an HDR to sweep the best and a very special telephoto lens

Sony has a new high-end among its ranks: the Sony Xperia 1 IV. The successor to the Xperia I III inherits part of its hardware, but is more ambitious than ever. Some of the most important changes are not reflected in the technical sheet, and the bet is again for not stand out for megapixels, but for photographic possibilities.

This Xperia 1 IV is the first of its series to have optical zoom from 85 to 105mmsomething to which must be added the change in HDR processing and the speed at which the sensor now processes.

Sony Xperia 1 IV data sheet




6.5 inches
21:9 aspect ratio
120 Hz


Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 5G


Qualcomm Adreno 730

principal memory

12 GB

secondary storage

256 or 512 GB

frontal camera

12 megapixels

rear cameras

– Wide angle (main): 12 megapixel 1/1.7″ Exmor RS sensor, optics with f/1.7 aperture value, Dual PDAF and optical stabilization

– Ultra wide angle: 12 megapixel 1/2.6″ Exmor RS sensor, optics with f/2.2 aperture value and Dual PDAF

– Telephoto: 12-megapixel 1/2.9″ Exmor RS sensor, optics with f/2.3 and f/2.8 aperture value, Dual PDAF and optical stabilization

– Sensor iTOF 3D

operating system

Android 11




stereo speakers

Dolby Atmos Processing

3.5 mm jack


5.000 mAh


50% battery in 30 minutes on 30-watt charge

ip protection



Frosted Black, Frosted Gray y Frosted Purple


165 x 71 x 8,2 mm


1.399 euros

Faster cameras, better HDR

Xperia 1 Iv Group Black

At the hardware level, the configuration of the Sony Xperia IV is practically identical to that of its predecessor. Repeats with 12 megapixel sensors, although it is now capable of processing more information per second. Sony encrypts at 120fps the reading capacity in the three sensors. This ability translates into improvements in autofocus and shooting, which we will talk about later.

The configuration is again a 12 megapixel main sensor, along with the ultra wide angle and the telephoto lens as a star. As support for these three sensors, it is repeated with a 3D ToF, with all the lenses signed and calibrated by ZEISS.

Variable zoom from 85 to 105mm is now full throughout the range

This telephoto lens is capable of operating in an optical range between 85 and 105mm. There is no digital hybridization, so no loss of quality moving through the entire zoom range. We have to keep in mind that, as it would happen in any other camera, the aperture will vary as we move through the zoom range, from f / 2.3 to f / 2.8. A small sacrifice in brightnessin exchange for greater versatility in the zoom.

This is not the only big change in the Sony Xperia IV camera. This generation there is a change in HDR processing. It may seem like a minor detail, but HDR processing is precisely what distinguishes giants in photography, such as Apple with Smart HDR or Google with its HDR +.

Sony promises that it is now capable of get images with much better dynamic range, using an image fusion system that, on paper, resembles what we have seen in the competition. HDR was one of the weak points at Sony, and a substantial improvement here can translate into one of the biggest leaps in quality by the Japanese.

Details that make Sony remain Sony

Thanks to the new processing speed of the sensors, this Xperia IV is capable of performing focus tracking of the eye with all its chambers. Eye focus tracking is one of the key points at Sony, and allows you to keep a subject in focus even if it moves abruptly. It is also a lifesaver to maintain sharpness in the face.

The focus capabilities do not end here, since all sensors feature Dual PDAF (phase detection autofocus). Something unusual, especially in ultra wide angle sensors.

The slow motion capabilities are also remarkable, being able to record with this phone in 4K 120 FPS at a slow-motion of 5X. Few phones can record in 4K 120 FPS, let alone directly in slow motion.

Lastly, it should be noted that, for yet another year, we have a manual camera app that drinks from the Sony Alpha. It is the most complete manual camera app, with professional camera controlsin order to obtain images with which to work manually afterwards.

Sony has put all the meat on the grill with this phone, and it remains to be seen if its camera is at the level of the best, being the level through the roof.

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