Sony has the best phones for epic slow motion videos and here is a video to prove this


These days, it's hard to find many phones with unique features: there are very few that stand-out. We have the Portrait mode on the iPhone 7 Plus, the 'infinity display' Galaxy S8... and now, the Sony Xperia XZ Premium enters this hall-of-famers club with its unique 960 frames per second slow motion video recording.

The feature comes as part of Sony's new Motion Eye camera and it is available on both the Sony Xperia XZs and the Xperia XZ Premium. The latter is the one to score another feature that no other company except for Sony has: a 4K display on a smartphone, that's a full 2160 x 3840 pixels on a 5.5-inch LCD smartphone display. The XZ Premium is actually Sony's second phone after the Z5 Premium to sport a 4K screen, but the first to combine HDR capabilities with 4K resolution.

So how does Sony bring the news about this quite incredible new slow motion recording feature to the public? Well, how about a short movie directed by renowned film-maker Chris Cairns. To make it happen, Sony invited a bunch of journalist to sunny Lisbon, Portugal in a massive European Press event. Our own Nick T was there, too, and you can spot him at the 0:11 mark of the video above.


All of the invited journalists were handed a phone with a MotionEye camera and recorded a series of stunts and performances by some great artists. The result is a lush visual experience that could only be shot on a device like Sony's new Xperia lineup with 960fps slow motion. It's dramatic, it's fun, it's epic.

To put things in perspective, let's say that 240fps slo-mo is the best we currently have, and it's available only on a few premium phones like Apple's iPhone 7. The Sony's slow motion recording is 4 times slower than that.

source: Sony

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Xperia XZ Premium
  • Display 5.5" 2160 x 3840 pixels
  • Camera 19 MP / 13 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3230 mAh(24.7h 3G talk time)

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34 Comments

1. dil2abu

Posts: 315; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Am I reading this article in PA? I remember how much score the XZs got with this slow motion feature.

15. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

well, it does looks nice in that video.. but in real life, it's really tricky to capture anything with 0.18second slow motion recording limit in XZs (at least it's still much cheaper than phantom camera, lol..)

2. slannmage

Posts: 289; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

Maybe they should focus on areas people actually care about? The design is horrible for one, their displays suck, software sucks, support sucks etc. I liked the z5c, I hope they do more like that, but sadly there was just too many flaws with it.

5. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

The XZs and XZ Premium have excellent displays, best software hands down (that's personal of course, but I've never seen such stable software and I rellay like the looks + it's very fluid with quick app openings and amazing web browsing performance) + long support with quick updates. Where do you get all this information from? PA's reviews?

6. dazed1

Posts: 800; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

Excellent displays? HAHAHAHAAHAHAHA

8. kobainez

Posts: 454; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Xz premium has 130% colour gamut on its display settings and its accurate. You samdung fanbois never admit that you lose

9. kobainez

Posts: 454; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

130% srgb colour gamut

16. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

display mate said S8 has 142% of sRGB color gamut.. and they also said it's very accurate

22. Lumberjack

Posts: 306; Member since: May 04, 2017

S8+ x XZ Premium... S8 has better blues and grays , XZP has better reds and purples.. The rest is pretty equal. Displaymate never tests Sony, LG, Sharp, Panasonic nor Philips. Only Galaxy, Iphones e Pixel

25. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

ibend 130 to 142% not thats impressive. Also its way easier on an amoled than on an LCD to achieve this. So number for number 4k screen is better than 2k screen i guess :P

17. dazed1

Posts: 800; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

Does this include 10.000k white balance and 2.8 gamma accurate??

20. Lumberjack

Posts: 306; Member since: May 04, 2017

138% according to Sony

11. civicsr2cool

Posts: 269; Member since: Oct 19, 2016

How on earth do you think Sony's software is stable? I have had better experiences on nightly roms that this crap they put on production phones.

24. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Civicsr2cool strange i had the Sony Z1 and Z3 and the software was flawless and never crashed or slowed down. I still use the Z1 as a alarm clock on a charging craddle the Z3 i gave to a friend and he still use it. Seriously you guys talk but dont use the device..

34. cyborg009

Posts: 119; Member since: Sep 17, 2011

No, we've used sony phones so we can tell. I've no complaints with display but design needs upgrade, battery life should be imporved (Xperia z3 was battery champ, after that all xperia phones are s**t).

29. Skizzo

Posts: 403; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

A lot of needlessly harsh statements my friend. Design is a very subjective thing, and while I agree that Sony is in need of an update (to shrink the bezels if nothing else), their square slab design may not please everyone, but it's elegantly iconic at this point. "Horrible" is definitely not the word to describe it. Also, their software is one of the cleanest, and most true to vanilla Android. A lot of people praise them for this, so saying the software sucks is too much of a blanket statement. It's snappier in the long run than Samsung which noticeably slows down over time. Their camera software could definitely be better, although apparently that's improved quite a bit also. Screen has always been behind the leaders, that I agree, but again, far from sucking, especially on the last few Xperias. Their battery optimization is among the best in the industry (especially true back in the Z3 days), and is something where others can learn from them. They need to work faster, but Sony has made improvements. Honestly, if they shrink the bezels, I may consider a Sony device again.

3. TerryD

Posts: 546; Member since: May 09, 2017

There is 'slow motion' and there is 'super slow motion'. At some people there is a point where it's slow enough and anything beyond that it's just boring. Most of the time 120fps is fine.

10. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

No, there are some things that happen too fast even for 240fps slow motion. Sony has normal slow motion, but did those times you need super slow motion, Sony's got you.

33. TerryD

Posts: 546; Member since: May 09, 2017

True. If you're doing stuff like popping water balloons or shooting bullets through glass, then super slow will do the job but its only a small niche. You end up looking for instances where it'll be useful. For pretty much anything with people in you shouldnt need more than 120fps.

12. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

For me, as a person who plays with the camera regularly...this feature is enough to make me want to get this. I also heard rumors that galaxy S8 would get this feature and I was excited but I don't think it happened. Right now, Sony is a step ahead...but it would've been better if it could atleast shoot FHD videos on Super-slow.

21. rsiders

Posts: 1954; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

You do realize that the iPhone and Samsung flagships are stuck at 240fps at 720p right?

32. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

It's just my thought for the make a wish foundation. O.o

23. Lumberjack

Posts: 306; Member since: May 04, 2017

Only way Samsung has it is to give up on imx sensors and use their own.

27. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Samsung sensors technology is far from Sony technology so if they do thats they will have a huge setback. in fact various test proven thats the samsung device with sony sensor tend to give better result than samsung sensor ( even if both are almost identical.

26. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Its can shoot 240 fps at 1080p No others phone can do thats.

4. Valinor

Posts: 175; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

I found a very cheap deal on this phone. But those top and bottom bezels....... If they would have been half the size, i would have gotten this phone. But this looks crap. I dont need samsung s8/lg g6 bezels but at least trim some off.

7. kobainez

Posts: 454; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Largest rear camera, largest front facing camera, stereo speakers. Tell me other manufacturers that have all that and small bezels. I'm waiting

31. zenun12

Posts: 205; Member since: Oct 31, 2016

The XA/XA1 Ultra have larger front facing cameras. Their FFC sensor size is 1/2.6 compared to the XZ Premium's 1/3.06

13. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 729; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Is it even a best smartphone?

14. AlikMalix unregistered

This is nice. I loved using slow-mo since iPhone 5s.

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