Sony’s Xperia 1 IV smartphone has ‘world’s first true optical zoom’

Sony has heavily leveraged its camera expertise for its upcoming flagship smartphone, the Xperia 1 IVthe announced† It offers a whole host of innovative, image-centric features, including what it calls the “world’s first true optical 85-125mm zoom,” along with true 4K at 120 fps, live streaming and external monitoring capabilities, and a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 mobile platform chip.

The main feature of the Xperia 1 IV is the telephoto zoom that offers a zoom range of 85-125mm, enough for sports, wildlife and more. To build it, Sony appears to have used a 90-degree periscope style system, much like Huawei did with the P30 Pro

Sony's Xperia 1 IV smartphone has 'world's first true optical zoom'


On top of the telephoto zoom, it has 16mm and 24mm lenses (35mm equivalent), along with a time-of-flight sensor. All three cameras use a 12 megapixel Exmor RS sensor with readout speeds of up to 120 fps. This allows the phone to record 4K 120 fps video, or the equivalent of 5x slow-motion at 4K.

Other camera features include real-time Eye AF and real-time tracking with each lens, along with an Optical SteadyShot system. For photography, it can achieve burst rates of up to 20 fps with autoexposure and continuous autofocus enabled on all three lenses, for both humans and animals. Sony also promises accurate automatic white balance in challenging conditions thanks to AI.

All lenses use Zeiss optics with a Zeiss T* coating designed to enhance contrast, sharpness and reduce reflections. The front camera uses a new 12 megapixel Exmor RS sensor that is larger than on previous models, allowing you to take selfies in less light.

Sony has also added some apps and software features to help video content creators. As on the Xperia 1 Pro, the “Powered by CineAlta” Cinematography Pro feature allows users to shoot with similar parameters and settings as professional cinematographers. You can also manually adjust settings such as focus, exposure, and white balance, even while shooting. It also features 4K HDR multi-frame shooting, allowing for wider dynamic range videos without loss of resolution.

It also promises “the ultimate mobile gaming experience” with the Xperia 1 IV, thanks to a 120Hz HDR 6.5-inch 21:9 OLED display with 240Hz motion blur and 240Hz touch scan speed. It is powered by a Snapdragon Gen 1 mobile platform and uses Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Elite Gaming to boost its performance. It also has what Sony calls “Heat Suppression power control”, which automatically reduces performance at high temperatures, “even during gameplay when plugged into a charger”.

The screen uses Bravia HDR remaster technology for enhanced entertainment display and promises “more contrast, color and brightness”. It is also equipped with Dolby Atmos surround sound technology which should provide a more immersive experience for the cinema.

Sony's Xperia 1 IV smartphone has 'world's first true optical zoom'


The Xperia 1 IV is also designed to simplify live streaming, giving you access to Eye AF and object tracking features when using Videography Pro mode. It can also be used as an external monitor for live streaming from any compatible Alpha camera, and when combined with Sony’s Vlog Monitor, “users can livestream using the rear cameras,” Sony said.

Other features include IP65/68 water and dust resistance, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus on the front and back, 5G with sub6/mmWave, WiFi 6E, 12GB RAM and 512GB storage with a microSD card. It comes with a 5000 mAh battery with wireless charging capability and can quickly charge to 50 percent in 30 minutes.

The price will not be cheap, as you would expect from all that. It arrives on September 1, 2022 for $1,600 until B&H Photos and other Sony dealers in the US in black or purple, although the purple color is available exclusively at Sony’s website† Pre-orders open today and for a limited time, eligible customers will receive free Sony’s latest WF-1000XM4 true wireless earbuds.

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