a compact smartphone that stands still

Much better, isn’t it? The focus is good, the image is well detailed and – above all – noise is absent even in the sky.

Now my opinion on the matter is exactly the same as on the Xperia 1 II. Defending an “expert in photography” positioning is commendable; but it takes something for everyone. A person who pays 900 € for a smartphone so good at photography should not be penalized by the lack of a night photo mode which just allows him to immortalize a nice evening or a meal at a restaurant. At this level, I think this is less posture on Sony’s part than laziness.

Video: can the most or the least

On paper, the video capabilities of the Xperia 5 II are mouth watering. 4K up to 120 fps (slow motion), 5-axis stabilization, HDR and Cinema Pro mode unlocking all settings. A real foot for amateur videographer!

However, the results left us a little hungry. The new Sony is never as good as 1080p30. Leaving this mode, we lose either too much in image quality or in stabilization. In 4K, for example, don’t even expect to get a rush usable without using an external gimbal.

Cinema Pro mode is hairy enough to handle for anyone who has never touched a camera. Also, we found the tuning a bit laborious while using this app. Yet another proof that, for everything related to image, Sony is primarily aimed at people who know what they are doing. Too bad for the others.

Sony Xperia 5 II: Clubic’s user review

Posted € 100 more expensive than its predecessor, the Xperia 5 II leaves us with a mixed impression. It also troubles us, in that it calls into question the very existence of the Xperia 1 II: the most high-end model from Sony, sold € 1,199, and of which this newcomer takes most of the characteristics.

It is also a question of putting this smartphone in competition with other mobiles sold at this price. How is the Xperia 5 II doing against a Galaxy S20 or an iPhone 12 whose release is fast approaching? What is Sony’s proposal worth in the face of a OnePlus 8 Pro ?

Our test shows that Sony doesn’t have much to prove in many areas. Screens, in particular, or even audio. But also appear all the efforts it will have to make to become competitive again in the very high-end market. When will there be a major aesthetic change? When will we see a modern software overlay? When will a photo experience be as good as it is easy to learn?

Questions that we hope to stop asking ourselves in the coming months. When the hypothetical release of an Xperia I III, perhaps?

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