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It’s interesting that Sony describes the VAIO SVT13114GXS as an Ultrabook that’s designed to contain “all the connectivity ports that other Ultrabook laptops may lack,” when it contains only two USB ports–both located right next to each other. Sure, it might have VGA- and HDMI-out ports, too, but that doesn’t make up for the system’s myriad issues.

Our review model, which costs $849 as configured, has a third-generation Ivy Bridge Intel Core i5-3317U processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 500GB hard drive with a 32GB SSD as a hard drive cache. This VAIO Ultrabook also sports a 13.3-inch screen, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0, and runs a 64-bit version of Windows 7 Professional.


The VAIO SVT13114GXS (Sony really needs to work on its model names) performs a little below average for its class. In PCWorld’s WorldBench 7 benchmark tests, the VAIO scored a decent 126, meaning the system is 26 percent faster than our testing model, which has a second-generation Intel Core i5 desktop processor, 8GB of RAM, and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti discrete graphics card.

Though 126 is an acceptable WorldBench 7 score for an ultraportable laptop, it’s well below the average score (140) of the last three laptops we’ve tested. It’s also significantly below the WorldBench 7 score of the Acer Aspire S5 (195), which costs more and has a dedicated SSD. A better comparison might be the Dell Latitude E6330, which outperforms the VAIO in all of the business-oriented categories, such as office productivity, Web performance, and storage, but the VAIO does have a faster startup time. Also, the VAIO is significantly smaller, lighter, and thinner than the non-Ultrabook Latitude E6330.

Like other Ultrabooks, the VAIO’s graphics performance is just so-so. In our Crysis 2 graphics tests, the VAIO produced frame rates of between 9.0 (high-quality settings, 1366 by 768 pixels) and 19.1 (low-quality settings, 600 by 800 pixels) frames per second. This is below average for the category, though not by much. The last three laptops we tested averaged frame rates between 12.6 and 29.8 frames per second on the same tests.

Design: Chassis, Keyboard, and Trackpad

This doesn’t mean, of course, that this VAIO Ultrabook is ugly. It’s an attractive computer, with a silver brushed-aluminum cover (that proudly sports a large mirrored VAIO logo in the center), angled sides, and a silver aluminum interior. The keyboard deck is made entirely of one piece of aluminum, which gives the laptop a higher-end look.

Directly below the keyboard is a medium-size trackpad. The trackpad is comfortable—it’s sensitive and accurate and supports multitouch gestures such as pinch-to-zoom. It’s slightly wider than average, which makes multitouch gestures a little easier to perform, though some of these gestures can be erratic and choppy. There are no discrete mouse buttons; instead, the entire lower half of the trackpad can be pressed.

The VAIO’s port selection is a little weak, even for an Ultrabook/ultraportable laptop. There are only two USB ports—one 2.0 and one 3.0, both on the left side of the computer, and next to each other. This can be an issue if you happen to have a large USB dongle, since you may end up blocking part of one of the ports. The right side boasts a gigabit ethernet port, HDMI-out, VGA-out, a multi-in-1 card reader, and a headphone jack.

Screen and Speakers

The VAIO SVT13114GXS sports a glossy 13.1-inch LED-backlit display with a native resolution of 1366 by 768 pixels. It’s not very bright, and in my tests I found that I had to pump the screen up to its brightest setting even in a slightly darkened room (and with this screen, working outside is pretty much not going to happen). Color looks accurate, though, and text and images are very crisp. Video looks and sounds good on the VAIO, though running any graphic process seems to make the fan go into overdrive. In other words, audio from a video would sound better if it didn’t have to compete with the somewhat loud drone of the fan.

The Bottom Line

The VAIO may be smaller, lighter, and thinner than the Dell Latitude E6330, but it just doesn’t match up in performance or usability. So unless you’re looking purely at aesthetics, look elsewhere for a business ultraportable.

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Review: Lenovo X1 Carbon Gen 4 Business Ultrabook

There are certain things about the X1 Carbon line that stay consistent across all the models — the slim body, sharply tapered front edge, dark color, and classic ThinkPad keyboard, for example. Each model features subtle changes over the last model, though, and the fourth-generation X1 is no exception. One of the first things you’ll notice is the lighter weight — the X1 is lighter than it looks, and won’t be any sort of burden when in your laptop bag or backpack.

