Sony Xperia Pro-I Announced with Optimized Features
Sony has announced the Xperia Pro-I, the latest in its line of professional photography/videography-focused smartphones.
In many ways, it's similar to the Sony Xperia 1 III, which was released earlier this year, but with a completely new body and a vastly improved camera and thermal system.
The primary camera on the back has the same 1.0-type Exmor RS sensor as the RX100 VII camera, but it has been "optimized for smartphone"
For the nerds among you, that translates to a sensor with a 2.4m pixel pitch, RAW 12-bit shooting, and a camera with dual mechanical f2.0/f4.0 apertures.
As you might expect, the goal is to produce image quality that is difficult to accomplish with any other smartphone camera, as well as bokeh and low-light performance that is difficult to achieve with other phones.
The sensor contains 315 phase-detection AF points that cover 90% of the frame, and it, like its dedicated counterparts, has sophisticated autofocus capabilities like real-time eye AF and real-time tracking.
It joins two other cameras on the rear, and all three feature lenses covered with Zeiss T* anti-reflective coating, with Zeiss Tessar optics used by the primary camera.
The primary sensor is a 24mm wide equivalent, and it is joined by a 16mm ultrawide, a 50mm telephoto, and a 3D ToF sensor. All three have a 12-megapixel resolution.
In addition to delivering unrivaled stills performance, the Xperia Pro-I aims to dominate the video capture industry, enabling 4K resolution recording at an astounding 120 frames per second.
Furthermore, when shooting video, you will be able to employ the Eye AF and object tracking features. There are also three microphones for improved audio quality, one of which is a monaural microphone for clearer voice capture while filming, while the other two gather ambient sound in stereo.
Professional capture applications are available since it is intended for professional videographers and photographers. However, this does not always imply that using such manual controls is difficult.
The new Videography Pro app allows you to quickly and simply alter settings such as focus, white balance, and exposure without having to wade through a slew of technical choices. That is, at least, the allegation.
From the front, it resembles the Xperia 1 III, but the chassis and frame have been modified, and it now includes a strap hole as well as a huge, textured shutter button.
Other than that, the features are nearly identical to the Xperia 1 III. The Snapdragon 888 chipset, 4K 120Hz OLED display, and 4500mAh battery are all included.
There's also a strong emphasis on audio quality, with compatibility for both wired and wireless Hi-Res audio codecs.
The Sony Xperia Pro-I will launch on sale in early December for £1,599 in the United Kingdom.
Sony Mobile will also sell a Vlog Monitor, which connects to the phone and allows you to record yourself using the primary camera. This will be available for £169 at the same time, as will a premium anti-microbial leather case for £69.