Sony announced the groundbreaking Alpha 1 camera, which promises lots of new features, lightning-fast performance, improved image quality, 8K video and more, a pro-oriented workflow

The Sony A1 comes with a brand new 50-megapixel stacked image sensor that is paired with the Bionz XR image processor introduced in the Sony A7S III.This combination and other technological advances make Alpha 1 the most advanced camera Sony claims to date also that it was the most innovative and hard to argue, let’s take a deep dive and learn more about the amazing technology of the brand new Alpha 1

The Sony A1 has the familiar Sony design, but there are some interesting body aspects to discuss. Sony is building on its advances in other Alpha cameras, including many references to the recent Sony A7S III The A1 uses the same new one Menu system like the A7S III and adds menu options to match new features The main menu and function menus are touch sensitive, which is a big improvement over the A9 II

The A1 also contains the same electronic viewfinder of type 64 as in the A7S III, but with double the refresh rate. The 9Der 44M-point EVF has a refresh rate of 240 frames per second Thanks to the blackout-free recording, the A1 promises a very fluid camera for recording.You can also choose between 60 fps and 120 fps frame rates for the EVF The EVF has 09x magnification and a 41 degree field of view The EVF of the A1 is the highest, fastest and fastest EVF in its class

In terms of durability, the A1 is made of a lightweight and rigid magnesium alloy chassis, the lens mount has six screws which Sony says improves strength and rigidity, the body is resistant to dust and moisture at all body seams and the battery cover The Dual -Media slots that support UHS-II SD cards and new Type A CFexpress cards have a double sliding cover The A1 also has a lens lock button and mounting pad

The shutter has also improved The A1 has a new mechanical shutter unit that allows recording speeds of up to 10 frames per second The carbon shutter has an advanced motor, brake and damper Sony promises that the shutter will work for more than 500000 cycles is suitable ‘

If you look at the front of the camera, you’ll see an IR white balance sensor that promises improved white balance accuracy, especially under fluorescent, LED, or other artificial light sources.We know the lens mount is reinforced, but the shutter closes when too the camera is switched off, which protects the sensor from dust and lens changes. The A1 also has a standard dust protection system

There is a 3-inch touchscreen on the back of the camera The display tilts up 107 degrees and downwards up to 41 degrees The display cannot be tilted / swiveled, which is useful for videographers who do not necessarily have one Wanting to use an external monitor can prove disappointing The display has 1, unlike the EVF, this is not an area where Sony has advanced its existing technology

On the right side of the display are the standard Sony rotating selection dial, an Fn button, an autofocus sub-selection joystick, a dedicated AF-ON button and an AEL button, and a dedicated movie record button to the left of the viewfinder the keys C3 and Menu The layout is certainly familiar

To the left of the viewfinder on the upper deck of the camera is a stacked adjustment wheel for the drive focus mode.This stacked adjustment wheel allows you to set the drive mode and focus mode while recording is in progress.The right side of the EVF is for recording mode , Rear Command, and Exposure Compensation The shutter release has an on / off switch around it, and the C1 and C2 buttons are also located on the top of the camera

The Sony A1 is full of ports The A1 has a SuperSpeed ​​USB 32 Type-C port with transfer speeds of 10 Gbps and powered by USB There is a full size HDMI port, microphone / headphone jacks, a USB micro port, a flash sync port, and a 1000BASE-T Ethernet port for wired LAN transmission In addition to the physical connections, the A1 has the industry’s fastest built-in WiFi that supports 2×2 MIMO that is Wi-Fi 80211a / b / g / n / ac and supports 24 GHz and 5 GHz bands. The wireless data throughput with the A1 is approx 35 times faster than with the A9 II, which should inspire many professionals in fast-moving areas

The heart of the Sony A1 is its new imaging pipeline The most significant change compared to previous Alpha cameras is the brand new 501 megapixel Exmor RS image sensor The image sensor uses a stacked design, similar to the 24MP Exmor RS Sensors in the A9 models The stacked design includes individual pixel and circuit layers as well as a new A / D conversion for faster processing The back-lit image sensor and its integrated memory promise faster readout The readout speed is up to 15x faster than the readout speed of the A9 II The improved reading speed as well as the new architecture of the Bionz XR image processing engine are directly responsible for many of the expanded functions of the A1.After the BIONZ X, the new BIONZ XR processing engine technically consists of two separate components (although Sony has not expanded how many cores are affected or whether it is a full-fledged one Dual processor arrangement), and the BIONZ XR is said to have 8x more processing power than the previous BIONZ X engine