Big changes aren’t anywhere to be found, however. The largest deviation from the last model is one that may turn away some consumers — Lenovo has ditched the touchscreen, something that won’t matter at all to some users and will be sorely missed by others. Truth be told, having a touchscreen on the X1 Carbon seems a tad pointless — the display can’t rotate fully back into tablet mode, instead opening a max of 180-degrees. There’s little usefulness for a touchscreen, then, as there’s no way to use it that isn’t awkward.

If you need a touchscreen, Lenovo no doubt would rather you choose from one of their many (many) Yoga and flexible ThinkPad laptops. (check out the ThinkPad Yoga 12!)

Touchscreen aside, the display is as excellent as you’d anticipate for an X1 model; customers have the option of a 14-inch 2560 x 1440 IPS 300nits panel or a 14-inch 1920 x 1080 IPS 300nits panel. This is nestled in a body weighing 2.6lbs with svelte 13.11 x 9.01 x 0.65″ measurements. The laptop, despite its thin size, packs a bunch of connectivity options — there’s mini DisplayPort, HDMI, a trio of USB 3.0 ports, microSD, OneLink+, and WiGig…a nice upgrade from the third-generation model.

The ThinkPad keyboard has long been a favorite among users, and you’ll find it in all its glory with the Gen 4 X1 Carbon. The keys aren’t too shallow, but still have a modest profile, being soft on the downstroke with a firm report while typing. Lenovo has elected to keep the physical buttons on the trackpad, as well, something found on the third-generation and the first generation, but not the second. As with Gen 3, the physical buttons are much better over the no-button Gen 2 design. The TrackPoint nub in the keyboard is still present.


Processor: Up to Intel® Core™ i7 vPro™ Processor

Operating System:

– Windows 10 Pro

– Windows 10 Home

– Windows 7 Professional

Graphics: Intel® HD Graphics 520

Memory: Up to 16 GB DDR3

Storage: Up to 512 GB PCIe NVMe SSD

Camera/Microphone: 720p/Digital Array Microphone

Battery: Up to 11 Hours (52 WHr)


– 14″ WQHD (2560 x 1440) IPS, 300 nits

– 14″ FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS, 300 nits

Dimensions: 13.11″ x 9.01″ x 0.65″

Weight: Starting at 2.6lbs

Security and Manageability


– Kensington® Lock

– Touch Fingerprint Reader

– Intel® vPro™ Technology

I/O (Input/Output) Ports

– WiGig

– OneLink+

– Mini DisplayPort™


– 3 x USB 3.0

– microSD™

WiFi: Snowfield Peak 2 x 2 a/c + Bluetooth® 4.1 (vPro™)/Snowfield Peak 2 x 2 a/c + Bluetooth® 4.1 (Non-vPro™)/Douglas Peak (WiGig / WiFi / Bluetooth® 4.1 Combo) (coming soon)

Mobile Broadband: Integrated Mobile Broadband/Sierra Wireless EM7455 Qualcomm (coming soon)

Bluetooth®: Bluetooth® 4.1

Note: specs vary based on configuration.

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium Review

Our Verdict

A 4K smartphone might seem like something you want but you really don’t need it and it’s an expensive card to play in order to trump your mates. The device is also big, uncomfortable and brash. Hardware is the same as the regular Z5 so it really comes down to the screen, which doesn’t even display 4K much of the time. We strongly recommend steering clear of the Premium which is this year’s most unnecessary phone and sticking to the regular Z5 or one its alternatives.

One of the surprise announcements of IFA 2023, back in September, was Sony’s Xperia Z5 Premium which is the first 4K smartphone to make the light of day. After some proper time with the new phone, here’s our full and in-depth Sony Xperia Z5 Premium review.

Also see: Best Black Friday Phone Deals

Also announced at IFA 2023 by Sony was the Sony Xperia Z5 and the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact. Sony faces tough competition in the smartphone market and the unique selling point of the Premium is something which it helps will differentiate it from rivals such as Apple and Samsung.

