Sony today announced The most advanced mirrorless camera yet: The $ 6,500 Alpha 1 features a 50.1-megapixel full-frame sensor, is capable of capturing continuous images at 30 frames per second, and can record 8K video at 30 frames per second. Shipping will start in March.
The powerful camera is priced significantly higher than the high-end mirrorless cameras from Canon and Nikon, but Sony promises that customers who buy into will receive the “most technologically advanced and innovative camera” it has ever built.
It’s like a dream for sports and action photographers: Even with a large sensor, Sony says the buffer lets you capture “up to 155 compressed full-frame RAW images or 165 full-frame JPEGs at up to 30 fps using an electronic shutter while preserving” On the performance of full AF and AE tracking.
The autofocus and auto exposure system can perform up to 120 calculations per second. And you’ll look through a high-resolution OLED electronic viewfinder with a 240Hz refresh rate – something Sony claims is a first in the world. The Alpha 1 provides 5-axis in-body image stabilization and a standard ISO range of 100-32000 (expandable to 50-102400 for stills).
Sony’s autofocus system is still perhaps the best in the game, and the company says the Alpha 1 speeds up Eye AF even further when focusing on humans and pets. With this camera, Eye AF will also work on birds. If you can justify a $ 6,500 camera for your natural flights, Sony says “improved algorithms ensure tracking is maintained even if a seated bird suddenly flies off, or the frame changes suddenly.”
Flash sync speeds pushed up to 1/400 sec. (With mechanical shutter), silent electronic shutter supports sync speeds of up to 1/200 second. The rolling shutter has been reduced due to the high-speed sensor reading, and Sony says you can shoot this fully continuous shooting at 30fps without any blackout. Flicker is also reduced under LED lighting conditions, as the Alpha 1 can match shutter speed to flicker frequency.
For video, the Alpha 1 can shoot 8K30 and 4K120 – both in 10-bit – and 4K recording at up to 60 fps allows for full sensor readout without any pixel binning. Adding an external recorder to the mix allows you to capture 16-bit RAW video.
The Alpha 1 represents the best of Sony, and the price clearly reflects that. You’re looking at a price several thousand dollars higher than the Canon R5. But given the reputation Sony has gained with its unparalleled full-frame cameras of the past and present, there will be plenty of professional photographers who are eager to have this $ 6,500 beast in their hands in March.