Sony shows details the alpha camera in the Xperia 1 II

A Sony Alpha camera in your pocket. The dream of many smartphone owners will become true with the Xperia 1 II. Sony announced Xperia 1 II in spring and will soon be available in stores. Sony explains in detail what you can look forward to as a mobile photographer and what the Sony alpha camera features are.

Like Samsung and Xiaomi, why doesn’t Sony rely on a 108-megapixel sensor in the Xperia 1 II? Well, besides the fact that Sony doesn’t yet produce 108-megapixel sensors. It is also caused by sensor readings. The time it takes Samsung to take 108-megapixel photos, 100 ms. Compared to 10 ms that Sony needs to read 12-megapixel images from its new large 1 / 1.7-inch sensor with 1.8-micrometer pixels. Even if it uses pixel binning, it takes at least twice as much with Samsung at 32 ms Long.

Bionz X Image Processor

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Thanks to the larger pixels. The sensitivity is said to increase by 50 percent compared to the previous year Xperia 1. It’s promises better night shots, and thanks to the 10 ms fast sensor reading. Sony also guarantees continuous bursts with 20 fps and this with autofocus tracking activated ( AE, AF). The 3D TOF sensor supports the dual pixel autofocus. The Bionz X image processor produces 60 AE / AF calculations per second. Eye-AF is there again and now can focus on the eyes of animals – from alpha cameras we also know a lot, especially 247 phase-detection points.

Sonx Xperia 1 II camera zeiss lense detail

The triples cam in the Sony Xperia 1 II delivers three focal lengths. On the one hand, the main camera with 24 mm with F / 1.7 aperture, OIS, and Dual-PD AF. The 16 mm ultra-wide-angle with F / 2.2, also dual-PD AF. And the 70 mm telephoto camera with F / 2.4 aperture, OIS, and phase detection autofocus. In addition, Sony also integrates a 3D TOF sensor. Sony provides an analogy to interchangeable lenses in a Sony Alpha camera. The 24 mm lens zooms between 24 and 70 mm, 16 mm lens up to 35 mm, and 70 mm camera up to 200 mm. This is of course only an analogy, since it is a digital zoom.

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Collaboration with Zeiss

For Sony, it’s the first time collaboration with German glass manufacturer Zeiss. Zeiss is responsible for optics on Xperia 1 II with T * coating, which should reduce ghosting and glare effects. The high burst speeds mentioned at the beginning apply to the main camera. But with the ultra-wide-angle and telephoto cameras, Sony still achieves continuous 10 photos per second with 30 fps calculation, i.e. in about half, with activated AE / AF.

Photography Pro App

Sonx Xperia 1 II photography pro app

The last important point is the Photography Pro app, a successor to the Cinema Pro app in the first Xperia 1. It can be used in the same way as a Sony Alpha camera in shutter or aperture priority mode. Photography mode, many other manual configuration options which give the photographer the feeling of having a professional DSLR or mirrorless camera.

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