Sony Xperia 1 II Review – The Unique Flagship Phone

Published on July 8, 2020
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Xperia smartphones have always been interesting to me because Sony has a different approach to its phone lineup and I absolutely love it why because the company does not follow all of the smartphone trends and they want to create something unique something that pleases a specific audience the latest $1200 flagship Xperia one mark 2 is a great example according to Sony the phone is made for professional photographers cinematographers cine files audio files and mobile gamers in this video I’ll go through all of these pillars other key features of the device and all the pros and cons so we can decide if the Sony Xperia 1 mark 2 is right for you here on the tech line channel I usually start talking about the design and build off the phone I will admit the phone looks classy and beautiful but let’s leave that for now because the Sony Xperia 1 mark 2 is all about the professional camera experience thanks a powerful combination of hardware and software that is inspired by Sony Alpha professional cameras first of all the phone has a triple camera system that has 16 24 and 70 millimetres lens these are not just sheer numbers these are focal lengths usually used in pro camera lenses so professionals feel right at home the main and telephoto shooters are equipped with optical image stabilization and all of the sensors use high-grade Zeiss lens with a special anti-glare coating the main shooter uses the large X Mar RS image sensor on the front we have an 8 megapixel shooter you can take all of the pictures using auto mode just like on any other smartphone but the photo Pro Mode unleashes the full potential of this experience cameras in fact this is one of the key selling points of the device this application allows 20 FPS continuous burst shooting complete with our focus and auto exposure also the Xperia 1 mark to continuously calculates auto focus and exposure up to 60 times per second making it the fastest mobile photo camera a dual photodiode along with 3d time-of-flight sensors and other latest technology from Sony allows you to take tack sharp pictures at extreme speeds press and hold a dedicated shutter key and take up to 200 burst photos which is pretty insane for a phone another highlight I detect autofocus which works both on humans and animals and it’s extremely accurate which is key to portrait photography the autofocus system on the Xperia 1 mark 2 features a total of 247 phase detection autofocus points covering nearly 70% of the sensor area achieving autofocus acquisition in just 0.03 seconds it’s pretty amazing how the system works in practice I was surprised that I autofocus works even with my cat’s eyes are closed most of the charts using continuous shooting mode came out nice and sharp once you take plenty of shots I’m pretty sure you’ll find the one you like this is really impressive performance not just marketing gimmick I have to say that I’m in sony alpha camera user for years now in fact every video you see on this channel is shot mostly with a sony a7 3 that’s why the UI of the photo pro app makes me feel right at home you can choose from auto and different manual modes adjust drive modes focus area ISO white balance and so on if you love photography and if you want to take a full control of all of the settings this mode is right for you if you get tired of playing with all these settings there is a regular camera app t-that adjusts all of the image settings for you automatically all of the powerful hardware combined with Sony software produces one of the best daylight shots we can possibly get on a smartphone I took a lot of pictures side by side with a samsung galaxy s swanee ultra and the iPhone 11 Pro Max and I have to say that the Xperia 1 marked you had the most accurate and consistent color reproduction in terms of detail sharpness and dynamic range the Sony phone is also really good and consistent across the board the wide-angle camera has a lower field of view than the Samsung Galaxy S winning ultra or the iPhone 11 Pro but these are one of the sharpest looking wide-angle shots I’ve seen on a phone portrait pictures look really nice to you as the subject is usually nicely separated from the background also I autofocus kicks in automatically and it works really well just like in the photo Pro app night image quality is also really good but there is no dedicated night mode as it kicks in automatically when the low-light situation is detected just like on the iPhone just like in daylight photography the 16 millimeters wide angle shooter impressed me the most selfie image quality is usually very good but selfie portrays have quite a pool object separation compared to the competition you will love the Sony Xperia 1 mark to you if you are a video shooter because it produces one of the best 4k video using all three camera lenses the footage is sharp the colors are very accurate and hybrid image stabilization does a really good job reducing the shakiness this is one of the best your quality you can get out of the phone there is an object tracking feature too but unfortunately it is limited to full HD resolution 1080p selfie video is really stable and smooth and the overall quality is really good however that’s the maximum resolution while other flagships can record in 4k using the front-facing camera the phone uses an intelligent wind filter that according to Sony is supposed to remove noises from wind hitting the microphone this is really work I think it works pretty well but here is a quick video test so be the judge I’m recording this video using the main lens of the sony xperia system and today we have quite a windy day that means it’s a good day to test cameras microphones if you want to take a full control of the settings and feel like a real cinematographer the cinema pro application allows you to choose from different looks inspired by Sony cinema cameras used in Hollywood you can adjust the frame rate select from different framing guides adjust the ISO white balance manually or select from standard presets adjust shutter speed and choose from different focus modes or use such auto focus you can choose from plenty of different cinema style looks including Venice or Park bright warm strong and so on I have uploaded uncut video sample using all of the different looks in different frame eights so we can check it out for more details the video quality is really nice the footage looks unique and it is simply impossible to achieve these professional looks using any other stock camera app keep in mind that all of the videos are recorded in 21 by 9 cinematic aspect ratio an interesting thing is that only the pro application allows you to shoot in 4k 60fps whereas the stock camera app has a limit of 30 fps now let’s talk about why Sony thinks the Xperia 1 mark 2 is for cinephiles first of all it’s got a large display with