Thanks to recent leaks, this may be the first set of camera samples from the upcoming Sony Xperia 1 III. Sony announced the Xperia 1 III alongside its younger sibling, the Xperia 5 III, in April of this year.
Apart from the additional ToF 3D camera on the Xperia 1 III, both these devices share the same rear camera setup. While the 2021 Sony flagship is yet to go on sale, the real-world camera samples are now posted online.
The company doubles down on the camera department with its new variable telephoto setup offered with the new Xperia smartphones. Interestingly, all of the camera samples shared online were captured at night. Looking at the samples, the device seems to perform well under low light conditions.
Leaked Xperia 1 III camera samples reveal its low-light photography prowess
More importantly, the 1/1.7-inch primary sensor does a pretty good job at capturing more light and pulling out details. Since the EXIF data has been removed from the photos, this has to be taken with a pinch of salt. As these samples have been shot on a pre-production unit, there is still scope for improvement on the final version.
Speaking of the camera hardware on the Xperia 1 III, it features a 12-megapixel primary Exmor RS sensor with an f/1.7 aperture, OIS, and 82-degree field of view. The 12-megapixel periscope-style telephoto sensor comes with f/2.3 and f/2.8 variable aperture and OIS. There is also a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle sensor with f/2.2 aperture and a ToF 3D sensor.
For selfies, there is a single 8-megapixel camera on the front with f/2.0 aperture. Just like its predecessor, the Xperia 1 III also supports real-time eye auto-focus for humans and animals. Under the hood, it comes powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 mobile platform featuring the Hexagon 780 DSP.
It is yet to go on sale anywhere in the world
There is no mention of whether the samples were captured using the primary camera app or the advanced Photography Pro app. Speaking of the other aspects of the device, it looks almost identical to last year’s Xperia 1 II. However, the company has offered improvements in terms of camera performance, display, and, more importantly, battery life.
Sony also mentioned offering up to 12.5x hybrid zoom based on the primary camera of the Xperia 1 III. As per the recent leaks, the base model will retail for CNY 8,499 (approx USD 1,325) in China. Though there is no word on the exact date of availability, it should be hitting select markets beginning next month.