What THIS PRO CAMERA Smartphone Can Do! | Sony XPERIA PRO-I One Month Later
I is amazing for the last several weeks, ive gotten a chance to really put the camera through its paces, while my girlfriend vivian and i are spending the holidays in paris – so here are some of the things we were able to achieve with the one inch sensor. Camera smartphones, Music, so first off yes, some of the photos you just saw were edited ill, go ahead and pull up the unedited jpeg side by side. So you can see what the xperia pro i can do on its own. The videos, on the other hand, are almost left untouched unless it needed some major color fixes or slight exposure. Now, i feel its important to bring up that the photos are edited because different people who are buying cameras and smartphones want different things. Some like myself like to control what their final results to look like. In that case the xperia pro i is capable of shooting raw dngs, so we can extract as much of the available dynamic range as we want. Ive already mentioned this in the previous video, but i cant stress enough how much i love just being able to shoot and immediately opening up the photo in lightroom and start editing on the go. Ah, if not most of the photos shown here were primarily edited on the xperia pro i and lightroom during our downtime riding the subway, or just simply having a little coffee break by the way really enjoying the latest lightroom update with the new sky and subject, detection Masking tools, it just gives us more control over our dynamic range, especially with how much the one inch sensor can give us, speaking of which well talk more about some of the confusion surrounding the one inch sensor towards the end of the video.
Now, for folks, who simply are more interested in shooting, rather than editing, the quick jpg output looks great as well. I find the images very true to life. Great colors flattering skin tones much like what you would get from sonys dedicated camera line, but because its a smartphone it has the extra computational photography element to it that i found incredibly useful, especially for low light images. Photographers cover your ears. What im about to say is considered taboo. These shots here were taken with a one inch sensor, 24 millimeter lens in auto mode. It captured in multi, frame, hdr and added noise reduction to the photos and the end results. Just look absolutely clean its really hard to tell if there were any noise reduction applied and the exposure from the lights were handled incredibly. Well, normally, on my dedicated alpha cameras, i would only shoot raw with in camera. Noise reduction turned off and shoot long exposure. All the way, however, i found i should not be fighting the computational photography on the xperia pro i because ive tried to edit the low light raw dng photos and it was an absolute nightmare to try to get it right. Overall, the straight out of camera images. Look very pleasing video quality, on the other hand, is also excellent, as previously mentioned earlier, so well focus more on the user experience if it wasnt already clear the xperia pro. I is very much a camera first smartphone.
Second, the video pro app solidifies this by giving us full manual control over our shutter speed, iso white balance down to the audio recording level and its done very well, most native camera. App on other smartphones. Do not give you this much control unless you buy a third party app, probably what i enjoy the most was the ability to shoot 60 and 120 frames per second, while maintaining the 4k resolution. The footage looking incredibly sharp, being able to lock down the exposure and the white balance just helps make the video look more consistent and more professional. Although theres one thing to note, these frame rates are only possible with a 24 millimeter lens which houses the one inch sensor and the processor within it is what allows it to capture each individual frames in high quality. Now i do wish i could at least shoot 60 frames per second with the 16 and the 50 millimeter lens, and i typically shoot at these frame rates to slow down and editing on a 24 frames per second timeline for the smaller sensor lenses. It is only capped at 30 frames per second speaking of 30 frames per second. The face i and object tracking autofocus are also disabled. Beyond 30 frames per second auto autofocus will still work in 60p and 120p. So, whenever i do any sort of parallax movements on a gimbal ill make sure to grab focus on the main subject. First and immediately switch to manual focus to avoid unwanted focus, shifts not a big deal as im.
Very much used to doing the exact same thing with my dedicated alpha cameras. Overall, you can see how much control you have over your video settings, but well also talk about auto mode for video as well, which i think will fit nicely here in the vlog monitor section. This is the other unique element exclusive to the xperia pro i by now you already know the vlog monitor is designed for selfies and vlogging, while still taking advantage of the amazing back cameras. It is sold separately, however, or as an additional bundle with the phone, but it is worth having you plan on vlogging or wanting that extra audio input option. Plus you can rig the monitor in a way where you can use it like an external monitor, especially if youre shooting at a tricky angle. Now, in case, youre wondering what comes with the vlog monitor bundle its the monitor itself, the phone mount with a magnetic backing and a usbc cable with both right angle ends depending on which package you purchase. The bluetooth, vlog tripod can also be included in the bundle at a slight discount when combined the setup works very nicely, together with the tripod remote easily triggering the shutter record, zoom and cycling through a different lenses in standby mode. Once the monitor is connected. The video feed will only display to one screen and, as far as i know, the monitor will only work with a photo pro and video pro app.
