Sony Xperia Pro-l is a 2021 Flagship Smartphone Contender
That’s is totally different. That’s a one inch sensor on a smartphone. That is a game changing moment taking place right now look at the size of that some of you may recall this phone over here, it made waves in the tech community for being one of the
Most expensive, most premium smartphones ever launched it was like 2500 bucks and it was kind of hard add filmmaker types those that have Alpha series cameras like the A one that I’m talking into right now.
Or the a one that I’m talking into right now. These are great cameras. Sony knows how to do cameras. In fact, they make many sensors for all of your favourite brands and they make their own phones for what the Pro model did was it added some durability, some camera esque stylings and codings.
Most importantly, this HDMI port on the bottom. And this let you use this as a sort of professional field monitor for one of these professional cameras. So and then there’s some other cool features about it like the camera app and the approach to shooting video on here, which they borrow from from their professional camera department.
Anyway, I ended up finding this package today. My understanding is that inside of this box is a smartphone with a one inch camera sensor I don’t know we’re gonna discover as we go I have like no notes, nothing just look not for sale. mysterious package. Let’s find out what this is all about.
I presume it’s going to be a premium price tag and it actually has a one inch sensor. We’ve seen pointing shoot cameras from Sony wanting sensors. They’ve been tremendous in the past in a smartphone.
How do you fit it all in? Let’s find out okay, well plus 12 plus 12 megapixel so we obviously have a triple camera setup. eight megapixel selfie camera in the front 16.5 centimetre you don’t hear it referenced in such a way very often. 6.5 inch display 4k HDR OLED that’s the other thing that I should have mentioned previously who’s got a 4k display?
We’re talking major PPI here so 4k display inside of six and a half inches 4500 milliamp hour battery and of course a Snapdragon triple eight chip because it is flagship oriented IP 6568 That’s where the pro designation comes in exterior Pro. I stands for imaging. Oh my god.
That is totally different. That’s a one inch sensor on a smartphone. That is a game changing moment taking place right now look at the size of that it is actually reminiscent of some of those other one inch cameras that Sony has put out in the past that I’ve been a fan of I’ve owned many of them. What this is going to give you typically bigger sensor gives you better low light performance you can have with a bokeh effect where you have a shallow depth of field.
Who knows how this is going to work well What a crazy looking camera layout 123 And I guess you have a time of flight sensor in there to the flash had to go up top you see the Zeiss branding. They’ve been partnered with Zeiss in the past for the coatings on the lenses. Dedicated headphone jack up here on top. You have a lanyard spot because this is after all a camera.
You know what? It’s all metal. It doesn’t have this magnesium finish from the original pro it’s more slender and compact. Interesting. Alright, this is my first exposure. I have no brief there’s no documentation to look at. I’m looking at this right now we’re there are no results other than some kind of teaser on the internet.
Alright, so on the bottom here there’s a USB type C port. We have our fingerprint unlock which is on the side of the device, which is unusual . And we have our volume rocker above that there’s also a texture dedicated shutter button so that you can get real professional have a dedicated spot for that and I’ll have to be tapping away on the display.
And there’s another button maybe that is a sort of customizable button just above the shutter button but it’s recessed so you’re not going to accidentally press it instead of the shutter on this side over here. Is the SIM tray which just like in the past is removable without a tool.
And it’s not just a sim tray it also has an SD card slot in it, which is great for a device like this targeted at filmmakers and photo takers can just pop the SDL without any type of special tool. It really has a professional feel to it if you’re familiar with Sony cameras.
Also in the package we do have a power brick it looks like a 30 watt power brick yeah oh right there and USB PD 30 W and there’s your type C cable so this gives you an idea of just how tall this display is in your hand.
It feels like a six inch smartphone maybe but because it gets up tall you can see I can grip down below and you still have tonnes of framing up top the other key here is Sony’s specific applications like photo Pro Camera Pro Video Pro .
imaging edge mobile and external monitor so it does still have some form of external monitor by connecting an external cameras such as a Sony Alpha, external monitor app can help you in the following situations to take advantage of this display. So they’re going to be achieving that with just a Type C cable so that is a benefit.
Look at this. Use high refresh rate up to 120 hertz. So we are talking about 120 hertz 4k OLED in a phone. Now I’m starti
ng to realise this is going to be it’s gonna be a price tag here that we’re gonna have to become comfortable with. I’m gonna turn it on. Now we are butter we are butter now 120 hertz 4k OLED Let’s go. As far as the interface is concerned, very stock Android type of experience inside of your notification tray over here your quick settings and obviously if we go into the typical settings
it’s the same thing I noticed though I can pull from over here. Double tap that bar. And I can have something called side sets so I can have some quick apps over there if you know frequently accessed things. The key factor here is when you jump into say cinema bro, for example, and this is where they’re pulling at least in this case from Cinna Alta, which happens to be their very high end cinema cameras.
