Let’s face it. iOS or Android—the basic communication and media functions of all high-end smartphones are the same. Therefore, the top contenders try to differentiate their models based on the camera technology in the phone.
The North American market for premium smartphones is dominated by Apple, Samsung, and Google. Yet none of these companies builds professional photography or cinematography tools. Sony hopes to succeed where the RED Hydrogen One failed, by challenging this triumvirate with a smartphone from a company with a digital imaging pedigree.
The Sony Xperia 1 II is a 6.5″ 21:9 phone that features a 4K HDR OLED display and a triple-lens camera. These are Zeiss lenses with focal lengths of 16mm, 24mm, and 70mm. The system was developed by Sony’s Alpha camera engineers, complete with real-time, eye-tracking autofocus, a 20fps burst mode, and RAW support. The Xperia can also be paired with a Sony Alpha still camera for use as a remote display and control.
Mobile filmmakers can record a 4K HDR movie file in a wide 21:9 aspect ratio. Record rates range from 24fps to 60fps with built-in stabilization. 120fps slow motion is also available. Software control and look management was developed by Sony’s digital cinema camera engineers and sports the CineAlta label.
Want to use the Xperia just to consume media? Then it’s an excellent media player, too. The 4K OLED HDR display includes a Creator mode to display images as intended. It supports professional standards like DCI-P3, BT.2020, and a D65 white point. The phone reproduces Dolby Atmos, as well as an immersive 360 Reality Audio music format.
To round it out, the Sony Xperia 1 II is still a well-engineered, premium phone, with Corning glass, a fast Qualcomm processor, and wireless charging. You’ll be relieved to know it still has a 3.5mm headphone jack! Or connect wirelessly. So whether you just want a top-of-the-line smartphone—or one designed with professional photography and filmmaking in mind—the Sony Xperia 1II will certainly provide a great alternative to the frontrunners.