Sony Xperia 1 V The flagship imaging device that combines thin and light with high picture quality

Sony Xperia 1 V - Thin and light flagship device with high-quality imaging

Compared with traditional cameras, smartphones are characterized by their lightweight and portability, and have lower shooting thresholds. However, as the process of upgrading mobile phone photography continues, the imaging system of mobile phones has also become larger and the burden has become heavier.

Sony Xperia 1 V

Can “lightweight” and “high image quality” be combined? Can the use burden of mobile phones be reduced while improving the shooting quality? Sony has given its answer with the latest flagship model, the Xperia 1 V. This time, Sony has further enhanced the shooting ability of the main camera by adopting “double-layer transistor sensor technology”, while also controlling the protrusion of the rear lens within a reasonable range, making the whole machine look still lightweight and handy.

In the current smartphone market, “image flagship” seems to be synonymous with “1-inch large sensor”, but using a large sensor can also make the body thicker and increase the use burden.

Sony Xperia 1 V

The reason why image flagships have adopted “large sensor” is to use the large sensor to obtain more light in the limited body. Similarly, the “Exmor T double-layer transistor pixel structure sensor” used in the main camera lens of the Sony Xperia 1 V is also born to increase the amount of light. According to official information, this new sensor adopts a double-layer structure, with the first layer being a photodiode and the second layer being a pixel transistor. This new design can allow the first layer of photodiodes to capture more light, reduce image noise, and improve imaging quality in low-light environments.

Taken with Sony Xperia 1 V

Taken with Sony Xperia 1 V

Taken with Sony Xperia 1 V

Users familiar with Sony cameras should not be unfamiliar with the “Exmor” brand, which is Sony’s brand for camera sensors, and is also used in Xperia phones. From the earliest back-illuminated Exmor R structure to the Exmor RS with layered structure and phase detection support, and now to the latest Exmor T, Sony has brought all the new technologies in the imaging field to its latest flagship phone. From the sample photos, the Sony Xperia 1 V with the new sensor can indeed capture pure images in low light environments, and even when zoomed in, there are no obvious noise points. Moreover, the imaging speed of the Sony Xperia 1 V is also well-controlled. After pressing the shutter, the photo can be seen in low light environment after a short wait.

In daily shooting, the powerful real-time focusing ability of the Sony Xperia 1 V can greatly improve the success rate of photos. If you have used a Sony mirrorless camera before, you must be familiar with this focusing system. When the phone detects the subject, it can directly select and frame it, and when the shutter is half-pressed, it can accurately capture the subject by tracking the person’s eyes. In addition, the real-time tracking function from Sony cameras is also integrated into the Sony Xperia 1 V. You can simply click on the subject on the phone while shooting to achieve real-time tracking.

Sony Xperia 1 V supports eye-tracking autofocus

If you are a professional user or familiar with the use of Sony cameras, the various manual shooting modes in Sony Xperia 1 V can also help you with your creativity. In different modes, including aperture, focal length, and focus mode, can be adjusted directly, and its UI design also continues the design of Sony cameras, which undoubtedly gives it a sense of professionality. In terms of continuous shooting, Sony Xperia 1 V has upgraded from the previous 20fps high-speed continuous shooting to 30fps high-speed continuous shooting, improving the accuracy of capturing.

While ensuring high professionalism, Sony has also brought the highly praised “Creative Look” from its mirrorless cameras to Xperia 1 V. In addition to the default standard ST mode, Sony Xperia 1 V offers 5 different color presets, such as the low saturation “Neutral NT”, the more elegant and calm “Film FL”, and the Japanese-style bright “Soft High Key SH”, etc. These different color presets can well meet personalized creative visual needs and greatly save post-processing time.

Photo taken with Sony Xperia 1 V

Photo taken with Sony Xperia 1 V

Photo taken with Sony Xperia 1 V

Sony Xperia 1 V is positioned as a flagship, and its imaging system naturally needs to be excellent. This time, Sony Xperia 1 V still uses three lenses to cover the ultra-wide-angle, wide-angle, and telephoto ranges from 16mm to 125mm, and the three lenses also provide stable imaging quality during shooting. Of course, through the T* mark in the lens area, it can also be seen that Sony Xperia 1 V also uses the T* coating technology originating from Zeiss, which can ensure a pure image in complex lighting situations.

Sony Xperia 1 V uses Zeiss T* coating technology.

In addition to the main lens, the telephoto lens is also one of the lenses I use frequently in daily life, and the compressed feeling it brings is very suitable for shooting portraits. The telephoto lens of Sony Xperia 1 V is also full of highlights. This lens can achieve continuous and uninterrupted optical zoom between 85mm and 125mm through the cooperation of focal length adjustment lens and AF autofocus lens, ensuring that the long focal length end also has high clarity.

Sony equips a main lens with “double-layer transistor pixel structure sensor” and a telephoto lens that supports “continuous and uninterrupted optical zoom” in a flagship imaging phone. The addition of these new technologies makes shooting easier. Moreover, all of this does not affect the thickness and weight of the whole machine. Its image system on the back is still compact and does not look obtrusive.

Sony Xperia 1 V adopts a solid camera button design that can achieve a DSLR-like shooting experience.

In addition, the shooting experience of Sony Xperia 1 V is also highly consistent with Sony cameras. When I heard the familiar focus confirmation sound and shutter sound, it even gave me a feeling of shooting with a Sony mirrorless camera. In addition, the two-stage camera shutter button of Sony Xperia 1 V still uses special pattern processing, which greatly enhances the feel of pressing the shutter button.

