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Sony's hexa-camera smartphone is shaping up as a mobile photography beast

The Sony Xperia 1 sequel is shaping up as a photography monster. (Source: @Samsung_News)
The Sony Xperia 1 sequel is shaping up as a photography monster. (Source: @Samsung_News)
The Sony Xperia 1 is the company's most cohesive flagship smartphone in years. It has got virtually all the right ingredients expected in a flagship smartphone, but it sequel looks set to ramp things up even further in the camera department.
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One of the areas that the Sony Xperia 1 has really improved is in its imaging quality. Despite being a supplier of the camera sensors fitted to top-flight smartphone cameras like the iPhone XS and Huawei P30 Pro, Sony's own image processing software has lagged the competition. A first-time authentic collaboration between its smartphone and Alpha camera teams on the Xperia 1 has made a drastic improvement on its previous shortcomings.

That said, there is always room for improvement and the successor to the Xperia 1 looks to really ramp things up on the camera front. Where the Xperia 1 features a trio of three excellent 12MP sensors with varying focal lengths on its rear and a solid single front facing camera, the sequel will feature five rear cameras to join the single front facing camera for a total of six camera sensors. These will be joined, importantly, by both front and rear facing 3D ToF sensors. The detailed specs of the set up comes courtesy of leakster Max J/@Samsung_News.

A number of reviewers have noted that the Xperia 1 is missing Sony's 48MP IMX586 sensor, which is a feature on several recent flagship phones from competitors. The Xperia 1 sequel will finally get this sensor with a variable F1.2/F2.4 aperture. It will also score an 8MP F2.4 sensor, a 12MP F1.2/F2.4 sensor a 16MP F2.4 sensor and a 20MP F2.4 sensor that will be partnered with a 0.5MP 3D ToF sensor. One area that the Xperia 1 has been criticized is its bokeh effect - the addition of a 3D ToF sensor will nullify this complaint while the overall set up looks killer.

If Sony can continue the excellent work it has done with the Xperia 1 on its sequel, there is a strong chance that Sony will no longer simply be known as the supplier of camera sensors to the best camera phones on the market, but also the market leader in its own right.

The alleged detailed camera breakdown of the Xperia 1 sequel. (Source: @Samsung_News)
The alleged detailed camera breakdown of the Xperia 1 sequel. (Source: @Samsung_News)
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Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - Senior Tech Writer - 1254 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I have been writing about consumer technology over the past ten years, previously with the former MacNN and Electronista, and now Notebookcheck since 2017. My first computer was an Apple ][c and this sparked a passion for Apple, but also technology in general. In the past decade, I’ve become increasingly platform agnostic and love to get my hands on and explore as much technology as I can get my hand on. Whether it is Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Nintendo, Xbox, or PlayStation, each has plenty to offer and has given me great joy exploring them all. I was drawn to writing about tech because I love learning about the latest devices and also sharing whatever insights my experience can bring to the site and its readership.
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2019-06-19 (Update: 2019-06-19)