With the Xperia Pro, Sony is launching a new smartphone for professional photographers and content producers on the German market. Thanks to the HDMI input, users can use the smartphone as a control monitor for video and system cameras. And it also offers other special functions.
The 6.5-inch 4K OLED HDR screen of the Sony Xperia Pro can be used as an external monitor for cameras thanks to the HDMI input. In this mode, the smartphone offers, among other things , a screen lock function, screen brightness adjustment, zoom functions and adjustable grid lines. Content with up to 4K resolution and HDR at 60 frames per second can be transmitted via HDMI. The Xperia Pro cannot record the HDMI signal, but can stream it via LTE, 5G or Wi-Fi.
Xperia Pro as a remote camera control
In addition to the HDMI port, tethering via USB is another professional feature. Sony Alpha cameras can be remotely controlled via smartphone. With an adapter, users can use an Ethernet connection to automatically transfer the camera images to an FTP server.
With the technology of the Xperia 1 II
Technically, the Xperia Pro is largely the same as the Xperia 1 II, except that it has 512 GB of internal storage and 12 GB of RAM. In our test , this 2020 flagship was largely convincing. Its successor, the Xperia 1 III , is due to hit the market soon, so the technology in the Xperia Pro is no longer entirely fresh. For the special purpose of the smartphone, however, that is probably not decisive.
The Xperia Pro will be available from May 10, 2021 for 2,499 euros.