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Sony unveils 50-megapixel A1 with 30 fps shooting and 8K video capability

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Sony just dropped a bomb on the camera world with the A1 launch, its new flagship full-frame mirrorless camera with revolutionary features. Thanks to a new 50-megapixel Exmor RS stacked CMOS sensor and state-of-the-art Bionz XR processor, it offers shooting speeds of 30 fps, 8K 30P / 4K 120P video and much more. With all of this, it can easily take the Canon R5, although it comes at a significantly higher price tag.

The key feature of the A1 could be its incredible speeds. It can shoot 50.1-megapixel images at up to 30 fps, with autofocus and autoexposure enabled, using the electronic shutter (that’s 1,500MB / s of data, Sony noted. ). At these speeds, you can capture up to 155 compressed RAW files before the buffer fills up. Speeds drop to 10 fps with the mechanical shutter, but that’s still excellent considering the super high-resolution sensor.

Plus, you’ll get a dark-free view of those images with the “first” 240Hz OLED electronic viewfinder (EVF) with 9.44 million-dot resolution and 0.90X field of view. It’s similar to the EVF found on the A7S III, but the A1’s EVF has double the refresh rate and a wider field of view.

Gallery: Sony’s A1 is a $ 6,500 50MP camera that records 30 fps bursts and 8K videos | 8 photos

At the same time, the A1 has a standard ISO range of ISO100 to 32,000, expandable to ISO 50 to 102,400, so it should perform well in low light. This is possible thanks to the ‘backlit [sensor] structure with integrated flawless lenses and AR coated sealing glass, ”according to the latest sensor lingo from Sony. It also has improved color reproduction and up to 15 stops of dynamic range. If the 50-megapixel resolution is not enough, you can use Sony’s Pixel Shift Multi Shooting feature to combine up to 16 shots into a single 199-megapixel image.

If you prefer video, you can record 8K 10-bit 4: 2: 0 at 30 fps video internally (to SD or CFexpress cards), using the full width of the sensor. This 8K video needs to be crisp because it is super-sampled from an 8.6K frame size. 4K recording at up to 60 fps also uses the full width of the sensor or adds a small 1.1x crop if you enable active image stabilization. If you want to shoot in 4K at 120 fps with full sensor reading, it will be cropped to Super 35mm with 5.8K upsampling. Autofocus works in all video modes.

The S1 can record with 10-bit 4: 2: 2 color detail and S-Log or hybrid log-gamma (HLG) modes, using Sony’s latest HEVC / H.265 code with intra-frame encoding. If that is not enough, it will output 16 bit RAW video to an external recorder. The A1 also features Sony’s S-Cinetone color matrix found on its Venice, FX6 and other Cinema Line cameras. One downside for video shooters and vloggers is that the rear screen only flips up and not like on the A7S III.

The rolling shutter has been an issue on previous Alpha cameras, especially for video. However, Sony has promised that a new anti-distortion shutter reduces this effect by up to 2.8 times. Sony has also introduced an anti-flicker mode to reduce flicker caused by artificial light when shooting using the electronic shutter.

Sony promises “unmatched autofocus” on the A1 with real-time eye tracking for photos and videos, covering humans, animals and birds. The tracking algorithms are working faster than ever and with 30% better accuracy than the A9 II, according to Sony. The A1 also offers 5-axis body stabilization with 5.5 jerk reduction stops. This includes an active video mode which, according to Sony, is “very effective for handheld shooting.”

All of these features are contained in a full-size 737 gram (1.63 lb) Alpha body, but Sony promises you will be able to record 8K / 30p or 4K / 60p video continuously for 30 minutes without overheating. It’s clearly a shot above Canon’s arc, as the EOS R5’s continuous shooting times are more limited by overheating.

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Like the A7S III, the A1 includes dual SD UHS II and CFexpress card slots, so you can save your work on the fly and choose between cheaper SD UHS II or faster CFexpress formats. Other features include a full HDMI port, mic and headphone ports, a 10Gbps USB 3.2 port, an optional multi-interface shoe with digital audio and, yes, a gigabit Ethernet port. When it comes to battery life, you’ll get up to 530 photos on one charge.

It also offers the fastest 802.11ac Wi-Fi speeds in the industry, according to Sony. Professional photographers or video shooters will be able to use this feature in conjunction with the new Xperia Pro smartphone at $ 2,500 (above), which will double as an HDR monitor and 5G transmitter.

You will pay for all that power. Pre-orders start tomorrow at $ 6,498 for the body alone, which is $ 3,000 more than the Canon EOS R5. However, the A1 is now Sony’s flagship product for professional photographers and videographers, who won’t mind the price for a second. Shipping is expected to begin around February 25, with availability to consumers in March.

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