For the increasingly popular vlog demand, Sony has also brought the highly acclaimed movie camera color science S-Cinetone to the phone. With S-Cinetone Mobile, every user who picks up Sony Xperia 1 V can shoot images full of movie sense. Moreover, this natural intermediate tone and soft color do not require post-editing. Just pick up the phone and start creating.

When shooting videos, we also use upscaling to capture more unexpected scenes. Thanks to its powerful performance, the Sony Xperia 1 V’s three lenses all support shooting in 4K 120FPS, and by adjusting the frame rate, it can achieve up to 5x slow motion shooting.

The concept of “continuity” is fully reflected in the design of the Sony Xperia 1 V. From the first generation of Xperia 1 to the present day, Sony has continued this simple and classic design. This time, the Xperia 1 V uses a 6.5-inch 21:9 aspect ratio screen. When the screen is lit up, this screen without notches or punch holes can bring a display effect without visual regrets. When browsing movies with a 21:9 aspect ratio, the complete borderless visual effect also brings a very immersive feeling.

Sony Xperia 1 V

Looking at the hardware parameters, the screen of the Sony Xperia 1 V is quite impressive. This 6.5-inch screen has a 4K resolution, and supports a 120Hz refresh rate and a 240Hz touch scan rate. However, the selling point of Sony’s flagship has never been the hardware itself, but the various self-developed technologies that Sony incorporates. This time, on the Xperia 1 V, Sony brings users the X1 for mobile image processing engine derived from Sony TV, and this screen also supports the master display mode calibrated by CineAlta. This mode not only has extremely high color accuracy, but also has a specially calibrated D65 white point, so we can see works through the screen of the Sony Xperia 1 V that are much closer to the true intention of the creators.

As for the details of the back design, we can also see Sony’s attitude towards flagship phones. Its back panel uses scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass and has subtle diamond-shaped protrusions on the surface of the glass. This special design brings a delicate feel and can effectively reduce fingerprint attachment, making the grip more comfortable.

The weight of the Sony Xperia 1 V is 187g, and the thickness is 8.3mm.

It is worth mentioning that today, as flagship phones are getting thicker and heavier, Sony Xperia 1 V still maintains a slim design concept. The weight of the whole machine is 187g and the thickness is 8.3mm, which will not bring a heavy grip burden. In addition, the side of Sony Xperia 1 V also has a striped texture design, which can also enhance the grip feel of the whole machine.

The Xperia 1 series has always been at the forefront of hardware, and the Sony Xperia 1 V is no exception. In terms of hardware, this phone uses the second-generation Snapdragon 8 mobile platform, which is currently among the best in performance, and this powerful chip can also ensure that the phone has sufficient performance.

Playing games with Sony Xperia 1 V

Currently, games are one of the scenes that can test performance. We tested it with mobile games such as “Genshin Impact” and “Honor of Kings”. The performance during gameplay was quite stable and there was no frame dropping. In addition, Sony has also optimized the internal cooling system. The cooling material area has increased by about 60%, and with the new system scheduling and power management plan, the heat generated during gameplay is also controlled reasonably.

Xperia Stream Gaming Fan Docking Station

If you are a heavy gamer, you may want to consider pairing with an Xperia Stream gaming fan docking station, which is a cooler specially designed by Sony for gamers. It adopts a special full-body cooling system, which efficiently reduces the temperature, and is equipped with multi-functional interfaces to meet the needs of long-term gaming/live-streaming.

It is worth mentioning that the dual speakers of Sony Xperia 1 V have also been comprehensively upgraded. With the addition of a new speaker sound unit, whether playing games or listening to music, the breadth and depth of the dual speakers are quite excellent. Especially when playing music with 360 surround sound effects, the enveloping feeling provided by the dual speakers also elevates the music to a broader “spatial” level from both sides. Moreover, for users who like wired headphones, Sony Xperia 1 V still retains the 3.5mm headphone jack, which is undoubtedly a blessing for users who are still using wired headphones.

Sony Xperia 1 V still retains the 3.5mm headphone jack

In addition to these powerful hardware, “localization” for the Chinese market is also one of the issues that consumers often discuss. Through Sony’s collaboration with Flyme, we can see that Sony has been paying attention to the Chinese market and making deep adaptations for Chinese consumers. Although Sony Xperia 1 V still follows the native Android in system UI design, the improvements at the detail level also show Sony’s efforts.

In the Sony Xperia 1 V, we can see many shadows of Flyme. Apps such as Weather, Email, Gallery, and Messaging are all versions built by Flyme. Features of Flyme such as Aicy Assistant and Aicy Overview are also directly integrated into the phone. Additionally, Sony also provides a customized replacement assistant to make it easier for users to transfer from their old phones to the latest Sony flagship. Through the latest energy-saving optimization, users can also find out whether their software is 32-bit or 64-bit.

While smartphones are becoming more and more focused on the camera, the weight of the devices is also becoming heavier and thicker. The appearance of the Sony Xperia 1 V has given the industry a new direction for development. A powerful camera flagship doesn’t necessarily have to be thick and heavy. By introducing a dual-layer transistor pixel structure sensor for the main camera lens and a telephoto lens that supports continuous uninterrupted optical zoom, Sony has finally achieved a combination of “lightweight” and “high quality” in one phone.

When camera flagships become lighter, more people will be encouraged to pick up their phones to capture their favorite moments, and this is also the meaning of the existence of mobile phone photography.

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