hardware – Strange touchscreen problems on Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

I’m having a strange touchscreen issue with an Xperia Z1 Compact. It’s generally working fine with no obvious physical damage. Awhile back it was triggering random touch events. I eventually peeled off the factory-installed screen protection film and that problem went away – but there is a region of the screen that still has very strange problems: most but not all software buttons work – so typing works fine, but some buttons in the same region can’t be pressed. For example, after I did a full OS-reflash, there was a welcome screen to SMS/Messaging which I couldn’t dismiss. I thought perhaps messaging was crashing, but I later plugged in a mouse and was able to click on the button. Now messaging works fine. It was a large button in the same region of the screen as the keyboard (which works fine) so I don’t understand why I couldn’t press it.

Similarly, when I swipe, if I cross this region it is often interpreted as a button press – I suspect the swipe is “noisy” and is getting interpreted as button presses. But, as a very weird example, if I swipe left and right on the home screen in this region, the background will move but not the contents (app-icons/widgets). Normally both drag together – which is also the case if I use a mouse (this is possibly correct behavior – to alter the background region, although still odd that the mouse behaves differently). It’s almost as if there are 2 different aspects to the touch-interface and one is damaged in this region.

The only setting I can find is under language inputs I can adjust pointer speed but this doesn’t seem to have much effect.

Anyway, will keep using the phone for now with some frustrations but just curious if anyone has any explanation, similar problems, and possible solutions. Thanks.

sony alpha – Photograph poster slightly from side but retain all-over sharpness?

Another option besides stopping down: it may not give you as much side view as your example above, but will get you and your camera out of the reflection in the window: a shift lens.

Essentially, this lets you set up a square-on shot, but offset to the side. The depth of field requirement will be very small (because the subject can be parallel to the sensor plane).

If you need the keystoning for compositional reasons, you need, instead of a shift lens, a tilt or swing lens — this will allow angling the plane of focus so it’s no longer parallel to the sensor plane, allowing you to control the perspective by camera position, but keep an entire plane, not perpendicular to the view axis, in focus.

These movements are the norm for large format view cameras and a few medium format cameras built to act like them — film cameras, that is. A common view camera (like my 1940-ish Graphic View) will have rear rise and tilt, front rise, tilt, swing, and shift, and the ability to angle the focusing rail as well to get more movement in a particular direction if needed.

audio – Controlling a Sony Bravia TV and sound bar with an Apple TV

hopefully, this is the right forum, for this question because I have no idea who else to ask.

I want my apple TV to control my TV and soundbar. This includes sleep/wake functionality as well as volume and mute.

My soundbar can be connected by an optical cable or HDMI. As I understand it, optical cables are incapable of passing signals (on/off/volume), and only pass data. based on what I have observed this appears to be true. If I plug in the HDMI cable from HDMI2 on the TV to the HDMI3 port on the soundbar(Only port on the rear of the unit), it will turn on and off with the TV remote or the Apple TV remote and volume and mute controls work. The only issue is, when I turn on the Apple TV, it signals the TV and soudbar to wake and sends a signal for the TV to switch to HDMI1 (The HDMI port that the Apple TV is plugged into). The problem is that either the TV or the Apple TV is sending a signal to the soundbar, setting it to HDMI1.

If I unplug the HDMI cable between the TV and the soundbar, just using the optical cable, and set up custom IR controls for the soundbar in the Apple TV remotes menu, I am able to adjust sound and mute, but there is no other connectivity. The good part is that the input does not change, but the bad part is that the Apple TV isn’t able to turn on/off the soundbar.

This has to be a common configuration. Has anyone else worked around this?

sony xperia – Mobile data not working until switching off then on again

Any app on my Sony Xperia XZ2 Android 10 phone can’t access mobile data until I go to Network > Mobile Network > Turn off Mobile data > Turn on Mobile Data.
If I close the app I need to do this again.

Example:

  1. After a fresh restart, I open Firefox to do a Google search
  2. “Unable to connect”
  3. I toggle Off then On again my mobile data
  4. Trying again my search in Firefox
  5. Working
  6. I open Google Agenda
  7. “Sync Error”
  8. I toggle Off then On again my mobile data
  9. Sync successful
  10. I switch to Firefox to do another search
  11. Working
  12. I close all apps via the “clear all”
  13. I open Firefox
  14. “Unable to connect”
  15. etc.

