The Sony Xperia 1 IV offers several outstanding creative features, like continuous optical zoom for photos and the ability to capture 4K 120fps footage on all three cameras, making it an excellent video tool.
It’s also a well-rounded phone with a nice display, a strong processor, and a long battery life.
It is, however, rough around the edges, with a fingerprint scanner that struggles to pick up your print and a price that will undoubtedly deter many purchasers.
A fresh firmware update for the Xperia 1 IV increased the telephoto camera quality. We’ve updated our findings and examples for photo and video quality.
Sony’s traditional Xperia camera phone is back, and it looks better than ever.
The new Xperia 1 IV retains the trademark 4K display on top of the most powerful Snapdragon CPU and one of the most exciting camera setups with unique continuous optical zoom.
This is an outrageously priced phone that simply cannot compete with rivals such as the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra or iPhone 13 Pro Max for ‘ordinary’ phone enthusiasts.
It has a cumbersome design and unassuming software, and it does not rely on AI to take colorful and compelling photographs.
Camera & Audio
On the rear of the Xperia 1 IV is a triple camera: an ultra-wide (16 mm equivalent, or 0.67x), a wide (24 mm equivalent), and a telephoto camera with genuine variable zoom.
Software & Performance
Sony is well-known for keeping the Android experience as near to stock as possible. The Xperia 1 IV is no exception. It ships with Android 12 out of the box and is as close to a Google Pixel as you can get, with the exception of a few Sony-specific apps.
The Xperia 1 IV features a 5,000 mAh battery in its chassis, which is quite impressive given its size. In principle, this type of battery should provide plenty of power. In actuality, the Xperia 1 IV has a fairly consistent battery life, but it’s nowhere near what I’d term a “two-day battery.”
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