Xperia Pro – Is this the phone all video professionals should Own?

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The Xperia Pro has an HDMI input and can be used as a 4K HDR monitor.

 

A dramatic headline perhaps, but once I start to look at what the Xperia Pro can do, I can’t help but say – I want one! The Xperia Pro is so much more than just a phone for making calls or watching YouTube videos.

The Xperia Pro shares many features of Sony’s flagship Xperia 1 II and adds an HDMI input.

HDMI IN. Yes, that’s right – it has a 4K/HD HDMI input. So you can plug your camera into it and use it as an HDMI monitor, plus its HDR so you have a small pocket sized HDMI monitor. When I travel (travel – hopefully that will happen again) to remote locations I often don’t take a monitor because of the extra bulk. But being able to use a phone as a monitor from time to time would be such a help. It supports HDR and Rec2020 and has pinch to zoom if you need to enlarge the image to check focus etc.

Streaming from the HDMI input.

Install a streaming app on the phone and you can use it to stream the HDMI feed from any connected camera direct to your favorite platforms. No need to use clumsy tethering, just plug in the HDMI and start your favorite app.

5G millimeter wave. Because the phone features 5G millimeter wave connectivity, where available you will have access to extremely fast data transfer speeds for streaming or ftp transfers. The phone also includes a Network Visualiser App that allows you to find the best network connectivity so you can be sure of the best possible connection wherever you are.

3x High Quality Cameras. The Xperia Pro has three 12mp cameras with Zeiss lenses that are the equivalent of 16mm f2.2, a particularly impressive 24mm f1.7 as well as a 70mm f2.4. The cameras have been co developed by engineers from the Alpha team and feature full manual control as well as raw stills. For video it can shoot at 4K HDR at 24, 30, 60 and 120fps with an optional wide screen 21:9 (2.370:1) aspect ratio mode that matches the 21:9 aspect ratio of the phone itself.

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But all of this goodness comes at a price. Currently its priced at $2499 USD which is a huge amount of money for a phone. The very similar  Xperia 1 II without the HDMI input can be found for less than half of that. But for someone that streams a lot, perhaps for TV news applications there is a lot to like. You could use the phone as your camera or use the phone to stream from a better camera, easily and simply. With 5G you can use it to upload finished packages quickly and easily. The cost of any high end phone plus an HDR 4K monitor would be close to that of the Xperia Pro, so while it is a lot of money it isn’t perhaps as outrageous as it first seems.

You can find more information here: https://www.sony.com/electronics/professional-smartphones/xperia-pro#product_details_default

 

3 thoughts on “Xperia Pro – Is this the phone all video professionals should Own?”

  1. I used to say to our SNG operator; one day we’ll plug a mobile phone into our camera and do the live broadcasts that way.

  2. It’s interesting but doesn’t say about any other tools like peaking, waveforms and loading any luts, etc

    1. Indeed you are right. It will be interesting to see one in the flesh to see what it can really do. Perhaps more functions will be added via firmware of plugin apps. I don’t see it as a 100% replacement for a dedicated monitor, but I do see it as being very useful as a standby or backup solution. For example when I go to Norway to shoot the Northern Nights and travel by snow scooter, I don’t take a monitor as its just extra bulk. But I do have a phone and I do have a camera. So being able to use the two together would be very useful. It would even allow me to stream the high quality feed from the camera live, something I have not been able to do previously because of the number of different boxes needed or the cost of getting from HDMI to a live stream in the field.

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