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Sony teases night shots taken on an Xperia PRO-I, but it cannot utilise all of its 1.0-inch camera sensor

The Xperia PRO-I retails for €1,799. (Image source: Sony)
The Xperia PRO-I retails for €1,799. (Image source: Sony)
Sony has shared several night shots taken on an Xperia PRO-I, its latest flagship smartphone. It turns out that the device cannot use its 1.0-inch camera sensor to its full potential, though. Sadly, it can only output in 12 MP, rather than the 20 MP of which the sensor is capable.

Sony has unveiled the Xperia PRO-I, which it will start shipping in early December. Ahead of that rough date, the company has shared several low-light photos to whet fans' appetites. One of the Xperia PRO-I's main selling points is its 1-inch camera sensor taken from the Sony RX100 VII, which Sony complements with the following cameras:

  • 12 MP telephoto camera (1/2.9-inch | 2x zoom | OIS)
  • 12 MP ultra-wide-angle camera (1/2.55-inch | 16 mm)
  • 3D ToF Sensor

However, there is a catch to the inclusion of RX100 VII optics. As Sony alludes to in its press release with the caveat that the 1.0-inch sensor has been 'optimised for a smartphone', the Xperia PRO-I cannot use its area, which generates an effective 20 MP resolution. Instead, the device utilises a 12 MP cutout, meaning that it does not use the full 1.0-inch sensor width.

While the photos below look impressive, there is no way of telling if they have come straight from an Xperia PRO-I. Unfortunately, it seems likely that Sony has edited these in post-processing, which is not how people would see them on their smartphones. Nonetheless, we will put the device through its paces when we get our hands on one to review.

(Image source: Sony)
(Image source: Sony)
(Image source: Sony)
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Alex Alderson, 2021-10-26 (Update: 2021-10-26)