Sony Xperia 1iii Review: Cinematic Speed (With A Burst Of Compromise)

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Sony smartphones are weird – and in this context that’s a compliment. Honestly that’s why I look forward to a new one every summer: with the exception of foldables, no other phone pushes the envelope quite like a Sony Xperia. No one else is cramming a screen this sharp and a variable telephoto camera into a water-resistant chassis tall enough to stand out in a crowd. No one else has a camera division with a pedigree quite like Sony’s. And no one else is going as far to blur the line between professional and phone photography.

To test a phone like that, you need to give it a setting worthy of its stated skills – so I took it to one of my favorite places in the US to see how it tackled the monuments (and the mysteries) of Montauk. I’m Michael Fisher and this is the Xperia 1iii Road Trip Review!



MrMobile’s Xperia 1iii Review was produced following approximately two weeks with an Xperia 1iii review unit provided by Sony. Tested on AT&T in Brooklyn and Montauk, NY (and points between).

MrMobile does not accept compensation from the manufacturers of the products he reviews in exchange for producing content. No payment was provided and no manufacturer or carrier was afforded a preview or copy approval rights concerning this review. The lone sponsor of this video is HelloFresh.


As some have pointed out, the video footage being presented from the Cinema Pro app in Venice CS is not color graded, which of course makes it look much worse than it would otherwise. This was a production constraint on my part and I apologize for the confusion.

However, outdoor daylight footage is still often overexposed even after color grading, as can be seen in Patrick Holland’s video for CNET here: As such, my evaluation of Cinema Pro when paired with this camera stands – but I apologize for the confusing presentation.


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00:00 Intro
01:04 Let’s “Talk On The Phone”
06:20 Camera Design and Construction
07:47 Burst Mode Camera Tests
08:16 Camera Comparison: Samsung S21 Ultra
09:07 Zoom & Low Light Testing
10:45 Video Samples
11:39 Road Trip Review: Montauk
15:01 Test Notes
17:23 Conclusion



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