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Sony Xperia Pro smartphone doubles as a 4K monitor for live streaming

Sony A1 with Sony Xperia Pro
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Blinked and you might of missed it during the launch of the Sony A1 (opens in new tab) professional camera today. But as well as launching a new flagship camera, Sony also released a new flagship phone in the shape of the Sony Xperia Pro.

With 512GB of internal storage, the Xperia Pro offers three rear-facing cameras with Zeiss lenses:

12MP Ultra-Wide: 16mm focal length, f/2.2 aperture, 1/2.55in Exmor RS sensor with 124° FOV
12MP Wide: 24mm focal length, f/1.7 aperture, 1/1.7 Exmor RS sensor, and 82° FOV
12MP Telephoto: 70mm focal length, f/2.4 aperture, 1/3.4" sensor, and 34° FOV 

And then at the front there is a 

8MP selfie camera with HDR and an 84° FOV

• Read more: Sony Xperia Pro review (opens in new tab)

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A key attraction of the camera will its live streaming capabilities - which promises blistering transfer speeds using 5G mmWave technology. Boast the first HDMI input ever on a phone, you simply connect your camera or camcorder to the phone via its HDMI output – and then stream content at upto 4K at 60fps over popular streaming and social network apps..

The handset, as we have seen with other Xperia models, can be set up to be used as an on-camera camera monitor - giving you a 6.5" 4K HDR OLED with which to monitor images shot on cameras such as the new Sony A1.

Other key photographic features include manual controls, support for shooting RAW, up to 20 fps continuous wide-angle shooting (Up to 10 fps at 16mm or 70mm), and real-time eye autofocus that works on both humans and animals.

The Android handset features a microSD card (opens in new tab) slot, and a 4000mAh rechargeable battery.

The Sony Xperia Pro is set to retail at $2499. 

Pre-order the Sony Xperia Pro at B&H Photo (opens in new tab)

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Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 


His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, with which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 11 Pro.


He has written about technology for countless publications and websites including The Sunday Times Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Dorling Kindersley, What Cellphone, T3 and Techradar.