The $1,800 Sony Xperia Pro-1 phone has a one inch camera sensor and dual aperture

The Sony Xperia Pro-1 is not the first phone that can have an inch camera sensor. But it’s the first sensor to place a 7-inch sensor on the popular Sony RX100 camera on the phone. Luckily for us, Sony hasn’t stopped there and has added dual aperture mechanics, a new 50-inch lens, EyeAF video support and a new app and Video Pro. The price of all of these is $1,800$ which converts roughly to £1,300 to AU$2,400. Don’t believe me writing this, but the Xperia Pro can avail great value, especially when you consider the Sony RX100 7 costs $1,300 and doesn’t make phone calls.

If you’re obsessed with finding the best cameras on your phone, the past month has been generous. Apple releases iPhone 13 and 13 Pro. Google launched Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. And now it’s Sony Xperia Pro-1. The I stands for imagination. At least that’s what Sony told me.

For years, many of us have trusted our phone with a truly amazing camera built around a large image sensor. In 2018, Motion Picture maker Red got our hopes up with the Hydrogen One phone that ended up having a mid-tier Android camera system that could send 3D images and videos.

Now don’t get me wrong, what Apple, Google, Huawei and Samsung have been able to do with minimal image sensors and complete computation photography is amazing. But you should be surprised: What if the iPhone had an image sensor that was 0.6 inches, one inch? And that’s where Sony enters the conversation with the Xperia Pro-1. It’s basically Sony Xperia 1 III phone Sony RX100 7 with camera sensor.

The central camera with a large lens aperture has one inch image sensor.

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What’s surprising is that Sony was able to fit a sensor of one inch into the body of a phone that’s nearly the same thickness as the iPhone 13 Pro Max The larger sensor represents a larger dynamic range and better low-light resolution for images and simulations.

Sony sent me a sample pre-production Xperia Pro-1 to try and just print. The photos from it look great and I see that there are phenomena, especially under good light and even in light media, like at a bar. Check hands-on video attached to this article to see video clips from the Xperia Pro-1. We are still testing out more, and I’ll do a full in-depth review once I get a final production sample. All photos and videos were taken with a 1-shot primary camera and its 24-millimeters lens or an ultrawide camera with a 16-millimeter lens. The camera 50 millimeters was disabled on a pre-existing prototype.

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I like the way the Xperia Pro-1 highlights and shades handles in this photo a trio of good doggies.

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The detail in this photo is so amazing. The Xperia Pro isn’t too sharp.

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This isn’t a great way to take a photo, but I wanted to test out the Xperiam Pro-1’s hardness and backlighting, keeping details and highlights on skin tones.

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It’s in Zen.

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Like other Xperia phones, I don’t have a dedicated nighttime Pro-1 mode. But in darker situations, the Xperia Pro-1 produces a natural hit without brightening the shadows too much.

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Sony is not the only company to invest a one-inch sensor on the phone. The Xperia Pro-1 sensor combines seven generations of edits and updates from other Sony phone and camera apps.

Like the Xperia 1 3, the Xperia Pro-1 has the Sony Photo Pro and Cinema Pro apps. But, Sony has opted for a better video option for those looking for something more advanced than basic video recording and something not as complicated as using the Cinema Pro app. With the Xperia Pro-1, Sony launches a new app called Video Pro that is intended for journalists, vloggers and the like.

The top button has an auto app that allows the phone to make all sorts of choices about shutter speed, ISO and white balance. But when you turn it away, you can hold everything with your hand. You can change between the manual and autofocus and there is a slider that allows you to zoom in and out while recording. You can turn the hole from f/2 to f/4. You can program the hardware buttons on your phone to trigger a shortcut in Video Pro like scroll rocker to zoom-in and out.

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I couldn’t put my hands on the new Sony vlogging monitor kit or take a photo. So I refreshed my post-It Note as a small magnetic monitor and a chain of paper as the cable that connects a phone monitor.

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The Xperia Pro-I works with the $99 Sony VCT-SGR1 shooting grip. The important thing is that along with the Xperia Pro-1, Sony has announced a $199 vlogging monitor kit that comes with a phone mount, magnetic monitor and a small cable to combine the monitor and phone. This kit enables you to cover yourself with the main and rear inch sensor.

The Xperia Pro-1 has the same 4K 120Hz display, USB-C port and dedicated headphone signal as the Xperia 1 III. The Xperia Pro-1 runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G processor and supports 5G in the mid-band. Sony still plans to sell it Xperia Pro that went out earlier this year. The difference is that it has a small HDMI port, 5G support for both sub-6 and mmWave here in the US.

You can order Sony Xperiam Pro-1 starting Oct. 28 and phone calls on December 10

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