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Sony a1 Mirrorless Camera

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Sony a1 Mirrorless Camera
Key Features
  • 50MP Full-Frame Exmor RS BSI CMOS Sensor
  • Up to 30 fps Shooting, ISO 50-102400
  • 8K 30p and 4K 120p Video in 10-Bit
  • 4.3K 16-Bit Raw Video Output, S-Cinetone
A flagship in the truest sense, the Sony a1 is the one camera designed to do it all. Built without compromise, this full-frame mirrorless offers high-resolution for stills shooting, impressive 8K video recording, speed and sensitivity, and connectivity for the most demanding professional workflows.
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Sony A1 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2
  • 3Exmor RS Stacked Sensor and BIONZ XR Processor
  • 48K 30p and 4K 120p Video
  • 5Fast Hybrid AF System
  • 6Body Design and Connectivity
By B&H Photo's

Alpha Flagship

A flagship in the truest sense, the Sony a1 is the one camera designed to do it all. Built without compromise, this full-frame mirrorless offers high-resolution for stills shooting, impressive 8K video recording, speed and sensitivity, and connectivity for the most demanding professional workflows.

Exmor RS Stacked Sensor and BIONZ XR Processor

50.1MP Full-Frame BSI CMOS Sensor and BIONZ XR

Newly developed 50.1MP Exmor RS full-frame sensor features a stacked back-illuminated design with integrated memory that maintains high image clarity, expandable sensitivity up to ISO 102400, and a 15-stop dynamic range while also enabling fast 30 fps shooting and and phase-detection AF. The sensor also enables recording lossless compressed raw files for flexible editing during post-production while maintaining a relatively lightweight file size. Additionally, the 50.1MP resolution not only benefits stills shooters as it also offers full-frame 8.6K oversampling for 8K video recording.

A revised BIONZ XR engine greatly benefits image processing capabilities throughout the camera system, including up to 8x faster processing, greatly reduced rolling shutter, and more fluent interface and file management handling speeds.

Up to 30 fps Shooting and Updated Shutter

  • Efficient sensor design and processing enables high-speed shooting up to 30 fps at full 50.1MP resolution, with full AF and AE capabilities, when working with an electronic shutter. When working with the mechanical shutter, speeds are still kept high at 10 fps. Also, a large buffer memory permits recording up to 155 compressed raw frames, or 165 JPEGs, in one single burst at 30 fps.
  • Suiting fast-paced continuous shooting is a blackout-free viewfinder experience, which makes use of a 240 fps refresh rate for fluent eye-level viewing.
  • Updated electronic shutter offers silent, vibration-free performance and also supports anti-flicker shooting for working under fluorescent, LED, or other flicker-prone types of artificial light, even while shooting at 30 fps with 120 fps AF speeds.
  • Due to quickened readout speeds, electronic shutter flash sync is possible up to 1/200 sec. Even faster flash sync speeds are available when using the updated mechanical shutter, too, which can sync at 1/400 sec in full-frame or 1/500 secwith an APS-C crop.

8K 30p and 4K 120p Video

8K 30p and 4K 120p Support

  • Making use of the high-resolution sensor and fast processing capabilities, UHD 8K 30p XAVC HS 10-bit 4:2:2 video recording is possible using the full width of the sensor, offering 8.6K oversampling for impressive sharpness and realism. For easy handling of this high-res recording mode, low bit-rate proxy files with HD resolution can be simultaneously recorded faster for playback. Also, 8K video at 400 Mb/s can be written to a V90-rated UHS-II SD card, or 200 Mb/s to a V60 card, and 8K can be output over HDMI in 8-bit 4:2:0 format.
  • Recording up to UHD 4K is possible with frame rates up to 120p; when recording up to 60p the a1 offers full pixel readout and at 120p it uses a 10% crop. Oversampled 4K recording is also possible, via a 5.8K capture area, with a Super 35 crop. Internal 10-bit 4:2:2 sampling is also possible in all recording modes and, if recording externally via the full-size HDMI A port, 16-bit raw output is also possible from a 4.3K capture for even greater tonal reproduction and post-production flexibility.

