Sony Xperia 1 IV a un écran 4K et un objectif zoom réel

À l’intérieur du corps svelte et discret du nouveau Sony Xperia 1 IV se trouve un téléobjectif avec de minuscules éléments qui peuvent se déplacer librement d’avant en arrière pour effectuer un zoom avant et arrière. Aucun autre téléphone ne peut le faire. Dernières années Xperia 1 III avait un objectif similaire, mais ces minuscules lentilles étaient limitées à l’une des deux positions. Et aussi innovant que le Le double téléobjectif du Xperia 1 III étaità l’usage, il n’offrait aucun avantage réel sur des rivaux tels que le Galaxy S22 Ultraqui utilise deux séparé téléobjectifs pour obtenir quelque chose de similaire.

Le Xperia 1 IV est le premier téléphone au monde doté d’un véritable zoom optique – et pourtant, la plupart des gens seraient surpris d’apprendre que Sony fabrique toujours des téléphones. Si vous êtes un type créatif, photographe, cinéaste, joueur ou audiophile, Sony et sa gamme de téléphones Xperia sont après votre cœur, votre créativité et votre portefeuille. Après tout, le Sony Xperia 1 IV coûte 1 600 $ (ce qui se convertit en gros en 1 300 £, 2 300 AU $) et fait du nouveau téléphone l’un des modèles les plus chers vendus aujourd’hui.

Le Xperia 1 IV représente un idéal que Sony poursuit depuis 2019. La société basée à Tokyo ne cherche pas à concurrencer les téléphones grand public tels que le iPhone 13, Galaxy S22 ou alors Google Pixel 6 Pro. Au lieu de cela, avec le Xperia 1 IV, Sony s’est taillé son propre coin du bac à sable et construit des châteaux impressionnants.


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Let’s go back to that $1,600 price tag. Sticker shock aside, you get a phone that not only has a cutting edge zoom lens, but one with a 4K high-refresh rate display (which no other phone has aside from Sony), a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, a 5,000-mAh battery, Gorilla Glass Victus as well as Android features of yesteryear you won’t find on most flagship phones. These include a headphone jack, a slot for expandable storage and an LED notification light on the front.

For most people, including me, the Xperia 1 IV will be too expensive. At $1,600, I’d be more inclined to buy a dedicated camera. But if you can afford it and you want a cutting-edge phone that’s steeped in the intricate processes of photography and filmmaking, the Xperia 1 IV is waiting for you.

The Xperia 1 IV will be out in the US on Sept. 1 and is available for preorder now. Sony has a limited time deal where you can buy an Xperia 1 IV and get a free pair of Sony WF-1000XM4 true wireless earbuds, which have a $280 value. I wish Sony had offered to bundle the Xperia 1 IV with its shooting grip and remote controller and tiny magnetic vlogging monitor that lets you film yourself using the rear cameras.

A Sony Xperia 1 IV in a shooting grip with a tiny monitor on the back of the phoneA Sony Xperia 1 IV in a shooting grip with a tiny monitor on the back of the phone

The Xperia 1 IV works with Sony’s shooting grip, remote control accessory and magnetic vlogging monitor. This lets you use the rear cameras to film yourself.


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Sony Xperia 1 IV and the missing Music Pro app

Sony lent me a preproduction sample of the Xperia 1 IV. The software isn’t final and some features didn’t work fully or were completely absent. One missing app is Sony’s Music Pro app which can provide studio tuning for vocals. In a video from Sony, a singer on a windy beach records her vocal track with the Xperia 1 IV and the Music Pro app.

Music Pro applies a combination of noise reduction, deReverb and studio mic simulations to remove the noise from the wind and make her voice sound more present and full. I found the demo impressive.

Sadly, the new app wasn’t ready for me to try. Next to the cameras, Music Pro could be the biggest new feature on the Xperia 1 IV.

The Sony Xperia 1 IV's rear camera bumpThe Sony Xperia 1 IV's rear camera bump

The Xperia 1 IV has three rear cameras and a 3D iToF sensor used for focusing.


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Sony Xperia 1 IV gets all-new cameras

You could write a book with the number of details Sony sent me about the cameras on the Xperia 1 IV. And the photography nerd in me loves that. But I’ll keep things concise for this review.

All of the cameras on the Xperia 1 IV have new and faster sensors, meaning they’re capable of multiple calculations and processing within fractions of a second. You can shoot bursts of 20 photos per second with auto exposure and autofocus enabled, using any camera on the phone.

Rear cameras on the Xperia 1 IV

Aperture Focal length equivalent OIS Megapixels
Ultra-wide angle f/2.2 16mm No 12MP
Wide angle f/1.7 24mm Yes 12MP
Telephoto f/2.3-2.8 85-125mm Yes 12MP

Let’s go back to that telephoto camera. Between 85mm and 125mm (or 3.5x and 5.2x) magnification, it’s all optical zoom all the time. There isn’t any digital zooming or cropping happening unless you zoom past 5.2x or are shooting between 1.1x and 3.4x magnification. If you can zoom optically, in other words, the image quality won’t degrade like it does with digital zoom.

I got to use the Xperia 1 IV for a week and a half and I was impressed with the new cameras. Take a look below at some of my favorite photos that I took with the Sony Xperia 1 IV.

A photo from the Xperia 1 IV of people lined up on a sidewalkA photo from the Xperia 1 IV of people lined up on a sidewalk

Every Saturday a bunch of people line up outside the church. This photo was taken with the telephoto camera at 3.5x magnification.


