Sony's Xperia Pro-I is a $1,800 phone with a 1-inch camera sensor | Engadget

The Pro-I uses a crop because taking advantage of the entire sensor would necessitate a much larger lens than would be feasible to include on a smartphone. Those handsets also don't have phase-detection autofocus like the Pro-I does.Complimenting the 1-inch sensor is a 24mm lens made from glass that can switch between f/2.0 and f/4.0 apertures. The headline feature of the Xperia Pro-I is a 1-inch sensor borrowed from the company's RX100 VII point-and-shoot camera. Flanking the primary camera is a 16mm ultrawide camera and a 50mm telephoto camera. The way the company sees it, you're effectively getting a flagship phone and RX100 VII for less than the price of buying those devices separately. To put things in perspective, the primary sensor on the Pixel 6 Pro features a pixel pitch of 1.2m. It can also shoot 12-bit RAW files and native 4K video at 120 frames per second with eye-detection auto-focus.
At the start of 2021, Sony introduced the $2,500 Xperia Pro. It was a phone the company made for video professionals. Now, Sony is back with a second professional-grade smartphone designed to appeal … [+2973 chars]