Sony Xperia 1 IV is here with continuous optical zoom and 120fps 4K

Sony Xperia 1 IV
(Image credit: Sony)

The Sony Xperia 1 III packed a dual-stage periscope zoom that could switch between two focal lengths, and a year on, the 2022 flagship Xperia 1 IV upgrades this significantly. It adds a continuous optical zoom between 85mm and 125mm – a world-first for smartphones

On first impression, the Sony Xperia 1 IV looks largely the same as the Xperia 1 III – the glass front and back sandwich a metal frame. The phone inherits the grippy shutter button of the Xperia Pro-I, highlighting the line is still catering to camera enthusiasts. Additionally, there’s a headphone jack, so traditionalists across the board should be happy. 

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Basil Kronfli

Basil Kronfli is a freelance technology journalist, consultant, and content creator. He trained in graphic design and started his career at Canon Europe before moving into journalism. Basil is also experienced in video production, independently running the YouTube channel TechEdit, and during his time at Future, he worked alongside the Digital Camera World team as a senior video producer.