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium review: Price and competition

As you might expect from the world’s first 4K phone, the price of the Xperia Z5 Premium lives up to its name. Sony’s official price for the handset is a whopping £629. This makes it one of the most expensive phones on the market along with the iPhone 6S Plus which costs up to £789 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ which can set you back up to £719 – the Z5 Premium doesn’t even include headphones either.

You’re better off buying the Xperia Z5 Premium elsewhere as Clove is selling it for £600 with free accessories while Amazon has it for a fairly reasonable £576.

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium review: Design and build

This is the most recognisable of the Z5 range with since it’s the largest of the three and, oh yeah, it’s shiny mirrored finish. The device will be available in Chrome, Gold and Black options and we took a look at the very bling Chrome option. Also see: Best MiFi 2023.

It might make the device look fancy and you can check your makeup or do your hair my looking in the back, but you’ll be forever polishing it to get rid of fingerprint marks and smudges which appear the first time you pick it up.

Things go from gleaming to grubby in a matter of seconds so we prefer the frosted glass of the other Z5 phones.

If you can bear owning a phone this shiny then the Z5 Premium has the same design features as its smaller counterparts. This means its waterproof with only a flap to cover the slot which houses the SIM-card and Micro-SD card slot.

It also means the Z5 has a new power button so the iconic round one is gone and has been replaced with a flat rectangle. Sounds a bit boring but it’s because it now has a fingerprint scanner built-in. We’ve tried it out and it’s fast, accurate and is placed on the phone better than any other we’ve seen exactly where your thumb naturally lies.

At 7.8mm, the Premium is a little thicker than the regular Xperia Z5 but it’s not that which we’re worried about. The phone weighs 180g which is pretty colossal and more than other phones with the same screen size – even the brick-like OnePlus 2 is lighter at 175g so this is a serious drawback of the Z5 Premium.

We can understand why Sony has kept the same rectangular shape for the Premium to match the other Z5 phones, but at this size it makes for a rather uncomfortable and unwieldy experience.

A smaller problem is that the volume rocker is situated below the power button which makes it pretty awkward to use. That’s the same as previous Xperia handsets but it’s lower down this time around.

As usual, one of the key selling points is that the Z5 Premium is dust- and waterproof to an IP68 rating which is great to see. There is only one flap, too, making life a lot easier.

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium review: All about the 4K screen and content

Let’s jump straight into the most exciting section of the Xperia Z5 Premium’s spec sheet which is that 4K screen. Sony has skipped Quad HD entirely and is the first manufacturer to bring us a resolution on a phone which most people don’t even have on their TV or computer monitor yet.

That’s right, the Xperia Z5 Premium offers a 2160×3840 resolution on a 5.5in, meaning a jaw dropping pixel density of 806ppi. That beats the Galaxy S6 by a long way which has touts 577ppi.

Sure this phone has some serious top trump credentials in this department and people at the pub might not even believe that it’s Ultra HD but the numbers on the spec sheet make up a very small part of the full picture here.

In comparison with the regular Xperia Z5, the premium model doesn’t have as much brightness available and colours are slightly less punchy – the latter is more a personal thing and I actually prefer it a bit more laid back.

There’s a good reason for this and you can probably guess what it is. Driving all those pixels 100 percent of time would result in a serious dip in both performance and battery life. The other reason is that Android 5.1 Lollipop doesn’t support 4K resolution.

The latest, 6.0 Marshmallow, does and an update is coming but even then it’s designed for up to 640ppi which Google describes as ‘extra-extra-extra-high density’ which is a fair way off the Premium’s 806ppi. When the update does arrive, we doubt Sony will simply remove the downscaling.

So when exactly do you get 4K on the only 4K phone around? Well not often; you need to open Sony’s own Album, and Video apps which will display content in the full resolution. This means you’re most likely to see 4K when viewing photos and videos you’ve captured with the phone. Third party services such as Netflix and YouTube have 4K content but this isn’t what you’ll get on the phone.

