11 May 2022
Sony has announced the Xperia Pro-I as its newest smartphone aimed at content creators and videography professionals. It joins the Xperia Pro phone that went on sale earlier this year. The latest release comes with the exact same 1-inch camera sensor that Sony uses in the Alpha RX100 VII compact camera. The phone further has a variable dual f/2.0-f/4.0 aperture to give users more control over how they want to click a photo or shoot a video.
Starting with the camera, the Xperia Pro-I boasts a 1-inch Exmor RS sensor that Sony has specifically been optimized for smartphones. The sensor huge pixel size of 2.4µm and supports 12-bit RAW along with 315 phase-detection autofocus points that cover 90% of the frame. It is capable of shooting 12-megapixel still images and up to 4K videos at 120 frames per second.
The camera setup on the back features three camera sensors. These include a 12-megapixel sensor with f/2.2 aperture, a 12-megapixel sensor with f/2.0-f/4.0 aperture, and a 12-megapixel sensor with f/2.4 aperture. Each of the cameras comes with Zeiss Tessar T* anti-reflective coating. The camera module also has a 3D iTOF sensor that should help with autofocus.
The phone has two dedicated physical buttons for camera controls. The first one is a circular-shaped button that works as a shortcut to accessing the Videography Pro application. The second one is a shutter switch module button similar to how it is on RX100 series cameras. One can also long-press this button to get to the Videography Pro app even when the display is off.
- 6.5-inch 4K OLED display with 120Hz refresh rate, 240Hz touch sampling rate, 21:9 aspect ratio, and HDR support
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor
- 12GB of RAM
- 512GB onboard storage (expandable up to 1TB)
- 4,500mAh battery with support for 30W fast charging
- IP65/68 rating for dust and water resistance
The Sony Xperia Pro-I is priced at a whopping EUR 1,799 for the sole 12GB/512GB configuration. It will go on sale in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and the Nordics starting December.