Sony joins the selfie wars with Sony Xperia C3


Sony may have just nailed the selfie phone formula: midrange specs, dual SIM, big display, just enough battery, LTE capable, but don’t hold back on the front camera. The key allure of the Sony Xperia C3 is its 5MP wide-angle front camera with an 80 degree field of view plus a “soft LED flash” that won’t make you look like a pale corpse.

That’s not all, the Xperia C3 is said to be the first smartphone to have an auto mode on its front camera – a feature, as with deep menus and manual tweaks, that’s usually only available for the rear camera. It’s called Superior Auto mode and it takes care of choosing the optimal settings based on the scene, including HDR (no more washed out against-the-light selfies). As with other phones with selfie cams, the Sony Xperia C3 also has beautification mode (smoothens your skin), smile shutter (smile to take a shot), and augmented reality features (just watch the video below to see). Portrait Retouch allows you to see changes in real time, before you key in the shot.

Sony solves two complaints against selfie cameras – no flash, and no automode. Usually it’s just a 2MP camera, grainy shots in medium to low light (gets worse in low light), and good luck with taking pictures against the light.

Well, if your friends look this good, you owe it to yourself to get the best selfie camera. 


A Short Selfie Camera History - Click to View

Sony isn’t the first to offer a selfie-capable phone. The HTC 8s may have been the first to run a 5MP wide angle lens selfie camera, which was duplicated by the Huawei Ascend P6 with a beauty shot feature thrown in. The Ascend P7 ups the ante with an 8MP selfie cam capable of panoramic selfies. But none of these offer any kind of front facing illumination.

LG may have been the first to offer a non-LED flash illumination in their flash for selfie, a feature found in the LG L Series III, LG G Pro 2, LG G2 Mini, and LG G3. Flash for selfie uses the borders of the phone’s display as a source of diffused white light to shine on the selfie-taker’s face.

Then the Oppo N1 came along, with a dual-facing camera with LED flash – you use only one camera and swivel it to face you when taking selfies. But the flash may not be as soft or diffused enough to be forgiving on one’s skin in low light settings.

Check out Sony’s own history of selfies here.


Here are the rest of the specs of the Sony Xperia C3 – 5.5″ LCD display with 1280×720 resolution, a quad-core Snapdragon processor (1.2GHz), 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage, a microSD card slot, dual SIM capability, an 8MP rear-facing camera, a 2500-mAh battery, and Android Kitkat. The Sony Xperia C3 also has a compact 7.6 mm body weighing 150 grams.

Expected release is August 2014. No official word on pricing yet.

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Irwin Allen Rivera loves his wife's cooking so much he's now twice the man he used to be. His English essay won a Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature in 2012. His philosophical-horror story appeared in Philippine Speculative Fiction 8 (2013). He was managing editor and lead writer of Sites and Symbols 2 (2005), a coffee-table book about buildings in UP Diliman - his alma mater (BA Philosophy; MA Creative Writing continuing). He worked at the UP Diliman Information Office before shifting to web content writing. His sudden fiction, "Notwithstanding Pigs," initially a Friendster testimonial, appeared in Philippines Graphic (2006) and in Very Short Stories for Harried Readers (2007). He used to write for