Our conclusion on the 4K screen of the Xperia Z5 Premium is that thing can look great on it with excellent amounts of detail. However, it’s extremely limited and really not that different compared to Quad HD phones.

At the moment, 4K on a phone is simply a mismatch and we think the need to downscale proves this.

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium review: Other hardware and specs

So is there anything else other than the 4K screen to tempt you to buy the Premium model over the other Z5 phones on the hardware side?

Well not really, the Xperia Z5 Premium also has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB internal storage and a Micro-SD card slot for adding up to 200GB more which is the same line-up as the regular Z5 – the Compact is only different with 2GB of RAM.

As you can see below the phone benchmarked almost identical numbers to the regular Z5 due to the downscaling of the resolution. We’ve found the phone to be smooth and responsive in use.

The battery is larger, since there’s more space for it, but battery life is similar to the Z5. The 3430mAh capacity provided five hours and 49 minutes with a score of 3491 in our Geekbench 3 test. Not a bad result but still two or three hours behind the leaders.

As you would expect from a phone which costs over £600, you get a lot of the latest tech on-board. The Z5 Premium features dual-band 11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1 with aptX, NFC, GPS and support for 4G LTE networks.

Sony has opted against a Type-C reversible USB port for now but that’s not the end of the world at the moment. The Micro-USB port is at least waterproof without a flap but we’d like to see wireless charging included for such a high-end phone.

Like the other Z5 phones, a big addition is the fingerprint scanner. But we don’t mean in size as it’s somehow squeezed into the power button on the size. The scanner is quick and accurate and has the best placement on the device we’ve experienced. It’s even easy to use with the Z5 Premium on a flat surface without picking it up.

It’s also got the same camera which is a new 23Mp sensor with some improvements too such as faster auto focus (just 0.03 seconds according to Sony), x5 digital zoom without a loss of quality and the best low light performance.

We love that Sony has kept the physical two-stage camera button which makes photography that bit easier and feels more professional. The focus is amazingly fast and is easily one of the quickest we’ve seen helping you shoot more freely.

Be default the camera shoots at 8Mp, not the full 23Mp, so that the extra pixels can be used for oversampling. We’re not convinced by the Clear Image Zoom feature and while low light performance is good, the lack of optical stabilisation is a big omission here and something we’d expect Sony to offer.

The camera is very good but just not as good as Sony makes out. At the front is a 5Mp camera which is about as good as you might expect – good but nothing out of the ordinary.

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium review: Software

There are new Nexus phones running Android 6.0 Marshmallow now but the Z5 Premium comes pre-loaded with version 5.1 Lollipop. As mentioned earlier, an upgrade will come but we can only review it like it is now.

Sony hasn’t really done much on the software side so it’s really about the design and hardware here. Previous users, and even those coming from a different Android manufacturer will feel at home.

As with previous Xperia phones the user interface is fairly vanilla so Sony has decided to use the stock Android Lollipop notification bar and recent apps menu. But it does add all the Sony style like normal including wallpapers, widgets, floating apps and own-brand apps like Walkman and PlayStation.

All the Sony Xperia Z5 phones come with Xperia Lounge Gold access but they come pre-loaded with some third party apps like OfficeSuite, AVG, Dropbox and Facebook. These do take up space and we’d rather choose what to install but Sony does allow you to uninstall them so it’s not so bad.

Specs Sony Xperia Z5 Premium: Specs

Android 5.1 Lollipop

5.5in 4K IPS (2160×3840, 806ppi)

2.2GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 CPU

Adreno 430 GPU


32GB internal storage

microSD slot (up to 200GB)

23Mp rear camera AF with LED Flash

5Mp front camera

Video recording at up to 2160p

Wi-Fi up tp chúng tôi LTE Cat 6


3430mAh battery

Dust and waterproof (IP68)



Best Portable Audio Recording? Zoom H1 Review

Before actually owning the zoom h1, I did do my own research on the product. Everyone’s conclusion was that it felt like a cheap toy. However, I feel as though, while it is all plastic, it still feels sturdy.  I have dropped this mic before and it has yet to crack. (I hope it doesn’t of course!)  And upside to it being all plastic is that it is very light. The build itself is a very small mic intended for on the go usage. It might just be me, but there is something satisfying when you can buy an a product for use, and not have to worry about it getting scuffed up. Coming in an all plastic and cheap form actually makes me want to bring it around more. I toss it into my bag and go. And I think that’s a very important factor when considering this type of product to buy. Just don’t expect a tank when your buying this product. Keep in mind the satisfying buying price of it and you won’t have any complaints.

