The Sony Alpha 1 is available now at Georges Cameras. If you have been waiting for the highest-quality, fastest Sony camera then now is the time to order. Stock will go quickly. When picking up the Sony Alpha a1 for the first time, you will get to experience 50.1MP images and 8K video that’s full of colour. The camera is equipped with the latest focusing technology, heat dispersion, and connectivity, making it a dream for Australia’s professional photographers and cinematographers.
Sony Alpha 1 Specifications:
- 50.1MP Exmor RS CMOS sensor and BIONZ XR engine
- 30 fps blackout-free shooting
- 8K 30p video recording
- 4K 120p video recording
- S-Cinetone colour matrix
- Flicker-free electronic and mechanical shutters (world first)
- Flash sync with electronic shutter (world first)
- 9.44 million-dot OLED viewfinder with a 240 fps refresh rate (world first)
- Improved real-time eye AF for animals, now including birds
- Full touch menu control
- Dual CFexpress Type A and USH-II SDXC cards
What’s New with the Sony a1 50.1MP Sensor?
With an impressive new 50.1MP Exmor RS full-frame sensor, the Sony a1 can capture images with up to 15-stops of dynamic range. With this camera in hand, landscape photographers can now put the Sony a7R IV aside. The back-illuminated design with integrated memory, high image clarity is a given at any ISO sensitivity – even at ISO 102400.
In addition to landscape photographers, sports and wildlife photogs will undoubtedly be in line for this flagship camera—the reason: the new stacked Exmor RS BSI CMOS sensor produces a high frame-rate at lightning speeds. Capable of 30 frames per second, the Sony a1 goes beyond previous alpha models to deliver a tandem effort of focus accuracy and fast frame rate. Having said this, the sensor doesn’t stop at photography. Sony’s development has put hours into making this the ultimate cinematography tool capable of capturing buttery smooth full-frame 8.6K video.
Sony’s Delivering Super Fast Processing thanks to the BIONZ XR Processor
While the BIONZ XR Processor sounds like something out of a Terminator movie, the benefits outweigh the title. Sony has managed to include processing speeds that are eight times faster than previous models. Plus there’s been a huge reduction in rolling shutter for video and a better file management system at faster speeds.
The New Shutter Proves a Perfect Match Videographers and Sports and Wildlife Photographers
Sony is leading the way in sensor design, which has led to breakthroughs in shutter and camera technology. Some of these include:
- High-speed shooting up to 30 frames per second at full 50.1MP resolution.
- Full autofocus and auto-exposure capabilities when working with an electronic shutter.
- A mechanical shutter that’s capable of speeds as high as ten frames per second.
- Sports and wildlife photographers can keep shooting thanks to a large buffer. The buffer can record up to 155 compressed RAW files or 165 JPEGs in one single burst at 30 frames per second.
- A state-of-the-art blackout-free viewfinder that’s perfect for high-speed shooting.
- Completely silent shooting experience when using the electronic viewfinder.
- Anti-flicker shooting when photographing under fluorescent, LED or similar lights even at 30 fps or 120 fps.
- The a1 shutter is now capable of an electronic shutter flash sync at 1/200 second. The mechanical shutter can sync at 1/400 second (full-frame) or 1/500 second (APS-C).
Sony Alpha One Delivers The Best 8K 30p and 4K 120p Video Recording in 10-Bit Resolution
Sony is renowned for its exceptional video quality in all of their alpha cameras, especially the a7S III. Be sure to check out our full review of the a7S III here. However, the new Sony a1 takes video to a new level. Making most of the high-res sensor, the a1 camera produces a video quality recording at UHD 8K 30p XAVC HS ensuring cinematographers get the best quality.
Sony can produce a sharp image at this quality, thanks to the oversampling that happens internally at 8.6K. This up-scale recording ensures when the video is saved at 8K, the footage is crisp and sharp. 4K (120p) also benefits greatly from this in-built oversampling technology.
4:2:2 sampling is all the rage at the moment, and the a1 has it in spades. With 10-bit internal recording possible at this sampling rate, cinematographers can record directly to either CFexpress Type A or SD-type memory cards. Plus, if you plan on outputting to an HDMI recorder, the Sony a1 flaunts a full-size HDMI A port. With such an output 16-bit raw is also possible for even greater tonal reproduction and post-production flexibility.
Codecs available to cinematographers include XAVC HS, which uses HEVC/H.265 encoding to retain more detail at smaller bitrates and XAVC S-I, an intraframe codec for consistent performance and quality at bitrates up to 600 Mb/s.
Slow And Steady Wins The Race – 4K 120p Video Recording
While we mentioned the incredible speeds of still shooting, the Sony a1 is just as capable of producing slow-motion for video. With various options to select, cinematographers can experiment at either 4x or 5x slow-motion at either 30p or 24p. In addition to this if you are after something slower, downgrade the quality to HD where you can get up to a 240p frame rate.
Unlike most of its competitors in this space, Sony delivers a ‘no time limit’ recording time. This ensures cinematographers never miss a moment. So if you are shooting longer than 30 minutes ensure you select either 4K 60p or 8K 30p and a 10-bit 4:2:0 output.
