Out of nowhere, Sony has just dropped a bomb on the smartphone market adding to its Xperia lineup. Sony has released the new Sony Xperia Pro-I with a huge 1.0″ camera sensor and 2 aperture settings. This might be the next true camera phone. Here is everything about this new device.
Sony Xperia Pro-I
First, let’s get the specifications out of the way, then we’ll talk camera. The device comes with a Snapdragon 888 chip, 12GB RAM. A huge 6.1″ 4K 120Hz OLED panel can be seen on the front of the device. You get ample 512GB storage, expandable through a microSD card and a 4,500mAh battery. In the box, the Xperia Pro-I comes with a case, 30W charger, and USB cable.
Now, let’s talk about the camera. The Xperia Pro-I gets a quad camera setup. We see a 24mm 12MP 1inch sensor main shooter with F2.0/F4.0 variable aperture. We also see a 16mm 12MP ultrawide, a 50mm 12MP Telephoto and finally a 3D ToF sensor.
The 1.0-inch main sensor is taken straight from the very popular Sony RX100 VII compact camera, but it has been optimized for the device. It means that the Xperia Pro-I only uses a big chunk of that sensor to produce 12MP images with a 2.4µm pixel density which is around 20% larger than the one on the iPhone 13 Pro Max. So despite not using the full 1.0-inch sensor area, the Xperia Pro-I does end up with a huge sensor only really bettered by the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra and its 2.8µm binned pixels.
In front of the sensor is a Zeiss-coated, stabilized 24mm lens with a variable aperture that goes from f/2.0 to f/4.0. You can get great sharpness and focus with that. It also features Sony’s Real-time autofocus for both humans and animals, both in stills and video. The Xperia Pro-I can lock up to a subject thanks to 315 phase-detect AF points across 90% of the frame.
The phone wouldn’t be an Xperia without a physical shutter button, so Sony has given 2 physical buttons on the side. A longer textured button to capture stills or go to the camera app, and a smaller circular button to record a video or to go to the video app.
Speaking of apps, the software gives users complete control over the camera. You can customise everything and shoot cinema-grade 4K video at up to 120fps for 5x slow motion.
Sony has also shown 2 accessories with the phone. A Vlog monitor to face yourself and shoot with the bigger sensor and a stabiliser to hold the phone steady, both for €199 ($230/PKR 40K), and it needs a back cover attachment for an additional €89.99 ($104/PKR 18K).
Sony will begin selling the Xperia Pro-I in December with a price tag of €1,799 ($2089/PKR 365,441)
So, what do you think of the phone? A bit on the expensive side isn’t it? Will you buy it? Share your thoughts in the comments below.