a pixel bleeding 4k resolution my only complaint about it is that it could be brighter for outer use despite that it’s an excellent panel with deep blacks great contrast sharpness and very good color accuracy 21 by 9 aspect ratio means that once you watch the latest movies on Netflix there won’t be any black bars on the sides of the screen because this is how the majority of movies or TV shows are filmed further the creator mode assures the best color accuracy possible meaning that you can watch a movie exactly as it was envisioned by the Creator this may not sound like a big deal for some but if you are a movie lover you will definitely appreciate this feature I have to say that the movie looks completely different than on a knee calibrated TV screen I found all be admins tuned front firing speakers to be one of the best the sound is deep crisp and balanced dynamic vibration system is also here meaning that the phone vibrates when you’re watching the movie to give you a more immersive experience here are a few audio samples [Applause] so many thinks that Xperia 1 mark 2 is the phone for audio files and while I don’t consider myself to be one both wireless and wired audio quality are excellent thanks a Bluetooth 5.1 and a headphone jack which is a feature disappearing from other phones the phone also offers 360 reality high resolution audio and dsee ultimate to assure the best audio experience flagship great specifications of the Xperia 1 mark 2 you are sure this phone is really fast no matter what you do with it from the latest 3d games to browsing the UI the phone is smooth and responsive there is a game enhancer mode to to assure the best gaming experience and performance all of the 3d games just flying on the highest graphics settings and 21 by 9 aspect ratio screen is useful for spotting your enemies earlier than your opponents I’ve never seen a single stutter or skipped frame excellent gaming performance the UI combines stock Android light Sony’s skin on top of it and some added features in order to take full advantage of the 21 by 9 aspect ratio screen I use a multi window feature that is really convenient both in portrait and landscape modes there is also Sony’s signature sight sense quick apps and settings manually that is triggered by double tapping on the side of the phone there are also other settings and tweaks to play with but the user interface does not look overloaded with unnecessary bloatware design-wise the Xperia 1 mark 2 is typical Sony for a few reasons first of all it’s got that unique and conservative at the same time classy look and feel second Sony does not follow all of the trends of current smartphones it’s rectangular shape is the best example whereas most of the phones have rounded corners a glossy metal frame along with nice buttons and convenient to reach an accurate fingerprint scanner makes the Xperia 1 mark to you one of the nicest looking phones to me but of course design is always subjective also the IP 65 and IP 68 certified xperia is comfortable to hold in one hand but since is he really tall device forget about reaching the top of the screen one hand mode comes really handy and it can be triggered from the side sense menu for comparison here is how the phone looks next to the iPhone 11 pro max the apples phone is shorter but it is significantly wider the samsung galaxy s 20 ultra is pretty much the same in terms of height but it’s also much wider the last comparison the Xperia 1 mark 2 versus the Xperia 10 mark 2 I will review the latter phone soon so make sure to stay tuned to the channel the battery life on the Xperia 1 mark 2 has been great if you use the phone mostly for YouTube or Netflix videos you should expect to get about 10 hours of screen on time if you reduce the brightness to less than 50% when watching videos you can increase the SOT time to about 15 hours naturally if you use the phone more intensively the screen on time will decrease about 6 or 8 hours the Sony phone supports USB power delivery up to 21 was but it chips would an 18 watt charger in the box it takes 1 hour and 50 minutes to charge the phone from zero to full which is not the best result out there it’s worth mentioning that the phone supports 11 was fast wireless charging just Before we jump into conclusions here are other key findings and features of the device called quality and other connectivity options including NFC have been great there is a micro SD card slot for storage expansion but the phone only has his single SIM card slot at least in the EU region the phone also has always on display and a tiny yet useful LED notification light Sony Xperia one mark to you is a great smartphone in fact this is one of the most advanced phones the money can buy at the moment but as usual to Sony it’s different and it is packed with unique features the Xperia 1 mark 2 is for you if you want to take a full control of the images you take or the videos you shoot and the most advanced autofocus system along with powerful camera hardware will help you achieve excellent image quality you should also consider this sony flagship if you love watching movies in their original 21 by 9 aspect ratio and accurate colors on a great display you like excellent wireless and wired audio quality great loudspeakers and last but definitely not least flagship great performance is important to you no matter if you play the latest 3d games or just use the device for the basic stuff the phone also offers unique Sony design excellent build water and dust resistance good battery life and the extras like a headphone jack a notification LED light and a micro SD card slot the downsides selfie camera maxes out at 1080p resolution salty portraits could have better object separation and 4k 60fps is only available in cinema pro app whereas stock camera application has the limit of 30fps I also wish the display was slightly brighter for outdoor use the charging time with a supply charger was better and the phone only has his SIM card slot at least in the EU region so the final question should you buy the Sony Xperia 1 mark 2 if you want a great camera centric flagship smartphone with a lot of unique features definitely yes even if you don’t care about the phone’s uniqueness the Xperia 1 mark 2 is a really solid phone despite some shortcomings but it may all come down to the price the best of Sony currently retails for 1,200 bucks which is really steep for the majority of users on the other hand that’s the price you have to pay if you want the latest and greatest technology no matter which mainstream flagship smartphone brand you choose but what do you think would you buy the Sony Xperia 1 mark 2 or would you choose another flagship device tell me in the comments section down below also like the video of like that please subscribe to the channel if you haven’t already and as always it was lioness thank you for watching and see you soon.
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