Data points: Sony Xperia 5 iv imaging versus iPhone ProRAW
Actually reviewing the Sony Xperia 5 iv is tricky, since it's so relatively similar to the 5 ii and 5 iii in previous years. But that's not a criticism per se, since I absolutely love the form factor and 'bells and whistles' specification. And you do get Qi charging this year, which I appreciated very much.
I attempted a few YouTube Shorts covering the device:
But it proved all but impossible to look at imaging in YouTube Short format, hence this blog post.
I've taken a handful of likely subjects and test scenes and shot them with the Xperia 5 iv and my 'gold standard' Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max with ProRAW toggled on. This comparison is made even more valid by the match of camera specs, right up to the same 2.5x telephoto on each.
(The latter - ProRAW - avoids typical iPhone sharpening and edge enhancement. Notably, shooting RAW on the Xperia 5 iv is also possible, but it's straight from the sensor and you then lose a lot of the worthwhile corrections and enhancements, while on the iPhone, the ProRAW is after the necessary multi-frame enhancements have been done.)