Sony 50Mpx 30 FPS, 8K Beast of a Camera – The Sony α1 (Alpha 1)

Sony Alpha 1

Sony announced their flagship mirrorless camera of the Alpha series… the α1 on the 26th of January.

This monster of a camera seems to break free of all the limitations set forth in the Alpha 7 line of cameras, and the list of headline features makes you feel like it can ‘do it all’. The specs read like a mashup of the A7R line and the A9ii. So what you get are 50Mpx images at high frame rates and video resolutions of up to 8K/30p.

Sony's Flagship Mirrorless Camera, the Sony Alpha 1
Sony’s Flagship Mirrorless Camera Alpha 1 – 50 megapixels at 30 frames/sec and 8K/30p video

Sony α1 Headlining Features

  • 50 Megapixel Stacked CMOS sensor that can shoot up to 30 frames a second
  • No blackout photography.
  • AutoFocus and AutoExposure evaluation 120 times a second.
  • 8K Video at 30/25 FPS
  • 4K Video at 120/100 FPS
  • Enhanced connectivity via 1000Base-T Ethernet, Dual-Band Wi-Fi, and 5G via mmWave mobile phone.

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View of the back of the Sony A1 8K video and stills camera.
Sony Alpha 1 Rear screen, button and dial layout.
View of the top of the Sony Alpha 1 camera.
Sony Alpha 1 Top Button and Dial Layout
Layout of the ports of the Sony A1 Camera. Note the T* viewfinder.
Sony Alpha 1 left port layout. Ethernet, Flash Sync, USB, USB type C, HDMI, Headphones and Mic Ports.

Additional Features of Interest

  • Electronic Shutter Flash Sync up to 1/200 sec for the first time in the Alpha series.
  • Up to 155 full-frame compressed RAW images saved in the buffer.
  • Mechanical Shutter Flash Sync up to 1/400 sec.
  • 5-axis in-body stabilization up to 5.5steps.
  • 759 phase-detection points which cover 92% of the image area.
  • Real-time Eye AF for humans, animals and birds while photographing, but only for humans in video mode.
  • AI-based tracking of subjects.
  • When using Catalyst Browse or Catalyst Prepare, the built-in gyro data from file metadata can be used to create accurate stabilised video footage.
  • Optimised heat-dissipation structure which enables 8K/30p video for up to 30 minutes.
The flip-out screen of the Sony A1 Mirrorless Camera.
Sony Alpha 1’s Flip-up screen has a lower resolution than the eyepiece.

Some Caveats to Watch Out For

  • The 30 FPS speed is based on AF tracking ability, and when using the electronic shutter. Real-world numbers are likely to be slightly lower.
  • Mechanical Shutter at 10 FPS.
  • There’s no animal eye-tracking for video.
  • 8K video is oversampled from 8.6K.

Pricing and Availablity

As the flagship Alpha camera, it is priced at around US$ 6,500 and is available for pre-order on most camera retailers’ websites. The company says that cameras will begin shipping on 4th March 2021.

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Official Product Page | Specifications

Press Release: Official Press Release

Video Reviews of The Sony A1

An In-Depth Take On The Sony A1’s Video Features by Gerald Undone
A Look At The Image Quality Of Photographs on the Sony A1 by The Art of Photography
Sony A1 Video Quality Tested by Drew Geraci

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Published: January 28, 2021 | Last Updated: August 8, 2021

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