Sony Unveils the Xperia 1 IV Smartphone with World’s First True Optical Zoom Lens

Sony today announced the new Xperia 1 IV smartphone, developed specifically for those looking for the very latest in smartphone technology including cutting-edge imaging technology, advanced gaming capabilities, and powerful audio features, all wrapped in a compact and modern design.

“Xperia 1 IV is an exciting continuation of our Xperia series,” said Nobuki Asahina, Head of Mobile Sales & Marketing. “At Sony, we believe creativity has no limits and our new flagship model, the Xperia 1 IV, is born of that philosophy.” He continued: “Xperia inspires users to become creators, and every facet of content creation can be handled by Xperia 1 IV. Beyond this, it is fast! Every aspect of the device has been designed to maximize the speed of execution. Whether it’s the speed of the camera, or the speed of responsiveness when gaming, we firmly believe that this new device will delight our customers.”

Xperia 1 IV features three lenses; a 16mm ultra-wide lens, 24mm wide lens, and a new unique true optical telephoto zoom 85–125mm lens, to give creators the ability to capture a wide range of content. All lenses have a 12MP Exmor RS for mobile image sensors with a readout speed of up to 120fps. This capability allows the device to record at 4K 120fps for up to 5x slow-motion video recording, Real-time Eye AF, and Real-time tracking for still shooting with every lens.

The Xperia 1 IV also combines depth information, using the 3D iToF sensor, and AI-based subject detection for precise and accurate AF and tracking in low light. Additionally, ZEISS optics have been calibrated specifically for the Xperia smartphone. The ZEISS T* coating contributes to accurate rendering and contrast by reducing reflections for all rear camera lenses. The front camera is also equipped with an Exmor RS for mobile image sensor with 12MP, which is a larger image sensor than the previous model. It enables noise reduction in dark places and selfie shooting in 4K HDR.

The Xperia 1 IV combines a powerful optical telephoto zoom lens with beautiful bokeh and advanced autofocus technology to deliver stunning imagery. Xperia 1 IV enables Real-Time Eye AF and 20fps burst with AE (auto exposure)/AF in HDR on all three lenses to capture portraits for both people and animals, even when photographing fast-moving subjects and in challenging shooting conditions. In addition, the Xperia 1 IV uses AI white balance to capture and correct colors under challenging lighting conditions, delivering true-to-life results.

Xperia 1 IV provides unparalleled video capabilities. Based on direct feedback from video creators, Sony developed its Videography Pro feature, which centralizes settings for video. This allows users to easily adjust settings such as focus, exposure, and white balance – even while recording. Users can capture and playback fast-moving scenes and slow-motion video at up to 5x due to the device’s ability to record in 4K HDR 120fps video on all its lenses. Capturing smooth, shake-free video is easier than ever thanks to the latest Optical SteadyShot with FlawlessEye. The Xperia 1 IV also supports Eye AF technology and object tracking for video, allowing the user to keep a sharp focus on the subject and spend more time composing their shot.

Sony’s newest smartphone also features multi-frame shooting for video recording, which allows videos to be recorded with a wider dynamic range without losing resolution. In addition, the Xperia 1 IV allows for seamless zoom from its ultra-wide-angle to telephoto perspectives for even more creative freedom.

The Xperia 1 IV allows the user to create cinematic-looking content with ease. Using the Cinematography Pro Powered by CineAlta feature, creators can record movies with similar parameters and color settings that professionals use. All rear camera lenses enable 4K 120fps high frame rate and up to 5x slow-motion shooting. In addition, with the new multi-frame shootingx now available, even for cinema recording, Xperia 1 IV allows videos to be recorded with a wider dynamic range without losing resolution.

The smartphone has a 6.5-inch OLED display with 4K resolution and a 21:9 aspect ratio. The 120Hz display has 240Hz motion blur reduction and a 240Hz touch-scanning rate. It’s Sony’s brightest 4K HDR OLED smartphone display yet and is about 50% brighter than its predecessor. The phone also promises good audio with Dolby Atmos technology and a 3.5mm headphone jack to go with its impressive display specs. The built-in speaker can play 360 Reality Audio and supports high-resolution audio technology.

The Xperia 1 IV will release in the US on September 1 for $1,600 in black and purple.

More info on Sony’s website.

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