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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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With over a decade of photographic experience, Louise arms Digital Camera World with a wealth of knowledge on photographic technique and know-how – something at which she is so adept that she's delivered workshops for the likes of ITV and Sue Ryder. Louise also brings years of experience as both a web and print journalist, having served as features editor for Practical Photography magazine and contributing photography tutorials and camera analysis to titles including Digital Camera Magazine (opens in new tab) and  Digital Photographer (opens in new tab). Louise currently shoots with the Fujifilm X-T200 and the Nikon D800, capturing self-portraits and still life images, and is DCW's ecommerce editor, meaning that she knows good camera, lens and laptop deals when she sees them.