B&H, the photo and video equipment retailer, has taken the first pre-order for Sony’s upcoming smartphone model, the Xperia 1 II. Priced at exactly, $1,198, the phone is clearly a flagship model. Sony has released video tutorials for the phone and the Xperia 1 II offers capable photography performance. It comes with quad-camera setup with 12Mp primary camera, 12Mp ultra-wide camera, and 12Mp telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom and a ToF (time-of-flight) sensor. ToF sensors ensures more accurate depth measurement for augmented reality, low-light photography and portraits. It works by sending infrared beam the bounces off the object.
In the video titles, the Introduction to Photography Pro, we get quick explanation of user interface and the settings to produce better image quality. There’s a dedicated shutter button to capture images and record videos. To snap a picture, press the button all the way down and to focus on the object, you need to press it half-way down. In the second video, Sony explains the Program mode. Sony recommends this mode for general or quick snapshots of subjects. It is not necessary to make any manual configuration to settings, because they are optimized. As an example, under low-light conditions the brightness level is adjusted automatically.
To adjust the shutter speed, you can use the S speed, which is useful for taking snapshots of fast-moving subjects. The shutter speed of the camera can reach 1/8000 and users can adjust the shutter speed depending on certain situations. For slower shutter speed, it is recommended to use a tripod, because it’s more prone to shaking. Before taking the photo, you should half-press the shutter to lock the focus on the subject. There are three focus mode pre-sets. AF-C is useful for taking photos of fast-moving subject, like pets, athletes and children. With AF-S, you can maintain focus on a certain object, by slowly panning the camera and half-pressing the shutter. It works well for taking subjects with minimum movement. Manual focus is the last mode and reserved for advanced users.
When you putting together a composition, you don’t have to include unnecessary objects in the photo. The level indicator or grid lines could help you to create a level photo. When everything is perfectly level, the green light will turn on and when it’s tilted, you get an orange light. It is also possible to decrease and increase the exposure of the photograph. When the Optical SteadyShot feature is enabled, the software-based and optical image optimizations will work together to produce steady videos. The video from Sony shows the striking difference with the Optical SteadyShot enabled and disabled.
Sony Xperia 1 II comes with an intelligent wind filter that enhance audio quality when recording videos. Once again, Sony shows side-by-side comparison to show the performance of the feature. The Xperia 1 II has 6.5-inch AMOLED screen and 1644 x 3840 resolution. It’s great for viewing streaming video with 21:9 aspect ratio. Visually, the device looks thin and tall. With screen density at 643 pixels per inch, videos, images and text should look crisp. The device promises fast performance with Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC, 256GB of internal storage and 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM.