Sony improves external monitor functionality of Xperia Pro and Pro-I

Sony has announced a new software update that improves external monitor capabilities for Xperia Pro and Pro-I smartphones, including live streaming, waveform, and false color capabilities.

A feature of the Xperia Pro and Xperia Pro-I allowed either smartphone to function not only as a capture device on its own, but also as an external monitor when connected to a camera SonyAlpha. Sony is marketing both smartphones as being able to be used as a 4K viewfinder with multiple features like function controls, luminance and RGB balance.

“By displaying the luminance level distribution, this feature helps you find the ideal exposure for your shot. It also allows you to view each RGB channel so you can check that you have the correct balance,” Sony explains in its marketing materials for the Xperia Pro-I.

Starting today, this feature set is further enhanced. Sony has enabled both smartphones with new live streaming, waveform and false color capabilities. The waveform monitor function checks exposure and RGB balance. The False Color feature makes iris adjustment selections easier by making certain exposure details more visible.

This update also allows those who connect it to a Sony Alpha camera to live stream via the external monitor feature on the Xperia Pro or Xperia Pro-I with certain live streaming services, such as YouTube.

The external monitor software update will also enable the Xperia Pro with additional control features for “selected” Alpha cameras. The phone’s external monitor feature now has a trigger function for record and stop which is available when connected via a USB-C cable. Sony says it will also be able to provide on-screen status visibility, including recording status, shutter speed, aperture, ISO and aperture value. exposure.

These updates are in addition to what were already very good smartphones. While the Xperia Pro is expensive, PetaPixel found it ideal for a niche user set. This update makes that even more the case. The Xperia Pro-I is a similar story, and while it’s not the best option for everyone, it’s still one of the best phone cameras on the market.

The software update for Xperia Pro and Pro-I smartphones is available for free from today via push notification.

Edward N. Arrington