Recording Flexibility

  • The a1 employs a pair of codecs to suit different workflows: XAVC HS, which uses HEVC/H.265 encoding to retain more detail at smaller bitrates and XAVC S-I, which is an intraframe codec for consistent performance and quality at bitrates up to 600 Mb/s.
  • High-speed, 120 fps recording also enables 4x and 5x slow-motion movie recording with the frame rate playback set to either 30p or 24p or, if moving down to Full HD resolution, an effective 240p frame rate is also available for even greater motion control.
  • No recording time limit allows for unlimited clip lengths and the camera's physical design features an improved heat-dissipating structure to promote longer possible recording times; longer than 30 minutes for 8K 30p or 4K 60p videos, or recordings done at 10-bit 4:2:0.

Advanced Color Control

  • S-Cinetone can be used to deliver distinct colors and healthy-looking skin tone rendering that matches the FX9 and FX6 cameras and is based on technology from the professional Cinema Line cameras, such as the VENICE. This color profile offers natural mid-tones, soft colors, and especially well-controlled highlights.
  • Affording extensive customizable color and gamma controls, the you can adjust the gamma, black level, knee, color level, and more. Also, users can use the same S-Log2 Gamma Curve that is found on high end Sony Cinema cameras that squeezes up to 1300% more dynamic range into the video signal then traditional REC709, for increased post-production flexibility.
  • HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma) support is also available, along with the BT.2020 color space, for recording within a wide color gamut and, in addition to S-Log2, S-Log3 is also available for producing a 15+-stop dynamic range with increased grading control in the shadow to mid-tone regions of the image.

Fast Hybrid AF System

  • Covering 92% of the image area, a Fast Hybrid AF system incorporates 759 phase-detection points along with 425 contrast-detection areas for quick and precise focusing in a variety of lighting conditions with sensitivity down to -6 EV. This focusing system is available for use in all recording modes, to benefit both video and stills applications.
  • Fast sensor readout and improved processing also enables up to 120 AF and AE calculations to be performed per second for faster, more responsive tracking and accurate results.
  • Lock onto subjects quickly using Real-time Tracking for AI-based tracking on moving subjects or touch tracking for manual selection of the subject.
  • Real-time Eye AF, suitable for both humans and animals, also ensures critical sharpness when shooting portraits.
  • Dedicated Real-time Eye AF Bird Mode lets you select the bird to be tracked and the camera will automatically detect the bird's eye and track it, regardless if the bird is in flight or still. This mode even works once a sitting bird takes flight.
  • Helping to fine-tune how the focusing system performs, seven-step AF transition speed and five-step AF subject shift sensitivity controls let you refine how quickly focus shifts from point to point and how smoothly focusing shifts occur.

Body Design and Connectivity

Tru-Finder EVF and Tilting Touchscreen LCD

  • An impressive QXGA OLED Tru-Finder EVF features a high 9.44m-dot resolution and 0.9x magnification for exceptionally bright, clear, and detailed eye-level viewing.
  • The EVF has a dedicated 240 fps High Quality+ setting for smooth motion rendering and the finder's physical design has a long 25mm eye point, 41° field of view, and features a fluorine coating on the outermost viewfinder element to benefit cleaning.
  • A 3.0" 1.44m-dot tilting screen benefits working from high and low angles. This LCD is a touchscreen, too, for intuitive shooting control and menu navigation.
  • Updated menu structure is more intuitive and complements having different workflows and settings selections for movie recording and stills shooting. The menu system also works in conjunction with the touchscreen design of the rear LCD.

Versatile and Durable Design

  • Dual memory card slots both accept either CFexpress Type A or SD-type memory cards. The dual slot design allows for flexible file saving and handling and can be configured to partition file types or can be used for overflow recording. Additionally, both of the card slots are rated to support UHS-II memory cards for faster transfer speeds.
  • Accepts the high-capacity NP-FZ100 rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which provides approximately 430 shots/90 minutes of recording per charge when using the viewfinder or 530 shots/95 minutes of recording per charge when using the rear LCD.
  • Enhanced 5.5-stop effective 5-axis SteadyShot INSIDE image stabilization system compensates for five different types of camera shake encountered during handheld shooting of stills and video. Additionally, specifically for video, there is also an Active IS mode that adds even more precise stabilization methods for even smoother footage straight out of camera.
  • Magnesium alloy chassis assures rigidity, durability, and stability while remaining lightweight. The lens mount has also been improved to better support heavy lenses, and the grip rigidity has been improved for more comfortable hand-holding.
  • Extensive weather-sealing, including enhanced sealing around the battery cover, terminal cover, and chassis joints, has been employed to resist dust and moisture for reliable operation in harsh weather conditions.

