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Sony Xperia 5 II announced

Sony Xperia 5 II announced
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The Sony Xperia 5 II has been officially announced, being billed as 'the most compact Xperia with 5G technology that takes photography, gaming and entertainment to the next level'. As Sony's second 5G-enabled smartphone, expectations are high for the Sony Xperia 5 II. However, with some impressive camera technology built in under the hood, could the Xperia 5 II be everything consumers are looking for?

The Sony Xperia 5 II has borrowed the Xperia 1 II's triple camera unit with Zeiss optics, but that's not the only thing that will excite photographers. The Xperia 5 II will borrow Sony Alpha series technology to include Real-time Eye AF for both humans and animals and up to 20fps burst shooting with continuous autofocus that performs AF/AE calculations at a staggering 60 times per second.

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Smartphone filmmakers will also be pleased to see Cinematography Pro on the Sony Xperia 5 II, which will give similar parameters and color settings as professional filmmakers and a 21:9 CinemaWide display to help you watch your favorite clips in style. Most excitingly, the Sony Xperia 5 II will be the world's first smartphone to include 4K HDR 120fps slow-motion movie recording. 

The general specs of the Sony Xperia 5 II are also pretty impressive. We'll be seeing a 21:9 CinemaWide 6.1" FHD+ HDR OLED display screen complete with a 120Hz refresh rate. The Xperia 5 II will also house the high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 5G chipset and a large 4,000mAh battery.

The Sony Xperia 5 II will be available in Black and Blue from Autumn 2020. It will ship with Android 10 and will be priced at  $949 / £799.

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Louise Carey

With over a decade of photographic experience, Louise arms Digital Camera World with a wealth of knowledge on photographic technique and know-how – something she is so adept at that she's delivered workshops for the likes of ITV and Sue Ryder. Before joining the site, her formidable hands-on abilities served her well as features editor for Practical Photography. A freelance photographer in her own right, she is a proud Nikon DSLR shooter.