The monitor itself, despite it being a three and a half inch 720p display, is surprisingly high quality and bright. Even in broad daylight. We were able to see ourselves as we were vlogging during these moments. We tend to flip the video pro app to auto mode, and it just does a great job exposing for our faces and exposing for the scene, especially when there is a lighting change. The face and eye autofocus work incredibly well in video mode very similar to their dedicated alpha, mirrorless line and whats cool, is that the vlog bonder also brings in an additional audio input, option the good old red three and a half millimeter mic port. So if you have a shotgun mic already for your other cameras, you can use it with the monitor connected to the xperia pro. I, however, we found the built in rear mono microphone. You know the one next to the 24 millimeter lens here on the back to work extremely well at honing into our voices. Here are some samples of us talking directly to it, while behind us a crowd of people chattering in the back? Look at the eiffel tower. It is absolutely gorgeous right now having a grand time theres a lot of people here, look at that, because the sky is really beautiful today, its actually blue yeah, and just to give you a comparison before coming to paris, we tested it using an external shotgun mic Versus using the built in rear, mono mic and the results sounded nearly identical so now were using an external monitor, thats actually plugged into directly to the vlog monitor itself, because the vlog monitor itself has a mic three and a half millimeter mic jack.
All right. So now were testing out the rear, mono microphone on the xperia pro i, which captures my voice directly to the back of the phone, the device itself, regardless of which mic you decide to end up using. It is just nice to have that extra audio input option, especially if you want to use a loft mic for extra vocal clarity moving on to battery. This is something that i got asked in my initial video and it remains to be a tough question to answer, because it will primarily depend on how much photo and video you plan on taking. On top of that, how many background apps, like social media and gps, you will have running in the background, because dont forget this is also a smartphone one morning i did strain the xperia pro eye by shooting a ton of photos and videos on top of that Screen recording for behind the scenes as well, while i did turn off most background apps on the xperia pro i itself, i did use it as a mobile hotspot for our other devices, as well as using google maps to navigate us around to different photo spots, location After three hours of this session, i was down to around fifty percent of battery and, i would say, thats fair. We sat down at a cafe for about an hour charged it up with a battery bank that supports fast charging and left with 95 back to the xperia pro eye, and a croissant in our stomach and ive also ran a separate test with no sim card.
Wi fi enabled no endurance mode turned on and i was able to get an hour and 40 minutes of 4k 30p continuous recording before the device had to stop to cool down. During the whole session no heat warning came on and i was left with around 50 percent of battery left. When i had the monitor connected, i was able to get an hour and 20 minutes of continuous 4k 30p recording at around a 38 minute mark. The heat warning did come on likely because the monitor is behind the phone, but still managed to go over an hour at the end. I was left with about 35 battery left, as the monitor did draw power from the phone itself. By the way, the monitor does have a power usbc plug which allows you to keep the phone charging while using the entire vlog setup so again, its hard to give an exact run time on the battery, as it depends how you use it, but, based on my Own personal experience id say its decently sufficient enough to get me by a whole day and, finally, the confusion around the one inch sensor. I think most tech youtubers by now have already explained it, but just in case you missed it. I am going to do my best to explain how i best understood it from a sony product info manager just to confirm yes, the xperia pro. I does not use the entire surface area of the one inch sensor.
It is using 12 megapixels of the available 20 megapixels of the one inch sensor. So yes, it is cropped. However, it is still better than using an actual 12 megapixel smartphone sensor, because the pixel pitch of the one inch sensor is still much bigger compared to an actual 12 megapixel sensor. With this larger surface area and larger pixel, the xperia pro, i can gather more light. Thus still yielding better low light images. Reduced noise gives us more shallower, depth of field and higher dynamic range for those of you who own a sony, mirrorless camera. Think of it as using a sony, full frame, camera and shooting in super 35 mode. With an aps c lens, while its in aps c mode, its not the same as an aps c sensor were just using a smaller part of the full frame sensor, which still gives us the same benefits and thats the same principle with the cropped one inch sensor. While its not using the whole one inch sensor, youre still getting benefits of the bigger sensor and again its using the rx100 mark 7 sensor, which is developed and tuned exclusively for the xperia pro i and the xperia pro is processor front. End lsi is the same as their alpha lineup. It has. The faster sensor read out performance that gives us the face eye and object tracking autofocus in both photo mode and in video mode 20 frames per second no blackout, shooting in photo mode and the native 120p 4k recording in video mode.
So hopefully this clears things up. If you guys enjoy the video be sure to give it a like well be shooting with the xperia pro i for the next several months so be sure to follow along for more updates.