Ports and Interface

  • Full-size HDMI A port offers a more reliable connection when working with external recorders.
  • A USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C port has been added, in addition to a micro-USB port, for faster, more reliable tethering support. The USB Type-C connection allows the camera to be charged or powered from the host power source while connected.
  • PC sync terminal for wired flash sync with strobe packs or wireless radio remotes.
  • Both 3.5mm headphone and external microphone ports facilitate greater control over audio recording.
  • Multi Interface Shoe supports working with the optional ECM-B1M Shotgun Microphone or XLR-K3M XLR Adapter Kit, which provide improved, clear audio recording sound by sending a digital audio signal to the camera, opposed to an analog signal.
  • Ethernet port supports 1000BASE-T wired LAN connection for transferring files over FTP.

Connectivity

  • Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC enables the a1 to instantly share imagery to mobile devices for direct sharing online, and support for both 2.4 and 5 GHz bands also enables wireless tethered shooting support. Also, the 5 GHz band supports 2x2 MIMO for fast communication speeds and dual antennas ensure a reliable connection.
  • Bluetooth connectivity allows for location data acquisition.
  • Ethernet port offers up to 1000BASE-T speeds for quick wired LAN sharing and remote operation.
  • When working over a wired LAN, the Remote Camera Tool 2.1 app now has been enhanced for a reduced release time lag and live view delays as well as support for remote SD card formatting, FTP server switching, and changes to the still image storage destination. Wired or wireless LAN transfers can also occur in the background, while continuing to shoot.
  • Imaging Edge Remote for desktop supports PC Remote shooting via the Wi-Fi connection or tethered by the wired USB Type-C port. An updated data transfer control also makes it possible to transfer files from an SD card over Wi-Fi using the Imaging Edge Mobile app even when the camera is powered off.
  • Transfer & Tagging add-on app can send FTP setting parameters from your mobile device to the camera, offers automatic data upload to an FTP server with attached metadata, and can perform automatic voice-to-text conversion.

Pixel Shift Multi Shooting

This unique compositing mode allows you to achieve even greater resolution than the 50.1MP sensor affords. Working in conjunction with the sensor-shift image stabilization, this mode shifts the sensor while making 16 consecutive exposures in order to acquire approximately 199MP of information for greater color accuracy and detail than possible with a single exposure. These files can then be merged together during post-production by using the Sony Imaging software suite.

