In most smartphone charts, Sony&s Xperia models regularly rank below "far and few between". Compared to Apple, Samsung or Xiaomi, Sony doesn&t seem to be able to please the masses. We therefore find it all the more exciting that Sony is not trying to join the camera monotony of the big five, but is taking its own innovative paths with the Xperia smartphones.
And so the third generation of Sony&s new top smartphones (Xperia 1 III and 5 III) now also offers several exciting camera features: the Xperia 1 III comes with three - partly optically stabilised - 12-megapixel cameras, but with four (?!?) focal lengths.
This works by means of a movable lens that can image both 70mm and 105mm in small-format equivalent. However, a stepless change between the two focal lengths (i.e. a quasi optical zoom) is not possible. In addition, Sony directs the optics across the sensor via a prism.
Thus, the following focal lengths are available for the smartphones:
16 millimetres (f/2.2, 1/2.6 inch sensor)
24 millimetres (f/1.7, 1/1.7 inch sensor) and
70 and 105 millimetres (f/2.3 - 2.8, 1/2.9 inch sensor)
Compared to the Xperia 5, the Xperia 1 also has a ToF sensor for better autofocus.
The new Sony flagships also advertise the Pro mode, which is supposed to be based on the cameras of the Alpha series. Among other things, there is "real-time autofocus", "eye focus for humans and animals" and all that at up to 20 fps in photo mode.
For filmmakers, Sony gives the following features with H264/H265 recording, but without explicitly mentioning 10 bits:
Cinematography Pro "powered by CineAlta", 4K HDR movie recording at 24, 25, 30, 60 and slow motion at 120bps, OIS and EIS video, Optical SteadyShot with FlawlessEye and SteadyShot with Intelligent Active Mode (5-axis stabilisation), Intelligent Wind Filter.
The 10 bits are then explicitly found in the OLED displays: the Xperia 5 III has a 6.1-inch display with 2.5K, the Xperia 1 III in 6.5-inch display with 4K resolution. Both are said to cover DCI-P3 to one hundred percent, as well as being able to display ITU-R BT.2020 (REC.2020), although the colour coverage is not mentioned here.
Unfortunately, the new models have not inherited the HDMI input of the Xperia Pro, which is why the displays cannot be used as preview monitors.
Both smartphones are powered by Qualcomm&s current flagship G5 processor (888). The Xperia 5 comes with 8/128GB of storage, while the new Xperia 1 comes with 12/256GB.
Both are expected to be in stores in early summer, but Sony is not yet naming prices. Perhaps a guideline will help you to estimate: the predecessor model Xperia 1 II was introduced at the time with a recommended retail price of 1,199 euros. more infos at bei www.heise.de