Sony Xperia Pro. from a hardware and performance standpoint, the exterior Pro is basically a repackaged exterior one mark two with some components like the 4k display and triple cameras copy pasted wholesale.
So if you want to get a sense of how this device performs as a smartphone. Where the probe departs from its predecessor, it does so dramatically.
Get a load of this casing to start with the glossy glass is gone, replaced by a black polycarbonate that feels almost as reassuringly tough to the touch as Sony’s camera bodies do. It feels like the piece of photo equipment it is you can toss it into a camera bag and between the plastic on the back and the Gorilla Glass six on the front, basically not worry about it.
It’s like having a case built right in. And Sony had more than one reason for choosing polycarbonate for the chassis. And if it wasn’t wireless charging, which has weirdly been omitted from the pro tier Sony tell it it can sometimes be easier to work with plastic than glass if you want the best 5g reception possible.
Sony is really proud of its beamforming antennas on this model. that’s meant to help you orient yourself toward the nearest 5g node, so you can maintain a connection when you need it.
Screen on Xperia Pro
I shot most of my Galaxy S 21 review video using the Xperia probe as my monitor and there were a lot of pluses to take away. colors were almost perfect the OLED contrast was as sharp as ever and despite being something like 80% thinner than my small HD monitor.
Battery on Xperia Pro
with its huge battery after two straight hours of filming with the screen on the entire time, Sony Xperia Pro still had 50% battery left in the Xperia Pro. That’s basically twice the duration I get with my monitor.
And a nice side effect of having a dedicated HDMI port is that the USB C port alongside it remains available if you want to plug in a battery pack to keep filming.
Unfortunately, the experience wasn’t without its hangups, due to what I first thought was a bad HDMI cable. I believe was probably a loose HDMI port, the app would crash constantly, if I jostled the camera at all.
And even when the app runs well, it’s missing features that videographers have come to expect, like the ability to record footage separately from the camera, and waveforms to calibrate the image.
And things like focus peaking, that’s the false color applied to an image to help you see if it’s in focus or not. None of that is here. Sony couldn’t even commit to those features coming in the future. the fanciest thing you can do with the phone as a monitor is pinch to zoom. Not very pro on Sony Xperia Pro