Sony unveiled the Xperia Z1, latest addition to its Z series, on 4 September at the IFA 2013 event in Berlin. Featuring a 5in full HD TRILUMINOUS display for mobile with X-Reality, the Xperia Z1 is now available in the UK. One of the key features of Sony's flagship is its 20.7 megapixel camera, which uses the award-winning G Lens.

Sony Xperia Z1
The Xperia Z1 features a 20.7 megapixel rear-camera. Sony

Now the Xperia Z1 camera software can be installed on a number of Xperia handsets such as Xperia ZR, Xperia ZL, Xperia Z and Xperia Z Ultra, with due credits to recognised XDA contributor and developer, krabappel2548. The camera software, as the developer notes, brings a number of features for the Xperia handsets.

Camera software features

Info Eye

Augmented Reality effects

Timeshift mode

Manual mode

Social Cast mode

Automatic mode

Head over to the development thread to learn more about the port.

Those who wish to install the Xperia Z1 camera software on their handsets may follow our step-by-step guide. It should be noted that to install the Xperia Z1 camera, the aforementioned Xperia devices should be rooted and have deodexed ROM as well as custom recovery.

IBTimes UK reminds its readers that it will not be held responsible for any damage to the device. Before flashing the camera software, users are advised to ensure that their devices meet following requirements.


1) Install USB Driver (Windows/Mac) for Xperia handsets to connect it with computer.

2) Enable USB Debugging Mode on the phone to connect it with the computer and use Android SDK with it. [Press Menu>> Settings>> Applications. From there navigate and click on Development option then check USB Debugging Mode.]

3) As the tutorial might wipe out all data of the phone, create a backup. If the device is having any custom recoveries such as CWM/TWRP already installed then backup data using recovery.

4) The phone should be rooted and have custom recovery installed (with deodexed ROM).

5) The Xperia device should have above 80% of battery charge.

6) The Xperia Z1 camera software works only with Sony Xperia Z/ZL/ZR/Xperia Z Ultra. As flashing this on any incorrect variant might brick the device, verify the model number of Xperia device by navigating to Settings>> About device>> Model number.

Files required to download

Xperia Z1 camera for Xperia Z [File name:]

Xperia Z1 camera for Z Ultra [File name:] [Timeshift mode does not work in this port.]

Xperia Z1 camera for Xperia ZR [File name:]

Xperia Z1 camera for Xperia ZL [File name:]

Steps to install Sony Xperia Z1 camera on Xperia Z/ZL/ZR/Z Ultra

Step-1: Download the Xperia Z1 camera files according to the device and save zip file in the SD card of the device

Step-2: Power off the Xperia device

Step-3: Boot the phone into custom recovery mode pressing and holding Volume Up and Power buttons together. Navigate to Recovery with Volume Up/Down button and select it using Power button

Step-4: In CWM recovery, perform Wipe Cache Partition and select Yes to confirm

Step-5: When the action is completed, go back to recovery menu and perform Wipe Dalvik Cache and select Yes to confirm. Return to the recovery menu once the action is completed

Step-6: Select install zip from sdcard then select choose zip from internal sdcard. Navigate to file earlier copied to the SD card. Press the Power button to select it and confirm installation by selecting Yes

Step-7: Once the installation process is completed, return to the recovery menu and reboot the phone by selecting reboot system now

For TWRP recovery

Step-1: In TWRP recovery, go to Wipe and perform Wipe Dalvik Cache and Wipe Cache before flashing the zip file

Step-2: Go back to recovery menu, select Install then navigate to the downloaded zip file and select it

Step-3: Use Swipe to confirm flash button to flash the ROM

Step-4: When the installation process is completed, it will be indicated by a message saying Successful

Step-5: Now press Reboot System

Step-6: Once the device boots up successfully, head over to Settings>> Applications>> All application tab

Step-7: Tap on Camera and Camera Common

Step-8: Force stop both application and Clear Data. Then return to the home screen of the phone

With all the instruction followed strictly, the Xperia device owners should be now able to experience the camera software of Xperia Z1.

Also read: Xperia Z1 offers twice the official talk time, suggest battery tests

[Source: Android Teen]