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A photo from the Xperia 1 IV of a dog waiting next to her ownerA photo from the Xperia 1 IV of a dog waiting next to her owner

This was taken with the telephoto lens at 3.5x magnification indoors. Despite the lack of light, the Xperia 1 IV’s Eye AF (autofocus) found and tracked the dog’s eyes perfectly.


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A photo from the Xperia 1 IV of a long pointy plantA photo from the Xperia 1 IV of a long pointy plant

This was taken with the main 24mm camera. I like how the background falls out of focus. 


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A photo from the Xperia 1 IV of a Giants baseball game at Oracle FieldA photo from the Xperia 1 IV of a Giants baseball game at Oracle Field

This was taken with the ultrawide camera. I like the contrast of dark and light.


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A photo from the Xperia 1 IV of a windmill in Golden Gate ParkA photo from the Xperia 1 IV of a windmill in Golden Gate Park

Just a quick stop during a bike ride through Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. The Xperia 1 IV is thin enough to fit in the back of a cycling jersey.


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The Xperia 1 IV vs. the iPhone 13 Pro, Google Pixel 6 Pro

The iPhone 13 Pro and Pixel 6 Pro are two of the best phones you can buy today for photography. Apple and Google use a combination of solid hardware and computational photography to make photos and videos look the best they can. Sony focuses more on the hardware to achieve great photos. The Xperia’s lack of computational magic gives the iPhone and Pixel the edge when comparing models.

Under good light, and even medium lighting, all three phones are capable of taking excellent photos. Look at the pictures below that I took of a vase of flowers indoors. The photo from the iPhone looks the sharpest, but I love the way the Xperia captures the colors.

Photo from the Xperia IV of a vase of floorsPhoto from the Xperia IV of a vase of floors

Photo from the Sony Xperia 1 IV.


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Photo from the iPhone 13 Pro of a vase of floorsPhoto from the iPhone 13 Pro of a vase of floors

Photo from the iPhone 13 Pro.


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Photo from the Pixel 6 Pro of a vase of floorsPhoto from the Pixel 6 Pro of a vase of floors

Photo from the Google Pixel 6 Pro.


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Below are some shots of motorcycles parked outdoors. The Xperia’s photo has the most contrast and the Pixel’s photo the least. The iPhone’s photo lands right between the two.

Photo from the Xperia IV of a bunch of red motorcyclesPhoto from the Xperia IV of a bunch of red motorcycles

Photo from the Sony Xperia 1 IV.


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Photo from the iPhone 13 Pro of a bunch of red motorcyclesPhoto from the iPhone 13 Pro of a bunch of red motorcycles

Photo from the iPhone 13 Pro.


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Photo from the Pixel 6 Pro of a bunch of red motorcyclesPhoto from the Pixel 6 Pro of a bunch of red motorcycles

Photo from the Google Pixel 6 Pro.


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When things get dark is where you can see the biggest difference between the phones. The Xperia 1 IV doesn’t have a night mode. It can take an OK low-light shot like the below photo of a cocktail in a dark bar.

Photo from the Xperia IV of a cocktail in a dimly lit barPhoto from the Xperia IV of a cocktail in a dimly lit bar

Photo from the Sony Xperia 1 IV.


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But look at these photos of a street that I shot handheld. The photos from the iPhone and Pixel, which both used Night mode, look so much better. The Sony’s photo looks soft and the details are muddy. Notice all the noise reduction going on in the sky and with the telephone wires.

Photo from the Xperia IV of a city residential street at nightPhoto from the Xperia IV of a city residential street at night

Photo from the Sony Xperia 1 IV.


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A night mode photo from the iPhone 13 Pro of a city residential street at nightA night mode photo from the iPhone 13 Pro of a city residential street at night

Photo from the iPhone 13 Pro.


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A Night mode photo from the Pixel 6 Pro of a city residential street at nightA Night mode photo from the Pixel 6 Pro of a city residential street at night

Photo from the Google Pixel 6 Pro.


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For video clips from the Xperia 1 IV, including some that I compare with clips from the iPhone and Pixel, check out the video below.

Photo Pro, Vidéo Pro et Cinéma Pro

Le Xperia 1 IV dispose de trois applications axées sur la prise de photos et de vidéos : Photo Pro, Video Pro et Cinema Pro. Photo Pro imite l’interface de la gamme d’appareils photo sans miroir Alpha de Sony. Cinema Pro s’adresse aux cinéastes et s’inspire de la gamme de caméras de cinéma Venice de Sony.

Video Pro est une application moins compliquée à utiliser pour enregistrer des vidéos que l’application Cinema Pro. Video Pro propose un tas de commandes manuelles, mais il existe un mode automatique qui laisse tout au Xperia. Video Pro est en train de devenir l’un de mes moyens préférés pour capturer des vidéos sur un téléphone.

Bien que la qualité d’image soit importante, ces trois applications aident Sony à se démarquer de l’iPhone, du Pixel ou du Galaxy S22 Ultra.

Le Xperia 1 IV avec l'application Photo Pro ouverteLe Xperia 1 IV avec l'application Photo Pro ouverte

Photo Pro a un cadran PSM basé sur le cadran PASM trouvé sur les appareils photo sans miroir.

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Considérez-moi impressionné, mais je réserve mon jugement

J’ai eu le prototype que Sony m’a prêté pendant 10 jours. Et bien que ce soit normalement plus que suffisant pour examiner le téléphone, le fait est que le premier logiciel que j’ai utilisé était un peu approximatif. Mais si vous voulez plus de mes impressions sur le Sony Xperia 1 IV, regardez ma vidéo pratique détaillée.

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