Sony Introduces the Xperia PRO-I Smartphone

Sony’s new Xperia smartphone, the Xperia PRO-I combines a 1.0-type sensor, 24mm ZEISS Tessar Optics, advanced image processing and AF (autofocus), 4K 120p video recording and much more, delivering professional imaging quality from an ultra-slim 8.9mm form factor.

Nobuki Asahina, Head of Mobile, Sony Europe said: “This phone combines the power of the 1.0-type image sensor found in our RX100 VII compact camera, the speed of our fast Alpha interchangeable lens cameras that is further enhanced by Xperia’s high-speed processing, and a similar video shooting experience as our Professional Video Line.  All in a device that slides easily into your pocket.”  He continued: “We carefully chose this name to include the ‘I’, which stands for ‘imaging’ and accurately represents Sony’s efforts to completely redefine the standards of imaging performance across our entire product line-up.”

Professional Level Photography
Xperia PRO-I is developed with the same advanced imaging technology from Sony’s mirrorless Alpha brand cameras and includes a 1.0-type sensor with phase detection AF. The newest smartphone includes a 1.0-type Exmor RS® sensor with a 2.4µm pixel pitch for stunning low light performance, RAW 12-bit shooting for incredible dynamic range, and dual aperture (F2.0/F4.0 to easily change the depth of field in line with the photographer’s intention. In addition to a 1.0-type sensor, the Xperia PRO-I features a BIONZ X for mobile image processor and a front-end LSI. This advanced processor allows the device to deliver unprecedented speed and improved image quality in a wide range of scenes, a highly-regarded feature of Sony’s Alpha cameras.

Other features include three lenses, all enhanced with ZEISS T anti-reflective coating and a 3D iToF sensor for total creative freedom. The newly developed 24mm lens adopts ZEISS Tessar Optics and delivers high-resolution images with less peripheral image distortion and more intense contrast and sharpness. The Xperia PRO-I’s 24mm lens is complemented by two further lens options, 16mm and 50mm, enabling the user to get creative with composition. The device’s 3D iToF sensor instantly calculates the distance between the camera and the subject, ensuring fast, accurate autofocus in any scene.

Additionally, the Xperia PRO-I features 315 phase-detection AF points that cover 90% of the frame, as well as AF technology including Real-time Eye-AF in humans and animals, Real-time tracking, 20fps AF/AE burst shooting, and anti-distortion shutter for a cleaner capture of fast-moving objects.

With Photography Pro, users can customise manual settings or easily access automatic settings and shoot in RAW format. When shooting in RAW, the Xperia PRO-I supports 12-bit which creates smooth and rich tonal gradation of the colour without banding. Photography Pro also offers Basic mode for fast access to a range of easy-to-use photography features including a touch shutter button. Like previous Xperia devices, the Xperia PRO-I supports Imaging Edge™ Mobile.

A dedicated shutter button features the same shutter switch module as Sony’s RX100 series cameras and requires similar button strokes to operate AF and shutter release. The user can also long-press the shutter button to quickly launch Photography Pro and start shooting immediately, even when the display is off. In this new model, there is also a strap hole[ix] to help secure the device, even in challenging environments.

Advanced Capabilities for Video Shooting

 Users can shoot high quality video in 4K 120fps, which allows the capture and playback of fast-moving scenes and slow-motion video at up to 5x. Capturing smooth, shake-free video is enabled by the latest Optical SteadyShot with FlawlessEye. Xperia PRO-I is the first in the Xperia line-up to introduce Eye AF technology and object tracking in videomaking, allowing the user to keep sharp focus on the subject and spend more time composing their shot.

In addition to stereo microphones, a built-in monaural microphone next to the main camera, enables clear recording of speech while other sounds remain in the background. In addition, Sony’s audio separation technology enables the device to effectively filter wind noise, both for stereo and monaural microphones.

For quick, high quality videos and vlogging, the new Videography Pro feature includes creative settings in a single location. Users can adjust settings such as focus, exposure and white balance even while shooting a movie, to fit to the shooting environment. In addition, Xperia PRO-I adopts a high-precision Level meter that has been calibrated one-by-one at the factory. By assigning the “Videography Pro” application to the “shortcut key” on the side of the 217 body, you can start shooting video immediately like a dedicated camera. You can also assign other applications or features to the shortcut key. For filmmaking, the Cinematography Pro feature pulls from Sony’s professional video camera technology to easily create a cinematic look with eight different colour settings inspired by the Sony’s VENICE digital cinema camera, a 21:9 recording ratio and more.

 User can edit and share video content directly from the device, with its wide 6.5” 4K HDR OLED display and accurate, professional-level colour reproduction with creator mode.

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