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That camera performance wasn’t the best we’ve ever seen, either, despite the C5 Ultra rocking more megapixels on the front, sitting at 13 megapixels, which is more than the 5 megapixels than either of the current flagships.

But just like we expect out of a good analogy, you can’t expect more megapixels to instantly equal more quality, because the 13 megapixel camera comes with flaws.

First of all, it’s not the best camera on the planet, because while it’s a totally acceptable camera, it doesn’t rival the flagships in the slightest.

Image sample from the Sony Xperia C5 Ultra's rear camera

Image sample from the Sony Xperia C5 Ultra’s rear camera

It also lacks the ability to control the megapixels from the camera software, which is a first for us on a Sony camera. Normally, this is fairly easy, requiring a settings change, but on the C5 Ultra, your selection of megapixels amidst aspect ratios has been reduced to merely an aspect ratio: do you want 4:3 or 16:9?

That’s your selection, and you’ll find it spits out a 13 megapixel image in 4:3 and a little over 8 megapixels in 16:9, but it doesn’t tell you that, and you only find out when you take the photos and multiply the dimensions yourself.

We’re not sure why Sony has taken this route — surely megapixel sizes aren’t that difficult to understand and pick between? — but it’s what exists on the camera.

Image sample from the Sony Xperia C5 Ultra's rear camera (100 percent crop)

Image sample from the Sony Xperia C5 Ultra’s rear camera (100 percent crop)

And the camera, which we’ve said isn’t the best on the planet and is acceptable, is okay, but it’s not great. Images tend to lack detail, especially up close, and at night, the image quality just feels altogether blurry and soft.

Daylight is fine, while indoors, the automatic white balance doesn’t feel like it’s doing the best job.

Really, the one thing really going for the camera is that it can get really close and sharpen up nicely, allowing us to take some nice shots of the dogs from the front-facing camera.

Image sample from the Sony Xperia C5 Ultra's front camera

Image sample from the Sony Xperia C5 Ultra’s front camera

Conclusion

Compared to last year, there hasn’t been a lot of movement in the phablet space, and we’ve even seen people in marketing pull away from that term “phablet” of late.

That’s a good thing, because the idea of a phablet or a “tablet-sized phone” has just kind of become the norm. Now that Apple has joined in, a phablet is just a phone because big phones are totally normal.