June 1, 2023

The brand new Sony Xperia 1 V retains all the most effective options of earlier Xperia 1 telephones, like a 4K excessive refresh price show, expandable storage, cutting-edge cameras with eye-tracking autofocus, a 5,000-mAh battery, a devoted {hardware} shutter button and a headphone jack, all wrapped in Sony’s pretty, mundane utilitarian design. The cellphone brims with quite a few high quality of life enhancements for its audience of inventive varieties like photographers, filmmakers, musicians and players who need nuanced management over the content material they make.

The edges of the cellphone are ribbed, which make it simpler to grip, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor makes issues quick, Gorilla Glass Victus 2 provides sturdiness to the cellphone’s display screen, and the power to rotate the Picture Professional and Video Professional apps between panorama and portrait simply is smart. The glass on the again of the cellphone has an imprinted texture that elevates the feel and appear. Although — regardless of its excessive worth — you’d by no means describe this as a complicated cellphone.

After which there are the cameras. Oh, the cameras! This previous December, Tim Prepare dinner shared a publish on Twitter about Apple and Sony’s lengthy partnership going again over a decade revolving across the iPhone digicam. The tweet included a photograph of Tim Prepare dinner in a really Vincent D’Onofrio Legislation and Order-esque lean-in pose iPhones being examined in a Sony digicam lab. Apple makes use of Sony digicam sensors within the iPhone and those self same sensors typically make their debut in Xperia telephones. One of many largest upgrades to the Xperia 1 V is a brand new sensor for the primary digicam. I ought to be aware, that it isn’t assured that the sensors on this cellphone can be utilized in a future iPhone.


Sony Xperia 1 V


  • Refined design enhancements

  • Images in blended and medium mild look nice

  • Utilizing it as an exterior monitor/video recorder

Do not like

  • The $1,400 worth

  • Night time mode pics are hit and miss

  • Movies recorded in low or blended lighting do not look nice

I have been utilizing a preproduction Xperia 1 V on mortgage from Sony for a few week. And I am impressed with practically the whole lot, particularly the cameras. Sony pushed its state-of-the-art {hardware} to a different degree by embracing extra computational images like Apple, Google and Samsung.

However there’s a downside that overshadows all these niceties. The Xperia 1 V prices $1,400, which converts roughly to £1,110 or AU$2,070. In case your eyes sting a bit from that quantity, you are not alone. And no, the cellphone does not fold in half. In reality, the Xperia 1 V has performed one thing unthinkable: It made the $1,200 Samsung Galaxy S23 Extremely look like a deal. Sure, the Xperia is the one cellphone I am conscious of, other than final yr’s mannequin, with a 4K 120Hz refresh price show and a telephoto digicam with lens parts that transfer like an precise digicam lens. The S23 Extremely and iPhone 14 Professional haven’t got both. However each Apple and Samsung discovered methods to make images and movies look simply as wonderful, and at instances extra so, than Sony does with out the extraordinarily excessive worth — I imply, a grand or $1,200 remains to be rather a lot.


Watch this: Assessment: We Examined the Cameras on the Sony Xperia 1 V

There’s one explicit use case the place the Xperia 1 V is value contemplating, and that is in case you plan to make use of it as an exterior discipline monitor and video recorder for a devoted digicam. You cannot solely livestream from an exterior digicam by means of the Xperia however now you may file the video feed. The Xperia’s 4K decision show units it aside from different exterior monitor recorders like Atmos, SmallHD or Blackmagic, which are inclined to have FHD shows. At $1,400, the Xperia turns into an honest worth in comparison with the price of shopping for a separate cellphone just like the $1,000 iPhone 14 Professional and a $400 FHD show.

You’ll be able to order the Sony Xperia 1 V beginning July 28 with preorders beginning right now at 8 a.m. PT. To make the Xperia extra engaging, Sony has a preorder particular the place you get a pair of $180 Sony LinkBuds without cost.

