Finally, Sony has announced the price of the Xperia 1 II in the US, months after its launch. Users will able to pre-order the device starting from June 1, 2020 and the device will be delivered on July 24, 2020, a very long reservation period.
If you placed your order before June 28, users will receive a free WF-1000XM3 Earbuds, and it is already listed on the Bhphotovideo.com online store for $1,199 with the “notify when available” status. The Sony Xperia 1 II is an upgrade of the previous Xperia 1 with a very long screen ratio, many advanced technologies for display and photography.
After the release of a hands-on video promo by Nick Didlick, Sony has also published a series of videos dedicated to the photographic functions of the smartphone, implemented in collaboration with the team that deals with the development of the brand’s Alpha cameras.
The six short video clips focus on the operation of the Photo Pro app, through which you can access the manual controls for managing shutter speed, aperture, focus, ISO level, and all other parameters that Sony makes available for shooting.
- 12MP F2.2 Dual-PD AF 16mm
- 12MP F2.4 OIS PDAF 70mm
- 12MP F1.7 OIS Dual-PD AF 24mm, Exmor RS 1/1.7″, 1.8um pixels
- iToF 3D
In the first video Sony introduces the app by showing its interface and shooting modes. It may not be immediately familiar to everyone, if not to those who already use Sony cameras since Xperia 1 II has “borrowed” the layout of the Alpha series. A strength of the smartphone is the ability to take the shot via a two-click physical button.
One of the available options is the P (Program) mode, ideal for taking pictures of animals and children. It shows how brightness is automatically defined by the camera, and how you can choose between jpeg or RAW format (or both).
The shutter priority (S mode) allows you to correct the shutter speed. The exposure is from 30″ to 1/8000. It is ideal for freezing images or, vice versa, for giving a sense of movement and fluidity.
Sony moves on to exposure management, with the possibility of correcting the brightness by increasing or decreasing the exposure value.
The focus is one of the real strengths of the smartphone, as explained by Sony in an in-depth analysis of the camera: AF-S (single), AF-C (continuous, ideal for sports, children, animals), MF are available. Two of the three rear cameras have dual-phase detection sensors, the telephoto lens only one. However, everyone has Eye AF to follow the eyes of people and animals to make shooting moving subjects more effectively.
The latest video shows useful tools and tips for shooting, including the grid and level indicator to frame the scene and the area to be focused on and the exposure level for correct brightness.