Sony Xperia Timeshift Burst – Single Photo Fix

April 14, 2015

I have had a Sony Xperia Z1 smartphone for around 1 and a half years now, and one feature that is great.. but up until now has been basically un-useable is the timeshift burst function. This function lets you take a burst of photos with a single click, so you take a photo and it will take about 20 photos in a few seconds, really useful for sporting events and large group photos to get a photo with everyone looking etc.

The issue with this feature WAS that that if you took a photo in this feature you would have to keep every single photo it took to keep any of the photos, and no way to selecting a singular photo, at least not via the camera / album UI.

I have recently upgraded to Lolipop 5.0.2 for my Xperia Z1 and I am happy to report this bug (or missing feature) has been fixed!

Here is how to select a singular photo for keeping and to delete the rest of the burst in a few simple steps:

  1. Take a timeshift photo
  2. Choose a photo from the burst as you normally would
  3. Open up the album app
  4. Choose your burst
  5. Click on the option to display all of the burst (the two way round arrow in the bottom right corner next to the delete icon)
  6. Here you can click on the three dots icon
  7. Click save separately, and this will save the separate photo you have highlighted
  8. Also you can choose select photos to choose multiple photos at once
  9. Then you can now go back to your album and see the photo / photos save separately outside of the burst and if you want you can delete the burst so it isn’t taking up load of space.

Could be a little smoother, e.g. giving the option to save only the selected photo iniitally when choosing the photo out of the busrt stright after it is taken… but atleast this works and doesn’t require going into file commander etc.


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