The Sony Xperia 1 V’s cameras

{Hardware}-wise three out of the 4 cameras are the identical as final yr’s Sony Xperia 1 IV. On the entrance there is a 12-megapixel selfie digicam and on the again there’s the identical 12-megapixel ultrawide, and a 12-megapixel telephoto digicam. Whereas not new, that telephoto is among the standout options on the Xperia 1 V. The variable telephoto lens provides the cellphone an optical zoom vary of three.5x to five.2x magnification. Evaluate that to the iPhone 14 Professional, which solely has optical zoom at 3x and something extra is digital zoom. Or have a look at the Galaxy S23 Extremely, which has a 3x optical zoom digicam and a 10x optical zoom digicam, however in between 3x and 10x it is all digital zoom. The extra a cellphone digitally zooms in, the extra the picture begins to crumble.

In use, the tele makes the Xperia a way more versatile digicam than the iPhone. And whereas it lacks the 100x digital “house zoom” discovered on the S23 Extremely, it matches Samsung in its utility to seize close-up snaps and movies whereas being far-off out of your topic. The Xperia 1 V, just like the S23 Extremely, may be an prosperous guardian’s dream cellphone. It may simply seize their child’s face shut up in a faculty play, recital or soccer match.

The Xperia 1 V's camera bump

An in depth up of the Xperia’s digicam bump.

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However the actual information is Sony’s new 52-megapixel sensor on the primary digicam. Not like the square-ish sensors on the vast majority of telephones, this one is wider. While you take images on just about every other cellphone, the digicam makes use of the complete sensor and if you file movies, the cellphone makes use of a 16×9 crop within the center.

What Sony did is to widen the sensor in order that movies use the entire sensor’s top. Images are cropped in from the perimeters all the way down to 48 megapixels and binned in teams to supply 12-megapixel images. The brand new sensor can also be quicker, which permits Sony to make use of extra computational images processing.

All of this provides up a brand new devoted evening mode and higher processing for medium, low mild and blended lighting. In my week with the cellphone, the whole lot besides evening mode has lived as much as Sony’s guarantees. I am particularly impressed how the Xperia makes highlights roll off so naturally in images.

Check out a few of my favourite images from the Xperia under.

A picture of a motorcycle in front of a blue building

The Xperia captured the sunshine and colours completely. I imply have a look at these highlights.

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A picture of two people, one making a face

Mates undoubtedly not posing at brunch. 

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A picture of a cat napping on a chair

Peebles the cat taking a nap. The dynamic vary in images is sort of good.

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Close up of plant

A plant in Salesforce Park taken with the three.5x – 5.2x telephoto digicam.

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A picture of a giant honey bear bottle as Ruth Bader Ginsburg painted on a building

I grabbed this pic of a large RGB honey bear bottle mural with the three.5x – 5.2x telephoto digicam.

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A street photo

One other telephoto photograph, this time utilizing digital zoom. I dig how the Xperia is ready to make the Salesforce Tower look like it is looming over the road.

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How does the Xperia examine to the iPhone 14 Professional? Fairly good, really. Have a look under at images I took inside Peoples Barbershop in San Francisco. Within the Xperia’s photograph, discover the window and the person who’s seated on the left. Within the iPhone’s photograph, the person’s head and neck are in a shadow. Additionally discover that the lettering on the guidelines signal on the appropriate is sharper within the iPhone’s photograph. In reality, on the entire, the iPhone’s photograph appears to be like over-sharpened, in comparison with the one from the Xperia.

Under are images of a canine outdoors a skate store. I took these images at 3.5x on the Xperia and 3x on the iPhone. The feel of the canine’s fur appears to be like nice in each. The Xperia’s photograph has a pure out-of-focus background from its lens, whereas within the iPhone’s photograph, the background can also be in focus. On the entire these are each good photographs, however I favor the one from the Xperia. The canine appears to be like flat within the iPhone pic and pops extra in Sony’s snap.

