Sony’s Xperia 1 IV smartphone features ‘the world’s first true optical zoom lens’

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

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


In addition to 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 120fps. That allows the phone to record 4K video at 120fps, 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, you can achieve burst speeds of up to 20fps with autoexposure and continuous autofocus enabled on all three lenses, for both people and animals. Sony also promises accurate auto white balance in difficult conditions thanks to AI.

All lenses use Zeiss optics with a Zeiss T* coating designed to increase contrast and sharpness while reducing reflections. The front camera uses a new 12-megapixel Exmor RS sensor that’s larger than on previous models, allowing you to take selfies in lower light.

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

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

The screen uses Bravia’s HDR remastering technology for enhanced entertainment viewing, promising “more contrast, color and clarity”. It is also equipped with Dolby Atmos surround sound technology which is supposed to bring a more immersive experience for cinema.

Sony's Xperia 1 IV smartphone features 'the world's first true optical zoom lens'


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 stream content live 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 of RAM, and 512GB of storage with a microSD card. It comes with a 5000mAh battery with wireless charging capabilities and can be fast charged to 50 percent in 30 minutes.

The price, as expected from all that, will not be cheap. It will arrive on September 1, 2022 for $1,600 at B&H Photo and other Sony dealers in the US in black or purple, although purple is exclusively available on Sony’s website. Pre-orders open today, and for a limited time, eligible customers will get Sony’s latest WF-1000XM4 true wireless earphones for free.

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