New cell phones get one of two overdue functions

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With the Xperia 1 II, Sony especially wants to convince the photographers. There is now a software update for the flagship smartphone that significantly expands the possibilities of the camera. The new mode is actually reserved for SLR cameras. However, an important function is still missing.

Sony Xperia 1 II

Sony Xperia 1 II: RAW format photos

Sony has released an update for the top Xperia 1 II phone. In addition to improvements to video calls and the selfie camera, the focus is on RAW mode, which was previously lacking. Images captured in RAW format can later be edited losslessly and are therefore popular with photographers. Sharpness, contrast, white balance, color space and other parameters can be carried out during subsequent processing without loss of quality. The camera stores all conceivable information about the image without compression. The pictures occupy a corresponding amount of storage space.

The new update is 75 MB in size and will be distributed together with the July patch from Android. In RAW mode, photos on the Xperia phone are saved in DNG format, but according to GSMArena only on the internal memory. MicroSD cards are not supported so that the write speed for the large files is actually sufficient. The RAW mode on the Sony Xperia 1 II can only be switched on via the “Pro Photo Mode”.

Sony Xperia 1 II continues without night mode

While the improvements and new functions of the update are sure to be well received by fans, an important feature is still missing on the Xperia phone. There is still no trace of a night mode to take pictures even in low light conditions. This is unusual, especially since other manufacturers even now equip some mid-range smartphones with such a mode. The missing mode also had a negative impact in the camera comparison.

More about the Pro-Interface of the Xperia 1 II can be found here in the video:

Sony Xperia 1 II: cameras with Zeiss optics

For the triple camera on the back of the cell phone, Sony relies on the German manufacturer Zeiss, which is responsible for the optics. The three sensors each create 12 MP (wide angle, ultra wide angle and telephoto). There is also a ToF sensor that collects depth information. Videos are in 4K resolution at 60 frames per second.

Although the Sony Xperia 1 II has been on the market since May 2020, it cannot be obtained from every well-known dealer in Germany. At Amazon, the cell phone can only be found temporarily. Otto currently offers the cell phone from 1,193.81.

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