To be blunt the sound is fantastic.  With an onboard mic that you get with your typical DSLR, you’ll notice the sound levels are not equal. Every now and then I would record a conversation with two people, and while they are at the same exact distance from the camera, every now and then one voice would be extremely high while the other would be low.– Not with the zoom h1. If I aim the mic correctly, the audio is not only equal, but it is also accurate.Another problem that I had before using the Zoom h1 was the fact that my onboard mic picked up a certain humming noise in the background. The h1, as im sure many if not all external mics, fix this problem.  The Zoom h1 mic also removed the audio echo that I received with many other cameras. (Especially webcams)

I do not have a wind filter, as it does not come with one, but I have noticed, to no surprised, that in semi-windy condition, without a wind filter, it does pick up a lot of wind noise.  A LOT. Not a negative thing, that’s typical, but don’t be put off by it and buy a wind filter. (If you intend to work in windy conditions)

The Zoom H1 does cannot be directly connected into your camera. You must manually sync you audio. It could be a major pain, and it is something you definitely want to consider. I believe in the new Final Cut Pro X there is a way to automatically sync the audio, but even then, I would of course rather just have the audio recorded right into our DSLR. If this is a problem, you might want to consider the Zoom H1′s big brother: the Zoom H4n.

The zoom consumes only one AA battery, but I still wish it had a charging feature.  It also does have  tripod screw in so if you have an extra tripod you can mount it equally to your camera.

For a budget mic, I think it is a great product.  I do envy the Zoom H4n, but considering the price this product it is going for, I can’t complain much. It’s a mic, that I use to supplement everything, my DSLR, my webcam, and sometimes even my phone. The only downside I would have to say is, again, you have to manually sync the audio in post production. So do I recommend this mic? Yes, yes I do!

The Zoom H1, your portable audio recorder now the perfect supplement to any DSLR or video recording device. Small and affordable, but what does all of that sacrifice?

Sony Xperia I Iv Review Revisited: The Good And Bad Six Months Later

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When it comes to spending top dollar, there’s premium and then there’s Sony Xperia 1 IV premium. Priced at a sky-high $1,600, Sony’s 2023 flagship was always a tough sell. It certainly didn’t help that the hardware package, while mostly solid, contained a few issues too.

Six months after its US release and now in the midst of 2023’s flagship season, can the handset still hold its own against the best smartphones? Well, for starters, a discount (if we can call it that) down to $1,199 makes the latest Xperia much more palatable, but what else? Let’s take a closer look in this Sony Xperia 1 IV review revisit.

Outstanding design

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The look may not have changed much over the years, but Sony knows how to build great-looking and feeling smartphones. The Xperia 1 IV remains a stunner, with a metal chassis and matte finish encased in Gorilla Glass Victus on the front and back.

But you can find similar quality elsewhere, too; what really sets the Xperia apart are its design features. It’s one of the few remaining flagship phones sporting a 3.5mm headphone jack, complete with front-facing stereo speakers. There’s also a microSD card slot, another industry rarity, for up to 1TB of expandable storage if you own a mammoth media collection. The side-mounted fingerprint scanner is also wonderfully responsive and there’s a dedicated camera shutter button too to round things off.

As lanky as the phone is, the 21:9 aspect ratio has grown on me compared to wider handsets. It’s a little tall to use Sony’s stacked multitasking windows effectively, but reaching across the handset with a single hand is no problem at all. It fits slightly nicer in the pocket too. Sony continues to earn a thumbs up for aesthetic and ergonomic design.

