Sony squeezes 1-inch CMOS picture sensor into newest Xperia smartphone

As we recurrently see, right now’s smartphone cameras are able to snapping some unbelievable pictures, even when their picture sensors cannot match these of DSLR and mirrorless cameras. Now Sony is bridging the hole by cramming a 1-inch Exmor sensor into the upcoming Xperia Professional-I handset.

Basically the primary digital camera within the triple-camera array makes use of a tweaked model of the 20-megapixel 1-inch stacked Exmor RS CMOS sensor from Sony’s RX100 VII compact digital camera. However the firm has sacrificed among the out there sensor space throughout its optimization for smartphone use, because the output is restricted to 12-MP.

As with 2019’s RX100 VII digital camera, the sensor works with a Bionz X processing engine and gives 315 phase-detection high-speed autofocus factors protecting 90 p.c of the body, as much as 20 frames per second with autofocus and auto publicity, 12-bit RAW capturing capabilities, “excellent low mild efficiency” and 4K video at as much as 120 fps (a smartphone first, in keeping with Sony). There’s real-time Eye AF and real-time topic monitoring out there for stills and video too, and 24-mm Zeiss Tessar dual-aperture optics characteristic up prime.

In fact, the Professional-I just isn’t the primary smartphone we have seen using a 1-inch-type picture sensor. We bought to grips with Panasonic’s chunky CM1 in 2015, Sharp launched the Aquos R6 earlier this yr, and Leica used that handset as its template for the Leitz Telephone 1 in July. However Sony has included the large sensor in a triple digital camera array, and squeezed every little thing into a reasonably slim handset that is simply 8.9 mm thick.

All three cameras within the triple array prime out at 12 megapixels, all of them use digital picture stabilization however the primary and telephoto models may also make use of optical picture stabilization


The opposite two 12-MP cameras to the rear of the Professional-I form up as a 16-mm F2.2 ultra-wide mated to a 1/2.5-inch Exmor RS picture sensor and a 50-mm F2.4 telephoto with a 1/2.9-inch Exmor RS sensor. All three lenses right here profit from Zeiss T* anti-reflective coating, a 3D iToF sensor, and digital picture stabilization – although the primary and telephoto modules additionally boast optical picture stabilization.

The telephone encompasses a devoted shutter button to the aspect that rocks the identical swap module because the RX100 cameras, and customers can long-press this to launch a “Images Professional” mode to entry superior digital camera settings.

Vloggers and cellular movie-makers can faucet into artistic settings through the brand new Videography Professional characteristic, whereas Cinematography Professional gives eight totally different coloration settings that use the Venice digital cinema digital camera as muse. There is a mono mic subsequent to the primary digital camera that may deal with clear speech seize, which is along with the handset’s stereo microphones, and Sony has cooked in its audio separation tech to filter out wind noise from all audio recording.

Sony has additionally launched an exterior monitor for the smartphone, permitting vloggers to see themselves whereas utilizing the primary digital camera in selfie mode. It magnetically mounts to a metallic holder connected to the handset, encompasses a 3.5-inch 1,280 x 720 LCD show , a 3.5-mm microphone jack for exterior microphones, and is powered from the Professional-I’s 4,500-mAh battery through USB-C. The Vlog Monitor accent is out there from December as an non-obligatory additional for US$200.

An optional 3.5-inch Vlog Monitor can be mounted to the rear of the Pro-I, so that its main camera can be used for vlogging

An non-obligatory 3.5-inch Vlog Monitor will be mounted to the rear of the Professional-I, in order that its fundamental digital camera can be utilized for vlogging


Elsewhere, the brand new Xperia handset options an eye-popping 4K HDR OLED 6.5-inch show with adjustable coloration, 120-Hz refresh charge and 240-Hz movement blur discount. There’s help for the 100% of the DCI-P3 coloration gamut, and the ITU-R BT.2020 coloration house too – although not full help for the latter.

The telephone has Snapdragon 888 5G processing brains supported by 12 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage, with microSD enlargement. It runs Android 11, comes with Wi-Fi 6, and Bluetooth 5.2 can also be onboard with help for high-resolution wi-fi audio playback due to the LDAC and aptX HD codecs. Music lovers can make the most of Sony’s immersive 360 Actuality Audio and 360 Spatial Audio applied sciences as nicely, and this handset comes with a 3.5-mm headphone jack.

Pre-orders for the unlocked Xperia Professional-I begin on October 28 for $1,799.99, with availability pegged for December.

Product web page: Xperia Professional-I

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