt reminiscence.

Ease of Use

In a market which is fairly dominated by massive “phablet” fashion smartphones, the Sony Xperia 5 III feels prefer it very a lot stands alone for being smaller and thinner than lots of its rivals. Certainly, it’s similar to its predecessor, the Xperia 5 II which used an nearly an identical design.

The result’s one thing which inserts properly into your pocket and is comfy to carry, however can look a little bit bit unusual compared to rivals. You additionally get much less display screen area for different facets of a cellphone expertise, corresponding to watching movies or taking a look at your pictures in playback.

That mentioned, it’s arguably neat and trendy, with the rounded edges giving it a really easy look. The black model we had been utilizing can be very glossy, with the shine being very pleasing to have a look at.

As we’ve seen earlier than with this line, and as we see with most different smartphones, your complete of the entrance of the cellphone is display screen solely. There’s no “notch” on the high of the display screen, however as an alternative there’s bezels on the high and backside of the display screen. The highest bezel homes the entrance going through digital camera, in addition to a set of audio system.

There are bodily buttons on the facet of the cellphone, which can be utilized to lock and unlock the display screen, modify the quantity and you probably have the native digital camera app open to work as a shutter launch button. There’s additionally a button which you should use to modify on or off the cellphone, which doubles as a fingerprint sensor too.

To open the native digital camera app, you merely swipe up from the underside proper hand nook of the lock display screen. As is widespread for Android telephones, the native app is sort of complicated and affords all kinds of various capturing choices. By default nevertheless, the native app opens in “Primary” mode, which is an efficient choice to make use of once you simply need to seize a fast snap or react to one thing occurring shortly in entrance of you.

In primary mode, you’ll have the ability to entry the 4 totally different focal lengths provided by the three totally different lenses. These are indicated by small circles with x0.7, x1.0, x2.9 and x4.4 inside them. Alternatively you can too pinch to zoom out and in (digitally). You possibly can attain as much as x12.5 zoom when utilizing digital zoom.

Additionally obtainable in primary mode is the choice to regulate brightness and saturation, create a shallow depth of subject impact (referred to as bokeh right here), change on burst capturing, change the flash on and off and alter the facet ratio you’re capturing in. You’ll see on the backside of the display screen there’s a big on-screen shutter button which you’ll press once you’re able to take an image. There’s additionally a smaller on display screen button which allows fast switching between video recording and stills capturing.

Tapping Extra within the high left hand nook of the display screen additionally brings up a few additional choices corresponding to “gradual movement”, “portrait selfie”, “panorama” and “artistic impact”. You can even faucet the phrase “Menu” within the high proper hand nook of the display screen to deliver up a set of different extra in depth choices, corresponding to Focus mode, switching on the grid strains and so forth.

Additionally, you will see the phrase “Primary” within the high proper hand nook. When you faucet this, you’ll see a digital dial seem on the high of the display screen and also you’ll have the ability to change into the extra in depth picture modes, which is able to make the native digital camera app look extra like a “correct” digital camera. You’ll additionally want to modify to one among these choices to begin capturing in uncooked format.

The primary choice right here is “Auto” mode, which because the identify suggests takes care of all detecting the scene and making use of what the digital camera thinks are probably the most applicable settings. You’ll nonetheless see a structure like a “correct” digital camera, and also you’ll have the ability to shortly management sure settings corresponding to AF kind, focus space, whether or not you are capturing in uncooked or JPEG (or each) and so forth – all immediately from the capturing window.

You’ll discover that all the capturing choices / settings are gathered on the correct hand facet of the display screen, when holding the cellphone in panorama orientation. Sadly this implies if you wish to {photograph} one thing in portrait orientation, all the “buttons” would be the unsuitable approach round. You’ll additionally discover now that switching between the totally different lenses is accessed by way of the left hand facet of the display screen. The most important distinction nevertheless is that there’s now not an on-screen shutter launch button, and as an alternative you now want to make use of the bodily button on the facet of the cellphone.

