Sony Xperia 5 IV review

The Sony Xperia 5 IV is a classy, understated camera phone with amazing video capabilities and manual controls for advanced photography – but it comes at a price

Sony Xperia 5 IV hands on
(Image: © Lauren Scott)

Digital Camera World Verdict

If you’re a videographer, photographer, or content creator who wants advanced camera features and video recording in a smartphone, the Xperia 5 IV won’t disappoint. The phone is advanced but easy to use, well-featured by not flashy. It’s let down by a few tiny niggles – limited updates and some overheating issues – but overall the package is very slick and impressive, giving you the ability to capture pro stills and video in a very compact design.


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    Simple and solid design

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    4K HDR 120fps video recording

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    Great audio quality

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    Full manual camera control


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    Expensive price point

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    Disappointing in low light

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    Limited software updates

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The Sony Xperia 5 IV is the latest premium camera phone from Sony, launched in September 2022 as a compact version of the Sony Xperia 1 IV from earlier in the year. The smartphone shares a lot of features with its big brother, but these don't include the continuous optical zoom module. It's a smaller handset for smaller hands (and pockets) and is also more affordable than the Xperia 1 IV.

Creators who like Sony phones will find plenty to like with the Xperia 5 IV. Not only is it a powerhouse for visuals – photography and videography – but it also features excellent audio, with a headphone jack and front-facing speakers.

Lauren Scott
Freelance contributor/former Managing Editor

Lauren is a writer, reviewer, and photographer with ten years of experience in the camera industry. She's the former Managing Editor of Digital Camera World, and previously served as Editor of Digital Photographer magazine, Technique editor for PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine, and Deputy Editor of our sister publication, Digital Camera Magazine. An experienced journalist and freelance photographer, Lauren also has bylines at Tech Radar,, Canon Europe, PCGamesN, T3, Stuff, and British Airways' in-flight magazine (among others). When she's not testing gear for DCW, she's probably in the kitchen testing yet another new curry recipe or walking in the Cotswolds with her Flat-coated Retriever.