the most professional camera on a mobile

After arriving in Spain, we have spent a few days testing the Xperia 1 II, or Mark II, the best mobile phone in the history of Son. This phone has a specialized focus on what Sony knows best how to do: cameras, cinema and multimedia. And it more than meets.

Technical characteristics

  • Body
    • Dimensions: 166 x 72 x 7.9 mm.
    • Weight: 181 grams.
    • Colors: Black and Purple.
  • screen
    • Type: OLED.
    • Size: 6.5 inches
    • Resolution: 4K HDR | 21: 9
    • Refresh rate: 90 Hz.
  • Main features
  • Memory
    • Internal: 256GB + 8GB RAM
  • Cameras
    • Rear:
      • 12 Mpx 1 / 2.6 »Dual-PD AF 16 mm
      • 12 Mpx 1 / 1.7 »Dual-PD AF OIS 24 mm
      • 12 Mpx 1 / 3.4 »PDAF OIS 70 mm
      • 3D iTOF for depth measurements
      • ZEISS lenses
    • Lead: 8 Mpx.
  • Connectivity
    • 5G
    • WiFi 6
    • GPS
    • 3.5mm headphone jack
    • Bluetooth
  • Sensors
    • Fingerprint reader
    • Accelerometer, proximity sensor and compass
  • Gaming: 21: 9 Gaming Support, Elite Gaming, Gaming Mode
  • Others: Stereo front speaker, Dolby Atmos, 360 Reality Audio
  • Waterproof IP65 / 68 certified
  • Battery
    • 4,000 mAh
    • Wireless charging: Yes

The Sony Xperia 1 II is a high-end, and this means that …

  • It has the best processor of the moment: Snapdragon 865, accompanied by 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of internal storage. You will not have performance problems at any time.
  • 5G connectivity: It is present in all the high-end of 2020 and the Sony model was not going to be an exception. It is not that it is a great attraction in Spain unless you are from Vodafone and live in one of the areas with coverage, but it is there.
  • It has all the extras you can expect: wireless charging, NFC, IP 68 water resistance, Wi-Fi 6 support.
  • The build quality is superb: It is true that all mobiles today are made of metal and glass, but that does not mean that they all have the same build quality or materials. This team’s grip feels like a solid block.

However, it does not follow all trends

  • The mobile screens are increasingly elongated, with formats that have left out 16: 9 to go betting on formats between 19: 9 and 20: 9. Sony, far from following the trend here Sony is one step ahead, being one of the manufacturers that has previously opted for 21: 9, the most elongated screen format of a mobile phone.
    • Being such an elongated format, the 6.5 inches deceive a lot and it is one of the most comfortable high-end mobiles to hold.
  • This phone has frames on the top and bottom, very small frames, yes: Sony continues to be a continuation in this regard, and denies experiments such as mechanized cameras, notches or holes in the screen.
    • Far from being an advantage or a disadvantage, it is a design decision, and depending on our tastes it may be a good or bad decision. On a personal level, I consider that it is the best option that Sony could opt for given the purposes of this terminal.
  • Fingerprint reader: Sony has opted for a fingerprint reader on the side power button itself. The reader in practice has not proven to be more effective than the integrated ones on screen, and the technology is not superior either.
  • Physical button for the camera: Sony is still betting on a physical button dedicated to the photo camera. In this mobile, this button is even more important, although we will talk more about it in more depth.

The most cinematic screen on a mobile

The screen of the Xperia 1 II is unique in its kind. It is a 6.5-inch OLED panel. It has an aspect ratio of 21: 9, which makes it an extremely elongated mobile, and also the screen of this more compact diagonal.

We have OLED technology and 4K resolution, a resolution that only Sony has added to their phones (and has been doing so since the Xperia Z5 Premium). Does such a high resolution make sense on such a small screen? At the pixel density level, we would say no, because lower resolution screens already provide us with a definition in which each pixel is indistinguishable from another.

However, we do not perceive that it has a great impact on performance, what is noticeable from the first moment is the quality of viewing and colors. Sony has added two video modes, the standard (focused on bright colors) and a mode called Creator mode.

This mode is signed by CineAlta, Sony firm specialized in professional video cameras for the film industry. This mode is compatible with the BT.2020 color gamut and has a 10-bit color depth to support HDR content. It is intended to offer the most accurate colors in the industry, displaying content as conceived by film directors.

The settings allow us to use the creator mode automatically for specific applications, but in our experience of use we ended up using it all the time. The precision and naturalness of the colors is superb, and in this mode the screen of the Xperia is enjoyed like no other.

The speakers also have exceptional audio quality. Both speakers are located on the front of the phone and are the best speakers that we can enjoy on a smartphone. Of course, at high volume levels the rear glass rumbles slightly.

We have back to the headphone jack, making it the only high-priced mobile with this connection. Hi-Res sound is supported and Sony includes wired headphones that sound exceptionally well in the package.

As a third complement we have the Sony dynamic vibration system. This system includes a vibration motor that emits pulses synchronized with the loudest sounds, giving a more immersive feeling in movies, series and games, being able to calibrate the intensity in four levels. This technology is one of the best additions that Sony includes in its high-end Xperia.

The most Pro camera, in photography and video

The Xperia 1 II has the following cameras:

  • Rear:
    • 12 Mpx 1 / 2.6 »Dual-PD AF 16 mm
    • 12 Mpx 1 / 1.7 »Dual-PD AF OIS 24 mm
    • 12 Mpx 1 / 3.4 »PDAF OIS 70 mm
    • 3D iTOF for depth measurements
    • ZEISS lenses
  • Lead: 8 Mpx.

From the outset, the company has taken the approach from a more traditional photographic perspective, with the 16mm camera being an ultra wide angle, the 24mm camera a standard wide angle and the 70mm camera a telephoto lens. All three sensors have ZEISS lenses, plus the wide-angle and telephoto lenses have optical stabilization.

One of the most remarkable aspects of the Xperia 1 II is its ultra-fast focus, using technology from the Sony Alpha 9. This approach is capable of pointing directly at our eyes to take pictures of people and animals.