If you are thinking of teaming this camera up in a multi-Sony shoot, let’s say with either the FX9 or FX6 then the S-Cinetone will provide matching natural mid-tones, soft colours, and especially well-controlled highlights. Overall, the Sony Alpha One is the ultimate mirrorless cinematographers tool. You’ll get all the S-Log2 Gamma Curve, S-Log2, S-Log3, HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma) support that you’re used to. So all you have to worry about is what lens you’ll pair with this beast of a camera.
The New Sony a1 Won’t Miss a Beat Thanks To a Fast Hybrid AF System
Sony is the industry gold standard for autofocus performance, and the a1 is no exception. Never miss a single shot with the new and improved Fast Hybrid AF. It covers 92% of the image via 759 phase-detection points and 425 contrast-detection areas for lighting fast focusing in all lighting conditions. What’s more, this system is available in both photography and video modes.
Gain absolute advantage from the Sony a1’s Real-time Tracking with AI-based tracking of moving objects instantly with or without your input. Plus, the a1 uses Real-Time Eye AF for tracking people and four-legged friends for the sports and wildlife pros. Plus, the dedicated Real-time Eye AF Bird Mode is ideal for bird spotters as it allows for individual bird tracking.
To further optimise the AF performance, the Sony a1 features AF transition speed and five-step AF subject shift sensitivity control. With this feature, you can take full control of the focusing system to suit your needs.
Stop The Rock with In-Built 5-Axis SteadyShot INSIDE Image Stabilisation.
The technology behind Sony’s SteadyShot INSIDE Image Stabilisation goes from strength to strength. The all-new Sony a1 boasts the latest advancements with enhanced 5.5-stop, 5-axis SteadyShot INSIDE image stabilisation. This system effectively compensates for five different camera shake types experienced with handheld shooting in both still and video production.
The Sony a1 will automatically identify longer focal length lenses and adjust for pitch and yaw. Also, it will utilise its horizontal and vertical shift compensation for macro and high magnification work. The best bit is that the 5-axis system will also perform just as well when shooting with lens adapters and third-party lenses. If you shoot high-grade video, the Sony a1 features Active IS mode to optimise image stability and deliver hyper-smooth footage every time.
Pixel Shift Multi Shooting
As if the 50.1MP image sensor output was not enough, the Sony a1 supports pixel shift multi shooting modes. The system pairs with the sensor-shift image stabilisation to shift the sensor while capturing 16 consecutive images. Pixel shift multi shooting captures 199MP worth of image data for vast detail levels that can be merged in post-production for stunning visual outcomes.
Robust State-Of-The-Art Body Design For the Sony Alpha 1
True to the Sony Alpha series’s heritage, the a1 retains a unique blend of classic form and modern function. The Sony a1 is constructed from a magnesium alloy to provide strength, durability and a lightweight body. Also, the lens mount and grip have been developed to support heavier lenses and greater durability. To meet the growing demands of professional photographers, the Sony a1 features extensive and enhanced weather sealing to resist dust and moisture.
One of the staggering features of the Sony a1 is the new 9.44m-dot resolution QXGA OLED Tru-Finder EVF. With a 0.9x magnification and the dedicated 240 fps High Quality+ setting you are guaranteed to have a true-to-live view. Also, the camera boasts a 3.0″ 1.44m-dot tilting touch screen for working with creative angles.
The Sony a1 features dual memory card slots that take either CFexpress Type A or SD-type memory cards to support data-hungry visual projects. Both slots support UHS-II memory cards for faster transfer speeds. In addition to the amazing connectivity options, the a1 houses a USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C port, a micro-USB port, PC sync terminal and a pair of 3.5mm ports for headphones and mics. The multi-interface hot shoe is also configured to support a broad range of flash and microphone kits to deliver exceptional audio to match the 8K video output.
Sony Brings New Connectivity To Mirrorless Cameras
The Sony a1 is the most future-proof mirrorless camera with multiple connectivity support options for professionals. The built-in Wi-Fi allows for instant sharing of images via 2.4 and 5.0 GHz, which supports 2×2 MIMO – directly to a mobile device. Besides, the a1 enables wireless tethering for speedy communication. The Bluetooth connectivity enables accurate and synced data location for effective geotagging.
As seen with other Sony cameras, the a1 supports one-touch connectivity between the camera and a mobile device via NFC (Near Field Communication). A surprise inclusion in this latest release is the Ethernet port for up to 1000BASE-T speeds via wired LAN operations. When using this system, the Remote Camera Tool 2.1 app enables reduced lag and live-view delays and SD card formatting and FTP server switching.
If working within a studio environment, the Imaging Edge Remote desktop application allows PC remote shooting via wired tethering or Wi-Fi connection.
The Sony a1 is the new gold standard for flagship mirrorless camera bodies. Without a doubt, this impressive camera and its mile-long list of capabilities will be the hot topic of the new year. For working professionals in both photography and videography, Sony has just delivered an ideal solution. Enthusiasts and pros that are happy to extend their tool-set, the Sony a1 is a dream visual creative machine. Sony has just thrown down a challenge to the premium mirrorless camera competition. It is a challenge that many will find hard to match. Be sure to check out our video review here. Ensure you grab your Sony Alpha 1 today from our friendly team at Georges Cameras.