sony-xperia-z3-compact-release-date-arriving-septYou know those scary warnings that show up whenever you unlock the bootloader on a phone? “We can’t be held responsible… blah blah… reduced functionality… blah… fiery death… blah blah blah.” Sometimes they aren’t kidding. Users who have unlocked the new Xperia Z3 Compact have found that low-light camera performance drops considerably. It turns out to be because of DRM in Sony’s image signal processing.

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When the bootloader is unlocked, the device loses certain DRM security keys.

Unlocking The Bootloader On Sony’s Xperia Z3 And Z3 Compact Causes Poor Low-Light Camera Performance Thanks To DRM [Update: Sony Updates Policy Text] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.