Sony A1 Specs

Imaging
Lens MountSony E
Sensor ResolutionActual: 50.5 Megapixel
Effective: 50.1 Megapixel (8640 x 5760)
Sensor Type35.9 x 24 mm (Full-Frame) CMOS
Image StabilizationSensor-Shift, 5-Axis
Built-In ND FilterNone
Capture TypeStills & Video
Exposure Control
Shutter TypeElectronic Shutter, Mechanical Focal Plane Shutter
Shutter SpeedMechanical Shutter
1/8000 to 30 Seconds in Bulb Mode
Electronic Shutter
1/32000 to 30 Seconds
1/8000 to 1/4 Second in Movie Mode
Bulb/Time ModeBulb Mode
ISO SensitivityPhoto
100 to 32,000 (Extended: 50 to 102,400)
Video
100 to 32,000
Metering MethodCenter-Weighted Average, Highlight Weighted, Multiple, Spot
Exposure ModesAperture Priority, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
Exposure Compensation-5 to +5 EV (1/3 EV Steps)
Metering Range-3 to 20 EV
White Balance2500 to 9900K
Presets: Auto, Cloudy, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Shade, Underwater
Continuous ShootingElectronic Shutter
Up to 30 fps at 50.1 MP for up to 155 Frames (Raw) / 165 Frames (JPEG)
Up to 20 fps at 50.1 MP for up to 238 Frames (Raw) / 400 Frames (JPEG)
Up to 15 fps at 50.1 MP
Up to 5 fps at 50.1 MP
Mechanical Shutter
Up to 10 fps at 50.1 MP (Raw) / (JPEG)
Up to 8 fps at 50.1 MP
Up to 6 fps at 50.1 MP
Up to 3 fps at 50.1 MP
Interval RecordingYes
Self-Timer2/5/10-Second Delay
Still Image Capture
Image Sizes16:9
42 MP (8760 x 4864)
4:3
44.2 MP (7680 x 5760)
18.6 MP (4992 x 3744)
11 MP (3840 x 2880)
3:2
49.7 MP (8640 x 5760)
21 MP (5616 x 3744)
12.4 MP (4320 x 2880)
1:1
44.2 MP (5760 x 5760)
14 MP (3744 x 3744)
8.2 MP (2880 x 2880)
Aspect Ratio1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9
Image File FormatHEIF, JPEG, Raw
Bit Depth14-Bit
Internal Video Capture
Recording ModesH.265/XAVC HS 4:2:2 10-Bit
UHD 8K (7680 x 4320) at 23.98p/25p/29.97p [260 to 520 Mb/s]
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.98p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p/100p/119.88p [50 to 280 Mb/s]
H.265/XAVC HS 4:2:0 10-Bit
UHD 8K (7680 x 4320) at 23.98p/25p/29.97p [200 to 400 Mb/s]
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.98p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p/100p/119.88p [30 to 200 Mb/s]
H.264/XAVC S-I 4:2:2 10-Bit
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.98p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p [240 to 600 Mb/s]
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 23.98p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p [89 to 222 Mb/s]
H.264/XAVC S 4:2:2 10-Bit
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.98p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p/100p/119.88p [100 to 280 Mb/s]
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 23.98p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p/100p/119.88p/200p/239.76p [50 Mb/s]
H.264/XAVC S 4:2:0 8-Bit
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.98p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p/100p/119.88p [60 to 200 Mb/s]
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 23.98p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p/100p/119.88p/200p/239.76p [16 to 100 Mb/s]
Sensor Crop ModesSuper35 / APS-C
4K (3840 x 2160)
1080p (1920 x 1080)
Gamma CurveHDR-HLG, Sony S-Log 2, Sony S-Log 3
Recording LimitUnlimited
Broadcast OutputNTSC/PAL
Built-In Microphone TypeStereo
Audio Recording2-Channel 16-Bit 48 kHz LPCM Audio
2/4-Channel 24-Bit 48 kHz LPCM Audio
2-Channel AAC Audio
External Video Capture
Raw OutputHDMI In Raw Mode:
4332 x 2248 16-Bit at 59.94 fps 
External Recording Modes4:2:2 10-Bit via HDMI
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.98p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 23.98p/50p/59.94p
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 50i/59.94i
4:2:0 8-Bit via HDMI
UHD 8K (7680 x 4320) at 29.97p
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.98p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 23.98p/50p/59.94p
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 50i/59.94i
IP StreamingNone
Interface
Media/Memory Card SlotDual Slot: CFexpress Type A / SD (UHS-II)
Video I/O1 x HDMI Output
Audio I/O1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Headphone Output
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Microphone Input
Power I/O1 x USB Type-C Input
Other I/O1 x USB Type-C Data Output (Shared with Power Input)
1 x PC Sync Socket Output
1 x RJ45
1 x Sony Multi/USB Micro-B
Wireless2.4 / 5 GHz Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac), Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n), Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) Control
Bluetooth
Global Positioning (GPS, GLONASS, etc.)None
Monitor
Size3.0"
Resolution1,440,000 Dot
Display TypeTilting Touchscreen LCD
Viewfinder
TypeBuilt-In Electronic (OLED)
Size0.64"
Resolution9,437,184 Dot
Eye Point25 mm
Coverage100%
MagnificationApprox. 0.9x
Diopter Adjustment-4 to +3
Focus
Focus TypeAuto and Manual Focus
Focus ModeContinuous-Servo AF, Direct Manual Focus, Manual Focus, Single-Servo AF
Autofocus PointsPhase Detection: 759
Contrast Detection: 425
Autofocus Sensitivity-4 to +20 EV
Flash
Built-In FlashNo
Flash ModesAuto, Fill Flash, Hi-Speed Sync, Off, Rear Sync, Red-Eye Reduction, Slow Sync
Maximum Sync Speed1/400 Second
Flash Compensation-3 to +3 EV (1/3, 1/2 EV Steps)
Dedicated Flash SystemTTL
External Flash ConnectionHot Shoe
Environmental
Operating Temperature32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
General
Battery Type1 x NP-FZ100 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 7.2 VDC, 2280 mAh (Approx. 430 Shots)
Power Consumption≤6.8 W
Tripod Mounting Thread1 x 1/4"-20 Female (Bottom)
Accessory Mount1 x Intelligent Hot Shoe on Camera Body
Material of ConstructionMagnesium Alloy
Dimensions (W x H x D)5.07 x 3.81 x 2.74" / 128.9 x 96.9 x 69.7 mm
Weight1.6 lb / 737 g (With Battery, Recording Media)
Packaging Info
Package Weight3.22 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)11.8 x 6.3 x 5.4"

Sony A1 Reviews

Amazing!