When you faucet the phrase “Disp”, additionally on the left hand facet of the display screen, you’ll have the ability to change on a histogram and likewise a digital degree that can assist you maintain your photographs straight.

There are different capturing modes other than Auto, which superior or fanatic photographers could be interested by utilizing. After Auto, you may have “P” mode, which stands for “Programme Auto”. With this one, the shutter velocity will probably be robotically determined, however as a consumer, you may have management over different settings, together with publicity compensation, ISO, metering and white steadiness. On this mode you’ll additionally discover you’ll be able to change on the DRO (Dynamic Vary Optimiser) too, which is one thing which is seen in Sony Alpha cameras. It is suggested to depart this on “Auto” to supply well-balanced exposures, however you could possibly change it to “Off” for those who’re discovering that photographs are trying unrealistic.

After “P”, you get “S”, which stands for “Shutter Velocity Precedence”. With this one you may have a lot of the identical flexibility as P Mode, however with the extra choice to decide on a shutter velocity your self, too. You’ll see the shutter velocity choices displayed within the high proper hand facet of the display screen and you’ll merely scroll by way of to succeed in the one you need to use. On this mode, you received’t have the ability to select an ISO velocity your self.

“M” mode, is much like that of a “actual” digital camera, in that you just’re given the choice to decide on all capturing parameters your self, so that features ISO and shutter velocity. Because the lenses have fastened apertures nevertheless, it’s not potential to pick that for your self.

The final choice you’ll discover within the “mode dial” choices is “Reminiscence Recall”, which is a helpful choice to pick if you end up capturing in the identical sort of situations comparatively continuously, say for instance for those who’re usually capturing in low mild and need to up the ISO, and even if you wish to usually use a sure kind of white steadiness.

No matter capturing mode you’re in, you’ll be able to faucet on the display screen to set a spotlight level. If you wish to {photograph} a shifting topic, it’s value switching AF-C (steady AF) and also you’ll see an AF field seem on the display screen and monitor the shifting topic across the display screen. You can even change on Face/Eye AF, the place you’ll discover that the AF field locks onto the eyes of a topic – it really works on each people and animals.

Though it’s potential to file primary video within the native digital camera app, there’s additionally a “Cinema Professional” app included on the cellphone that those that are a bit extra critical about videography and need to take fuller management. With this app, you should use totally different “Seems to be” and alter numerous totally different settings corresponding to decision, Shutter Velocity, ISO and so forth. When you’re notably into vlogging for instance, you may need to spend some additional time exploring the choices supplied by this app in comparison with the usual digital camera app.

Picture High quality

The entire pattern pictures on this overview had been taken utilizing the 12 megapixel JPEG setting, which produces a mean picture measurement of round 7Mb.
We had been impressed by the picture high quality of the Xperia 5 II, so it comes as no shock to search out that the Xperia 5 III places in a equally spectacular efficiency. Left to its personal units, the Xperia 5 III takes some glorious photographs, whereas having the ability to tweak settings to your personal preferences is one thing that must be interesting to all kinds of customers.
Straight from the digital camera, JPEG pictures present a very good degree of vibrance with out going excessive. Exposures are typically well-balanced and colors well-represented. Though you may have the choice to regulate settings, you may discover that within the majority of conditions you don’t have to. With the ability to shoot in uncooked format whereas capturing within the “Auto” mode provides you scope to regulate any issues additional in post-production ought to or not it’s wanted, too.
With the ability to create pleasing artistic results, corresponding to a natural-looking shallow of depth of subject impact is an added bonus. After all there are myriad apps which you’ll obtain for the Android OS to additional improve or edit your photographs do you have to need to get much more artistic.
Having 4 totally different focal lengths to select from must also be interesting to many, particularly in an period the place having a selection of three is the usual. Of the three lenses, the telephoto optics put within the least spectacular efficiency, however all produce good photos – particularly in good mild. In low mild, the telephoto lens/es are susceptible to producing barely softer outcomes than you may ordinarily like, however that is solely actually revealed if inspecting your pictures very carefully.
On the entire, the Xperia 5 III places in a very good efficiency throughout a variety of conditions, producing pleasing outcomes throughout the board.

