In early 2021, Sony introduced the $ 2,500 Xperia Pro. It was a phone that the company made for video professionals. Now Sony is back with another professional-level smartphone designed to appeal to photography lovers. The main feature of the Xperia Pro-I is a 1-inch sensor borrowed from the RX100 VII that directs and captures the camera. It is a much larger sensor than you will find on most phones.
To put things in perspective, the primary sensor on the Pixel 6 Pro has a pixel tilt of 1.2 µm. In contrast, the main sensor on the Pro-I has 2.4 µm pixels, which makes it much better in low light. It can also record 12-bit RAW files and original 4K video at 120 frames per second with autofocus for eye detection. Speaking of autofocus, it comes with 315 points covering 90 percent of the frame.
The Pro-I also includes one of Sony’s BIONZ X image processors, which gives it the ability to shoot up to 20 frames per second with autofocus and auto exposure on. The high speed reading of the sensor allows it to avoid the shutter effect, which Sony says helps the Pro-I stand out from other phones with 1-inch sensors such as the Mi 11 Ultra. These devices also do not have autofocus for phase detection like the Pro-I.
The addition to the 1-inch sensor is a 24 mm lens made of glass that can be switched between f / 2.0 and / 4.0 apertures. Sony has started with an aspherical design to keep the optics as small as possible. On the side of the primary camera there is an ultra-wide 16 mm camera and a 50 mm telephoto camera. Sony says it chose such a lens layout after consulting with photographers who told the company they wanted an adjustment that matched their collection of basic lenses.
When you walk past its camera, the Xperia Pro-I is essentially an advanced Xperia 1 III. Internally, the phone has a Snapdragon 888 that supports 12 GB of RAM and 512 GB of internal memory. You can add up to 1TB of additional memory using a microSD card. Everything is powered by a 4,500 mAh battery that Sony claims will allow you to use the Pro-I all day on a single charge. Inside the box is a 30W power adapter that can charge the phone up to 50% in 30 minutes.
The Pro-I also has the same 6.5-inch OLED that came on the Xperia 1 III. It is a 4K screen with a refresh rate of 120Hz and a 21: 9 aspect ratio. On the audio front, the Pro-I not only comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack, but also includes Sony’s LDAC and DSEE technologies.
All these features come with a high price. In the US, Sony plans to sell the Xperia Pro-I for $ 1,800. The way the company sees it, you actually get a flagship phone and an RX100 VII at a lower price than buying these devices separately. However, the Xperia Pro-I is not a one-on-one replacement for the RX100 VII. Sony’s directional and camera camera emits 20.1 megapixel images, using full readings from its sensor. The Pro-I uses cropping because taking advantage of the entire sensor would require a much larger lens than would be possible to include on a smartphone.
Pre-orders for the Xperia Pro-I open on October 28, and general availability will follow in December.
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