Sony launches new exciting camera features
With the release of the Xperia 5 IV, Sony is renewing its “small” phone for still another year. In terms of size, cost, and feature level, it is inferior to the 1 IV, but it places the same emphasis on camera system parity. This means that even with HDR turned on, all three of the phone’s back cameras—the regular wide, ultrawide, and telephoto—are equipped with the superior Real-time Eye AF offered by the firm for better portraits. It also has other premium specifications to support its camera features, and it costs a similarly flagship price of $999.
The Xperia 5 IV (side note: what will they call the phone in 2019? The 5 V?) has three lenses on the back panel: a 24mm-equivalent standard wide, a 16mm-equiv ultrawide, and a 60mm-equiv telephoto. By the way, that telephoto lens is fixed; it is not the optical zoom lens seen on the 1 IV. Each has a 12-megapixel sensor, which is less than the majority of today’s flagship cameras’ 50 or even 100-megapixel sensors. Heck, even Apple seems to be planning to stop using 12 megapixels. El Deane Naude, a spokesperson for Sony, claims that this was done on purpose to enable high readout speeds across all of its cameras and to improve low light sensitivity with larger pixels.
These rear cameras are all 120 fps readout capable, allowing for 4K/120p video recording on each one. They can also take static pictures at 20 frames per second while enabling autofocus, auto exposure, and HDR. The selfie camera has a new 12-megapixel sensor as well.
The Xperia 5 IV has a 6.1-inch 1080p OLED with 120Hz refresh rate and a tall 21:9 form factor, a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset, and a 5,000mAh battery—now with wireless charging. It also has a camera with a variety of features. It has an IP65/68 rating, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and two quickly vanishing hardware features: a headphone jack and a microSD card slot. No mmWave 5G is supported, but there is sub-6GHz support, and the phone has new, more potent stereo speakers. On October 27, The 5 IV is expected to depart port.