Handbook publicity management is feasible within the Picture Professional mode (though the aperture is fastened), with an ISO 64-3200 vary, plus auto ISO. The ISO setting might be shifted in 1/3EV steps, and we now have included an identical photographs taken on the base ISO after which each full ISO cease between ISO 100 and 3200, that is nearly seven stops in all.
With a most aperture between f/1.7 and f/2.8 relying on the lens in use, plus 5-axis picture stabilisation, chances are high the Xperia 5 III will probably be set to ISO 64 or ISO 100 by way of auto ISO the vast majority of the time. And in good distinction mild corresponding to daylight, element is sharp in these settings.
Definitely, you will need to do your greatest to make use of ISO 64 or ISO 100 as a result of the hostile impact of noise is progressive with every ISO setting improve. Viewing pictures at 100% measurement on display screen, element stays moderately sharp as much as ISO 400, then mushier from ISO 800 and better.
In low distinction mild corresponding to shadows, JPEG element will probably be a little bit mushier than within the brighter areas regardless of the ISO setting. Noise can be influenced a little bit by the lens in use – you will get highest quality photos potential through the use of the first 24mm lens.
All being mentioned, most pictures will probably be considered on a smartphone or pill and can seem very sharp as much as ISO 800.


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ISO 3200 (100% Crop)
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Focal Vary
Three entrance lenses present 4 equal focal lengths of 16mm, 24mm, 70mm and 105mm, with the 24mm being the first lens. Every lens can digitally zoom in, with a most attain of 300mm when utilizing the 24mm lens.





As with every small-sensor smartphone, the Xperia 5 III has first rate macro capabilities. It is minimal focus distance is roughly 10cm.

Each within the Picture Professional and the usual digital camera apps, the flash choices are; auto, fill-flash, red-eye discount, off and torch. Relying on lens selection, app selection and digital camera settings, not all flash choices can be found and there are inconsistencies between apps.



Redeye Discount



Night time
Shutter velocity and ISO is automated in the usual digital camera app, however within the Picture Professional app these settings might be manually adjusted. The utmost digital camera settings for evening images is a 30 second shutter velocity and ISO 3200.

Pattern Photographs

It is a choice of pattern pictures from the Sony Xperia 5 III digital camera, which had been all taken utilizing the 12 megapixel JPEG setting. The thumbnails under hyperlink to the full-sized variations, which haven’t been altered in any approach.

Pattern RAW Photographs
The Sony Xperia 5 III allows customers to seize RAW and JPEG format information. We have supplied some Sony RAW (DNG) samples so that you can obtain (thumbnail pictures proven under usually are not 100% consultant).

Pattern Motion pictures & Video

It is a pattern film on the high quality setting of 3840×2160 pixels at 30 frames per second. Please notice that this 18 second film is 118Mb in measurement.

It is a pattern film on the high quality setting of 1920×1080 pixels at 60 frames per second. Please notice that this 17 second film is 61.5Mb in measurement.

It is a pattern film on the high quality setting of 1920×1080 pixels at 30 frames per second. Please notice that this 17 second film is 37.1Mb in measurement.

It is a pattern HDR film on the high quality setting of 1920×1080 pixels at 24 frames per second. Please notice that this 17 second film is 61.5Mb in measurement.

It is a pattern sq. film on the high quality setting of 1080×1080 pixels at 24 frames per second. Please notice that this 16 second film is 20.1Mb in measurement.

It is a pattern sq. film on the high quality setting of 1280×720 pixels at 24 frames per second. Please notice that this 16 second film is 25.8Mb in measurement.

