Sony Xperia 5 III review

Four focal lengths and sleek styling make the Sony Xperia 5 III a unique, compact camera champ

Sony Xperia 5 III review
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Digital Camera World Verdict

Sony photography fans will appreciate its software, with many of the Alpha experiences found on the Xperia Pro-I onboard too. Matched with the phone’s natural image processing just in a more compact form, while it isn’t perfect – the screen could be brighter, the low light computational photography is weak, and there’s no wireless charging – the Xperia 5 III still balances looks, pocketability and features exceptionally well.


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    Prosumer Sony camera UI

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    Super compact size

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    Four optical focal lengths


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    Screen could be brighter

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    Gets hot when gaming or tethering

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    No wireless charging

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While the flagship Sony Xperia 1 series has long been the 'cram-in-all-the-features' smartphone for Sony, the Xperia 5 series somehow squeezes (almost) everything that the 1 packs into a smaller chassis – and that’s exactly what the Xperia 5 III does. 

Out of the gate, this probably won’t be best camera phone we’ve used. After all, we’ve already seen the camera setup on the Xperia 1 III, and it falls short of the iPhone 13 Pro and Pixel 6 in automatic mode. However, what it also does is offer more manual controls over photography and video capture than any other smartphone maker.

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Basil Kronfli

Basil Kronfli is a freelance technology journalist, consultant, and content creator. He trained in graphic design and started his career at Canon Europe before moving into journalism. Basil is also experienced in video production, independently running the YouTube channel TechEdit, and during his time at Future, he worked alongside the Digital Camera World team as a senior video producer.