Sony formally announced Thursday its new 2023 flagship Xperia 1 V smartphone that significantly steps up the video/still photo game using an newly advanced dual-stack CMOS image sensor.

The advanced “prosumer level” 4K HDR camera phone is designed to go up against the likes of the iPhone 14, Samsung S23 Ultra, Google Pixel 7 and others, in an increasingly competitive advanced camera phone field.

The Sony Xperia 1 V, which will carries a $1,399 suggested retail price, is designed for high-level multi-functionality, including utility as an external monitor and recorder when used in tandem with one of Sony’s Alpha mirrorless IL cameras.

Sony said the Xperia 1 V is available for pre-order now with deliveries to begin July 28th. It will be sold unlocked in black at a variety of Sony’s authorized dealers throughout the United States, and a khaki green version will be available exclusively through Sony’s web site.

Sony said the Xperia 1 V will be available in various regions in three color options of black, platinum silver and khaki green. The phone’s new styling design includes a slightly textured rubber-like back panel feel.

The phone’s built-in main camera offers granular control settings to tune in high quality still and video images.

For fans of Sony’s wired headphones, the Xperia 1 V includes a 3.5mm headphone jack, which is an amenity that has been mostly eliminated from competitors’ flagship smartphones.

It also features a camera button supporting a two-stage shutter release.

For durability, the Sony Xperia 1 V uses Gorilla Glass Victus 2 on the front and back of the phone and a metal frame. The screen comprised of a 6.5-inch 21:9 4K HDR OLED panel with a 120Hz refresh rate.

The 24mm 52-megapixel (48MP effective) main image sensor measures 1/1.35 inches, which is approximately 70% larger than the one used in the previous generation Xperia 1 IV. The design contributes to better light sensitivity with less low-light noise.

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The new dual-stack CMOS sensor design allows for placement of separated photodiodes and transistors on different layers to provide the transistors with more space to step up image quality.

The phone’s secondary cameras offer a new telephoto module with continuous zoom capability of between 85mm and 125mm. An additional 12-megapixel 1/1.35-inch ultra-wide 120fps OIS/AF camera is also included.

Advanced video features found in Sony’s Alpha ILCs like Vlog mode have been included in the Xperia 1 V to enable maintaining focus on a subject as well as on objects that enter the shot’s foreground. This can be useful for YouTubers who show off products and objects in their content productions.

The phone comes with Android 13OS, and comes loaded with Sony’s pro-grade creator-centric apps: Photography Pro, Videography Pro, Cinema Pro, and Music Pro.

The new camera phone is useful for YouTube Live productions via its Videography Pro app, including chat window.

In addition, the phone’s photo and video tools allow for portrait-orientation capture.

For specs, the Xperia 1 V lists 5G Sub6 support, 12GB RAM, 256GB standard ROM storage capacity, support for a microSD card of up to 1TB capacity, and central Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, which is designed to support more advanced image sensors, with heat dissipation.

The new Xperia flagship also supports wireless charging of its large 5000mAh battery with a 30-min to 50% charge using a 30 watt charger.

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By Greg Tarr

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