Sony has announced new flagship camera phones in its X series, the Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact, which offer enhanced image sensor technology and 23-megapixel resolution.

As the new flagship camera phone, the Sony Xperia XZ boasts a 23-megapixel rear camera, which introduces what Sony calls ‘triple image sensing’ technology.

What this means is that the camera essentially adds distance and colour sensing technology to the main sensor. So the Sony Xperia XZ boasts three sensors: Sony’s Predictive Hybrid Autofocus sensor to help predict movement, an RGBC-IR sensor for accurate colour rendition and a ‘laser autofocus’ sensor to measure distance.

The camera also employs Sony’s Predictive Hybrid Autofocus, which uses an algorithm to determine where moving targets might be by the time the Xperia’s shutter takes the image.

What’s more, the Sony Xperia XZ offers five-axis image stabilisation in video mode, and promises start-up from standby to capture in just 0.6 seconds.

The Xperia XZ front camera, at 13 megapixels, offers higher resolution than most other camera phones, and also delivers sensitivity up to ISO 6400.

Other features include a 5.2in display and a 22mm wide-angle lens on the front camera.

Both Sony camera phones also employ the SteadyShot and Intelligent Active Mode image stabilisation technology from Sony’s Handicam range of camcorders.

The Sony Xperia XZ release date is set for October 2016, while the Xperia X Compact will launch later this month. Pricing information was not available at the time of writing.

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