- Sony Xperia Pro-I: Camera im Test
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The high-end compact cameras from Sony’s RX100 series have been in production since 2012 and enjoy cult status in the scene. The following applies among photographers: if a compact one, then an RX100. The RX100 VII is now on the market, and Sony has taken 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: to read such a large sensor over its entire surface, optics with a large diameter and a relatively long focal length are required.
That is why one of the few 1-inch smartphones around the world, the Panasonic DMC-CM1, is a full 20 millimeters thick in the lens area. Sony does not want to go this way, because the Xperia Pro-I is pleasantly flat at 8.9 millimeters. However, this can only be achieved if the large sensor is not read out completely.
So the question arises why it is installed at all. Sony refers to the positive experience with this sensor, which the Pro-I can build on.
The compact digital camera market provides another explanation: it is practically dead, and with it the RX100. The world almost exclusively takes photos with the smartphone, and in this respect the Pro-I is also Sony’s attempt to transfer the expertise and reputation that has been built up in the camera segment to the smartphone sector.
The chances that this will succeed are good. Despite all prophecies of doom, the Japanese will not give up the smartphone business, even if they will not become a mass manufacturer like Samsung or Xiaomi in the foreseeable future. And the tenacity with which Sony has been pursuing its smartphone strategy for years is slowly bearing fruit: The devices of the Xperia series are getting better from generation to generation and offer clear differentiating features from the competition.
You can also see that on the Pro-I, which stands out not only because of its unique photo and video capabilities. If you disregard the lack of a Qi interface for wireless charging, then this is an excellent piece of technology that justifies the high price.
Housing and feel
It starts with the housing. Sony of course sticks to the angular design, which has meanwhile become the flagship of the Xperia series, but always manages to win new and unmistakable details from the simple shape.
With the Pro-I, the designers have three grooves run around the frame, which not only looks good, but also provides additional grip. The frame makes a massive and extremely stable impression, the buttons integrated into the side have optimally coordinated pressure points, the back with the matt Gorilla Glass 6 cools the hand.
In terms of touch, absolute delicacies are offered here, which do not have to shy away from comparison with the stainless steel models from Apple’s Pro series. The high weight is the price one is willing to pay for it. Of course, the smartphone is waterproof according to IP68, and of course its workmanship is of the highest quality. Sony is doing everything right here.
Display – pixel record at 6.5 inches
Due to the 21: 9 design, which is elongated for a smartphone, the Pro-I lies very comfortably in the hand. We don’t want to criticize at this point that the display is not as borderless as on a Galaxy S21 Ultra or a Mi 11 Ultra – the Pro-I only achieves a screen-to-body ratio of 83 percent – because it is special The main focus is owed:
Japan leaves relatively wide margins at the top and bottom in order to install a display that remains free of dots or notches for a front camera – and to gain space for stereo speakers with frontal radiating. Their sound is balanced, but not as voluminous and loud as an iPhone 13 Pro. But that is criticism at a high level, which is immediately silenced in view of the display quality offered.
Because Sony is once again deploying the heaviest guns in the form of a 6.5-inch OLED, which displays moving content particularly softly thanks to dynamic 120 Hertz and delivers outstanding brightness and contrast values.
This is complemented by advanced settings with graduated color management and the “Creator Mode”, a preset inspired by Sony’s professional monitor division that delivers very natural colors. The finest technology is also offered under the hood. Qualcomm’s top chipset Snapdragon 888 is flanked by 12 GB of RAM and a whopping 512 GB of storage.
Storage and Connectivity
But that’s not all: Sony is one of the few manufacturers who continue to equip their high-end smartphones with a microSD extension.The slot is hybrid, so the user can choose between a second nano SIM and a microSD up to 1 TB in size .
So there is no shortage of memory. The fast USB-C port is also remarkable: Anyone shoveling a lot of data back and forth – such as 4K videos or RAW photos – will be happy about the 3.2 Gen 2 standard, which transfers a 10 GB file within eight seconds. In any case, that is the theoretically achievable maximum. We did not achieve this value in practice, but measured a relatively high speed with an average of more than 33 Mbit / s.
High data rates can also be achieved via Wi-Fi 6. The other connection options are as versatile as you are used to from Sony, even a jack socket is embedded in the top of the frame. You can listen to music wirelessly via Bluetooth 5.2, and in addition to Sony’s LDAC, Qualcomm’s aptX HD is also supported. This is complemented by Dolby Atmos and 360 Reality Audio, so that hardly anything is left to be desired.
A look at the software, on the other hand, reveals gaps. On the one hand, it is to be welcomed that Sony relies on outstanding photo and video apps and on a virtually untampered Android surface with no frills, on the other hand, offering a face unlocking feature is a good thing for a smartphone in this price range.
Like Google, the manufacturer sees a security risk here (the Pixel 6s do without it). We think, however, that the user should be given the freedom of choice. Extended customization options for the system interface and features such as app cloning are also not on board. In this regard, others have more to offer.
Acoustics and battery life
The acoustics when making calls are on a good level, with a high maximum volume and very good intelligibility, only the noise suppression has slight weaknesses. The thumb is also pointing up when it comes to the radio properties. The Xperia Pro-I is above average with good to very good measurement results.
However, this does not apply to the battery, in two respects. On the one hand, Sony does without the Qi standard, so that the Xperia Pro-I cannot be charged wirelessly. In this price range, that’s a tough handicap. On the other hand, the battery life we determined does not cause a storm of enthusiasm: With a high refresh rate and maximum 4K resolution, the smartphone only manages just under 7:30 hours in our standardized test procedure.
This is a poor value; other top smartphones last significantly longer at 10:11 hours (Galaxy S21 Ultra) or 9:59 hours (OnePlus 9 Pro). The result is better if you downshift to 60 Hertz. But who spends so much money on a smartphone and then throttles its performance? Sony makes mistakes here that cost points. So in the end it is only enough for a good overall result. It’s a shame, we would have wished for more for the Pro-I.
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