By Timothy
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-15

Awesome Camera! All the features that you need! Best Camera Ever!

Baddest camera I have EVER owned

By Kevin
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-03

This thing is SICK! I was apprehensive about it due to its extreme price tag, but now that I have it in hand and am taking photos with it, it is a beast! My bird photos have improved tenfold. I am getting a solid 90-95% hit rate with the birdseye AF. This is an amazing piece of gear!

As close to medium format film I have come across

By Kurt
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-20

You have to expect a lot out of a camera that after tax is just about 7,000 usd. As the title suggests, the images out of this camera are the closest to medium format film I have found. Great highlight retention that look a bit more natural than Sony bodies of the past. Still not quite as soft as film nor the very gradual roll off, but pretty good. The menu system is better but still head scratching at times. The frame capture and af having their own dials on the top of the camera is a bit confusing and I still haven't figured out how to fully utilize the custom modes because of said dials. The body feels very well constructed and the shutter is unique in its sound. The A1 hits the sweet spot in the megapixel count. Manageable files for wedding workloads. A few complaints: - Like my A7R4, it can take a while after half-pressing the shutter for the camera to be ready to take a photo. I have missed countless moments at weddings because the camera is simply trying to turn on. Even my old 35mm Canon 1V was ready immediately at all times. - The grip that I was using on my RIV does not seem to fit as well. - The custom dial confusion with the opposite side dials on the top of the camera as stated above. Pros- - The evf is very good. Not as good as optical but good. You can actually manually focus vintage lenses that actually have some character. The bigger magnification also aides in composition. Simply because you are seeing a bigger picture.

It IS a Flagship Camera

By Andrew
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-13

I have had my A1 for a few months now and it continues to impress me. I am really glad I took the jump and bought it. Combined with the 100-400 and 200-600 you have wildlife photography covered. Not playing brand favorites...I also have a Nikon Z6II that I love and I am glad I have both. My favorite feature is the extraordinary focus peaking ability to make sure my macro photos are in focus.

Outstanding for Birds in Flight

By Harvey
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-09

I was convinced that my A7R4 was more than adequate, and no need to spend so much more money for the A1. But I finally succumbed to the temptation of the A1. The higher frame rate when shooting BIF (Birds in Flight) - 30 FPS compared to 10 FPS on the A7R4 filled the time gaps in capturing subtle but important and rapid changes in wing position. But even more remarkable were the rapid and dramatic changes in feather positions and configuration that I had only rarely been able to previously capture. The Bird setting for Eye-AutoFocus provided outstanding results when combined with the 200-600 mm telephoto. The Bird-EyeAF is best with lower angle light to enhance the visualization of the pupil. Keeper rate depends upon distance from bird, angle of lighting, air temperature and heat columns, shutter speeds, ambient lighting, etc. But frequently will yield 90% keepers of flying egrets and great blue herons at distance of 180 - 200 feet with 600 mm zoom and 30 FPS. Results with rented 100-400 mm GM are mind boggling. Blazing fast AF. Will Autofocus at apertures of F22. Noise levels of cropped pictures is better than the A7R4, despite the reduction of pixel density from 61 MP to 50 MP - largely thanks to lower noise level of newer sensor and dual CPUs. Weight of A1 combined with the 200-600 mm telephoto is biggest disadvantage. Total weight is ca. 7 pounds. Heavy weight of lens then requires big tripod and gimbal, adding another 7-9 pounds to the final total kit weight of 15 pounds. Wish SONY would follow lead of Canon and Nikon and Olympus in developing high end lighter weight telephoto lenses. Other notable benefits of the A1: No blackouts while shooting at 30 FPS is terrific Improvements to touch screen monitor allow more intuitive reviewing of images, with touch/sweep to change images, two-finger Zoom In/Out. Customizable buttons provides excellent personalization. e.g. instantaneous changeover from Full Frame to APS-C. Sensor protector shutter does its job. When changing lenses in the field, I had to clean sensor on the A6500 and A7R4 at least monthly. Since using the A1, and after 6 months of moderate usage, I have had to do a simple dusting with a pneumatic bulb only once. I have not had to use a sterile swab to clean the sensor itself. Yes, it is far too expensive, but once I paid for it, I quickly came to appreciate it's many advanced capabilities, and forgot about the price.. CF Express is very pricey, but I Now mostly shooting photos of birds in the local marshes, and never have the buffer lag that was characteristic of previous SONY cameras. Global shutter is wonderful. Silent shooting is truly inaudible. No light bands when shooting with LEDs. If I don't try to review my photos on the monitor, but mainly use battery for focus and shooting (and don't use the Bluetooth remote control) I can shoot more than 1,000 pictures on a single battery when shooting at 10 to 30 FPS Negative things? Weight creep with each new model. But still lighter than competing Nikon Z9 No built in Panoramic capture/display. No built-in HDR No built-in Multi-pixel ultra high resolution display. No PreCapture as on Olympus and Nikon Z9. (Overcomes delayed reaction time when trying to capture take-off of birds, by allowing user to save the few seconds of exposure immediately prior to pressing shutter.) Remote Control SONY Bluetooth P1BT drains battery of camera, and often freezes camera. But I suspect that this is a problem with the remote controller programming, as I had the same problem with the P1BT when used on my A7R4 as well. Needs a much better User Manual. Best camera I have ever owned in 75 years of photography.

