Sony has introduced its flagship Alpha collection mirrorless digicam, the Alpha 1. The A1 combines the most effective of Sony’s different mirrorless cameras — the A7R, the A7S, and the A9 — and takes all of it to the subsequent degree to create the most effective hybrid picture and video digicam that the corporate presently has to supply.
The A1 has a brand new 50.1MP full-frame stacked Exmor RS CMOS sensor with an upgraded BIONZ XR picture processor. The new sensor provides 15+ stops of dynamic vary for movies and stills by means of its ISO 100-32,000 vary (expandable to 50-102,400 for stills). You also can create 199MP pictures utilizing the upgraded Pixel Shift Multi Shooting mode and Sony’s Imagine Edge desktop software program.
The new picture processor permits a few of capturing expertise on a digital digicam. The A1 can shoot full decision RAW pictures at 30 frames per second with a buffer giant sufficient to suit 155 compressed RAW or 165 JPEG. It can do 120 AF/AE calculations per second with an AE response latency as little as 0.033 seconds.
Sony has additionally up to date the digital viewfinder to maintain up with the digicam. The 9.44 million dot, 0.64-inch Quad-XGA OLED has a refresh charge of 240Hz, the primary for any digicam on the earth. It provides a 0.90x viewfinder magnification, a 41° diagonal FOV, and a 25mm-high eyepoint. The most important show is 3.0-inch 1.44 million dot LCD with a touchscreen and tilting design. The A1 options the identical new UI from the A7S III.
The new autofocus system has 759 section detection factors and real-time eye AF for people, animals (picture and video), and for the primary time on an Alpha digicam, birds (picture solely). The monitoring algorithm may even keep focus if the hen instantly takes flight.
The A1 options an improved digital shutter with 1.5x much less rolling shutter than the A9 II. It’s additionally the primary digicam to supply anti-flicker steady capturing in any lighting situation. And for the primary time on an Alpha digicam, it could possibly sync as much as 1/200 of a second with a flash. Meanwhile, the mechanical shutter can do it at 1/400 of a second due to a brand new light-weight carbon fiber shutter curtain and twin pushed shutter system.
For video, the A1 can do 8K 30p 10-bit at 4:2:0 in XAVC HS Long-GOP. It makes use of the total width of the 50.1MP sensor and captures 8.6K, which is then downsampled into 8K. For 4K, the A1 provides 4K at 60p and 120p at 10-bit 4:2:2 in Long-GOP and All-Intra. The 4K is not downsampled from 8K however the digicam does carry out a 5.8K downsample when utilizing the Super 35 mode.
Heating has turn into a difficulty on these cameras as they preserve getting smaller and doing increased resolutions. Sony says the A1 can do 8K video for half-hour, due to its new heat-dissipating construction inherited from the A7S III.
The A1 additionally inherits a few of the coloration science from the costlier cinema cameras, such because the FX6, FX9, and the VENICE. It helps the brand new S-Cinetone coloration profile, the primary for any Alpha digicam. It also can do S-Gamut3 and S-Gamut3.Cine coloration, which ought to make it simple to paint match it with the aforementioned cinema cameras from Sony. The full-sized HDMI provides 16-bit RAW output to an exterior recorder.
The A1 has built-in picture stabilization, promising 5.5-step shutter velocity benefit. The digicam additionally saves gyro information, which will be imported in Sony’s Catalyst Browse software program to stabilize the footage.
The A1 additionally has some critical connectivity, together with a Gigabit Ethernet, dual-channel 2×2 MIMO 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and USB-C. You additionally get twin card slots, with every slot able to taking the UHS-I and UHS-II SDXC/SDHC playing cards or the brand new CFexpress Type A playing cards. Lastly, there may also be an non-obligatory battery grip (VG-C4EM) that may double the battery capability.
The Sony Alpha 1 is priced at $6500 and might be out there in March 2021. The A1 is geared toward wildlife, sports activities, panorama, wedding ceremony, and product photographers or photojournalists who need the most effective, and have already invested within the Sony ecosystem. It must also double up as a really competent video digicam, because it mainly inherits the whole lot from the critically-acclaimed A7S III and takes it even additional with 8K assist. It competes with the Canon EOS R5, though the R5 does have points with overheating. If you desire a digicam that seemingly does all of it, the A1 ought to be excessive up in your checklist.