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Xperia 1 II Available to Pre-Order This Week

Simon Skinner - 1 month ago

The all-new flagship smartphone from Sony, the Xperia 1 II is available to pre-order in black this week, from Thursday 4th June. Boasting market-leading imaging technology, could this new camera phone be the best choice for your next upgrade?

The Xperia 1 II boasts high-quality imaging tech, which includes a triple-lens camera system and some of Sony’s enviable Alpha technology along with great quality audio that’s been developed with Sony Music Entertainment and with 360 Reality Audio. Also featuring a 21:9 CinemaWide 6.5” 4K HDR OLED screen, the new flagship Xperia has next Generation 5G connectivity and Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 865 5G Mobile Platform with boasts wireless charging for its 4000mAh battery.

Xperia 1 II Camera

Sony is presenting their new Xperia 1 II as ‘the ultimate camera for the photography enthusiast’. Following the lead from previous models, the new camera-phone promises to help you to ‘capture like a pro’ with the implementation of Sony’s trusted AF technology, which has already been a big smash in the brand’s Alpha™ mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. The Xperia 1 II’s triple-lens camera setup allows for continuous AF that delivers AF/AE predictions at an impressive 60 times every second. This makes the new smartphone the world’s first with AF/AE continuous tracking for high-speed shooting at a maximum of 20 fps.

The native and excellent ZEISS optics offer three focal lengths. 16mm, 24mm and 70mm.

For the advanced photography user, there’s a new ‘Photography Pro’ user interface that enables manual control of the ISO, shutter speed and a great deal more besides. This, along with the dual photodiode sensor, an auto-focus system that covers around 70% of the sensor, the 3D iToF sensor and a big, [and new] 1/1.7” Exmor RS™ sensor for mobile, the Xperia 1 II is 1.5x more sensitive than its predecessor.

Xperia 1 II Black

Video

In terms of video, the new Xperia 1 II has also borrowed a few tricks from the mega-brands respected cinema division. This primarily manifests in the shape of the new Cinematography Pro app, which is ‘powered by CineAlta’ and supports 2K 120fps 10 bit HDR cinematic high frame rate shooting and Cinematic 21:9 4K HDR recording at 24/25/30/60fps.

There are also plenty of manual controls to give seasoned videographers more control of their mobile videos, such as touch AF and exposure, level meter and white balance, while the unique Intelligent wind filter tech is said to reduce noise and wind interference for clear audio capture.

Xperia 1 II Lifestyle screen

Sharing

Sony has also thought about sharing and their Imaging Edge™ for mobile will link the new Xperia 1 II to Sony’s Alpha cameras, allowing for the transfer of photos, reviewing of colours and hues with pro-level precision. What’s more, the Xperia 1 II can be employed as a second menu for Alpha cameras via Imaging Edge, so you can control composition, focus mode and ISO sensitivity among other settings remotely.

See more at Sony’s dedicated web page.

About the author

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Simon Skinner

Co-founder // Editor

Having spent many years working in various pockets of the music industry, and always with a camera in hand, Simon has worked with organisations such as Warner/Chappell, Food Records and ultimately, co-founding the innovative independent record label, Izumi Records before moving fully into the world of publishing in 2007. Amongst numerous other projects in the last decade, he has been responsible for a number of specialist photo trade magazines and journals for the filmmaking and photography communities, along with a coffee table book entitled, "Great Britons of Photography' which he produced with Peter Dench and Leica. Now heading up PhotoBite, Simon and the team have set themselves a task of delivering informative and inspirational content for photographers of all levels, from the beginner, shooting with smartphones, to the seasoned photographer and filmmaker.