Sony Xperia Pro-I: Road Trip Review (Hawaii)
It was battlestar galactica which taught us that all of this has happened before and all of it will happen again. Each year tech megaliths like qualcomm, host huge press events in a tropical paradise. Each year, tech taste makers flee their frozen local winter times to attend them, and each year sony builds a camera phone. That seems like the perfect tool to capture those adventures Music. Before we fly to hawaii lets get acquainted with the xperia pro. I i for imaging, of course, because ill just look at it sick, docked with its optional, tripod, accessory and magnetic monitor. This thing leaves no doubt about the kind of customer its built for its a phone for vloggers for travelers whod prefer not to carry a full size camera, in other words its a phone. For me as youd, expect from sony. It has the components for the job splitting the space between 16mm wide and 50 millimeter telephoto cameras is a 24 millimeter shooter, backed by a one inch sensor, thats much larger than youll, find on most phones. In fact, its the same sensor found on sonys rx100 point and shoot the seventh generation of which is newer than other recent one inch phones like the leica lights phone one. Of course, there is a big caveat here, which we will cover when we get on the road surrounding those cameras is a slab that barely needs describing if youve seen any sony phone from the past three years or so a 21×9 diving board of an oled screen With all the right numbers for crisp, smooth scrolling and a gorilla glass, victus top layer for added durability, a no pin required card tray, good for sims and storage expansion, a three and a half millimeter jack good for more than just headphones and ribbed side rails.
For grip and a diamond textured shutter button that seem more at home in a box of camera gear than on the shelf at your local phone store, theres, even a notification light for those of us who think those should never have been retired for the back plate. I wish sony had gone with the plastic it used on the xperia pro instead of gorilla glass 6, and i wish it had found space underneath for wireless charging. But aside from that, theres not much to complain about its at once. Brutalist and beautiful, discreet, yet distinctive, in other words its what its always been a sony phone and thats a pattern. I dont mind seeing repeated if youre buying the pro i by itself, youll also confront another cyclical sonyism, the price. But you know im not gon na dwell on the fact that this thing costs just as much as a galaxy fold. Three, because if you havent noticed thats the new direction, sony has chosen aiming more specialized, more expensive phones at far smaller pools of more specific types of customer and by the numbers it seems to be working. I will say, though, that i wish that price included the extras that really make this thing shine. Sony also loaned me, the bluetooth tripod grip that its sold alongside its point and shoots for a while, as well as the new vlog, monitor a combined 340 dollars of accessories. That compensate for the fact that this phones, selfie shooter, is not very good.
How well because once youve, paired and plugged everything in you can use the pro eyes primary cameras as selfie cameras, and that means you can capture the cycles of life more comfortably and at higher quality than ever before. Music. It should come as little surprise that a phone built with cinematic ambition put, in even mildly, competent hands and flown to one of the most beautiful settings in the world. Well, it tends to deliver helping out with that is a new app called video pro which unlocks more control than the basic mode, while not getting quite as complex as cinema pro and unlocks 4k filming at 120 frames per second for the kind of slow motion shots. I just cant seem to get enough of even using the camera in basic mode for more prosaic projects it delivered. I used it to do my job, shooting qualcomms, new snapdragon, chipsets laptops reference phones and that new gaming deck of theirs, oh granted. The lighting was exceptional for this part of the shoot, but look these clips look like they came out of a proper camera dont. They part of that is thanks to a feature you dont see on many phones, a variable aperture that lets in more or less light, depending on your setting and in the process. It also changes the nature of the bouquet or blur of the background for still photos. As in video, sony gives you tools to manipulate almost everything which is useful.
For example, if you shoot a lot of gadgets because you can adjust the shutter speed to eliminate that banding, you sometimes see on displays or you can fire up the 20fps burst mode to try and catch an executive on stage in just the perfect pose, or you Know just leave it on auto, let it do its thing. The pixel, 6 delivers more dynamic range and the iphone is easier to use but theres something very natural about the xperias photos, the color the depth. It often reminds me of the shots i got from the last few film cameras i had over two decades ago to wrap up all this good stuff. You may have noticed this additional microphone on the back. That, combined with the existing stereo pickups, makes the pro eye very well suited for run and gun narration. The quality of the narration itself, of course, is another story anyway. So i learned something here: we have finished up our meal and that was really great, but the number one thing ive learned at the summit so far never become a boss, because i think it took about 20 minutes to eat that food and this guy still on The phone with underlings doing some kind of authority thing i dont know what hes up to, but he has not gotten to eat dont. Let them promote you dont. Let them transfer you dont. Let them do anything thats a star trek line. Dont worry about it.
