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.
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.”
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.