Sony warns that unlocking the Z1 will render camera useless

According to a post over at the Sony support website, unlocking the bootloader on the just released Xperia Z1 will break camera functionality on the device.

Warning! At the moment, unlocking the Xperia™ Z1 boot loader will stop the camera functionality.

The post also lists a number of devices not affected by the issue on certain releases.

So for now at least, if you value the use of your fancy 20.7-megapixel Exmor RS camera, better wait for a fix. Sony has a great track record supporting unlocked devices, so we expect this glitch to be pretty high on their list of things to be taken care of.

AndroidCentral, who first reported the issue has also said they have contacted Sony for any news on the progress of an update.

The phone which was launched two weeks ago at the IFA Berlin conference and images of which were leaked by Chinese sources almost a week before the show, features a quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU, a 5-inch display, 2GB RAM and the very impressive 20 Mpx camera.

Update: for an explanation of the issue see this comment. Thanks Ambroos.

Source: AndroidCentral | Image: XperiaBlog

Thanks V-Tech for the tip in Back Page News on our forums.

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They're working on a fix too. It's the super resolution engine (Bionz for mobile) that requires the DRM keys to make sure it isn't ported to other devices. Those keys get wiped when you unlock the bootloader, again to protect the software.

The fix would be that the camera software switches to the classic algorithm set when Bionz isn't available.

Could be better worded, I mean they aren't anal about their devices being unlocked. The support page even clarifies that fact. (They don't have to support unlocked phones).

Neobond said,
Could be better worded, I mean they aren't anal about their devices being unlocked. The support page even clarifies that fact. (They don't have to support unlocked phones).

I don't think Sony gave a heck about what people were doing with the PS3 until geohot let loose those keys but anyways back on topic...

In this case unlocked devices will refer to phones/smartphones. I think Sony is one of the few manufacturers allowing the devices to be unlocked and providing a means to do it outside of provider control.