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