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


If video is more your thing, you can record 8K videos at 30 fps or 4K videos up to 120 fps. The latter works with a full sensor readout, no pixel binning and 5.8K oversampling. You can also shoot 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 intraframe encoding . If that’s not enough, you can send 16-bit RAW video to an external recorder.

Sony also offers “unmatched autofocus”, with real-time photo and video, eye tracking, including for animals and birds. Sony said the tracking algorithms are working faster than ever and with 30% better accuracy than the A9 II. The A1 also offers 5-axis body stabilization, including an active mode it calls “very effective for handheld shooting.”

All of these features are contained in a full-sized alpha body, but Sony promises that you’ll be able to record 8K / 30p or 4K / 60p videos continuously for up to 30 minutes. Just like the A7S III, it also includes dual SD UHS II and CFexpress card slots, so you can save your work on the fly while choosing between cheaper SD UHS II or faster CFexpress formats. Other features include mic and headphone ports, USB 3.2 10 Gbps, an optional multi-interface shoe with digital audio and, yes, a gigabit Ethernet port.

However, you will be paying for all this power. Pre-orders start tomorrow at $ 6,498 for the body alone, $ 3,000 more than the Canon EOS R5. However, the A1 is now Sony’s flagship for professional photographers and videographers, who don’t mind the price for a second.

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