Reviewing the Sony Xperia 1 IV: a premium smartphone in the shadow of its predecessor

Sony has also opted for a quadruple photo module with Zeiss optics. Thus we find a wide angle of 12 megapixels whose lens opens at f / 1.7, an ultra wide angle of 12 megapixels (f / 2.2), a 3D depth sensor (ToF), but also and above all a 12 megapixel telephoto lens. allows you to go from a focal length of 85 mm to 125 mm (aperture from f / 2.3 to f / 2.8).

We decided to compare it to the Oppo Find X5 Pro, which has proven to be very effective in this workout thanks to its dual 50-megapixel Sony IM766 sensor (wide-angle and ultra-wide-angle). Standard shots were later obtained at 12.5 megapixels thanks to pixel binding.

Main module: 12 Mpx, f/1.7, eq. 24mm



Oppo Find X5 Pro (12.5MP, f/1.7, ISO 254, 1/500s)


Sony Xperia 1 IV (12MP, f/1.7, ISO 64, 1/160s)

In good lighting conditions, Sony and Oppo offer a balanced confrontation, even if the Chinese company offers a much better result on the periphery. The Find X5 Pro shot benefits from good exposure and displays a higher level of detail while remaining sharp. Xperia opted for a more natural rendering, especially thanks to better controlled colors. It works well on some parts of the image, like the mountain map or the ticket in the high right. The choice of software made by Oppo will flatter the retina the most, but Sony has defended itself very well.



Oppo Find X5 Pro (12.5MP, f/1.7, ISO 6848, 1/20s)


Sony Xperia 1 IV (12MP, f/1.7, ISO 1250, 1/4s)

In the dark, the Sony Xperia 1 IV has regained control. The Find X5 Pro delivers a good quality shot, but Sony’s has become sharper and above all more detailed. This can be seen in the treatment of the book cover, which releases the brutality better, or on the two faces on the top left. However, it should be noted that the Xperia’s stop time for night shots is much longer than the Oppo smartphone, which is easier to “strafe” in a scene.

Ultra-wide-angle module: 12 Mpx, f/2.2, eq. 16mm



Oppo Find X5 Pro (12.5MP, f/2.2, ISO 253, 1/250s, eq.16mm)


Sony Xperia 1 IV (12MP, f/2.2, ISO 64, 1/100s)

During the day, the two devices once again engaged in a good duel. In both cases, the scene is well written and very usable. If the Xperia 1 IV shows a more accurate overall colorimetry, its rival has a slight tendency to overexpose, the color patterns may be less obvious. The Oppo smartphone actually delivers a much different and clearer shot, while the Xperia 1 IV is definitely closer to what we’ve actually seen.



Oppo Find X5 Pro (12.5 Mpx, f/2.2, ISO 7744, 1/8s, eq.16mm)


Sony Xperia 1 IV (12MP, f/2.2, ISO 1600, 1/13s)

In the night shot, we see that the two smartphones have a different approach. The low exposure lowers the level of shot detail provided by the Xperia 1 IV. For example, we found that Sony’s algorithm had difficulty fully transcribing book entries. However, the result remains legible, and above all more natural.

Thanks for pixel binding, the Find X5 Pro’s 50-megapixel sensor is able to harvest more light, which can greatly improve sharpness. However, digital smoothing remains more pronounced and does not recover much detail. Looking at the mountains in cartography makes it possible to be convinced of this.

Optical zoom: 3.5x to 5.2x: 12 Mpx, f/2.3, eq. 85mm to 125mm

While the previous model was equipped with a varifocal telephoto lens (70-105 mm equivalent), Sony this time opted for a continuous zoom from 85 to 125 mm to see more. An interesting idea, which even seems limited to choosing a small sensor.

Note here that we installed the latest update released by Sony on its Xperia 1 IV, but we didn’t notice any significant differences in terms of autofocus management using zoom.

front and video module

The 13-megapixel sensor replaces the 8-megapixel sensor on the Xperia 1 III. It is also more efficient. The selfies are of good quality, and the colors have a natural interpretation. We have benefited from a much better level of detail than last year and we are thankful that Sony has taken the problem seriously.

In Basic mode, the mobile will be able to film 4K at 30 fps and Full HD at 60 fps on all its sensors. However, it is possible to unlock many options (including 4K/120 fps) by using the Video Pro application. The rendering is very well done, and will appeal to videographers. Once again, colorimetry may look a little bad if you’re accustomed to the saturated treatment of competitors, but it’s very real in life. It is possible to add an audio air filter that is more effective outdoors. So it was very fun to film with this model.

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