Now let’s add the Galaxy S23 Extremely to the combination. Under are images of some baked eggs from Luna. The iPhone’s photograph appears to be like over-sharpened, discover the bread. The colours are a bit muted. Additionally there’s daylight coming in from the left facet, however heat overhead lighting above. The iPhone’s white steadiness appears to be like extra cool. Samsung’s photograph nails the purple colour of the romesco sauce and did the most effective job by way of total colour temperature. The Xperia’s images undoubtedly skew heat, with the colours wanting oversaturated. Additionally, the Xperia selected to concentrate on the kale versus the bread — simply as my physician needs me to do extra typically.


The picture from the Sony Xperia 1 V has punchy distinction and colours.

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Let’s go someplace actually darkish — just like the basement bar at Smuggler’s Cove. These images had been taken with the cellphone’s evening mode. Of the three, my favourite is the one from the Galaxy S23 Extremely. The Xperia does a very good job of dealing with the shadows and colours, however the bartenders’ actions throughout the seize resulted in a blurry mess with blown highlights.


The Xperia 1 V is the primary Sony cellphone with an evening mode. Sadly, it is moderately hit-or-miss.

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General, I am glad Sony boosted the computational images on the Xperia. It is a success in most conditions, however my exams additionally present Samsung’s dominance in the case of evening mode.

By way of movies, the Sony hangs proper together with the iPhone 14 Professional and Galaxy S23 Extremely underneath shiny mild. However as issues get darkish, Apple’s video processing prowess retains its movies wanting higher. For samples of movies from every cellphone, try my overview video for the Sony Xperia 1 V.

In any case that testing, it is equally necessary to think about the method of capturing images and movies. And that is the place the Xperia comes out forward of the iPhone 14 Professional and Galaxy S23 Extremely. There are individuals who favor to dial within the settings for precisely how their images and video are captured, and the Xperia is geared toward them. It is not designed to be a one-handed point-and-shoot expertise.

The Xperia’s Picture Professional and Video Professional apps (and Cinema Professional) allow you to modify each final element to get images and movies wanting the best way you need. There are third-party apps for the iPhone and S23 Extremely that may do the identical, however I have never seen something to the extent of what Sony does. Picture Professional primarily turns the cellphone into an equivalent interface as Sony Alpha cameras. There’s additionally a devoted {hardware} shutter button on the appropriate facet of the cellphone, one thing the iPhone 14 Professional and Galaxy S23 Extremely lack.

Maybe one of the telling moments throughout testing got here when my colleague, CNET Principal Video Producer John Kim, and I had been filming the overview video. After we had been strolling round Salesforce Park, and I noticed a child fowl on the bottom. I opened the Picture Professional app and the digicam’s eye autofocus immediately locked onto the tiny fowl’s eyes and tracked it. I did not even should faucet on the display screen.


And here is the fowl. I used to be in all probability about 5 ft away; Eye AF did all of the work preserving the little man in focus.

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The Sony Xperia 1 V’s battery and efficiency

On the coronary heart of the Xperia is 12GB of RAM and the aforementioned Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip. These specs make the Xperia 1 V peppy and quick. The cellphone dealt with heavy days of capturing images and movies in addition to extra mundane issues like scrolling social media and enjoying video video games with ease. A whole lot of that’s due to the processor. We had the identical expertise this yr utilizing different 8 Gen 2 chip telephones just like the Galaxy S23 Extremely and the Asus ROG Telephone 7 Final. In benchmark exams, the Xperia hangs proper up there alongside Samsung, Asus and Vivo.

