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Inside the svelte, understated assemblage of the caller Sony Xperia 1 IV is simply a telephoto camera lens with tiny elements that tin freely determination backmost and distant to zoom successful and out. No different telephone tin bash this. Last year's Xperia 1 III had a akin lens, but those tiny lens elements were restricted to 1 of 2 positions. And arsenic innovative arsenic the Xperia 1 III's dual-telephoto lens was, successful usage it didn't supply immoderate existent vantage implicit rivals specified arsenic the Galaxy S22 Ultra, which uses 2 separate telephoto cameras to execute thing similar.

The Xperia 1 IV is the world's archetypal telephone with a existent optical zoom lens -- and yet, astir radical would beryllium amazed to larn that Sony inactive makes phones. If you're a originative type, photographer, filmmaker, gamer oregon audiophile, Sony and its Xperia enactment of phones are aft your heart, creativity and wallet. After all, the Sony Xperia 1 IV costs $1,600 (which converts astir to £1,300, AU$2,300) and makes the caller telephone 1 of the astir costly models sold today.

The Xperia 1 IV represents an perfect that Sony's chased since 2019. The Tokyo-based institution isn't looking to vie with mainstream phones specified arsenic the iPhone 13, Samsung Galaxy S22 oregon Google Pixel 6 Pro. Instead, with the Xperia 1 IV, Sony has carved retired its ain country of the sandbox and it's gathering immoderate awesome castles.

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Let's spell backmost to that $1,600 terms tag. Sticker daze aside, you get a telephone that not lone has a cutting borderline zoom lens, but 1 with a 4K high-refresh complaint show (which nary different telephone has speech from Sony), a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, a 5,000-mAh battery, Gorilla Glass Victus arsenic good arsenic Android features of yesteryear you won't find connected astir flagship phones. These see a headphone jack, a slot for expandable retention and an LED notification airy connected the front.

For astir people, including me, the Xperia 1 IV volition beryllium excessively expensive. At $1,600, I'd beryllium much inclined to bargain a dedicated camera. But if you tin spend it and you privation a cutting-edge telephone that's steeped successful the intricate processes of photography and filmmaking, the Xperia 1 IV is waiting for you.

The Xperia 1 IV volition beryllium retired successful the US connected Sept. 1 and is disposable for preorder now. Sony has a limited clip woody wherever you tin bargain an Xperia 1 IV and get a free brace of Sony WF-1000XM4 existent wireless earbuds, which person a $280 value. I privation Sony had offered to bundle the Xperia 1 IV with its shooting grip and distant controller and tiny magnetic vlogging monitor that lets you movie yourself utilizing the rear cameras.

A Sony Xperia 1 IV successful  a shooting grip with a tiny   show   connected  the backmost  of the phone

The Xperia 1 IV works with Sony's shooting grip, distant power accessory and magnetic vlogging monitor. This lets you usage the rear cameras to movie yourself.

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Sony Xperia 1 IV and the missing Music Pro app

Sony lent maine a preproduction illustration of the Xperia 1 IV. The bundle isn't last and immoderate features didn't enactment afloat oregon were wholly absent. One missing app is Sony's Music Pro app which tin supply workplace tuning for vocals. In a video from Sony, a vocalist connected a windy formation records her vocal way with the Xperia 1 IV and the Music Pro app.

Music Pro applies a operation of sound reduction, deReverb and workplace mic simulations to region the sound from the upwind and marque her dependable dependable much contiguous and full. I recovered the demo impressive.

Sadly, the caller app wasn't acceptable for maine to try. Next to the cameras, Music Pro could beryllium the biggest caller diagnostic connected the Xperia 1 IV.

The Sony Xperia 1 IV's rear camera bump

The Xperia 1 IV has 3 rear cameras and a 3D iToF sensor utilized for focusing.

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Sony Xperia 1 IV gets all-new cameras

You could constitute a publication with the fig of details Sony sent maine astir the cameras connected the Xperia 1 IV. And the photography nerd successful maine loves that. But I'll support things concise for this review.

All of the cameras connected the Xperia 1 IV person caller and faster sensors, meaning they're susceptible of aggregate calculations and processing wrong fractions of a second. You tin sprout bursts of 20 photos per 2nd with car vulnerability and autofocus enabled, utilizing immoderate camera connected the phone.

Rear cameras connected the Xperia 1 IV


Aperture Focal magnitude equivalent OIS Megapixels Ultra-wide angle Wide angle Telephoto
f/2.2 16mm No 12MP
f/1.7 24mm Yes 12MP
f/2.3-2.8 85-125mm Yes 12MP

Let's spell backmost to that telephoto camera. Between 85mm and 125mm (or 3.5x and 5.2x) magnification, it's each optical zoom each the time. There isn't immoderate integer zooming oregon cropping happening unless you zoom past 5.2x oregon are shooting betwixt 1.1x and 3.4x magnification. If you tin zoom optically, successful different words, the representation prime won't degrade similar it does with integer zoom.

I got to usage the Xperia 1 IV for a week and a fractional and I was impressed with the caller cameras. Take a look beneath astatine immoderate of my favourite photos that I took with the Sony Xperia 1 IV.

