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With 23 megapixels and features, like 5-axis stabilization and predictive auto-focus, the X Compact has one of the best smartphone cameras.

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How about them tomatoes? The camera uses a built-in RGBC-IR sensor to make those tomatoes look just as green and sunny as when I took the photo.

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Check out the tiny air bubbles in the foam of this cappuccino. The 23-megapixel sensor can capture lots of details in your images.

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For this image, the X Compact balanced the bright light from the windows as well as the lighting inside the bus.

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This sidewalk was in shadow so the camera chose a longer shutter speed -- resulting in the motion blur of the person walking.

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The Golden Gate Bridge at sunset. I used manual mode and chose "Backlight HDR" in the scene mode dial.

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Palm trees and blue skies make an ideal setting for a quick snap.

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Obligatory cat photo. Notice the details in her coat; as well as, the different shades of whites -- the wall, molding and her fur.

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Who needs Pokemon Go, when there's Pikachu in real life? The five-axis stabilization helped me get this low-light shot without any blur.

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I just loved the textures of this statue. And the X Compact was able to capture them all.

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A perfect pair: a scooter and a motorcycle. This lighting was pretty harsh which led to a little image noise in the dark colors of the scooter's seat.

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The tale of two modes part one: This shot was taken with auto mode in harsh backlight. It looks a bit overexposed.

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The tale of two modes, part two: This shot was taken in manual mode. I used a preset scene mode (like a point-and-shoot camera) to help with the overly bright backlight.

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The camera has a 24-millimeter lens, which is fairly wide. In this image, there's a slight fish-eye effect happening with the buildings on the sides.

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The X Compact camera can go up to an ISO of 12,800. Yes, that's insanely high, but it helps when taking pictures in low light.

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Despite there being very little light, the camera was still able to capture good skin tones for the people at the bar without looking too overcorrected.

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For more on the Sony Xperia X Compact, check out our review.

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