Product Photographs


Even if Sony clearly has some critically spectacular photographic nous in its arsenal, it’s by no means fairly managed to overhaul a number of the different large gamers within the present smartphone market.
Though the Xperia 5 III, like its predecessor and like its greater sibling (the Xperia 1 III), produces some glorious outcomes, there are some niggles to utilizing it which cease wanting it being a cellphone that’s actually nice to make use of.
The native digital camera app may be very well-featured, nevertheless it’s annoying that the extra superior mode takes up half the display screen and assumes that you just’ll by no means need to shoot in portrait format. It’s additionally a little bit of an odd determination to pressure you to make use of the bodily button on the facet of the cellphone whereas in these modes, which does not all the time really feel overly pure when working with a smartphone.
Placing that apart, there are some very helpful upsides to the Xperia 5 III. Having 4 totally different focal lengths to select from is excellent, supplying you with loads of flexibility to seize a wide range of totally different topics. Different facets, corresponding to Eye AF is nice for capturing sharp portraits – even it’s simply household snaps – too. That mentioned, the development from the earlier iteration (the Sony Xperia 5 II) isn’t so nice as to demand a direct improve if you have already got one, whereas those that are intrigued by a Sony cellphone may avoid wasting money by going for the older mannequin.
The smaller measurement of the Xperia 5 III makes it a little bit extra comfy to carry within the hand than a number of the very massive phablet-type smartphones, however, the commerce off is that there’s much less display screen measurement for displaying your pictures, or watching movies in playback.
On the subject of worth, final 12 months’s Xperia 5 II was £100 cheaper than the Xperia 5 III, which nudges the latter into the premium territory. At £899 it’s roughly akin to the iPhone 13 Professional (£950), or the Samsung Galaxy S21+ (£949). It’s more durable due to this fact to suggest it as a “worth” choice, when different premium telephones available on the market are in the identical worth bracket – once more although, you could possibly avoid wasting cash by going for the older model (Xperia 5 II).
Total, simply as we noticed with its predecessor, the Xperia 5 III is an efficient all-rounder, satisfying those that have a want for a versatile providing with out having to have an unlimited cellphone. There are some slight niggles which may very well be improved to make the cellphone even higher, nevertheless it nonetheless comes beneficial for individuals who usually are not seduced by the opposite greater gamers out there.

Scores (out of 5)




Picture high quality

Worth for cash

Predominant Rivals
Listed under are a number of the rivals of the Sony Xperia 5 III.

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Assessment Roundup

Opinions of the Sony Xperia 5 III from across the internet.

The Sony Xperia 5 III efficiently scales issues again from the lavish Xperia 1 III, with comparable efficiency and nearly equal photographic potential wrapped up in a extra compact physique. Battery life is even higher, too. It’s nonetheless missing in a number of elementary areas, nevertheless, and people omissions sting all of the extra in mild of flagship pricing.
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Sony is again with its second 2021 smartphone powered by flagship specs with the Xperia 5 III. Sony’s extra compact smartphone sits as a barely inexpensive different to the $1,299 Sony Xperia 1 III whereas nonetheless packing in practically all the corporate’s bells and whistles.
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The Sony Xperia 5 III is one step under Sony’s flagship Xperia 1 III, and consists of the identical digital camera modules, with a triple 12MP digital camera system, with an ultra-wide, wide-angle, and twin telephoto setup that offers you each a 70mm and 105mm telephoto lens.
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157 x 68 x 8.2 mm


168 g


6.1″ 21:9 CinemaWide™ show
FHD+ HDR OLED (2520 x 1080)
120Hz Refresh charge
, 240Hz Movement blur discount

, 240Hz Contact scanning charge
, Creator mode “powered by CineAlta” – Impressed by Grasp Monitor color copy, DCI-P3 100%, ITU-R BT.2020 (REC.2020)

, Illuminant D65 White level, 10 bit tonal gradation
, X1™ for cell

H.263, H.264, H.265, MPEG-4 Video, AV1, VP8, VP9


Water-proof (IPX5/IPX8)
, Mud proof (IP6X)

Corning® Gorilla® Glass 6

Digital camera

Triple lens digital camera

Rear Digital camera (1)