Love My Sony Alpha 1

By Dave
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-09

As a full time Maine guide and river tour operator, my Sony Alpha 1 is on every trip including while paddling class I-III whitewater in a canoe. I love this camera and everything about it. Good battery life, does great in low light, you can push the ISO, has lots of megapixels allowing for more aggressive cropping in post, The locked on focus tracking is phenomenal and the list goes on. While canoeing, my camera is in a hard waterproof case in front of me for quick access with my Sony 200-600mm so I don't miss the action. My pre sets include a higher ISO so I can set a faster shutter speed to stop action even if the lighting isn't the greatest. If you're into wildlife photography, pair the Alpha one with the Sony 200-600mm...is a great value.

It's still the BEAST!

By Phuong
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-08

I shoot nature and wildlife, mostly BIF (bird in flight) so the AF stickiness is a must. Long time Canon user since 5D2, 5D3, 7D2, 90D all the way to 1Dx, 1DX2 then R5 in 2020 and 2021. I waited a few months to get my hand on the A1 and boys it's in different league vs all cameras I ever used including the A9 I tried out in 2019 but decided not to switch. The camera is not for an average user who doesn't need or know what it can do. This is still the BEST MIRRORLESS CAMERA until August 2022.

Big upgrade from A7r IV

By Peter
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-06

I shoot sports (specifically dance), portraits, and landscapes and this hits on all three. Dance is incredibly hard to capture the exact millisecond within a leap or a turn. If you can rattle of 30 shots perfectly in focus in a single second you almost can't miss. The resolution is more than sufficient for landscape. The eye-af is much more accurate now as well, with the much upgraded AF system. If you like the higher resolution of the A7r IV but you want the speed of the best DSLRs ever made, you just can't miss with this. With my previous body I was forever waiting for the buffer to clear. Now even if I fill it up and keep shooting I can get 10 FPS while the buffer is full. It clears in 4-5 seconds. No joke it was 30-40 seconds to clear on the old body. The menus are also a nice upgrade. They are still "Sony logic" but much improved. If you ONLY shoot landscape, I still think you'd be better with the A7r IV.

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The Sony demo video with the dancer in the red kimono has phenomenal clarity. TWO MUST ANSWER QUESTIONS: what lens(s) used in the video and was it sharpened in post? Ask sony because we need to know the lens used to judge the camera.
Asked by: David
If you are referring to the Sony 8K Sample Video from the Sony Alpha 1, Sony listed the lenses and the exposure settings for each frame in the lower-left hand corner of the video. As indicated, the lenses that were used were the Sony FE 24mm f/1.4 GM Lens, FE 50mm f/2.8 Macro Lens, FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM Lens, FE 12-24mm f/2.8 GM Lens, FE 135mm f/1.8 GM Lens, and the FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM Lens. However, they did not specify if any post-sharpening techniques may have been applied to the video
Answered by: Manzell
Date published: 2021-08-12

Does the Sony a1 come with a multilingual ...

Does the Sony a1 come with a multilingual interface ?
Asked by: Pallas
Yes here in the manual of the Sony A1 it does list you can choose from several languages. https://helpguide.sony.net/ilc/2040/v1/en/contents/TP1000386286.html?search=language
Answered by: Daniel
Date published: 2022-02-22
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