The Alpha 1 is Sony’s new flagship camera with monstrous specs and a $6,500 price

A new 50.1-megapixel sensor, 10-bit 8K video, Eye AF that works on birds, and more
The Alpha 1 is Sony’s new flagship camera with monstrous specs and a $6,500 price
The Alpha 1 is Sony’s new flagship camera with monstrous specs and a $6,500 price

Sony has suddenly announced its most superior mirrorless camera but: the $6,500 Alpha 1 includes a new 50.1-megapixel full-frame sensor, is able to continuous picture shooting at 30 pictures per second, and can record 8K video at 30fps. It’ll ship starting in March.

The powerhouse camera is priced significantly above the highest-end mirrorless cameras from Canon and Nikon, however Sony guarantees that prospects who purchase in can be rewarded with “essentially the most technologically superior, innovative camera” it’s ever made.

It feels like a dream for sports and motion photographers: even with its giant sensor, Sony says the buffer permits you to shoot “as much as 155 full-frame compressed RAW pictures or 165 full-frame JPEG pictures at as much as 30 frames per second with the digital shutter while maintaining full AF and AE tracking performance.”

That autofocus and autoexposure system could make as much as 120 calculations per second. And also you’ll be peering via a high-resolution OLED digital viewfinder with a refresh price of 240Hz — one thing Sony claims is a world first. The Alpha 1 presents five-axis, in-body picture stabilization and a regular ISO vary of 100–32,000 (expandable to 50–102,400 for stills).

Sony’s autofocus system is still maybe the best in the game, and the corporate says the Alpha 1 hastens Eye AF even additional when specializing in people and pets. And with this camera, Eye AF may also work on birds. Should you can justify a $6,500 camera on your nature forays, Sony says that “optimized algorithms make sure that tracking is maintained even when a sitting bird suddenly takes flight, or the framing suddenly changes.”

Flash sync speeds have been pushed as much as 1/400 sec. (with mechanical shutter), and the silent digital shutter helps sync speeds of as much as 1/200 sec. Rolling shutter has been decreased attributable to high-speed sensor readout, and Sony says you may unleash that full 30fps continuous shooting without any blackout. Flicker underneath LED lighting situations can be mitigated, because the Alpha 1 can match the shutter speed to flicker frequency.

As for video, the Alpha 1 can shoot 8K30 and 4K120 — each in 10-bit — and recording 4K at as much as 60fps permits for full-sensor readout without any pixel binning. Including an exterior recorder to the combo permits you to seize 16-bit RAW video.

The Alpha 1 represents Sony’s absolute best, and the value clearly displays that. You’re a price a number of thousand {dollars} above the Canon R5. However considering the fame that Sony has earned with its full-frame mirrorless cameras previous and current, there can be lots of pro photographers itching to get this $6,500 beast of their palms come March.