I am so excited to be able to introduce to you the latest Xperia flagship, The Sony Xperia 1 IV. Sony has brought innovation and groundbreaking features from all the categories of consumer electronics in which they excel. Firstly, let’s take a look at the brand new camera module on the Xperia 1 IV.
The variable telephoto lens from last year’s model has now evolved to include new focal lengths to get you even closer to the action and now offers seamless zoom between lenses.
This new module still has four focal lengths available across three lenses, But where before you would have to switch between two zoom values at the touch of a button and have digital zoom between them, You now have a true optical zoom between these two distances.
Because Sony has been able to maintain a wide aperture on these zoom lenses. It means you have improved low light performance and you can achieve a beautiful natural bokeh when shooting subjects at a distance. This is made even easier by the fact that you benefit from Sony’s Real-time Tracking, Real-time Eye AF, and their renowned 20 frames per second burst on all the lenses now.
If you are unaware of what these features are, previously they were only available on the main lens. But on the Xperia 1 IV, You can now use these features across all the lenses, giving you unprecedented versatility and speed for any picture at any time, Thanks to these upgraded sensors, The Xperia 1 IV can do 60 calculations every second to track any moving objects, Including your subject’s eye, all around the frame and shoot 20 photos every single second and maintain that focus and shoot in HDR at the same time.
let’s recap on photography on the Xperia 1 IV.
- upgraded focal lengths: You get upgraded focal lengths for greater zoom.
- true optical zoom: You get true optical zoom between the 85mm and 125mm focal lengths to maintain true photographic quality,
- wider aperture on 85-152mm lens: A wider aperture at these zoom values for natural bokeh and better low light photography.
- Real-time Eye AF on all lenses: You also get Sony’s industry-leading Real-time Eye AF
- Real-time tracking on all lenses: Real-time tracking
- 20Fps HDR continuous burst on all lenses: 20 frames per second continuous burst mode across all lenses in HDR thanks to these upgraded sensors.
Speaking of the upgraded sensors, they are now all capable of 120 frames per second read-out speed. But what does that mean for you? Well, it means that you can now capture high-quality 4K 120 fps slow-motion across all focal lengths, But the versatility doesn’t stop there. Unlike other smartphones, The Sony Xperia 1 IV will allow you to either shoot slow-motion footage dependent on your project’s frame rate or save the 120 frames per second file as it is so you can edit it afterward in your chosen editing software.
Using the first option makes it super simple to create dramatic-looking shots. The second option gives you, the content creator, The ability to stretch your creativity to the max.
You now have seamless zoom between all focal lengths so you can go from 16mm ultra-wide use digital zoom up to 24mm where the lens will stealthily switch to the main camera and again digitally zoom up to 85mm where the lens will switch again to the new lens and then use true optical zoom to take you all the way up to 125mm, maintaining true image quality before digital zoom then takes over for the last part of your zoom.
Introducing Videography Pro on The Sony Xperia 1 IV. Previously only available on the Xperia PRO-I, Videography Pro gives you all the tools and customizations that you need as a professional videographer.
You even have Sony’s Eye AF and object tracking in the video to help you create more engaging and dynamic content and make sure that you or your subject are always in focus. Videography Pro is built with content creators in mind, allowing you to shoot your videos in the highest quality possible, with all the versatility of a professional Sony broadcast camera and a user interface that mimics that of a Sony XD cam.
You can even use the Sony Xperia 1 IV as an external monitor for your camera, which is perfect for those times when you need a bigger screen than the one that’s already on the back of your camera, and also gives you that extra freedom on some of your solo filming projects. These features are designed for videographers to incorporate the Xperia 1 IV into their existing workflow or to help create a new streamlined workflow around it. But it’s not just Videography Pro itself that can help any aspiring or professional videographer.
The Sony Xperia 1 IV now supports Sony’s vlog monitor and the Bluetooth grip as well, meaning that you have a fully-fledged filming rig that you can carry around in your bag or even your pocket. Let’s not forget that you can also round out this little setup hereby attaching an external microphone on top and plugging it into the 3.5mm headphone jack on the Sony Xperia 1 IV or plugging it into the mic input of the vlog monitor itself.
