A Great Sony Alpha Companion Device: Sony Xperia 1 II Review

The Sony Xperia 1 II blends smartphone photography with the features of a dedicated Sony Alpha camera.

Smartphone cameras have come a long way in a small amount of time. Most reach for an iPhone or a Samsung device. However, you have other options. Sony makes smartphones too. Sony’s Xperia line of phones has been around for a while, but they tend to fly under the radar. However, they have a unique product in the Sony Xperia 1 II that we think photographers might like. The Xperia 1 II takes smartphone photography and mashes it together with the tech like human and animal eye autofocus found in Sony’s Alpha line of cameras. This all sounds great, but how does the camera perform in the real-world? Find out in our full review.

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Sony Smartphone Sensor Sales Are Down, But Things Still Look Rosy

Don’t for one second think that the popularity of Smartphone cameras is dwindling.

The smartphone market took a massive hit a few years ago. Overpopulation in the marketplace and consumers being content was the reason. Now, though, Smartphone sales are on the up in a big way. A big reason for this is because of the cameras they house. Smartphone cameras are better than ever before. They can tap into powerful AI. The quality of lenses is increasing. Smartphone sensors are also becoming more powerful. However, last year Sony smartphone sensor sales went south. Is this something for smartphone photographers to worry about? Let’s talk about this after the break.

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How Matthew James Fell in Love With Astrophotography

All images by Matthew James. Used with permission.

Matthew James is a passionate photographer based in the UK. Like many of us, he’s been bored in the pandemic. But he’s found a lot of joy in taking photos. For Matt, all he needs is his Sony Xperia 1 II. Sony has gifted photographers with a smartphone that can do almost everything. With roots in their Alpha camera lineup, it’s a potent tool. In fact, it’s so powerful that Astrophotography is possible with the device.

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Weekend Humor: Sony to Release an Actual Camera Phone

Sony QX10 on smartphone press image

Weekend Humor isn’t meant to be taken seriously. So don’t, ya rube.

Citing the three-week phenomenon with apps, Sony has decided to abandon the smartphone arena altogether. The three-week phenomenon happens when you download a trending app, use it to a nauseating degree, and ultimately abandon it after three weeks. Angry Birds and Candy Crush are frequent offenders. The XPeria line will be discontinued, and the RX1P will take its place.

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Sony Unveils Xperia Z1 Android Handset Aimed at the Discerning Smartphone Photographer

Sony Xperia Z1

Together with the new QX-series of smartphone accessory lens cameras, Sony today unveiled their new flagship Android device, the Xperia Z1. Successor to the Xperia Z, the Z1 sports roughly the same dimensions, but comes with a much more advanced camera. The Z1’s camera uses a Sony G lens with an equivalent focal length of 27mm and a bright f2 aperture, projecting images onto a dedicated 1/2.3″ sensor with 20.7 million photosites. That’s the size you typically find in point-and-shoot compact cameras, and considerably larger than most smartphone camera sensors. Like its predecessor, the Z1 boasts a 5″ Full-HD display and is IP55/58 dust- and waterproof. Full specs after the break.

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Sony Announces QX10 and QX100 Accessory Lenses for Smartphones

Sony QX10 on smartphone press image

Recently, we reported about a new invention from Sony that would revolutionize mobile photography. Today, Sony announces the previously rumored products, and they are just as awesome as predicted. The QX10 and QX100 are two accessory lenses that are used in combination with an Android smartphone or iPhone. Basically, the devices contain a lens, a sensor, a couple of buttons, and most importantly: wireless connectivity. They are operated via the smartphone’s display, and send the pictures they capture directly to the phone, so they can be shared immediately. Whereas the QX10 is a small 10x zoom unit, the QX100 contains the acclaimed lens and sensor from the RX100 compact camera.

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Sony’s Image Sensor Business is Thriving


You’d think Sony would enjoy most of its success with televisions and cameras, but you’d be wrong. One of its largest, most successful businesses is the image sensor for mobile devices. Roughly 80% of its image sensors, according to a spokesman for Sony, are sold to other companies, most notably Samsung and Apple, not that Sony’d tell you that. The bulk of its profits from last quarter in its device division came from sales of its sensors. While Sony’s Xperia line has been well received, it hasn’t gained enough ground to even touch Samsung and Apple, but it’s already a part of the best-selling phones thanks to years of R+D in image sensors. Tear-downs of some popular phones show that the chips are used in the iPhone 5, 4S, and Galaxy S4. Now, it controls a third of the image sensor market.

Via Sony Alpha Rumors

Sony’s New XPERIA ZR Smartphone Will Go Skinny Dipping With You

Sony XPERIA ZR submerged

Sony just announced a new XPERIA smartphone labeled the ‘ZR’, which is the latest in a series of dust- and waterproof Android smartphones from the Japanese electronics giant. Following the original Acro and Acro S mid-range models, late 2012’s XPERIA V and their current flagship phone, the 5-inch XPERIA Z, the new ZR ups the ante by pushing the waterproofing to an IP58 certification, meaning it will be able to stay submerged even longer and deeper than its predecessors. Sony claims the ZR to have the “highest level of water-resistance for filming in Full HD underwater“.

Specs are after the jump.

Via PetaPixel and XPERIA Blog

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