This is the same for any app that use the Internet and its really tiring.
Toggling the Airplane mode works also instead of turn off then on the Mobile data.

Do anyone have a solution please ?
Already checked the APN it should be the correct one.

Emulating Sony devices for Android Studio

Android Emulators are based off the Google Android Studio SDK Emulator and don’t contain any Manufacturer proprietary code/API.

The general properties to change when creating a hardware profile are screen resolution, screen size and RAM. If needed there are additional hardware properties you can configure.

If there is a particular model you need to duplicate, creating an emulator with the same screen resolution, screen size, RAM and OS version would be a good place to start.

macbook – How to view Sony A7S3 thumbnails on Mac OS?

Currently you can’t view Sony A7S3 thumbnails on Macs / Macbooks.

This might seem like a trivial issue, however, for those of us who do large volume shoots in our profession (I’m a real estate photographer)- this is major issue when it comes to efficient work-flow.

I shoot 5-brackets, an average of 300 brackets / photos per home, averaging four homes per day, five days per week. I have to get my photos sorted at the end of the day and then processed or uploaded to my editor so I can have them back to my clients next day. That’s 1500 photos per day, in which I have to choose the best 35 photos (175 brackets) to send to my clients. Without Finder, to have to load them in Lightroom, then click on each individual bracket within a set of five, – it could take hours. With using finder, you can split the window and quickly drag and drop to your upload folder. The entire process for one home is about 10 min vs 45 min. Any help or workaround ideas would be appreciated.

Currently you can’t view Sony A7S3 thumbnails on Macs / Macbooks

Currently you can’t view Sony A7S3 thumbnails on Macs / Macbooks.

This might seem like a trivial issue, however, for those of us who do large volume shoots in our profession (I’m a real estate photographer)- this is major issue when it comes to efficient work-flow.

I shoot 5-brackets, an average of 300 brackets / photos per home, averaging four homes per day, five days per week. I have to get my photos sorted at the end of the day and then processed or uploaded to my editor so I can have them back to my clients next day. That’s 1500 photos per day, in which I have to choose the best 35 photos (175 brackets) to send to my clients. Without Finder, to have to load them in Lightroom, then click on each individual bracket within a set of five, – it could take hours. With using finder, you can split the window and quickly drag and drop to your upload folder. The entire process for one home is about 10 min vs 45 min. Any help or workaround ideas would be appreciated.

Update Sony Xperia C5303 ( with Android 4.3 ) to new version?

A simple and clear NO.

Using the Sony companion app you can only install official updates. Your device is so old that Sony stopped supporting this device long before Android 8 was released.

Keep in mind that Android is not like Windows, every update has to be adapted to your device. Therefore providing updates for a device costs a lot of money which is the reason most manufacturer drop device support very early. Some cheap devices never get a single update.

Therefore the only newer Android releases for your device are unofficial (aka customROM, community builds by skilled Android developers) if they exist. Check xda-developers forum for your device for newer firmware updates. But for installing them you need to root and unlock your device which can go wrong and brick your device.
If you are lucky you may find an Android firmware based on Android 5 or 6. I doubt that there are newer ROMs.

side loading – Keyboard won’t open for sideloaded apps on my Sony Bravia VU1

I’ve sideloaded both Chrome and Firefox on my Sony Bravia VU1. I have LeanKey Keyboard installed as the default keyboard and it works fine everywhere in the system except in Chrome and Firefox. All I get onscreen in those apps when trying to type is an input box with a microphone symbol to the left, but it disappears after about half a second. Based on other posts I’ve removed the GBoard app updates, but that had no effect. Also, this behavior is the same whether the virtual keyboard is enabled or not.

Sensor size of Sony HDR-HC7e

As the answer you linked to describes, the 1/2.9" is not actual inches and the 16mm conversion factor is an approximation. This dpreview article has some more information.

Wikipedia lists the 1/2.9″ Sony EXMOR IMX322 sensor with a 4:3 aspect ratio size as:

diagonal: 6.23 mm
width: 4.98 mm
height: 3.74 mm

Given the same type description, aspect ratio and very close diagonal (I suspect 6.3 is a rounded value), these values could perhaps be used for your case.