Sony is releasing a new smartphone that is designed specifically for smartphone video producers with some interesting new features for creating professional quality video.
This phone was first announced at the Mobile World Conference (MWC) earlier this year and the main features include a 21:9 CinemaWide display, which is the first for a smartphone. It enables you to get great image quality and an ultra-widescreen aspect ratio. Additionally, the device has a rear-facing triple lens camera system, much like the new phones from Huawei and Samsung which have had very positive reviews. The device itself is taller than most other phones on the market, like the iPhone and Galaxy but slimmer and so far the reviews about how comfortable it feels for shooting video have been very positive.
The device has a dedicated camera button on the side making it easy to get right into camera mode when you want to film something. Unlike most phones where you have to at least tap or swipe a few times to get to the camera, here you can just push one button and you’re in the camera app.
The camera system in the back features three lenses with three 12-megapixel sensors. It has a wide angle lens with optical stabilization, a telephoto lens with optical stabilization, and a third super wide lens. The camera system is paired with Sony Alpha, the lens technology wing of Sony. In addition to the high-quality glass, there are a number of technological features including noise reduction for low light and eye-tracking autofocus which will all help to get great video in most conditions. If you are shooting a super close up shot, the ultra wide angle lens will be the primary lens that's used while if you are shooting something that is further away the system will rely more heavily on the telephoto lens. The Xperia 1 will be able to shoot in 24 fps at 21:9 (the ultra-wide display common on a lot of televisions now) and there's a new feature called “Look" for achieving great color with your videos.
The Xperia 1 is set to launch later this month at an event in Taiwan and will be available to the public shortly after. See more details here.