Sony Xperia Pro-I is a sequel to the limited Xperia Pro, only this time it is intended for prosumers who know their way around photography and cinematography. It is the first phone with a 1"-Type Sony sensor, it can do 12-bit RAW output and offers plenty of camera apps to make use of the advanced camera system.
The Xperia Pro-I (where I stands for Imaging) has some notable updates over the first Pro - it's a water-resistant Xperia phone with a 6.5" 4K OLED screen that now supports a 120Hz refresh rate. The chipset has been upgraded to Snapdragon 888, there are improved cameras and lenses, and yet somehow, the phone's profile is now slimmer, and the whole thing weighs less!
The primary camera is the real showstopper on this new Xperia Pro-I. Sony has brought its 1"-Type 20MP sensor from the Sony RX100 VII on to a smartphone, which is a first for the industry. The 24mm ZEISS lens on top of this large sensor offer variable aperture with fixed F/2.0 and F/4.0 steps - not a first, but definitely a rarity, nevertheless. This camera supports real-time eye AF, 315 PDAF points. It can also do 4K video capturing at 120fps and eye-AF and object tracking for video.
The 12MP ultrawide camera now supports autofocus, and it can take macro shots in addition to stellar panoramic shots with sharp corners. The 12MP telephoto, on the other hand, has shorter reach as it now uses a 50mm lens, but it relies on a larger sensor with bigger pixels.
The Xperia Pro-I has a lot to offer beyond mobile photography. It has stereo speakers, a microSD slot, a 3.5mm jack, there is a dedicated hardware shutter, an eyelet for hooking a strap like a digital camera, and a number of mics for high-quality audio recording.
The phone can also act as an external monitor and controller to a number of popular Sony cameras. You can also pair it with a new Vlog monitor accessory with an external magnetic display, which can turn the triple rear camera into an unmatched vlogging machine.
Let's take a look at the specs.
Sony Xperia Pro-I seems like one potent flagship, at least for people who know what they will be doing with it, and we cannot wait to see it in action!
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