You can get all kinds of wild looks in here. H LG HDR codec H 265. See your battery and memory consumption microphone left and right. Venice CS is the look 4k Of course we can select the project frame rate whatever is suitable for our project is really like a professional style of input.
If you want to get really serious about your smartphone videos, ISO it’s like it’s all types of manual controls and I’m going to record a clip right now. So this is a very simple clip microphone is on the opposite side. We have your shutter information, film world type of stuff. So look at this.
A focus ring that we can access. Actually rather smooth. Look at this. I bring the couch into focus now if I brought my hand into frame over here, and I needed to focus on it, I just go down to here or fig and then for complete manual control .
can see that the control interface is a little different and you have zoom on here now which is featured prominently. It really works like a motorised zoom lens. Those really cool. Final there’s manual features inside of smartphones but Sony just has so much experience in cameras at the cinema level at the broadcast level that they can just just be know how to do an interface around manual features
That’s going to be comfortable to hold. You have a regular camera app to this is for still photos once again back on the professional side of things and with the dedicated shutter button and autofocus which is so reminiscent of the pro cameras Eye Autofocus he grabbed his eye on that.
Oh my goodness, we’re talking now now we’re talking that is such a satisfying device to take photos on. Sony has such smart software when it comes to Eye Autofocus. It’s a lock lock it stays locked to his eye. Right there.
See the little green box? Bang, bang bang. Once again in the photo area is all types of features as well. You have a full menu system just like you would have on one of their pro cameras. You have multiple lenses to choose from course here’s our ultra wide as well. Point seven versus 1x. So the front camera eight megapixels, let’s give that a shot.
Backlight portrait it knows it’s sensing the backlight in this case, the ceiling light plenty of detail in this area as well. So crazy we have a one inch sensor on a smartphone.
I don’t think is really sunk in yet. How is there enough space? I’m trying to imagine how they’ve packed it all in there. Okay, we just noticed something crazy. When you switch the aperture. There’s an actual adjustment, a mechanical aperture inside of the one inch camera. So if I click it here, this is f4 That’s f2 And you see it open up and let more light in an actual real aperture functionality on a smartphone on top of a one inch sensor. I’m gonna do it one more time. f4 f2 Oh, this button. This button here is a shortcut but so let’s say there’s some event taking place you need to quickly record something just hit this button. Boom you’re in and you’re recording and you’re recording two buttons there.
You need to look at my phone. Figure out Did you see the cleaning call? I was just about to bring that up. Yeah, I mean we’re cleaning cloth well and show people want to know what so it’s pretty clear audio. But it isn’t a it’s like everything is firing out on multiple places. I know at the point that we’re filming this, I have no idea what you’re going to charge for this hot update news alert. I just got a brief I got a little one page for this thing like moments ago. It’s going to cost 1799 So it’s not as much as the previous Pro, which is good but it is still a very premium price tag. It’s for a specific type of user. They’re gonna have a bunch of vlogging accessories for it. So it is for content creators who are gonna make a lot of content presumably and be able to justify the extra cost over a typical smartphone.
It shoots 4k 120 as well just recently started shooting 4k 120 on actual cameras, and now we’re doing it on smartphone, 4k 120 frames on your smartphone so that’s like an RX 100 Mark whatever inside of a phone Exactly. one inch sensor inside of a smartphone, a one inch sensor in a smartphone. It’s not something I’ve seen before experienced before from a company that really knows how to do it as truly put together some of the best one inch sensors that have existed on cameras at all like to begin with. So what I like here is the fact that we have options for smartphones that are really atypical that are unique to the space like this really has the filmmaker in mind dedicated but those variety of apps that give you quick access to features that as a filmmaker photographer you would know and want the ability to use as an external monitor because of you know, having this type C connection that’s compatible. With the Alpha cameras and then also just top end specs in general Snapdragon triple A bit your IP ratings in year.
You got a lot of RAM to work with. You have a 4k display, which as a monitor makes a difference. When you go and you crop in and you’re really looking for detailed. Did I get that shot? Did I get focus? You’ve got Sony’s crazy software running in the background, maintaining things like Eye Autofocus, which they’ve perfected because of the pro cameras which are dominating their segment. All of a sudden you can understand why you have a compelling package for the right customer is it going to be for everyone, you know, but that’s kind of what’s good about it is that they’ve been able to hyper focus on a very specific customer for that customer. There’s gonna be an appreciation for this set of features.
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