For example, the fast sensor readout speed minimizes the still image distortion when using the electronic shutter, which is required to achieve recording speeds greater than 10 frames per second.The improved processing power also means the electronic shutter has approximately 1.5x less distortion than the electronic shutter in the A9 II The performance of the A1 also leads to the new flicker-free electronic and mechanical shutter function. The A1 is the first camera that offers flicker-free recordings with both its electronic and mechanical shutters

The A1’s electronic shutter has a high-frequency flicker function that uses a variable shutter This is important when shooting with LED lighting When this function is activated, the shutter speed is variable in 0X steps For example, the A1 Shoot with a 1/2006s shutter speed instead of a standard 1 / 200s shutter speed to greatly reduce problems from high-speed flickering light sources, including eliminating banding with LED light sources

In terms of shutter speed specifications, the new carbon fiber mechanical shutter has an exposure range of 30 s to 1/8000 s, also with a lamp mode of course.The electronic shutter has the same lower end but can take pictures at speeds up to 1 / 32000 record With serial exposures, both shutters have a minimum shutter speed of 1 / 2s

The new shutter also affects the flash sync when using the mechanical shutter and the full frame area, the flash sync is 1 / 400s, a new record high for the market with the APS-C crop, you can get 1/500 flash sync This is a big deal for studio photographers and any photographer who uses flash for their work.When using the electronic shutter, the A1 first introduces another one that is used for flash photography.When using the electronic shutter, the flash sync in full screen mode is 1 / 200s and when using the APS-C image area 1 / 250s

To get back to the new sensor and see how it affects image quality, Sony promises better color accuracy and overall image quality than previous models.Sony also promises up to 15 stops of dynamic range when capturing still images with the A1 The Image Sensor has a native ISO range of 100-32000, which is based on ISO 50-102400 Sony states that the high ISO performance is improved by seamless on-chip lenses and an AR-coated sealing glass.It will be interesting to see how the sensor compares itself to the A9 II and the to the A7R IV

The A1 also includes Sony’s Pixel Shift Multi Shooting mode. In this mode, four images can be stacked to form a final composite image of approx Get 50 Megapixels with Improved Color and Visible Resolution Or you can stack 16 images for a 199 Megapixel composite image.While Pixel Shift Multi Shooting isn’t new to Sony cameras, the readout speed of the new sensor now allows flash light to be used in that mode (with flash synchronization of up to 1 / 200s), which the A7R IV does not offer

In terms of additional image quality features, the A1 has 10 Creative Look presets that can be used to optimize the appearance of still images and videos. The A1 includes a new Light JPEG image format and a new lossless compressed RAW image format based on performance affects, as we’ll see in the next section, the lossless compressed RAW file is about 50-80% smaller than the uncompressed RAW format, and Sony claims that the image quality is the same and the camera supports 10-bit HEIF too -Formats

The Sony A1 uses the same autofocus system that was recently introduced in the Sony A7S III The Alpha 1 has a hybrid autofocus system with 759 autofocus points for phase detection and 425 autofocus points for contrast detection, the autofocus points covering approximately 92% of the total image area AF system has a higher coverage density than the A9 series AF system The A1’s AF system can be used in light up to -4 EV and at 1:22 The AF / AE system is used up to 120 times per Second updated

In terms of AF functions, the camera has real-time Eye AF, which Sony says has been improved by over 30% compared to the previous system. When taking still images and videos, Eye AF and subject tracking can be enabled can be used in real time Real-time eye AF for animals and the newly added real-time eye AF for birds can only be used when taking still images The AI-assisted subject recognition has been further improved with new algorithms The subject tracking algorithm of the A1 analyzes color, Pattern, brightness and object distance data to process information in real time

Especially for sports photographers, the A1 offers the option of temporarily deactivating the tracking functions during the recording.For example, there is still a subject in the picture but you want to pursue another subject, you can deactivate the tracking to reset the subject and start the chase again

