Sony just unveiled a revolutionary smartphone, the Xperia 1 IV. Sony is well-known for its expertise in camera sensors and has supplied outstanding cameraphone sensors to many manufacturers. The new phone is designed to address the biggest problem in smartphone photography: lack of optical zoom.
You can rotate the lens, or press a lever, to zoom in or out with a regular camera. This gives you full control over your resolution. Smartphones have a problem. Nearly every smartphone has had fixed focus lenses. Digital zoom, which quickly reduces image quality to the point that it is almost unusable, or multiple lenses are the only solutions.
The multiple lens solution is not without its limitations. Full resolution can only be achieved on the camera’s native focal length. You can adjust from there and you will be back in digital zoom territory.
Sony’s new phone is a game-changer. The new phone has three cameras, with one having a variable focal length of 85-125mm. It offers a 3.2x zoom compared to the main 24mm lens. However, the focal length can be adjusted to just above 5x.
A 3x optical zoom is very common. You’ll notice the increase to 5x, and it is amazing to be able do this without losing picture quality.
It’s not cheap. It will be available in September in the U.S. and June 16 in the U.K.
Other great features are available, but none is as original as the optical zoom.
All three 12MP cameras can capture slo-mo video at Ultra HD quality. Another Sony feature is real-time eye autofocus, which ensures that your subjects are in sharp focus. It has a 5,000mAh battery that will last for quite some time. And unlike other manufacturers, Sony includes a 4K display in its premium phones. The display is 6.5in in Sony’s 21:9 screen ratio. It is easier to hold in your hand. It also has the Qualcomm Snapdragon Gen 1 processor.
This is a very intriguing proposition by its optical zoom. While it is not cheap, Sony’s impeccable build quality and elegant design make it a compelling proposition.