Well, talk later josh josh, how many toys do you have on this trip? I have many. How do you feel about it? This is, i feel, threatened and vaguely aroused Laughter. And yes, i am very happy to report that if you have a suitable, trrs, cable and an external microphone pack, like the rode wireless go, both of which i did not have. Last time, i reviewed a sony phone. You can use an external mic plugs right into the 3.5 millimeter jack and i think it sounds pretty great now remember this is a sony phone, and this is a video about history, repeating itself so im duty bound to drop the other shoe on you, which ill Do right after this Applause, this video is sponsored by skillshare the online learning community, with thousands of classes crafted to inspire creative and curious people. You know so many folks today are carving out entirely new lives for themselves and you can learn pretty much anything on skillshare, for example, ive known for a long time how to take photos i enjoy the look of, but the iphone photography course from dale. Mcmanus taught me a few things about why i compose my photos that way and how to do it better going forward, but it doesnt just have to be stuff. You can use for work. Skillshare can help you explore new skills, further, develop your existing interests or just get lost in creative pursuits all within a positive community that puts encouragement and inspiration.
First skillshare is always launching new classes at every skill level, and there are never any ads so discover what you can make the first thousand subscribers to click. The link in the description will get a one month. Free trial of skillshare start exploring your creativity today and thanks to skillshare for sponsoring this video. If the brightpoints were all i had to report about the xperia pro, i id already have put an order in, for the whole 2100 bundle, but there are significant compromises for one thing as much as i love most of the stuff that comes out of this camera, The competition is just more capable in some settings. I mean when your friend gets on stage with singer: songwriter jp sex to belt out tom, petty songs. You want a clean telephoto shot and you want it fast. The pixel 6 pro provided that, while the xperia really didnt ditto for the low light shots that googles, computational approach makes much more compelling than sonys attempt to do it in camera. There are other issues too. Stabilization is great until its not and the trip to this particular jellyville can be especially nauseating. Also sonys shutter key is far too sensitive. This time around. It takes almost no pressure to trigger a half press to focus. So if your finger or palm brushes it while youre framing up a vertical shot, itll try to get focus and wont, let you take a photo with the on screen button.
I miss a lot of pictures because of that, but not as many as i missed, because of how often the phone overheated i get it. Hawaii is hot, but in some cases the phone threw in the towel. After just a minute of filming giving me the most forbidding warning message, ive ever seen in the process, i didnt get burned, but i did have to wait until it cooled down over and over and over again. It was probably that combination of thermals camera overuse and google photos uploads over a very crowded network that forced me to constantly recharge this phone during the week. Even when i wasnt going ham on the camera on my lightest day, i was still down to 16. After about eight hours and recharging is only relatively quick according to the power pack im borrowing from charge asap, the phone drew about 20 watts for most of the half hour. It took to take it from 30 to 70 percent kind of makes. You wish the tripod grip had a power pack built in or something and finally many other reviews have pointed out that by only using 12 of the available 20 megapixels on the sensor, the pro i cant really claim to be a one inch sensor smartphone, while that Doesnt actually bother me much the phones, other shortcomings combined with its high price tag. Well, they make me unwilling to totally give it a pass here. All of this has indeed happened before sony has again made a phone with immense technical capability that lags behind when it comes to fire and forget reliability.
If that were all there was to it id give it my usual better luck next year, but when its nitty gritty features were combined with that tripod and monitor, i found i really was able to capture the essence of a trip much more effectively than i could Have with any other phone camera, so sony has something here, something it hasnt had before and something that goes well with its new focus, a user experience that caters very well to a specific niche. If in the next generation it can manage to hammer out those thermal and few remaining camera issues, it might finally break the sony cycle. This review was produced following five days with an xperia pro i review sample provided by sony and tested at the 2021 snapdragon summit. In hawaii, for which qualcomm provided travel lodging and entertainment, i asked sony for comment on some of the issues i found and well post those down below if the company responds, but neither sony nor qualcomm was given copy approval or other editorial input of any kind theyre.