Sony Xperia 1 III review

With its quad-camera system the Sony Xperia 1 III pioneers a new breed of periscope zoom

Sony Xperia 1 III review
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Digital Camera World Verdict

A mighty photographer’s phone, a good video phone, and a beautifully put together multimedia powerhouse. While the Xperia 1 III could do with a brighter screen, and there are some video capture niggles it’s hard to overcome, Sony photography fans will appreciate all the Alpha elements that have made their way into the camera UI, and the phone’s natural image processing makes videos primed for editing. Not the best phone in the world, but easily the best Sony phone we’ve ever tested, and a promising glimpse into Sony’s smartphone future.


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    Prosumer Sony camera UI

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    Premium design and screen

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    Plenty of power and storage


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    Screen could be brighter

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    Weaker zoom than competition

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While Sony’s been riding high with its mirrorless cameras, as we get the Sony Xperia 1 III in for review, it’s worth recapping the brand’s last few years in mobile. With the introduction of the Xperia 1 series, the brand stretched out its screens to 21:9, and added its Cinema Pro video experience to its flagship smartphone, lifting elements from its film line of cameras. 

The Xperia 1 II, there was a shift from videography to photography, with the welcome introduction of Sony’s Photo Pro camera UI. While it wasn’t the best camera phone we’d used, it delivered an across-the-board flagship experience, with realistic photos when compared to much of the competition. 

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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.