Xperia 5 V: Sony teases DSLR capabilities and virtual telephoto camera
Plenty of details about the Xperia 5 V have surfaced online so far ahead of the device's official launch, some of which Sony supplied last week in a teaser video. Currently, the Xperia 5 V is believed to feature two rear-facing cameras, an apparent downgrade from the Xperia 5 IV and its triple 12 MP set-up that offers 16 mm, 24 mm and 60 mm equivalent focal lengths. However, Sony's most recent Xperia teaser suggests that the company will use software to make up for the lack of a dedicated telephoto sensor in this year's Xperia 5.
As the screenshot below shows, Sony is using the hashtag #3in2 in its Xperia teasers, albeit without providing any explanation. With that said, it appears that Sony is implying that the Xperia 5 V has a virtual third camera, likely through a crop of its primary camera. In other words, the Xperia 5 V will mirror the likes of the Google Pixel 7, which lacks a dedicated telephoto camera.
Presumably, this also means that Sony has equipped the Xperia 5 V with a higher megapixel sensor than its predecessor. While specifics are unknown for now, we would not be surprised if Sony uses something similar to the 48 MP sensor it includes in the Xperia 1 V. Although there are no guarantees that the Xperia 5 V will match its larger sibling in this regard, Sony is teasing that the former can take shots that are 'just like the ones' that a professional photographer takes a DSLR camera'. Either way, Sony will reveal all details about the Xperia 5 V on September 1, including pricing and availability.