Sony today announced the Xperia 1 V, which features a newly developed Stacked CMOS image sensor with 2-layer transistor pixels. According to the press release, the "low-light performance" is said to be around twice as high as when measured on the 24 mm lens of the previous Xperia 1 IV model.
The main 50MP sensor behind the 24mm lens on the back of the Xperia 1 V is around 1.7 times larger than its predecessor (1/1.35"), which partly explains its better light sensitivity in purely physical terms. The other 12MP sensors on the other hand remain solid home cooking on the predecessor&s level.
The optics of the Sony Xperia 1 V
The optically stabilized main sensor is supposed to have a three times higher saturation level than the predecessor, and the remaining dynamic range gain is supposed to come from an improved noise reduction. Rumor has it that it will be the IMX 888.
For photos, Sony wants to be able to deliver a dynamic range that equals that of a Sony full-frame camera in combination with a "high-speed multi-frame overlay processing technology" - that is, when several exposures are merged. However, the quality gap to a large-sensor camera should still be somewhat maintained for video recordings without such tricks.
Sony emphasizes the closeness to the in-house Alpha cameras on many levels in the Xperia 1 V and this does not stop at the features for filmmakers. Among other things, the S-Cinetone color profile is supported and the autofocus functions are also supposed to come from the Alpha cameras. The smartphone can record in 4K with up to 120 fps.
Sony deliberately places the Sony Xperia 1 V close to its Alpha cameras.
For this, Sony tries to make the combination of the Xperia 1 V with a Sony Alpha camera more interesting by also allowing the smartphone to be used as an external monitor. The 6.5-inch 4K OLED display with a 120 Hz refresh rate supports functions like peaking or zebra pattern as a preview monitor, which could definitely appeal to professional users. When using the Xperia 1 V as an external monitor for an Alpha camera, videos can even be recorded in the Xperia 1 V&s internal storage as a backup. This can also be expanded inexpensively up to 1 TB via a MicroSDXC card.
The Xperia 1 V also wants to please vloggers. There is automatic face tracking for image cropping and a new microphone with voice priority in the rear camera. During YouTube live streams via the video recording function "Videography Pro", chat comments can be displayed simultaneously so that vloggers can communicate with their viewers in real time. In addition, the user interface also supports vertical recordings.
The Sony Xperia 1 V
Inside, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen2 processor, which is currently found in many Android flagship smartphones, does its job - in addition, there is 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage. Sony also underlines the flagship positioning with a recommended retail price of 1399 Euros. The smartphone is supposed to be available from the end of June, and pre-orderers can still get Sony&s noise-cancelling headphones WH-1000XM5 worth 349 Euros for free. There is also supposed to be a trade-in bonus for old devices, which is supposed to correspond to a discount of 150 Euros.
All specifications of the Sony Xperia 1 V can be found here.