Sony Unveils the Xperia Pro-I: First Smartphone with 1-Inch PDAF Sensor

Sony’s Xperia Pro-I smartphone is the first to have a one-inch sensor with phase-detection automaticfocus. It’s not only a phone but a camera in the Alpha series.

The Xperia Pro-I is a combination of Sony’s one-inch sensor in its RX100 line high-end point-and-shoot cameras and advanced processing with autofocus, and a 24mm Zeiss Tessar optical. It is 8.9mm thick.

Sony claims that the Xperia Pro-I was built with the same imaging technology as the Alpha line. This makes it a camera just as much as a smartphone. There are many cameras with a 1-inch sensor. Sony is the first company to offer a smartphone with that size and full phase-detection automaticfocus. These smartphones are not easily accessible in the west so the Pro-I will launch with full support in America (it won’t be sold in Canada).

The Xperia Pro-I’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor is compatible with 5G. It also features 240Hz touch scanning rate (designed for gaming), 12GB RAM and 512GB storage capacity and SDXC media support up to 1 TB. The phone still has a headphone jack, and a 4,500mAh lithium battery. It can be charged to 50% in just 30 minutes using the included 30W charger. It is also IP65/68 dust and water-resistant.

Photographic Features

Sony claims that the Pro-I features the 1.0-type Exmor RS sensor, which has a 2.4um pixel pitch. This will allow for “stunningly low light performance”. The camera supports RAW 12-bit photography and a dual aperture (f/2 or f/4) iris system. This allows photographers to adjust the depth of focus manually, instead of relying solely on software. The Xperia PROI also features a 1.0-type sensor and a BIONZ X mobile. Sony claims that the advanced processor of this device allows it to deliver unmatched speed and better image quality in wide scenes.

The main sensor has the 315 phase detection autofocus points, which feature 90% coverage. Sony notes that the sensor is larger and that the 90% coverage is a significant improvement on the 70% that was found on the Xperia 1 III. This coverage allows the Pro-I support real-time eye-AF (for humans or animals), real-time tracking and 20 frames per second AF/AE burst photography. It also has an anti-distortion shutter which allows for faster capture of fast-moving objects.

The main camera has a 1-inch sensor, but it can be supported by two smaller cameras: a 16mm ultrawide with a 1/2.5 inch sensor and a 50mm Ultra-wide with an 1/2.9-inch Sensor. Sony decided not to include a telephoto lens in this camera, as it believes that most of its users prefer to have access to the three focal lengths provided. It says that its users don’t use a Telephoto lens even when they have it. The Pro0I has three image-capturing sensors and a single 3D ITOF sensor.

All three sensors can capture 12-megapixel photos despite the fact the main sensor measuring one inch is a 20 megapixel sensor. Because of space limitations between the sensor’s lens and sensor, Sony uses a 12-megapixel crop from the 20-megapixel sensor. It can still capture high quality photos, even though it uses a smaller sensor than most smartphones. However, it doesn’t use the entire one-inch sensor.

The Xperia Pro-I’s photo app allows you to customize your manual settings and access auto settings. You can also shoot in RAW, which supports 12-bit photos. The interface is similar to the Alpha line of cameras. You can adjust the aperture through the app between f/2 or f/4.

The Xperia PROI-I has a shutter button. It features the same shutter module as Sony’s RX100 series camera cameras. This button requires similar button strokes in order to activate shutter release and AF. To quickly launch Photography Pro, the user can long-press the shutter button and begin shooting instantly, even if the display is off.

Video Features

Sony claims that the Xperia Pro-I smartphone is the first to enable high-quality 4K video recording at 120p. This means that the footage can be captured in 120 frames per second and stored, rather than being interpolated to 24 frames per seconds after capture. The Xperia Pro-I is also the first smartphone to feature eye-AF technology and object track in video capture.

Video captured in HDR H.265 H.MP4 and HDLG bt2020 10-bit at 4:2:0 bits depth.

A combination of Optical SteadyShot technology and Sony’s “FlawlessEye” technology makes stable video possible. This combination allows for a decrease in shake even under low light conditions.

The Xperia PRO-I also features stereo microphones. A built-in microphone for monaural recording is located next to the main camera. This allows you to record clear speech, while the background sounds are not affected. Sony’s audio separation technology is also included in the Xperia PRO-I to filter out wind noise for both stereo and monaural microphones.

Sony will also launch an optional 6.5-inch 21/9 OLED display with 120Hz refresh rate. This screen is identical to the one found on the Xperia 1 III. The smartphone and it can be connected to the Sony Bluetooth grip (GPVPT2BT), which allows for vlogging.

The new Xperia Pro-I will go on sale in December at $1,800. It will ship in packaging made of paper and devoid any plastic. $200 will get you the new vlogging monitor. Pre-orders of the Pro-I will open on October 28th at 10 AM EDT.