Skip to main content

The Sony Xperia Pro is the $2,500 phone videographers have been clamoring for

Sony wants to make its smartphones a little more useful for creative professionals. The company may not make the best-selling (or the best) phones out there, but it is among the best in other areas — one of those being its video and photo tech. Now, the company is finally launching the previously announced Xperia Pro — which integrates with its video equipment for a heightened professional workflow.

The device offers both hardware and software features that enable integration with Sony equipment, with perhaps the most immediately obvious feature being the HDMI input. This allows the Xperia Pro to act as a large, high-quality monitor for Sony cameras.

Image used with permission by copyright holder

That’s really just the tip of the iceberg though. The real advantage comes when you combine the HDMI port with the phone’s built-in 5G support. This allows you to use a professional video camera for things like live streaming on social media and transfer footage directly to remote storage through the cloud.

To be clear, this phone is probably not for you — and it’s probably not for most creative professionals either. There’s a very niche audience of Sony video camera users who want to be able to use their camera to live-stream or automatically transfer footage while on the go, and almost no one else should buy the phone. Even though videographers regularly pay over $1,000 for a monitor that provides nothing more than a viewfinder for their camera, that doesn’t necessarily make the Xperia Pro a good deal.

Let’s be clear, this phone is for an extremely small niche of potential buyers.

Apart from the integration with Sony video cameras, the Xperia Pro has a few unique features and solid specs, but nothing to really write home about. You’ll get a Snapdragon 865 processor, coupled with 12GB of RAM, 512GB of storage, and a 4,000mAh battery. Somewhat impressive is the inclusion of a 4K OLED display that sits in at 6.5 inches. The high-quality display does make sense though, given the fact that it’ll be used for professional video situations. On the back, you’ll get a triple-lens camera, which consists of one telephoto camera and one ultra-wide camera, along with the main 12-megapixel camera.

The integration with professional Sony equipment doesn’t come cheap, by any means. While you would expect to pay a premium for it, you probably wouldn’t expect to pay a whopping $2,500 for what is essentially a last-gen flagship Android phone with an HDMI port. Even if it is a novel idea. It’s now available from the Sony website and other participating retailers.

Editors' Recommendations

Christian de Looper
Christian’s interest in technology began as a child in Australia, when he stumbled upon a computer at a garage sale that he…
We have the Vivo X90 Pro, one of 2023’s most interesting Android phones
The Vivo X90 Pro held in a person's hand.

The Vivo X90 Pro has arrived, in preparation for our review. If you're not familiar with Vivo, it's part of the same tech empire as OnePlus, Realme, and Oppo — but it's not as closely related as those three are in terms of software, design, and partnerships. It's Vivo's partnership with Zeiss, in addition to a wider global launch for the X90 Pro, that has us intrigued.

Vivo and Zeiss have worked together on smartphone cameras since 2020, with the Vivo X60 Pro and X60 Pro Plus the first devices to come from the partnership. According to Zeiss, the pair work together not on just one component or software feature, but across the entire imaging experience, with the intention of assuring quality throughout. Zeiss doesn’t make cameras, but rather optics for cameras, so it’s different from partnerships like OnePlus and Hasselblad’s, where the focus is software.

Read more
My iPhone 14 Pro camera is ruined, and it’s all Apple’s fault
The iPhone 14 Pro's camera module.

Every year, Apple touts the iPhone as having an incredible camera system — and, yes, the hardware is certainly impressive. The iPhone 14 Pro has the latest advancements that Apple offers in terms of camera upgrades, including a huge jump to a 48MP main camera with pixel-binning technology (four su-pixels to make up one larger pixel), a telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom, faster night mode, and more. Again, on the hardware front, the iPhone 14 Pro camera looks impressive. And it is!

But what good is great camera hardware when the software continues to ruin the images you take? Ever since the iPhone 13 lineup, it seems that any images taken from an iPhone, unless it’s shot in ProRaw format, just look bad compared to those taken on older iPhones and the competing best Android phones. That’s because Apple has turned the dial way up on computational photography and post-processing each time you capture a photo. It’s ruining my images, and Apple needs to take a chill pill and take it down a notch.
These 'smart' features aren’t as smart as they claim

Read more
iOS 16.2’s new always-on display made me hate my iPhone 14 Pro
iPhone 14 Pro with always on display no wallpaper or notifications

When Apple announced the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro devices, one of the big differences that set them apart was the display. The standard iPhone 14 wasn’t much different from the iPhone 13 before it, but the iPhone 14 Pro has the new Dynamic Island and an always-on display (AOD) feature.

For some of us, myself included, the AOD was a huge deal because Android phones have been doing it for a while now — Apple just finally joined the party.

Read more