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

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

The main feature of the Xperia 1 IV is the telephoto zoom which offers 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 Huawei did with the P30 Pro.

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In addition to the telephoto zoom, it has 16mm and 24mm (35mm equivalent) lenses, as well as a time-of-flight sensor. All three cameras use a 12-megapixel Exmor RS sensor with readout speeds of up to 120 fps. This allows the phone to record 4K video at 120 fps, or the equivalent of 5x slow motion at 4K.

Other camera features include real-time Eye AF and real-time tracking with each lens, as well as an Optical SteadyShot system. For photography, it can achieve burst speeds of up to 20fps with auto exposure and continuous autofocus enabled on all three lenses, for 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 flare. The front camera uses a new 12-megapixel Exmor RS sensor that’s larger than previous models, allowing you to take selfies in less light.

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

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

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

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The Xperia 1 IV is also designed to simplify live streaming, giving you access to Eye AF and object tracking functions when using Videography Pro mode. It can also be used as an external monitor for live streaming from any compatible Alpha camera, and when paired with Sony’s Vlog monitor, “users can live stream using the rear cameras “said Sony.

Other specs include IP65/68 water and dust resistance, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus front and back, 5G with sub6/mmWave, WiFi 6E, 12GB RAM and 512GB storage with a microSD card. It comes with a 5000mAh battery with wireless charging capability and can be quickly charged to 50% in 30 minutes.

The price, as you might expect from all of this, won’t be cheap. It arrives September 1, 2022 for $1,600 at B&H Photo/Video and other Sony retailers in the US in black or purple, though the purple color is available exclusively through Sony’s website. Pre-orders open today and for a limited time, eligible customers will receive Sony’s latest WF-1000XM4 true wireless headphones for free.

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