Sony Xperia 5 review

The Sony Xperia 5 is a compact, capable camera phone with a few tricks up its sleeve

Sony Xperia 5 review
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Digital Camera World Verdict

The Xperia 5 is a great phone, especially if you’re a keen smartphone videographer. The nuts and bolts are all there - great design, a sensational screen, solid camera and all-day battery. While it’s pricey, therefore, it’s still an easy enough smartphone to recommend for a specific type of user.


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    Videography features are brilliant

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    Good stills camera

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    Excellent screen


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    No under-display fingerprint scanner

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    No headphone jack

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    Better value options out there

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The new Sony Xperia 5 is a smaller Xperia 1 on paper, which is a promising prospect, bringing a 21:9 OLED display and flagship power to a more pocketable size. While it has the same triple camera hardware as its larger sibling, Sony has loaded it up with newer software and improved video capabilities.

Sony always charges a premium for its phones though, so the Xperia 5, which costs $799 or £699 really needs to be great to compete with and better the cheaper OnePlus 7 Pro, OnePlus 7T and Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro.

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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.