The lens has tiny elements that can move freely back and forth to zoom in and out. No other phone can do this Music. First, let me get this out of the way. Suddenly, let me a pre production sample of the xperia one mark iv, the software isnt final and since thats the case, this video is purely an in depth. First, look as opposed to a full review. Most people would be surprised to know that sony still makes phones, but if youre a creative type, a photographer, filmmaker gamer or audiophile sony and its experian lines of phones are after your heart, creativity and wallet and whats great about the xperia one mark iv is that It got a significant redesign and is packed with features. No other phones sold today have so lets talk design. Now you might be looking at this phone and saying hey patrick. What are you talking about? It looks exactly the same as the preview xperia one model. Look. I admit the family resemblance is undeniable and overall, it still looks like a thin black tall rectangle, but the sides are flat reminiscent of the iphone 13.. The build feels more solid gone. Is the google assistant button, which thank you, sony and whats left? Is a power button that doubles as a fingerprint reader a dedicated shutter button that you can use as a shortcut to open the camera and a volume rocker that doubles as a zoom rocker. The xperia 1 mark 4 still retains the headphone jack and the no sim tool needed sim and micro sd card tray for expandable storage.

The phone is covered in gorilla glass fictus and has an ip68 rating for water and dust resistance, meaning it can be submerged under a beater of water for 30 minutes, oh and in the us it comes only in black, the lack of a flashy design or heck. Even colors shows you where sonys priorities are, which is pretty much everything else on the phone. It has a 4k display that has a 120 hertz refresh rate. No other phone has this now. Last years, xperia one mark iii had a similar display, but i found it to be rather dim, especially in sunlight. The new display is 50 brighter and its something you just you have to see in person, because everything looks sharp and crisp and bright and the contrast is good. And then there are the cameras, Music and all of the cameras got an upgrade this year. And i want to start with the selfie camera, which now has a new larger, 12 megapixel sensor. And if you can get past some of the skin softening tools which you can turn off, it takes good photos compared to the iphone 13 pro and pixel 6 pro. The sony gets close in terms of image quality for selfies, but the iphone is still slightly sharper and the pixel still does a slightly better job separating the foreground and background for portrait mode selfies. You can use the selfie camera in the video pro app to record 4k video and get access to slightly more advanced controls than basic video on the back.

There are three cameras: an ultra wide angle, camera with an f 2.2 16 millimeter, equivalent lens a main wide angle: camera with an f 1.7 24 millimeter, equivalent lens with optical image, stabilization and a telephoto camera, with an f 2.3 to f 2.8 85 millimeter to 125 Millimeter equivalent lens with ois and get this all of the cameras have new sensors with faster readout speeds, meaning they can do multiple calculations and processing in fractions of a second and thats, not just the main camera. You can shoot 20 frames per second burst of photos with auto exposure and auto focus with all of the cameras lets go back to the telephoto camera. Other phones have telephoto cameras and even ones that are mounted sideways inside the body like a mirror with a tiny periscope. Last year, the xperia 1 mark iii had a dual zoom lens on the telephoto camera, where the lens element would physically move between two positions. This year, its not limited to two focal lengths between 85 millimeters and 125 millimeters or 3.5 times to 5.2 times, magnification its all optical zoom, all the time there isnt any digital, zooming or cropping happening, and its truly remarkable, of course, having an optical zoom between 3.5 Times 5.2 times, magnification allows you to have the absolute best image quality. This phone can output without any degradation that comes with digital zoom and combine that with sonys eye autofocus all comes in handy for isolating your subject and keeping them in focus like this photo of a dog.

It also affords you a great number of options for recording video, so that youre not seeing a radical change in image quality. While you zoom in and out by the way, you can digitally zoom past 5.2 times magnification up to 15.6 times or the equivalent of 375 millimeters, obviously image quality takes a hit, especially in medium and low light. Shots now take a look at some of my favorite photos and videos that i shot with the xperia 1 mark iv, Music, that 4k 120 frame per second video youre watching, i think, is really impressive, especially when you shoot in good lighting. But how does all this compare to two of the best phones you can buy? That also have excellent cameras. I took a number of photos with the xperia one mark iv, the pixel 6 pro and the iphone 13 pro to get an idea. The biggest takeaway is that, in good light, even medium lighting, like these photos of a vase of flowers that i took indoors, photos from all three phones, look good. The photo from the pixel looks the sharpest, but i love the way the sony renders the colors here are some shots of a bunch of motorcycles that i took outdoors. The photos from the iphone and sony are very similar, but the pixel boosts the shadows more than the other two, but its when things get dark is where we start to see the biggest difference between the phones, the xperia 1 mark 4 doesnt have a night mode.

