Sony has announced a new software update that enables enhanced external monitor capabilities for the Xperia Pro and Pro-I smartphones including live streaming, waveform, and false color capabilities.
A feature of both the Xperia Pro and the Xperia Pro-I made either smartphone function not only as a capture device on its own, but as an external monitor when connected to a Sony Alpha camera as well. Sony markets the two smartphones as able to be used as a 4K viewfinder with multiple features like function checks, luminance, and RGB balance.
This feature allows you to find the perfect exposure for any shot by showing luminance distribution. In its marketing materials, Sony states that it also allows you to view every RGB channel in order to verify the balance.
This set of capabilities is being further developed. Sony now offers both phones live streaming and waveform capabilities. Wave Form monitor functions check exposure and RGB balance. The False Color function assists with iris setting selections by making certain details for exposure more noticeable.
This update allows users to connect their Xperia Pro/Xperia Pro-I camera with a Sony Alpha camera and live stream using the External Monitor feature.
The External Monitor software upgrade will provide the Xperia Pro additional control features for select Alpha cameras. When the External Monitor function is activated, it will trigger recording or stopping. Sony says it will also be able to provide status visibility on screen including recording status, shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and exposure value.
These updates enhance the already excellent smartphones. While the Xperia Pro is expensive, PetaPixel found it to be great for a niche set of users. This update makes that even more the case. Similar story for the Xperia Pro-I. While it may not be the most suitable option, it is still one the top-rated phone cameras available.
The software update for both the Xperia Pro and Pro-I smartphones is available for free starting today via a push notification.