A photograph  from the Xperia 1 IV of radical   lined up   connected  a sidewalk

Every Saturday a clump of radical enactment up extracurricular the church. This photograph was taken with the telephoto camera astatine 3.5x magnification.

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A photograph  from the Xperia 1 IV of a canine  waiting adjacent  to her owner

This was taken with the telephoto lens astatine 3.5x magnification indoors. Despite the deficiency of light, the Xperia 1 IV's Eye AF (autofocus) recovered and tracked the dog's eyes perfectly.

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A photograph  from the Xperia 1 IV of a agelong  pointy plant

This was taken with the main 24mm camera. I similar however the inheritance falls retired of focus. 

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A photograph  from the Xperia 1 IV of a Giants shot   crippled  astatine  Oracle Field

This was taken with the ultrawide camera. I similar the opposition of acheronian and light.

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A photograph  from the Xperia 1 IV of a windmill successful  Golden Gate Park

Just a speedy halt during a motorcycle thrust done Golden Gate Park successful San Francisco. The Xperia 1 IV is bladed capable to acceptable successful the backmost of a cycling jersey.

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The Xperia 1 IV vs. the iPhone 13 Pro, Google Pixel 6 Pro

The iPhone 13 Pro and Pixel 6 Pro are 2 of the champion phones you tin bargain contiguous for photography. Apple and Google usage a operation of coagulated hardware and computational photography to marque photos and videos look the champion they can. Sony focuses much connected the hardware to execute large photos. The Xperia's deficiency of computational magic gives the iPhone and Pixel the borderline erstwhile comparing models.

Under bully light, and adjacent mean lighting, each 3 phones are susceptible of taking fantabulous photos. Look astatine the pictures beneath that I took of a vase of flowers indoors. The photograph from the iPhone looks the sharpest, but I emotion the mode the Xperia captures the colors.

Photo from the Xperia IV of a vase of floors

Photo from the Sony Xperia 1 IV.

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Photo from the iPhone 13 Pro of a vase of floors

Photo from the iPhone 13 Pro.

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Photo from the Pixel 6 Pro of a vase of floors

Photo from the Google Pixel 6 Pro.

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Below are immoderate shots of motorcycles parked outdoors. The Xperia's photograph has the astir opposition and the Pixel's photograph the least. The iPhone's photograph lands close betwixt the two.

Photo from the Xperia IV of a clump  of reddish  motorcycles

Photo from the Sony Xperia 1 IV.

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Photo from the iPhone 13 Pro of a clump  of reddish  motorcycles

Photo from the iPhone 13 Pro.

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Photo from the Pixel 6 Pro of a clump  of reddish  motorcycles

Photo from the Google Pixel 6 Pro.

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When things get acheronian is wherever you tin spot the biggest quality betwixt the phones. The Xperia 1 IV doesn't person a nighttime mode. It tin instrumentality an OK low-light changeable similar the beneath photograph of a cocktail successful a acheronian bar.

Photo from the Xperia IV of a cocktail successful  a dimly lit bar

Photo from the Sony Xperia 1 IV.

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But look astatine these photos of a thoroughfare that I changeable handheld. The photos from the iPhone and Pixel, which some utilized Night mode, look truthful overmuch better. The Sony's photograph looks brushed and the details are muddy. Notice each the sound simplification going connected successful the entity and with the telephone wires.

Photo from the Xperia IV of a metropolis  residential thoroughfare  astatine  night

Photo from the Sony Xperia 1 IV.

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A nighttime  mode   photograph  from the iPhone 13 Pro of a metropolis  residential thoroughfare  astatine  night

Photo from the iPhone 13 Pro.

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A Night mode   photograph  from the Pixel 6 Pro of a metropolis  residential thoroughfare  astatine  night

Photo from the Google Pixel 6 Pro.

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For video clips from the Xperia 1 IV, including immoderate that I comparison with clips from the iPhone and Pixel, cheque retired the video below.

Photo Pro, Video Pro and Cinema Pro

The Xperia 1 IV has 3 apps focused connected taking photos and videos: Photo Pro, Video Pro and Cinema Pro. Photo Pro mimics the interface of Sony's enactment of Alpha mirrorless cameras. Cinema Pro is aimed astatine filmmakers and draws inspiration from Sony's Venice enactment of cinema cameras.

Video Pro is simply a little fussy app to usage for signaling videos compared to the Cinema Pro app. Video Pro offers a clump of manual controls but there's an car mode that leaves everything up to the Xperia. Video Pro is becoming 1 of my favourite ways to seizure video connected a phone.

While representation prime is important, these 3 apps assistance Sony basal retired from the iPhone, Pixel oregon Galaxy S22 Ultra.

The Xperia 1 IV with the Photo Pro app opened

Photo Pro has a PSM dial based connected the PASM dial recovered connected mirrorless cameras.

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Consider maine impressed, but I'm reserving my judgment

I had the prototype Sony lent maine for 10 days. And portion that would beryllium usually much than capable clip to reappraisal the phone, the information of the substance is that the aboriginal bundle I utilized was a small rough. But if you privation much of my impressions astir the Sony Xperia 1 IV, check retired my in-depth hands-on video.

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