Videographers Have Been Clamoring For This $2,500 Sony Phone
Sony wants to make its smartphones a little more useful for creative people. The company may not make the best-selling (or best) phones on the market, but they are among the best in other areas – one of which is video and photography. Now the company is finally launching the previously announced Xperia Pro, which can be integrated into its video devices for an improved professional workflow.
The device offers both hardware and software features that allow integration with Sony devices, with the HDMI input perhaps being the most obvious. This allows the Xperia Pro to act as a large, high-quality monitor for Sony cameras.
But that’s really just the tip of the iceberg. The real benefit comes when you combine the HDMI port with the phone’s built-in 5G support. This allows you to use a professional video camera for live streaming on social media and transfer footage directly to remote storage via the cloud.
To be clear, this phone probably isn’t for you – and neither is it likely for most creative people. There is a very niche audience of Sony video cameras who want to use their camera to live stream or automatically broadcast footage on the go, and almost no one should buy the phone. While videographers regularly pay over $ 1,000 for a monitor that only offers a viewfinder for their camera, the Xperia Pro isn’t exactly good business.
Let’s be clear, this phone is for an extremely small niche of potential buyers.
Aside from integrating with Sony video cameras, the Xperia Pro has some unique features and solid specs, but nothing to write home about. You get a Snapdragon 865 processor, 12 GB of RAM, 512 GB of storage, and a 4,000 mAh battery. The inclusion of a 4K OLED display with a size of 6.5 inches is somewhat impressive. However, the high quality display makes sense as it is used for professional video situations. On the back there is a triple lens camera, which consists of a telephoto and an ultra wide-angle camera, as well as the 12-megapixel main camera.
The integration into professional Sony devices is by no means cheap. While you’d expect to pay a premium for this, you probably wouldn’t expect to pay a whopping $ 2,500 for a last-gen Android flagship with an HDMI port. Even if it’s a new idea. It is now available on the Sony website and from other participating retailers.