If you think the DSLR v mirrorless battle is fierce, photographers should check out the war raging between smartphone brands, all of which are vying to attract photographers with ever more advanced camera features.
Well, Sony has cranked up the pressure on its rivals even further with the launch of its new model, the Xperia 1 II, which boasts some seriously impressive specifications for photographers who want to capture top quality imagery with a smartphone.
The Xperia 1 II is built around an all-new 1/1.7” Exmor RS sensor with dual-photo diodes, which Sony explains is 1.5x more sensitive than the previous model, resulting in faster and more accurate AF in low light shooting. What’s more the new Xperia 1 II features not one but three ZEISS lenses, offering photographers a choice of focal lengths (16mm, 24mm and 70mm).
Equally impressive is the Xperia 1 II’s autofocus system, that not only offers coverage over around 70 percent of the sensor, but also packs Sony’s innovative Real-time Eye AF technology to lock focus on a subject’s eye and this works for both humans and animal subjects, too. Perhaps even more impressive though is the speed specs from the Xperia 1 II, which is the world’s first smartphone to offer 20 frames per second continuous shooting.
The Xperia 1 II brings technology from the brand’s Alpha cameras to smartphone in the shape of the new Photography Pro function, which presents the user with an interface that is familiar to Alpha cameras, with manual controls to set ISO, shutter speed, burst mode, autofocus area and exposure control.
With a high-capacity 4000mAh battery, a IP65/68 water resistance rating and a big 6.5-inch 4K HDR OLED screen, the Xperia 1 II can also cut it when filming movies too – in fact, the smartphone is particularly well suited to creating epic slow motions sequences thanks to its ability to capture 2K 120fps 10-bit HDR footage. 4K video is also available at 24/25/30/60fps. The Sony Xperia 1 II is expected to ship around April and you can check out Sony’s intro movie about the smartphone below…