As with its predecessor, Sony&s new flagship Xperia 1 II focuses on photo and video, as the name, inspired by Sony Alpha cameras, suggests: it is equipped with a 700 nits bright, 6.5" HDR OLED 10-bit (8-bit plus smoothing) display in 21:9 CinemaWide format, which is colour-calibrated at the factory and can be set to 5,500 K and 6,500 K white balance.
The Sony Xperia 1 Mark II supports 4K-HDR video recording in mp4 (AVC264, HEVC265) with 24/25/30 as well as 60fps, 120 fps slow motion recording, OIS- EIS video stabilization via Cinematography Pro ( powered by CineAlta ), Optical SteadyShot image stabilisation (hybrid OIS/EIS video stabilisation) and SteadyShot with Intelligent Active Mode (five-axis stabilisation) as well as professional playback standards such as DCI-P3 100%, the BT2020 colour space and D65 White Point.
Sony Xperia 1 Mark II
The photo capabilities are underlined by the setting options - ISO, shutter speed, white balance and much more can be controlled not only automatically but also more manually and photos can be saved as RAW (.DNG). Also eight different looks (colour profiles) can be selected (s709-x, Strong/BU60 YE60, Bright/BU20 YE60, Soft/YE80, String/BU100, Cool/BU60, Deep/YE40). The Xperia 1 II can also be used via Imaging Edge App as a remote display for Sony&s Alpha cameras to control recording or make settings remotely.
Sony Xperia 1 II Photo Mode
The heart and brain of the Sony Xperia 1 Mark II is the new Snapdragon 865 SoC from Qualcomm, plus 8GB of RAM, 256GB of memory (twice as much as the previous model), support for the new 5G wireless standard and a battery increased to 4,000 mAh. Interestingly, Sony resists the general trend and offers both a headphone jack and a MicroSD slot in the Xperia 1 Mark II.
The triple camera (ZEISS lenses with 24mm wide angle, 70mm telephoto and 16mm ultra wide angle (35mm equivalent) on the back has been updated - so now up to 20 photos per second can be taken at full resolution (XXX) and, in addition, the autofocus on all three cameras now masters Eye AF, i.e. the recognition and focusing on the eyes of humans and animals.
The main sensor (a Sony Exmor RS IMX555) has been enlarged by 50% from 1/2.6" to 1/1.76" with the same resolution (12 megapixels), so it has a larger sensor - good for low-light capability, for example. New is the ToF depth sensor for measuring distances for subsequent Bokeh calculations.
The Sony Xperia 1 (Mark) II is scheduled to be launched in June at a price of around 1,200 euros.
Sony has also announced the Sony Xperia Pro 5G, a model especially interesting for filmmakers - this will have an HDMI input and 5G mmWave for live streaming of video from a camera. More about this in a separate news item.