Sony Xperia 5 IV arrives in October with critical digicam specs

Sony updated its “compact” phone for another season with the announcement of the Xperia 5 IV. This is a step down from 1 IV in size, price, and features but shares the same emphasis on parity across its camera systems. That means all three of the phone’s rear cameras — standard wide, ultrawide, and telephoto — include the company’s excellent Real-time Eye AF for better portraits and are capable of super-fast burst shooting speeds even with HDR enabled. It has other flagship specs to back up its camera features as well, and comes at an equally flagship price: $999.

The Xperia 5 IV (side note: what will they call next year’s phone? 5 V?) includes standard 24mm equivalent width, 16mm equivalent ultrawide and 60mm equivalent telephoto on the back panel. By the way, the telephoto lens was fixed; it’s not an optical zoom lens in 1 IV. Each uses a 12-megapixel sensor — a lower resolution than most current 50 or even 100-megapixel flagship cameras. Heck, even Apple looks like it’s about to start away from 12 megapixel. Sony spokesperson El Deane Naude said it was a deliberate move to allow for high readout speeds on all of its cameras and to maximize low-light sensitivity with larger pixels.

Each of these rear cameras is capable of a readout rate of 120 fps, enabling video recording on 4K/120p individual cameras. They can also take still photos at 20 fps with auto focus, auto exposure, and HDR enabled. There’s also a new 12-megapixel sensor in the selfie camera.

Beyond the photographic features, the Xperia 5 IV includes a 6.1-inch 1080p OLED with a 120Hz refresh rate and a tall 21:9 form factor, a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset, and a 5,000mAh battery — now, with wireless charging. It comes with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, is rated IP65/68, and is dependent on a few hardware features that are disappearing quickly: a headphone jack and microSD card slot. There’s sub-6GHz 5G support — no mmWave — and a new set of more powerful stereo speakers in the handset. 5 IV is scheduled for delivery on 27 October.

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