Multimedia features galore

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If you’re tempted by the thought of a flagship phone with a headphone jack, chances are you’ll also be thrilled with the range of additional multimedia features packed into the Xperia 1 IV. Sony has increasingly shifted focus toward content creators, expanding from imaging to videography and now music recording features. This takes the form of its dedicated Photo Pro, Video Pro, and new Music Pro apps.

The first two offer deep manual modes that go well beyond what you’ll find from virtually any other smartphone, whether that’s fine control over photo exposure or setting a dedicated lens for your video shoot. Music Pro is far less fleshed out; it’s little more than a multi-track recorder rather than a serious DAW. Sony’s “studio tuning” auto-enhancement subscription feature doesn’t seem worth the money or even that useful as a serious tool.

It’s a flagship, obviously

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Outside the multimedia menagerie, the Xperia 1 IV is obviously a high-end piece of hardware. It’s fully equipped with 5G networking, but only on sub-6GHz bands outside of the US. Wi-Fi 6E is also onboard for blazing-fast data potential, providing you have a compatible home router.

There’s an IP65/68 rating, 4K OLED display, a massive 5,000mAh battery, an innovative variable focal length telephoto camera, 4K HDR video recording on all lenses, wireless charging, and Snapdragon Sound with aptX Adaptive or Sony’s LDAC for Bluetooth audio.

That original $1,600 asking price was obviously very steep, but Sony does pack in a lot of expensive tech and features.

The not so good

The Xperia blueprint hasn’t changed much over the years, and some wrinkles are starting to show.

Similarly, Sony’s version of Android 13, updated from Android 12, isn’t quite the refined package either. It looks a lot like Google’s version of Android, embued with many a Sony toggle and extra setting. It’s functional and has certainly improved since the launch version. For instance, Material You is now in place to match the color scheme to your wallpaper. But the Google and Sony app combo results in a mishmash of themes. Furthermore, we could do without the pre-installed bloat, which includes Amazon Shopping, Prime Video, Facebook, Netflix, TIDAL, LinkedIn, chúng tôi and YouTube Music.


Lack of long-term value

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Sony has slashed the price of the Xperia 1 IV from an unfathomable $1,600 to a more competitive $1,199. That’s what you’d pay for a new Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, which, based on the hardware on offer, feels a bit closer to the right ballpark, provided you don’t care about the aforementioned aging or missing hardware features, such as sluggish charging and no UWB.

However, Samsung’s flagship is supported with up to four years of Android versions and five years of patches. Sony, by comparison, provides just two years of OS updates and three years of security updates. That’s closer to what we’d expect from a solid mid-range phone than something claiming to be top-of-the-line. With Android 13 now applied, there’s just one more OS update to come if you buy today, which highlights just how little longevity is on offer here.

Apple, Google, and Samsung are all miles ahead. New models from Chinese brands OnePlus and OPPO now also outclass Sony for update commitments, and often at lower price points too. Simply put, there are much better long-term investments to make the most out of your $1,200.

It’s frustrating because I really rate the feature parity across all three lenses, which includes eye-tracking autofocus, 20fps burst modes, and 4K HDR video recording. Paired with an innovative variable 85-125mm focal length zoom and powerful manual controls, there are features here you won’t find anywhere else. I just wish Sony would do more to fix the camera’s HDR inconsistencies and hit-and-miss color pallet. You shouldn’t have to boot up Lightroom to make mobile snaps look passable.

You shouldn’t have to boot up Lightroom to make the Xperia 1 IV’s snaps look passable. But when you do, they can look sublime.

Because of that, whenever we’ve put the Xperia 1 IV head-to-head with the best camera phones, the handset has fallen behind the pack. In part, because we’re looking at results straight off the camera’s “basic” mode, no editing allowed. Case in point, you voted the Xperia 1 IV dead last, behind the Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max, Google Pixel 7 Pro, and Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, at the end of 2023. It’s hard to disagree with that assessment, based on the images below.

Having spent a lot of time with Sony’s handsets over the past few years, the cameras aren’t consistent enough for daily use. Only the most persistent editors will find them enjoyable, but the best smartphones should excel at point-and-shoot too.

