Thursday, 19 April, 2018

Sony's new phone wants to wow you with its camera

Sony's dual camera Xperia XZ2 Premium takes ultra-low-light photos Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium packs incredible 51200 ISO dual camera
Theresa Hayes | 16 April, 2018, 15:44

The display isn't the only thing with the HDR tag on this phone; the XZ2 Premium joins the standard XZ2 in offering 4K HDR video recording as well.

The Xperia XZ2 Premium's biggest attraction is its dual cameras which are composed of a 19MP Motion Eye and 12MP black and white lens. Details from both sensors are then processed by the AUBE™ fusion image signal processor in real time, enabling video recording with the highest ISO12800 sensitivity ever in a smartphone (as well as an ultra sensitive ISO51200 for photos).

With its dual-camera setup, you can take images with bokeh effects and there's also a monochrome effect for both photos and videos. This offers excellent low light performance at user's end. The dual camera, by the way, has one color lens and a monochrome lens. For selfies, it gets a 13MP f/2.0 front camera that uses display flash in low light situations.

For one thing, the Xperia XZ2 Premium cannot only shoot in 4K HDR, it can also showcase the footage in 4K HDR as its 5.8-inch display supports the standard. The Xperia XZ2 Premium also shoots 4K videos with HDR and it can also record 960fps super slow-mo videos up to Full HD resolution.

Sony is pushing a new "Dynamic Vibration System" for this phone, which supposedly analyzes audio data from videos and games to let you "feel the action in your hands". The build quality is the same as the Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium has the same 3D glass on the rear and aluminum frame as the XZ2. There is also a fingerprint scanner on the rear and keep in mind that this smartphone does not feature a 3.5mm audio jack. Considering that the Xperia XZ Premium costs $800, don't be surprised to see its successor going for $900 or more. What that means is that the front and back of the smartphone is covered with Gorilla Glass 5, with the side frames made out of metal.

Also like the XZ2 is the design. It comes in two colors like Chrome Black and Chrome Silver. The smartphone is powered by a 2.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor coupled with Adreno 630 GPU.

Other improvements over the Xperia XZ2 launched last month in the United Kingdom include a bump-up to 6GB of RAM, and a greater battery capacity, 3,540mAh compared to 3,180mAh.

It's easy to understand why Sony is focusing on cameras with the Xperia XZ2 Premium. It is backed by a 3540mAh battery with a Smart Stamina feature, Qnovo Adaptive Charging and Battery Care that are claimed to enhance the lifespan of the battery. Qi charging is enabled to power up effortlessly and works with the new wireless charging dock (WCH20 [vi]) and other compatible Qi chargers.