Seeing Sharp and Leica jointly released a smartphone equipped with a 1-inch CMOS, how can Sony, which has always claimed to be the leader in photography in the mobile phone industry, stand on the sidelines? They released a brand new Xperia Pro-I this morning, which is a continuation of last year’s Xperia Pro’s new work for professionals. To put it simply and crudely, it is to directly insert the 1-inch CMOS of the RX100 VII commonly known as “Black Card 7” into the Xperia 1. Inside the fuselage of III. But the real machine is of course not that simple, so let’s share with you the experience of playing the Xperia Pro-I real machine first.
Unlike the Xperia 1 III that general users prefer, the Xperia Pro-I is a 6.5-inch mobile phone, but the metal middle frame has deep pits, which are used to improve the stability of the grip and also have the effect of heat dissipation. To be fair, the Xperia Pro-I is thicker, but it doesn’t look like a brick in your hand. Compared with the Xpeira 1 III, it’s probably only a few mm behind, but it’s worth 1. Inch big CMOS, other mobile phone manufacturers claiming to put up giant camera modules for big CMOS have no room for self-confidence.
The shutter button of Sony’s mobile phone’s signature is naturally special for photography-oriented machines. The Xperia Pro-I has a relatively large one with a dot pattern on it, which helps to improve the feel of pressing the shutter. There is a small round button next to it. Its purpose is a bit like the C button of an Alpha camera, which is a customizable shortcut key. Then the user can set it as a one-click to start the video app, and the shutter is the default camera app shortcut Button, you can instantly capture the image in front of you anytime, anywhere.
The 3.5mm headphone jack on the top of the camera still exists, and there is only USB-C at the bottom of the camera. The HDMI input of Xperia Pro was cancelled last year. After all, the purpose is different. However, Xperia Pro-I has a nostalgic strap hole, so you can put a good-looking mobile phone into it, really hook Xperia Pro-I on your neck or hand like a camera. Street shooting is especially useful. .
Turning to the back of the camera, only a few raised camera modules are placed on the central axis of Xperia Pro-I. The big and round one in the middle is the protagonist: 1 inch large CMOS, dual aperture design, and Zeiss Zeiss T* coating blessing 24mm wide-angle camera. The two ends are a 16mm ultra-wide-angle camera and a 50mm telephoto camera. That’s right, Sony can’t give you two black technologies at the same time. The dual-focus telephoto camera of Xperia 1 III did not appear in Xperia Pro-I. In exchange, it was a 50mm 1/2.9″ OIS camera suitable for medium-range shooting. , 3D iToF sensor. If you look closely, you will find a small hole next to the camera module. Sony originally added an omnidirectional microphone for human voices for the first time. So if you take a vlog on the main camera, the phone itself can also There is a better radio effect.
The protagonist of Xperia Pro-I is the camera. Two of the three 12MP cameras are new, except that the ultra-wide-angle is the same as the Xperia 1 III’s 16mm 1/2.5 inch CMOS, f/2.2 aperture specifications, and the telephoto camera is For the new 50mm 1/2.9″ OIS camera mentioned above, the wide-angle camera uses 1 inch CMOS, f/2.0 / f/4.0 dual aperture specifications.
Sony directly confirmed that the 1-inch CMOS in the Xperia Pro-I is the one in the Black Card 7 RX100 VII. The pixel size is larger than 2.4μm, so everyone can expect that the image quality will be better than that of ordinary mobile phones. Is cleaner and sharper. In the lens part, everyone should have seen a lot of things printed on it, even Sony’s old friend Zeiss is also helpful. T* coating and glass lenses can greatly reduce optical problems, such as purple light, glare, etc. .
Although the editor did not upgrade to Black Card 7, the imaging of Black Card 5 is also of great reference value. Here is an A/B comparison to see what is the imaging difference between the two cameras under the dual aperture of Xperia Pro-I. Yes, the image with a larger aperture will have a more obvious depth of field effect, and with a larger piece of CMOS, the edge position of the bokeh is also more natural. Under the maximum f/2.0 aperture, the images of the two machines have very similar textures. At first glance, it is really not clear which one is Xperia Pro-I and which one is shot by RX100 V.
Since the CMOS of the RX100 VII has been introduced, its ultra-high-speed focusing and tracking functions will naturally be found on Xperia Pro-I. The mobile phone will also support human and animal eyes tracking Eye-AF, covering 90% The screen has 315-point phase focusing, 20fps continuous shooting, and there will be 4K 120p and 5x slow-speed recording capabilities.
In view of the vlog capability of the new camera, Sony has specially designed a Video Pro app. A large part of the function overlaps with the current Cinema Pro, but the interface becomes simpler and more intuitive.
In recent years, Sony has clearly grasped the selling point of the vlog market to develop new products. In addition to the camera line, now the mobile phone line is also coming to find accessories for the vlogger. Along with Xperia Pro-I, there is a 3.5-inch external screen that can be fixed to the back of the phone with the help of a magnetic bracket, so that users can see clearly when shooting with the main camera. This small screen uses a USB-C cable to get power from the phone, but it also has a separate charging port for serial charging. What’s even better is that there is a 3.5mm audio input hole, and it is also possible to connect various microphones to improve the sound quality. Um? Is there no place for the external microphone? A cold shoe socket is attached to the magnetic mobile phone holder, just put it on.
At present, Sony only allows Xperia Pro-I to use this small screen. At the same time, there are only a few native camera apps compatible with Sony. If you have a video app you like, it may not be suitable.
How do you hold the phone, screen, microphone, and many other accessories? This is the time when Sony’s Bluetooth selfie grip for the camera debuted earlier. Xperia Pro-I can be connected to the Bluetooth selfie handle, and then operated by the above physical buttons, it can also be used as a tripod, which is very convenient.
Although Xperia Pro-I is a special mobile phone, it is still a smart phone after all, so it is inevitable to look at the specifications. Xperia Pro-I will be the same high-end version of Xperia 1 III, equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor, 12GB RAM and 512GB storage space, and supports 1TB microSD card expansion. The endurance is provided by a 4,500mAh battery that supports 30W fast charging, and of course there is a 5G connection. The screen is also a 6.5-inch 4K HDR OLED panel, and the body has an IP68 protection level. So as a mobile phone’s own job (?) is also a commensurate flagship model.
Finally, let’s share the sales information in Hong Kong. Xperia Pro-I will start accepting pre-orders on Friday (29th), and the price is HK$12,999. The early bird offer will include WF-1000XM4 true wireless headsets, extending the second-year warranty. As for the exclusive screen accessories mentioned above, there will be an early bird 20% discount on the purchase of the Vlog package, which means that you can have a Vlog external display and a wireless camera handle at HK$2,464. Finally, the exclusive leather protective cover also has a half-price redemption discount, which can be purchased at HK$295.Interested friends can go to the official website for reference