Camera smartphone Sony Xperia PRO-I from December for 1799 euros

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Sony’s new high-end Xperia PRO-I is more of a camera than a smartphone, the sensor is gigantic at 1 inch. But the thing has a flaw.

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A December 2021 available for 1799 euros: Sony Xperia PRO-I.
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The high-end compact cameras from Sony’s RX100 series have been in production since 2012 and have cult status in the scene. The following applies among photographers: if it has to be a compact one, it is an RX100. The RX100 VII is now on the market, and Sony is taking over the sensor from it in order to build it into a smartphone. The size of 1 inch is record-breaking – no current smartphone in Germany comes anywhere near this. But there is a good reason for this: In order to read out such a large sensor over its entire surface, optics with a large diameter and a relatively long focal length are required. This is also the reason why the 1-inch smartphone from Panasonic, the DMC-CM1, was 20 millimeters thick in the lens area.

Sony obviously does not want to go this way, because the Xperia PRO-I is pleasantly flat at 8.9 millimeters. As Sony explained when asked, only part of the sensor is read by the optics, which is why the question arises as to why such a sensor is installed at all. One explanation could be the state of the market for compact digital cameras: it is practically dead, and with it the RX100. The Xperia PRO-I can therefore be interpreted as an attempt to salvage part of Sony’s expertise and reputation in the camera segment into the smartphone sector.

Another special feature of the main optics is the variable aperture of F2.0 and F4.0, whereby the depth of field can easily be varied optically. It is flanked by an ultra-wide angle and a double optical zoom, behind both of which is a 12-megapixel sensor. The Japanese continue to rely on a comparatively low resolution, which does not quite match the image of an outstanding camera smartphone.

As is typical for Sony, there is again a separate release button for the camera.

Technically, absolute delicacies are offered. Sony installs everything that is state of the art – much of it already known from the Xperia 1 III, including the extremely high-resolution 6.5-inch display and the powerful Snapdragon 888. However, Sony doubles the memory to 512 euros – which but you can also expect it at a stately price of 1799 euros. We only missed Qi on the equipment list.

In addition to a protective cover made of leather for an impressive 90 euros, Sony offers accessories that show that the target group is primarily aimed at professionals and influencers (Sony calls them “Content Creator”): The vlog monitor (199 euros) has a 3.5 Inch LCD in 16: 9 format (1280×720 pixels) and a metal holder that can be conveniently attached to the back of the Xperia PRO-I. Users can use the main camera for selfie video recordings without having to forego an image preview.

Sony Xperia PRO-I specifications

  • Price and storage: 1799 euros with 12/512 GB
  • Colors: black
  • Size and weight: 166 x 72 x 9 millimeters and 211 grams
  • SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 mit 2,84 GHz
  • Display: OLED with 120 Hz, 6.5 inches and 3840 x 1644 pixels
  • Main camera: Ultra wide angle with 12 MP, 1 / 2.5 inch, F2.2 or F4.0 + wide angle with 12 MP, 1.0 inch, F2.0, OIS + 2x zoom with 12 MP, 1 / 2.9 inch, F2.4, OIS + 3D ToF sensor
  • 8 MP front camera
  • Connectivity: 5G, 4G, 3G, 2G, WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, USB-C, jack socket
  • Dual-SIM + microSD (1x Nano SIM + 1x Nano SIM + 1 x microSD)
  • Battery with 4,500 mAh
  • System: Android 12
  • Special features: waterproof according to IP68, 30 watt power supply included

Sony Xperia PRO-I specifications

  • Price and storage: 1,799 euros with 12/512 GB
  • Colors: black
  • Size and weight: 166 x 72 x 9 millimeters and 211 grams
  • SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 mit 2,84 GHz
  • Display: OLED with 120 Hz, 6.5 inches and 3,840 x 1,644 pixels
  • Main camera: Ultra wide angle with 12 MP, 1 / 2.5 inch, F2.2 + wide angle with 12 MP, 1.0 inch, F2.0 or F4.0, OIS + 2x zoom with 12 MP, 1 / 2.9 inch, F2.4, OIS + 3D ToF sensor
  • 8 MP front camera
  • Connectivity: 5G, 4G, 3G, 2G, WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, USB-C, jack socket
  • Dual-SIM + microSD (1x Nano SIM + 1x eSIM + 1 x microSD)
  • Battery with 4,500 mAh
  • System: Android 12
  • Special features: waterproof according to IP68, 30 watt power supply included

10/26/2021 from Andreas Seeger

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