3DMark Wildlife Excessive

Sony Xperia 1 V 3,683Samsung Galaxy S23 Extremely 3,802Vivo X90 Professional 3,700Asus ROG Telephone 7 Final 3,748

Notice: Longer bars point out higher efficiency

GeekBench V.5.0 Single-core

Sony Xperia 1 V 1,469Samsung Galaxy S23 Extremely 1,541Vivo X90 Professional 1,384Asus ROG Telephone 7 Final 1,454

Notice: Longer bars point out higher efficiency

Geekbench V.5.0 Multicore

Sony Xperia 1 V 4,971Samsung Galaxy S23 Extremely 4,954Vivo X90 Professional 4,303Asus ROG Telephone 7 Final 5,080

Notice: Longer bars point out higher efficiency

By way of battery, I simply obtained by means of a day on a single cost however that 4K show, particularly when it is at 120Hz, eats a whole lot of it up. I query the selection of together with a 4K show. It’s really pretty having all that decision and excessive body price, but when Sony dropped all the way down to a QHD it could assist with battery life and sure decrease the general value of the cellphone. I do not suppose most individuals would have the ability to inform the distinction. However once more, the Xperia is geared toward individuals who in all probability would discover, particularly in case you plan to make use of the cellphone as an exterior monitor recorder.

In CNET’s streaming video take a look at, the place we set the show’s brightness to 50% and stream a video over Wi-Fi for a number of hours, the Xperia and its 4K 120Hz show dropped from 100% to 88% after an hour and all the way down to 75% after two hours. For perspective, when the OnePlus 11 went by means of the identical take a look at with its QHD 120Hz display screen, it dropped from a full battery to 92% after an hour and 85% after two.

By way of charging, the Xperia helps 30W quick charging. Sony does not embody the charger or perhaps a USB-C cable within the field. However after half-hour of charging with a 30W energy brick, the battery went from 25% to 73%. The cellphone additionally helps wi-fi charging, and through a 30-minute take a look at the battery went from 58% to 85%.

The Sony Xperia 1 V last ideas

The back of the Xperia 1 V

The again glass on the Sony Xperia 1 V is textured, which helps with grip and makes it look a bit extra stylish.

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I’m a giant fan of what Sony is doing with its Xperia line of telephones. The Xperia 1 V represents years of innovation and enhancements, all targeted at its audience of artists and artistic varieties. And if I choose the cellphone by means of that perspective, the Xperia will get a lot proper.

Nonetheless, my favourite Xperia telephones are usually the marginally decrease value 5 sequence. Notice that final yr’s Xperia 5 IV nonetheless prices $1,000. The 5 sequence tends to inherit a lot of the wonderful specs and options from the 1 sequence however comes and not using a $1,400 price ticket.

Personally, after I was a theater director and brief filmmaker, I’d have cherished the Xperia 1 V. However I’d have by no means been in a position to afford one. As an alternative I would probably go for a devoted digicam like Sony’s Alpha line of APS-C cameras.

How we take a look at telephones

The front of the Sony Xperia 1 V

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Each cellphone examined by CNET’s critiques crew was really utilized in the actual world. We take a look at a cellphone’s options, play video games and take images. We study the show to see if it is shiny, sharp and vibrant. We analyze the design and construct to see how it’s to carry and whether or not it has an IP-rating for water resistance. We push the processor’s efficiency to the extremes utilizing each standardized benchmark instruments like GeekBench and 3DMark, together with our personal anecdotal observations navigating the interface, recording high-resolution movies and enjoying graphically intense video games at excessive refresh charges.

All of the cameras are examined in quite a lot of situations from shiny daylight to darkish indoor scenes. We check out particular options like evening mode and portrait mode and examine our findings in opposition to equally priced competing telephones. We additionally try the battery life through the use of it each day in addition to operating a sequence of battery drain exams.

We keep in mind extra options like assist for 5G, satellite tv for pc connectivity, fingerprint and face sensors, stylus assist, quick charging speeds, foldable shows amongst others that may be helpful. And we after all steadiness all of this in opposition to the value to provide the verdict on whether or not that cellphone, no matter worth it’s, really represents good worth. 

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