The Sony a1 is Doing Something Completely Different

The new Sony A1 seems like a serious camera for the pros who need it!

I was waiting for a day like this. For a long time, I never thought that companies could make a 50MP camera that can shoot at 30 fps. But the new Sony a1 is smashing that idea. Today the company announced the majorly innovative camera. In many ways, it’s a response to the Canon EOS R5 that blew us away last year. There’s a 50 Megapixel full frame sensor. It can shoot 8k video at 30p. It can shoot 50 megapixel images at 30 frames a second. More details are below.

This is a story that’s been updated.

Sony a1 Tech Specs 

These specs are abridged from the press release found at Sony Alpha Rumors.

  • A 50.1 Megapixel stacked CMOS Sensor with an upgraded BIONZ XR processor.
  • 30 fps shooting without blackout. The Sony a9 II can only do 20p.
  • 120 autofocus calculations per second. This is double the speed of the a9 II. 
  • ISO 102,000 at the high. ISO 50 at the low.
  • 199 MP composite image option
  • 21MP APS-C crop mode
  • Bright and large 0.64-type 9.44 million-dot (approx.) OLED Quad-XGA electronic viewfinder with a refresh rate of 240 fps.
  • Silent, vibration-free electronic shutter
  • Anti-flicker shooting with electronic and mechanical shutters
  • Electronic shutter flash sync up to 1/200 sec. Mechanical shutter flash sync to 1/400th
  • 8K 30p 10-bit 4:2:0 XAVC HS video recording with 8.6K oversampling for extraordinary detail
  • 4K 120p 10-bit 4:2:2 movie shooting capabilities
  • Wide dynamic range of 15 stops for stills
  • Real-time eye af with humans and birds.
  • Tracking with an f22 aperture
  • You can cancel real time tracking
  • 5-axis optical in-body image stabilization for a 5.5-step shutter speed advantage
  • Dual CF express cards, but also SDXC
  • Professional workflow support with the industry’s fastest built-in Wi-Fi, SuperSpeed USB 10Gbps, 1000BASE-T Ethernet, and more

Is the Sony a1 Enough for Photographers?

Of course, this is an incredibly exciting offer from Sony. It’s not offering the image stabilization that Canon does. But it’s offering more megapixels and a faster frame rate. Plus, there’s an electronic shutter with flash sync and a faster mechanical flash sync. This camera also has dual CF express card slots that double to work with SDXC.

We’re still very curious about a few things such as a full touchscreen menu, build quality, multiple exposure mode, and other things that Sony has really been lacking on for a while. We’ll wait for a review unit to give more of our thoughts though.

Chris Gampat

Chris Gampat is the Editor in Chief, Founder, and Publisher of the Phoblographer. He also likes pizza.