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Sony Xperia PRO-I fares well in early iPhone 13 Pro Max camera comparison

The Xperia PRO-I is one of the few smartphones with a dedicated camera shutter button. (Image source: Sony)
The Xperia PRO-I is one of the few smartphones with a dedicated camera shutter button. (Image source: Sony)
A photographer has compared the new Sony Xperia PRO-I against the iPhone 13 Pro Max, Apple's premier iPhone for 2021. The video shows that Sony's latest flagship delivers significantly better image quality than the iPhone 13 Pro Max, albeit only if you switch to manual mode. Unfortunately for Sony, the iPhone is the better camera smartphone when using automatic mode.

Photographer Tony Northrup has tested the Xperia PRO-I, Sony's latest flagship smartphone. While some camera features are unavailable at launch, its primary sensor, arguably its biggest selling point, is fully functional. Unsurprisingly, Northrup has pitched the Xperia PRO-I against the iPhone 13 Pro Max, currently the most feature-packed iPhone that money can buy.

As Northrup discusses below, the Xperia PRO-I has some advantages over the iPhone beyond camera hardware. For one, Sony has included a physical shutter button, also available on other Xperia smartphones. However, Sony has included a physical video button too, along with a cut-out for attaching a wrist strap.

Northrup demonstrates that the Xperia PRO-I delivers better shots as well, but only if you take the time to dial in your camera settings. The differences are stark, particularly in low light scenes. This would be partially true of the Xperia 1 III though, seeing as it shares its camera software with the Xperia PRO-I.

Unfortunately, the iPhone 13 Pro Max proves the better camera smartphone when using automatic mode. Ultimately, we would like to see what the Xperia PRO-I could do if it made full use of its 1-inch camera sensor. As it stands, Sony only allows it to use about 60% of it, equivalent to a 12 MP cut-out.

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Alex Alderson, 2021-10-27 (Update: 2021-10-27)