Sony Xperia 1 IV Camera Performance
it’s not just about how fast the smartphone is or how many frames per second it can process in 4K, But it’s also about how it can speed up your workflow and optimize your content creation to get your ideas out there as quickly as possible and in as high a quality as possible.
There is no more immediate way of getting your content out there than live streaming. You can now Livestream directly from Videography Pro and the External Monitor app, enabling you to connect to an entirely new audience on social media or reach your existing audience in a new way.
Sony Xperia 1 IV Selfie Camera
I’ve got to tell you about this new front-facing camera, which obviously now we can use within Videography Pro to shoot your content or even live stream. We have gone from an 8MP to a 12MP selfie camera, but as we all know, it’s not just about megapixels. The sensor itself is now over double the size of the previous selfie camera sensor, which brings with it some awesome capabilities such as 4K, HDR video, and a larger pixel pitch, which of course leads to brighter, clearer, and sharper selfies.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q. How does Sony improve on a display that was already ahead of the curve?
A. After all, Sony has already produced the world’s first 4K HDR OLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, complete with a 21:9 aspect ratio to make cinematic content more immersive and Creator mode, so you can see films through the eyes of the director, exactly how they wanted you to with true to life color accuracy. Well, the way Sony improved on this is by making the Xperia 1 IV up to 50% brighter than last year’s model, giving you an improved viewing experience in brighter conditions and adding the new Real-time HDR drive
Q. What is a Real-time HDR Drive in Sony Xperia 1 IV?
A. it’s down to the speed of this device. The Xperia 1 IV uses information from the ambient light sensor and dynamic analysis of the brightness and tone of each and every frame of your content to optimize the HDR performance in real-time.
Q. What does that mean?
It means that HDR content looks phenomenal all the time
Q. Why use the Game enhancer’s live feature?
A. Speed, and convenience. First and foremost, if you want to stream your gameplay, and have control over your audio mix, your privacy, your chat, and your Game enhancer settings, there is no faster way to get online and connect with your audience than this method right here because it’s all built-in, ready to use at a moment’s notice.
But for those more advanced streamers who use streaming software on their PC, you can actually plug the Xperia 1 IV directly into your capture card. And this way you can benefit from the Game enhancer audio equalizer feature, keep your headset plugged directly into the Xperia, and manage your game and mic audio as well as the audio from your team in your third party voice chat app.
Sony has now brought a brand new feature specifically aimed at musicians to help them hone their craft, whether it be songwriting, performing, or collaborating.
Introducing Music Pro. Firstly, the artist or artists open up Music Pro and start a new project and add whichever tracks they will need. They can also monitor their audio with super-low latency using the headphone jack and even tweak the EQ or have reverb to their monitor mix to help them get more comfortable with their sound. Once they’re happy with their take they can hit “Edit”, where they can trim, adjust volumes and use Sony’s Studio tuning service.
Using this unique feature means that the track is uploaded to Sony’s cloud processing service where Sony’s AI algorithms separate the vocal and the instruments into their own tracks. Ambient room noise is then removed and studio mic simulations are added to these tracks to make them sound like they were recorded in a professional studio.
Once the tracks have been treated, they are automatically downloaded and imported into the project, where the artist can edit and adjust them separately. Once the mix is just right, they can then export either the finished mixed track or the stems. The addition of Music Pro to the growing ‘Pro’ portfolio of apps on Xperia devices really demonstrates how Sony is striving to put professional tools in your hands and make them as accessible as possible. That way, when inspiration hits, you now have the means to create your next piece of content in your pocket and get it out there as quickly as possible. Also, knowing that you have the power of Sony behind you to ensure that it is as good as it can possibly be.
Hardware on Sony Xperia 1 IV
The latest Snapdragon 8 Gen one mobile platform.
12GB of RAM.
The upgraded 5000mAh battery is protected from overheating whilst gaming thanks to Heat Suppression Power Control in the Game enhancer.
Wireless charging and battery share, which now also works whilst the handset is plugged in. So now you can charge both devices with just one cable.
You also have Gorilla Glass Victus on the front and back.
The rear glass is this beautiful matte finish, which pairs fantastically with a fine-grained matte finish on the metal frame.
It is IP65/68 water-resistant and dustproof to protect the outside of the device.
It also has all of the battery health features to protect the inside of the handset as well.