1/1.7″ Exmor RS™ for cell sensor

24 mm

Rear Digital camera (2)

1/2.9” Exmor RS™ for cell sensor
F2.3 (70 mm), F2.8 (105 mm)

70 mm, 105 mm
34° (70 mm), 23° (105 mm)

Rear Digital camera (3)

1/2.5″ Exmor RS™ for cell sensor

16 mm

Digital camera Options

Pictures Professional, ZEISS® high quality lenses calibrated particularly for Xperia 5 III, ZEISS® T* Coating, As much as 20fps AF/AE
, As much as 60 instances per second steady AF/AE calculation
, Actual-time Eye AF (Human, Animal)

, Object monitoring

, Twin picture diode

, RGB-IR, OIS picture
, Picture flash, Picture mild, Hybrid zoom 12.5x (based mostly on Large digital camera 24 mm), AI Tremendous Decision Zoom, HDR (Excessive Dynamic Vary) picture

JPEG (.jpg), RAW (.dng)

Video Recording

Cinematography Professional “powered by CineAlta”, 4K HDR Film recording 24, 25, 30, 60 and 120fps slow-motion

, OIS and EIS Video
, Optical SteadyShot™with FlawlessEye™
, SteadyShot™ with Clever Energetic Mode (5-axis stabilization)
, Clever wind filter

.mp4 (H.264, H.265)

Entrance Digital camera (1)


HDR (Excessive Dynamic Vary) picture, SteadyShot™ with Clever Energetic Mode (5-axis stabilization), Portrait selfie, Show flash, Hand gesture


Hello-Decision Audio, Excessive-Decision Audio Wi-fi (LDAC)
3.5 mm audio jack, 360 Actuality Audio
, 360 Actuality Audio {hardware} decoding

, 360 Spatial Sound

, Full-stage stereo audio system, Dolby Atmos®
, DSEE Final, Stereo Recording, Qualcomm® aptX™ HD audio

AAC-LC, AAC+, eAAC+, AAC-ELD, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, FLAC, MP3, MIDI, Vorbis, PCM, Opus, ALAC, DSD, Dolby Atmos, Dolby AC-4, 360 Actuality Audio Music Format


PS4 Distant Play
, DUALSHOCK®4 Management compatibility
, Sport enhancer


Dynamic Vibration System

Reminiscence & Storage


microSDXC help (as much as 1 TB)

SIM Functionality

Twin SIM hybrid


Working System

Android™ 11


Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 888 5G Cell Platform


4500 mAh
USB Energy Supply (USB PD) quick charging

Xperia Adaptive Charging, Battery Care, STAMINA Mode


850, 900, 1800, 1900
2100 (Band 1), 1900 (Band 2), 1700 (Band 4), 850 (Band 5), 800 (Band 6), 900 (Band 8), 800 (Band 19)

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 32, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 46, 66
n1, n3, n5, n7, n8, n20, n28, n38, n40, n41, n77, n78


A-GPS, A-GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS
Bluetooth® 5.2 wi-fi know-how

USB 3.1 Gen1
Good connectivity, Google Forged, NFC, Output video/picture by way of Show Port help TypeC Cable or USB-C to HDMI Adapter Cable (Show port 4K/60fps)


Fingerprint sensor


Listening to Assist Compatibility (HAC)
, Teletypewriter (TTY)
/SCREEN READERS: Choose to Converse, TalkBack, Textual content-to-speech output /DISPLAY: Font measurement, Show measurement, Darkish theme, Magnification, Color correction, Color inversion, Massive mouse pointer, Take away animations /INTERACTION CONTROLS: Accessibility Menu, Change Entry, Click on after mouse pointer stops shifting, Energy button ends name, Auto-rotate display screen, Contact & maintain delay, Time to take motion (Accessibility timeout), Vibration & haptic power, System navigation /AUDIO & ON-SCREEN TEXT: Mono audio, Audio steadiness, Caption preferences /EXPERIMENTAL: Excessive distinction textual content, Shortcut from lock display screen

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