Six months later: Do you think the Sony Xperia 1 IV is still a good buy?

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Sony seems to be OK with that, as are Xperia fans. But that’s all a bit of a shame because the Xperia 1 IV has a lot of really great ideas that more consumers should be in a position to enjoy. I don’t want the Xperia 1 series to lose its unique identity and excellent features, but it needs to find a way to cut through a little closer to the center ground. Unfortunately, a sky-high price tag and pursuit of the niche at the expense of familiarity are running the latest Xperia down a completely different track.

Sony Xperia 1 IV

Sony Xperia 1 IV

4K display • Unique content creator apps • Stellar video capture

MSRP: £1,299.00

A Sony flagship aimed at content creators

The Sony Xperia 1 IV matches a large 4K 120Hz display with a camera that can shoot the same. A high-end phone with high-end specs, and it even has a headphone jack!

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Display Date And Time In Videos Using Opencv Python

OpenCV is an Open Source Computer Vision Library in python. It provides numerous functions to perform various Image and video processing operations. The library uses the python Numpy module to represent all the video or image arrays as a ndarray type. It needs the numpy library, we need to make sure that the numpy module is also installed in our python interpreter.

Displaying date and time in videos using OpenCV

In live streaming/video processing applications sometimes we need to display the date and time on videos. To achieve this, we can use the python datetime module.

The python datetime module is used to work with dates and times, it has various classes and functions to manipulate or represent dates and times in various formats. In this article, we will learn how to display date and time in videos using OpenCV Python.

OpenCV provides a method called cv2.putText(). It is used to write a text string in an image or video frames and this will be the main function for this task.

Syntax cv.putText(img, text, org, fontFace, fontScale, color[, thickness[, lineType[, bottomLeftOrigin]]])


img: Input image/frame.

Text: A text string which has to be drawn.

org: A tuple of two coordinate values i.e. (X coordinate value, Y coordinate value).

fontFace: it specifies the font type. The supported font types are:










fontScale: The font scale factor that is multiplied by the font-specific base size. It is used to increase/decrease the size of the text.

color: It is used to specify the color of the text. It takes the value in BGR format.

thickness (Optional): It specify the thickness of the lines used to draw the text. The default value is 1.

lineType (Optional): It specifies the type of line we want to use. The available 4 Line Types are −



LINE_8 (Default)


LeftOrigin (Optional): The default value is False. Put the text the top-left corner of the image.


Open the camera or read the input video file using cv2.VideoCapture() function.

Grab each frame using the function.

Write the current DateTime on each frame using cv2.putText() function.

And finally, display each frame using cv2.imshow()

For closing, release the webcam and destroy all windows using video_obj.release() and cv2.destroyAllWindows() functions respectively.

Using a video file

By specifying the video file location to the cv2.VideoCapture() function it will read the video file data.


In this example, we will display the current date and time on video.

import numpy import cv2 import datetime # open the video video = cv2.VideoCapture('Videos/Flowers video.mp4') while(video.isOpened()): ret, frame = if ret: # describe the font type font = cv2.FONT_HERSHEY_SIMPLEX # Get current date and time date_time = str( # write the date time in the video frame frame = cv2.putText(frame, date_time,(10, 100),font, 1,(210, 155, 155), 4, cv2.LINE_4) # show the video cv2.imshow('frame', frame) key = cv2.waitKey(10) if key == ord('q'): break else: break video.release() cv2.destroyAllWindows() Output

We have successfully displayed the current date time on a video output.

Using live video footage

We will display the current date time on a captured the live footage.


In this example, we will display date and time in a live videos using OpenCV Python.

import cv2 import datetime cap = cv2.VideoCapture(0) while True: ret, frame = # describe the font type font = cv2.FONT_ITALIC # write current Date & Time on each frame date_time = str( # write the date time in the video frame cv2.putText(frame,date_time,(10,100), font, 1,(0,0,255),2,cv2.LINE_AA) # show the video cv2.imshow('frame',frame) # wait for keypress k = cv2.waitKey(10) if k == ord('q'): break cap.release() cv2.waitKey(0) cv2.destroyAllWindows() Output

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