Sony has announced the new flagship mirrorless camera called Alpha 1. This Alpha Series camera borrows all the good from other mirrorless models like the A7R, the A7S, and the A9 and has upped the game to beat all the others in the game. This combination helped them create a hybrid photo and video camera and is the best one from the company yet.
Everything about Sony Alpha 1
It features a new 50.1MP full-frame stacked Exmor RS CMOS sensor with an improved BIONZ XR image processor. This new sensor helps achieve 15+ stops of dynamic range for videos and stills over its ISO 100-32,000 range. The new and revised Pixel Shift Multi Shooting mode combined with Sony’s Imagine Edge desktop software helps produce 199MP images.
The camera can click RAW images at 30fps and still fit 155 compressed RAW or 165 JPEG, thanks to its ability to perform 120 AF/AE calculations per second with an AE response latency as low as 0.033 seconds. The new electronic viewfinder features a world’s first 9.44 million dots, a 0.64-inch Quad-XGA OLED with a refresh rate of 240Hz. It also provides a 0.90x viewfinder magnification, a 41° diagonal FOV, and a 25mm-high eyepoint. The main display is a 3.0-inch 1.44 M dot LCD, including a touchscreen and tilting design. The UI remains identical to the Sony A7S III.
Coming to the videography, it can record 8K videos with 30p 10-bit at 4:2:0 in XAVC HS Long-GOP description, thanks to the new 50.1MP sensor working at its full resolutiion touching 8.6K which is reduced to match the standard resolutiin. When it comes to 4K, it can capture 60p or 120p at 10-bit 4:2:2 in Long-GOP and All-Intra. The rise in body tempertarure during shoots s kept under check thanks to the cooling system adopted from A7S III.
The colour science from FX6, FX9, and the VENICE are embraced in the A1 as well. For the first time, the Alpha Series supports the new S-Cinetone color profile and features S-Gamut3 and S-Gamut3.Cine color as well. You can also use an external recorder by hooking it to a full-sized HDMI that offers 16-bit RAW output. The image stabilisation is taken care by a built-in system coming with 5.5-step shutter speed and the gyro data saved by the camea can be later used stabilitise the video via Sony’s Catalyst Browse software.
Regarding the connectivity options, it gets Gigabit Ethernet, dual-channel 2×2 MIMO 802.11ac Wi-Fi, USB-C and dual card slots capable of accepring UHS-I and UHS-II SDXC/SDHC cards or the new CFexpress Type A cards. Finally, if you want to prolong the battery life, you can take advantage of an optional battery grip (VG-C4EM).
The Sony Alpha 1 is a sensible choice for profrssional photographers and is been into the Sony camera ecosystem. It is priced at $6500 and willl be available for purchase starting from March.