In the world of the high-tech smartphone camera battles, all the smartphone manufacturers want to be on top. We see most of the phones now come with larger camera sensors. As we know, this battle is majorly fought between Apple, Samsung, and Xiaomi.
But now Sony also wants to fight this battle with its new Sony Xperia Pro-I. The “I” stands for “Imaging”.
So, the Sony Xperia Pro-I features a 1-inch type camera sensor. This is Huge!
This smartphone is mainly made for video professionals or cinematographers and vloggers because this smartphone features the most impressive hardware camera setup in any smartphone out there right now.
Most people, who are from the photography world might recognize that this smartphone has the same sensor as Sony’s RX100 Mark VII has. These two devices share the same 1-inch Exmor RS CMOS sensor.
So it’s more likely to be a camera with a smartphone built-in. But wait there are a lot more things in this smartphone that makes it a full-featured smartphone.
Let’s dive right in.
Sony Xperia Pro-I All Features
Design & Display
The design of the Sony Xperia pro-I is not so impressive to me. The sides of this smartphone have rigged rails that are not so pretty but this makes this phone extremely gripable.
And this allows it to stand on 3 of its 4 sides and this might give a similar look to the latest iPhones, and this should help for a hassle-free handling experience.
Sony Xperia Pro-I’s display comes with the toughest Glass yet – Corning Gorilla Glass Victus, with improvement in both drop and scratch resistance. Xperia Pro-I is also certified with IP65/68 water and dust resistance.
The Sony Xperia Pro-I is big as the Xperia 1 III, the sides of these two phones are similarly thick and the Sony Xperia Por-I is 25 to 30 grams heavier than the Xperia 1 III this might be because of the larger camera sensor.
But these sides are interesting too, as the sides are paced with more different features. As in the top of Xperia Pro-I has a 3.5 mm jack that allows you to attach your headsets that most phones are lacking nowadays, and also you can use it as an external microphone as if you are using it for shooting videos.
At the bottom of the phone, you can see a USB-C port and a microphone. The Left side of the phone has a hybrid sim tray that you can easily remove with your finger without any ejecting tool and also an eyelet that allows you to attach a wrist strap.
The right side of the Sony Xperia Pro-I is a little bit cluttered – on this side, you can see the volume buttons, power key, a small round key that is meant to open the professional camera or video app but it depends on you to which feature gives to this button and a dedicated camera shutter button with half-press of autofocus and second press for snapping a shot.
This smartphone also features the 6.5-inches 4K HDR OLED 120Hz display. Yes! You read it right!
And the display is unusually tall with a 21:9 aspect ratio that also helps for a better multimedia experience.
The 4K screen of the Sony Xperia Pro-I has a resolution of 3840×1644. It has the same display as the Sony Xperia 1 III. And the Pixel density of the 6.5-inches screen is 643 PPI.
One more thing about its screen is the cutouts. Most of the phones are like Samsung and Apple, which now makes notched MacBooks! But, Sony always stands out with its display cutout. The top and bottom of the screen have thicker bezels a little bit, but this will be outstanding when you use landscape orientation.
Let’s take a look at the cameras of the Xperia pro-I, this is what makes the phone. On the front side, it features an 8 MP camera. On the backside, Sony Xperia Pro-I features a triple camera setup, starting from the main camera.
Sony Xperia Pro-I features a 24mm 12 MP camera with an f2.0 & f4.0 Adjustable Dual Aperture and also has a massive 1-inch type sensor, which is very impressive.
But there’s a catch! As we know, the most highlighted feature in Xperia Pro-I is the 1-inch sensor and this is the same sensor as used in Sony RX100 Mark VII.
So the catch is, yes Xperia Pro-I uses the 1-inch sensor but this phone doesn’t use the entire 1-inch sensor, because the lenses are pushed towards the sensor, so there’s not enough Z-axis.
So, this means that the camera is not utilizing the whole sensor inside.
At the top, the phone has a 16mm 12MP camera with an f2.2 aperture that can take wide & ultra-wide photos.
And the last one is a 50mm 12 MP telephoto lens with an f2.4 aperture and also features 2x optical zoom.
In between the main camera and the last one, there is also a 3D iToF sensor that helps in calculating instantly the distance between the camera & the subject.
Now, let’s take a look at more camera features:
From the perspective of a Photographer:
- It has a highly sensitive pixel pitch of 2.4μm.
- Less noise in Low Light.
- More clear details in both the dark area as well as the bright areas of the image.
- Amazing artistic natural bokeh (blur) effects.
- Dual aperture.
- The latest BIONZ X for a mobile image processor.
- Real-Time Eye autofocus for both animals and humans.
- Real-time Tracking.
- 20fps burst shooting with less noise.
- Anti-distortion shutter that helps in suppressing the rolling-shutter effect.
