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The popular tech giant Sony has announced its most advanced mirrorless camera to date: the Alpha 1 features a brand-new 50.1-megapixel full-frame sensor that is competent in continuous photo shooting at 30 images per second and can record 8K video at 30fps. The Sony Alpha 1 is expected to hit the stores in March.

The powerhouse mirrorless camera is priced significantly above the highest-end mirrorless cameras from other great camera manufacturers like Canon and Nikon but it is the most technologically advanced innovative camera ever made.

Sony Alpha 1

Sony Alpha 1 is just like a dream come true for sports and action photographers: even with its huge sensor, Sony announces the buffer allows you to shoot “up to 155 full-frame compressed RAW images or 165 full-frame JPEG images at up to 30 frames per second with the electronic shutter while maintaining full AF and AE tracking performance.”

Sony Alpha 1

That autofocus and autoexposure system can make up to 120 calculations per second. And you’ll be seeing through a high-resolution OLED electronic viewfinder with a refresh rate of 240Hz — something Sony declares is a world first. The Alpha 1 offers five-axis, in-body image stabilization and a standard ISO range of 100–32,000 (expandable to 50–102,400 for stills).

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Sony’s autofocus system is still possibly the best in the competition, and the group states the Alpha 1 speeds up Eye AF even further when focusing on humans and pets. And with this camera, Eye AF will also work on birds.

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Flash sync speeds have been pushed up to 1/400 sec. (with mechanical shutter), and the silent electronic shutter supports sync speeds of up to 1/200 sec. The rolling shutter has been lessened due to high-speed sensor readout, and Sony claims you can unleash that full 30fps continuous shooting without any blackout.

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As for the video, the Alpha 1 can shoot 8K30 and 4K120 — both in 10-bit — and 4K recording at up to 60fps allows for full-sensor readout without any pixel binning. Adding an external recorder to the mix enables you to capture 16-bit RAW video.

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At the same time, the A1 has a standard ISO 100-32,000 ISO sensitivity range, expandable to ISO 50-102,400, so it should work fine in low-light. The rolling shutter has been an issue on former Alpha cameras, especially for video. However, Sony has assured that a new anti-distortion shutter reduces that effect by up to 2.8 times.

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All of these features are fitted in a normal-sized, 737 grams (1.63 pounds) Alpha body, but Sony guarantees that you’ll be able to record 8K/30p or 4K/60p video continuously for up to 30 minutes without overheating.

Sony has acquired much fame with its full-frame mirrorless cameras past and present and no doubt, it is the best in the market. There will be many pro photographers and enthusiasts craving to get this $6,500 beast in their hands that is expected to come in March.

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