Sony Ericsson Satio Tricks and Treats
I want to make this post as informative as possible, though this early I would like to mention that I am not satisfied with the Sony Ericsson Satio, which will be the subject of this blog entry.
The phone’s audio quality particularly on video recording is terrible, so soft and too low.
I bought my unit last September 13 for SR 1,999 (US$533) at “Sony World”, Jeddah International Market. Prior to this, I scoured major malls as well as smaller stalls within Jeddah for a black color of this phone model, but to no avail they do not have black color on stock — then I found one at Sony World. I took great efforts just to have this unit, including internet research (though unfortunately I missed the important information about its audio quality on video recording).
What enticed me about Satio is that: first it has a 12 mega pixels camera (it is time to replace my 3.2 mega pixels Sony Cybershot); second there is a cover on its lens (unlike X10 and Vivaz the lens is exposed and I am not comfortable with it); and third it is a phone :) (to which I can hear my old Sony Ericsson S302 shouting for retirement).
I admit, the quality of the captured photo is really good. The auto focus is great. It is however my biggest disappointment that the sound quality of the video recording is terrible and unacceptable. To which I regularly record a video and post on YouTube or Facebook.
Below is the sample video with emphasis on the audio level as recorded from my Sony Ericsson Satio:
Because the audio recording is poor and too soft, I needed to increase the audio level by adding layers upon layers of the same audio during the processing of the video. Though there are setbacks, an accidental slip on the audio will create an echo effect, not to mention that this technique is very time consuming and not flexible in case I want to make some changes.
Below is the finished product, with enhanced audio (6 layers * 200% = 1,200% audio boost), just to make it worthy to be uploaded on YouTube and get viewed:
Let me also mention that I had already upgraded to the latest firmware of my Satio, hoping it would improve the audio quality of the recording, but I am frustrated the upgrading did not resolve the issue. Worse, an official announcement was released by Sony Ericsson that they have no plans anymore to release firmware upgrades for this unit. And yes, I am not the only one complaining about the poor state of audio on the video recording of Satio.
What I am hoping is to discover a software (symbian and within the phone) that can improve the audio quality on video recording of my Sony Ericsson Satio. When that happens, I am one happy and contented man :)
Happy Halloween. Tricks and Treats.