The Alpha 1 can take 50 megapixel images at up to 30 frames per second, but with limitations, you must, and must, use the electronic shutter for speeds greater than 10 fps (the mechanical shutter is a maximum of 10 fps) Shoot JPEG or compressed RAW files to reach this maximum speed of 30 fps When shooting at 30 frames per second, you can shoot 165 JPEG images or 155 compressed RAW images according to Sony specifications. You can set the speed to 20 and 15 fps slow down and the buffer to 400 or 1000 JPEG images with 20 fps you can save in the new RAW file types Lossless Compressed and Uncompressed for 96 and Take 82 consecutive pictures

The A1 is also equipped with 5-axis image stabilization in the body. This promises up to 55 shake compensation stops

For the first time in an alpha camera, the A1 includes 8K recording.You can record 8K oversampled video at up to 30 frames per second 8K video is in 10-bit 4: 2: 0 XAVC-HS format recorded via HDMI

The A1 offers 4K recordings in the camera at up to 120 fps The high speed allows up to 5x slow motion – the A1 has the slow motion and high-speed recording modes of Sony 4K video supports 10-bit 4: 2: 2 -Recording, Long GOP interframe compression and All-I-Intraframe compression 4K videos can be recorded with MPEG-H HEVC / H265 Codec The 16-bit RAW output is also available to an external recorder via HDMI (requires a high-speed HDMI cable) You can also record HDR HLG videos with the BT2020 color space with the A1 The maximum bit rate is 600 Mbit / s

For 4K recordings, the A1 uses the full sensor display without pixel binning and 58K oversampling In Super 35 mode approx 23x The required QFHD 4K data is captured with full screen readout and then rendered in Super 35. The improved sensor display also leads to about 28x improved roller shutter effect

The Alpha 1 and its Bionz XR engine enable real-time eye AF (human) and real-time tracking for video recording, even when recording 8K / 30p and 4K / 120p video when an 11x crop is acceptable You can also record video with image stabilization in active mode This allows for stable hand-held recording when recording 4K / FHD videos at 60 fps or slower In terms of usability, the A-Touch functionality of the A7S III is present in the A1 when recording videos

To ensure extended recording, the A1 uses a redesigned heat dissipation structure.You can record 8K / 30p video or 4K / 60p video continuously for up to 30 minutes.Sony has not stated whether there is a hard limit on the 30 minute recording time, only that they guarantee continuous recording of up to 30 minutes.Similar to the A7S III, depending on the card capacity and / or environmental factors, it may be possible to record longer periods of time.The heat-dissipating structure uses a graphite heat sink built into the IS unit and should be 5 times more effective than the system contained in the A7R IV when the recording time is extended

The A1 uses Sony’s new digital audio interface. The Multi Interface (MI) shoe is compatible with the Shotgun Microphone (ECM-B1M) and the XLR Adapter Kit (XLR-K3M) You can record up to 48 kHz / 24 bit audio over 4 channels

In addition, the A1 contains the S-Cinetone color profile.This profile, which was recently seen in the A7S III, was first used in the Sony FX9 and FX6 cinema cameras. S-Cinetone promises a cinematic appearance with natural mid-tones, good skin tones , soft colors and gorgeous highlights’

To get the maximum dynamic range, which Sony says is greater than 15 stops when recording video, you need to use the 10-bit S-Log 3 (S-Log 2 is also supported) This mode requires a minimum ISO of 800 (expandable to ISO 200 to reduce noise)

Overall, the A1 promises many of the impressive video functions of the A7S III and at the same time exceeds the limits of the A7R IV and A9 II

You can get the Sony A1 from tomorrow, the 27th January, order at 10 a.m. European Summer Time Sony expects deliveries to begin at the end of February or beginning of March The Sony A1 is the most expensive Alpha camera to date with a suggested retail price of only 6500 USD (8500 CAD)

It’s an Exciting Day for Sony Fans The Sony Alpha 1 is the company’s new flagship and is designed to offer something for everyone.While Sony expects the feature set to appeal to advanced avid photographers, it is clearly aimed at this feature-rich, high-performance camera the professional market from

Sony is pursuing an all-in-one camera body, and the A1 seems to be as close to the company as possible B. 8K video and 30 fps recordings, but the A1 crosses a lot of boundaries We are happy to get the camera to the touch asap and let you know how it works in real tests

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