It’s the party trick of the Sony RX100 V and RX10 II, but now 960fps super slow motion video has found its way in Sony’s latest smartphone. Launched at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, the new Sony Xperia XZ Premium has what is being branded a Motion Eye camera. Basically, what this means is that it is really good.
The Xperia XZ Premium lifts much of its technology straight from Sony’s RX premium compact camera series. In fact the way that the 960fps at 720p footage begins to be captured before the record button is even pressed, is much the same as the start stop triggers features used in the RX cameras.
To put the speed of the 960fps slow motion in to perspective, 1 sec in real time would play back at 32sec of video (960fps for 30fps playback). This will allow you to see tiny details that the human eye can’t even register, such as the sparks created when you strike a match.
In addition, the camera of the Sony Xperia XZ Premium uses a 19-million-pixel 1/2.3” Exmor RS, stacked sensor. The stacked sensor means that much of the memory and processing occurs actually within the sensor chip. Again, this is the same technology as the stacked 1-inch size sensor used in the RX cameras. The result of using a stacked sensor is faster readout times. Combine that fast readout time with a fast, and high capacity, buffer memory, allow for the ridiculously fast frame rate to be captured.
There is built-in 5-axis image stabilisation, Predictive Hybrid AF and the 25mm f/2 equivalent wideangle lens is even branded as a Sony G lens.
Photographer, and PGN team member, Dave Newton is out at MWC 2017 reporting for Photo Gear News. Watch his video above where he tries out the Sony Xperia XZ Premium for the first time.
For more details on the Sony Xperia XZ Premium see Sony’s website