It can take an ok, okay, low light photo like this shot of a cocktail in the dip bar, but take a look at these photos of a street that i shot handheld the photos from the iphone and pixel which both use night mode look so much better. The sonys photo looks soft and muddled check out all the noise reduction going on in the telephone wires ill leave you one last comparison. These are some videos i shot outdoors on a sunday morning. All three videos look good. The pixel has some moire, also known as screen door effect, going on with the bricks and telethon wires. The iphones video looks good, but the colors are slightly exaggerated from what they were in real life like that sky was not that shade of blue and the sonys video looked best in my eyes. All this to say is that the xperia one mark iv is impressive, but google and apples strides in computational photography still give them an edge in terms of image quality. The xperia 1 mark 4 has three apps focused on photos and videos. Theres photo pro video pro and cinema pro video pro is starting to become one of my favorite ways to capture video on a phone. I can get into my new details: customize settings easily or just enable an auto mode to override everything, while image quality is extremely important. I do think these apps help sony stand out compared to the iphone and pixel or even the galaxy s22 ultra after about a week with the phone im impressed with the camera so far, one quirk of this software is that it has trouble focusing at 5.

2 times Magnification i didnt notice it too much, but sony has a fix in the works for its final version. Lets talk about performance. The xperia has a qualcomm snapdragon 8 gen1 ship with 12 gigabytes of ram and comes with 128 gigabytes of storage. It has 5g and supports millimeter wave sub 6 and c band, one upside to all that power, and the 4k display is that gaming is a blast on the xperia game. Enhancer lets me customize, controls and settings for each game, though there is a downside. Lets talk about the battery combine all that power 5g and that brighter 4k display with 120hz refresh rate, and this phone is very thirsty in terms of power. Luckily, sony included a larger five thousand milliamp hour battery and so far battery life feels improved over last years. Xperia one mark iii, but its still shy of other flagship phones. Now i look forward to testing the phone more in depth once we get final software. But when i was filming this video, i spent about 30 minutes playing games like pubg mobile, altos odyssey and taking photos and recording videos with the phone while connected to wi fi and the phone felt hot to the touch i dont know if this is because of The software not being final, but it dampened my enthusiasm. Nonetheless, another wrinkle i experience is with the music pro app now. This is a new app from sony which can provide studio tuning for vocals.

In the video that sony shared with me, a singer records her vocal track on a windy beach and a windy. Rooftop music pro essentially applies a combination of noise reduction, d, reverb and studio mic simulations to her track in the demo that they showed me its pretty impressive, take a listening Music Music. Sadly, the new music app wasnt ready for me to try honestly next to the cameras music pro could be the biggest new feature on this phone last lets talk about price. The xperia 1 mark iv is 1600. Yes, yes, yes, thats 300, more expensive than the 1300 xperia one mark iii and the xperia one mark iv, doesnt even come with a usbc, cable or a power adapter in the box. Now, in some ways the innovations of technology inside this phone, i feel justify the sixteen hundred dollar price, but for the majority of people myself included, sixteen hundred dollars for phone is just out of my budget im more likely to buy a dedicated camera, but for people Who can afford the price? The xperia one mark iv is filled with technical innovations and software that caters to creative people who, like to customize sony, is running a pre order deal where you can buy the xperia 1 mark iv and get a free pair of sony. Wvf 1000 xm4 true wireless earbuds, which have about a 280 value personally, instead of the headphones. I wish sony had offered a bundle that included the shooting grip and remote control and tiny magnetic external monitor that lets.

You use the rear cameras like a selfie camera, so thats all ive got if you want to pre order, the xperia one mark iv or learn more about it check out the links in the description. But now i want to hear from you guys.