- Optical Image Stabilisation technology helps in delivering images with less blur, even in dark conditions.
- Also features the entire Photography Pro app, which is inspired by Alpha cameras.
From the Perspective of Videographer:
- An entire Videography Pro app, with this app, you have full control over your videos.
- It comes with Eye Autofocus not only for portraits but also for videos.
- Object tracking for sharp focus on the subject.
- Shoot high-quality videos in 4K HDR 120fps, and also select the playback frames from 24fps to 120fps.
- Take smooth and steady videos with Optical Steadyshot and Image Stabilization.
- It also features the third Monaural microphone next to the main camera, which allows you to focus on speaking clearly, even when the other sounds remain in the background.
- If you are a Vlogger, the Sony Xperia Pro-I can attach a Vlog Monitor in the back.
From the Perspective of Cinematographer:
- It also has a different app for recording cinematic videos called Cinematography Pro, which is powered by “CineAlta”.
- Record high-quality Slow motions.
- Colour grade your footage with Cinematic colour settings.
After shooting your photos and videos most of the time we head over to our laptops and PCs to edit and share your work. Now you don’t need to do that. The Sony Xperia Pro-I does it for you. This phone also features a “Creator Mode”, which is also powered by “CineAlta”, which allows you to see photos and videos with more accurate colors.
So, now let’s talk about the performance. Sony Xperia Pro-I has not only a great camera, but it also comes with an impressive Processor and Ram.
The Sony Xperia Pro-I packs with the Android 11 and 12 GB of RAM and with 512 GB internal storage, which is expandable up to 1 TB.
It also features the latest and most powerful chipset in a smartphone i.e. Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G mobile platform that gives the immersive experience of speed. This is also optimized for gaming with Qualcomm Snapdragon Elite gaming.
But if you are a gamer, this phone also gives you an app that enhances your gaming experience. The app is called “Game Enhancer”. This is not only this, with a 120Hz refresh rate display that helps you to see the fast-moving objects clearly and gives very smooth gameplay.
See, while gaming the phone needs a constant power supply that’s why we need to plug in the phone on charge. But then the problem starts appearing, the phone starts overheating. But not on this phone, this phone comes with a feature that prevents overheating while gaming i.e. Heat Suppression power control.
And this feature kind of surprises me because this will directly power the phone system rather than charging the battery. And this will reduce the thermal tension & improve the gaming and also help in maintaining the battery health for a longer time.
Battery, Multimedia & Other Features
The Sony Xperia Pro-I’s battery isn’t that powerful, but it packs a 4500 mAh battery and supports up to 50% fast-charging in just 30 minutes, including a 30W USB-C to USB-C type charger. Not only that, but it also maintains the health of the battery, with Xperia Adaptive Charging monitoring your phone while it is charging, to make sure the battery is not overworked.
This smartphone is not only for making great content but also for consuming that great content.
With a 4K HDR OLED 120Hz display and aspect ratio of 21:9 and no notch, the viewing experience is pretty amazing but sometimes it feels weirder, mostly when you are watching a video or movie which is not made for this aspect ratio. But Anything you watch is run via X1 Engine, which is the same as in BRAVIA TVs to improve the content you wanna watch.
And the audio of this phone is tuned by Sony Picture Entertainment and Dolby Atmos. It also features the 360 reality sound, it is as real as you are in the concert.
Sony Xperia Pro-I Price and Availability
So, now this smartphone has all premium features but this also comes with a premium price tag. At the start of 2021, Sony launched its $2,500 Xperia Pro. That was the phone which is made for video professionals. And now the Sony Xperia Pro-I is also made for photographers or videographers and that’s why it has a nickname i.e. “The Camera”. And Sony also claims it is a new addition to their camera lineup.
But this also comes with an eye-watering price of $1,799 in the U.S. In the U.K. the price of the Xperia Pro-I is €1,599.
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Sony Xperia Pro-I Specifications
Why You Should Buy (Pros)
- Biggest 1-inch Camera Sensor ever in a smartphone.
- Full control over the cameras with professional apps.
- IP65/68 water & dust resistance certified.
- Corning Gorilla glass Victus protection.
- It features a 4K HDR OLED 120Hz with a 21:9 aspect ratio display.
- Dynamic vibration system and stereo sound output.
- Features BIONZ X Image Proccessor.
- More accurate colors with Creator Mode.
- Optimized with Qualcomm Snapdragon Elite Gaming.
- H.S power control to prevent overheating.
- Side-mounted dedicated camera shutter button.
Why You Should Buy (Cons)
- Not able to use the full 1-inch sensor.
- Wireless charging is not available.
- Weight is 221g, which is heavier.
- It doesn’t have a separate Sim & Micro-SD slot.
- Very Expensive.
- Doesn’t have color options.
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