Sony has long been known for making smartphones with class-leading photography capabilities, so it is no surprise to see it announce another innovation in this area.
The Japanese firm revealed it has created a sensor designed for mobile devices which is capable of recording footage at 1000 frames per second, making it possible to shoot full HD video for slow motion playback with unrivalled quality and clarity.
The addition of extra RAM to the sensor’s makeup means that it can operate far quicker than equivalent units already on the market. So footage should look better no matter the number of frames that are being captured.
By comparison, the maximum 240fps capture capabilities of Apple’s iPhone range looks a little long in the tooth, especially considering that users are restricted to recording at 720p resolutions when they use this setting.
Whether or not this technology will end up on Sony’s flagship mobiles this year is unclear, although with MWC 2017 just a few weeks away it will not be long before more information is made available and the next generation of smartphone cameras is unleashed on a wider audience of photography and video fans.
Although it has yet to unveil a new top tier device this year, Sony is poised to introduce the Xperia XR next month, according to Pocket Lint.
Replacing the old Xperia X5, the XR is expected to be just as stylish as its predecessors, albeit with a full metal frame rather than one featuring plastic or glass.
A 5.1 inch 1080p display, 23 megapixel primary camera and eight megapixel front-facing snapper are on the cards, with 4K video recording reportedly possible with either of the lenses, making it an impressive streaming device if true.
The Snapdragon 820 chipset from Qualcomm will be at the heart of the Xperia XR, along with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage space. Fans can also expect that Sony will be sticking with its past form and making the device resistant to water and dust, ensuring it can survive unexpected accidents.
Sony has not achieved the same level of success in the smartphone market as its peers like Samsung, but it has a loyal customer base built up, thanks to previous flagship Xperia range launches. The Xperia XR is likely to please this group, as well as perhaps having the ability to win over others.
The Xperia Z5 is the latest flagship smartphone to be announced by Sony and, like its predecessors, it sports a slender yet robust exterior which is resistant to water. However, the manufacture has actually taken the step of suggesting that users would be better to avoid fully submerging their new handset in liquid if they want to avoid any damage occurring.
Although lab tests have allowed the Xperia Z5 to achieve an IP68 rating, Sony points out on its site that the tests were carried out on a device which was in standby mode, as well as making the most of the ideal conditions that professional testing provides, according to TechRadar.
So for users who were thinking about leaving an Xperia Z5 in the drink for up to 30 minutes, as prescribed by the IP68 rating, it sounds like this is less sensible than it initially might seem.
The good news is that for most intents and purposes, the Xperia Z5 will be much more durable than the majority of its rivals, including the new iPhone 6S, so should be capable of surviving a liquid spill. But for particularly adventurous users, the advice is not to try and harness any of the phone’s features while it is beneath the surface.
Sony has expanded its mid-range smartphone offerings with a pair of new handsets, both of which are intended to offer a bit more than the average Android-powered mobile at this point in the market.
The Xperia M5 comes with a five inch display with a 1080p resolution, a 64 bit processor, 3GB of RAM and a solidly specified 2600mAh battery. All in all, this is a fairly decent set of specifications to start it off, with 4G networking helping it to keep up with its contemporaries.
The Xperia C5 Ultra, on the other hand, is a true phablet thanks to its six inch display. It comes with an octa-core processor and a slightly smaller 2GB of RAM, while the 2930mAh battery found under the surface should help to keep it running smoothly all day.
The C5 Ultra will be a photographer’s dream, thanks to the fact that it features two 13 megapixel cameras – one on the rear and one on the front, for high quality selfie action.
Sony is not hanging around when it comes to getting these devices to market, with the C5 Ultra set to hit stores within the next couple of weeks and the Xperia M5 likely to follow shortly afterwards.
A relatively low-key launch for the Xperia Z4 took place in Sony’s native Japan this week, with the firm’s new flagship model set to take on rivals including the HTC One M9 and Samsung’s Galaxy S6.
Up front it has a 5.2 inch 1080p screen, with a front-facing 5.1 megapixel camera, allowing it to take solid selfies. A 20.7 megapixel primary camera on the rear will do a better job for general photography and video capture, benefitting from a 25mm lens, which can snap wide angle images.
The Snapdragon 801 chipset is onboard the Z4, with eight physical cores and a 64-bit architecture, allowing it to offer cutting edge processing power. 32GB of built-in storage is the standard amount offered, while a memory card slot means that this is not the limit of the phone’s potential capacity.
Four different colour variants of the Xperia Z4 will go on sale later this year via Sony, with standard white and black models sitting alongside copper and aqua green alternatives, to suit different tastes.
With a body that is just 6.9 millimetres thick, Sony’s new big hitter will not take up much room in spite of its large display. And like HTC, it has stuck with 1080p for the panel, shunning the QHD resolution pursued by Samsung.