Sony A1 officially announced: 50MP and 8k monster!

Sony A1 Preorders:
Sony A1 at BHphoto. Adorama. Amazon. Focuscamera.
Sony XPeria 5G PRO at BHphoto. Adorama. Amazon.
Sony A1 in Europe at FotoErhardt DE. Calumet DE. Fotokoch DE. Park UK. WexUK.

Sony. Press release at SAR. Press text at Explora. The specs we rumored on September 24 were spot on. Join the Sony A1 Facebook group here.

Key specs:

  • 50 MP at 30fps
  • 8k30p and 4k120p
  • New Bionz XR (8times faster)
  • Pixel Shift Multi Shooting (199MP)
  • 5.5 stops sensor stabilization



Check the specs and now answer: Will you buy the A1?

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Here are the full Venus Optics Argus 35mm and 45mm f/0,95 FE lens specs

Here are the lens specs for the new Argus lenses:

35mm f/0,95
Viewing Angle: 63.4°
Optics 14 lenses in 9 groups, 1 aspherical, 1 ED, and 4 high refractive elements
Aperture: 15 blades
Minimum focusing distance: 50cm
Magnification: 0.1x
Filter thread diameter: 72mm
Size: 76.8x103mm
Weight: 755g
Price: 6,000 RMB (around $900)

45mm f/0,95
Viewing Angle: 51.3°
Optics 14 lenses in 9 groups, 1 aspherical, 1 ED, and 4 high refractive elements
Aperture: 15 blades
Minimum focusing distance: 50cm
Magnification: 0.12x
Filter thread diameter: 72mm
Size: 76.8x110mm
Weight: 850g
Price: 6,000 RMB (around $900)

RUMOR: First rumored Sony A7IV specs: New sensor, 3.69 milion dot EVF, 4k60p, $2499

All we will get from Sony this year is the full FX6 E-mount camcorder specs announcement on November 17. I know it’s disappointing but the good news I can give you is that our sources shared correctly the FX6 launch date. And the very same sources are sure 2021 will be exciting! They all confirm the first camera we will get is a new A9 model (rumors here). There will be also a new 16mm f/1.8 GM lens (rumors here). There will be also a new entry level camera…maybe RX? (rumors here).

IN Q2 at earliest (Q3 more likely) we will also get the new A7IV. Here are the specs I got today from a usually very good source:

  • A74 will have a new sensor with faster readout and will not recycle the 24 MP one. My source told me it will be in the 30-32 MP region
  • The EVF will have 3,69 Mdots and not 5,76 Mdots
  • Most probably the LCD will also be on the cheap side but the image quality and AF will be top notch
  • The video will certainly be 4K 60p and will feature the new menus.
  • The price will be in the $2499 region

Makes sense…and I am happy to hear we will finally step up from the usual 24MP sensor!

Join our livechat on Discord to discuss the specs with us. We can’t wait for 2021…we want new Sony cameras…and a Covid-19 vaccine :)

Let’s speculate specs and release time for the new Sony A7IV. Will it be a “Mini-A7sIII” ?

When it comes to Sony we can be pretty certain the new Sony A7IV will not be a revolutionary camera. I expect this to be a sort of mini Sony A7sIII.

Possible release time:
Canon and Panasonic have released new nice $2,000-$2,500 cameras. But trusted sources told us Sony will announce the A7IV during the second half of 2021 only (no exact time frame given yet)

Possible specs (This should be an easy guess):

  • 24MP sensor (there is a version with 30MP sensor but I think 24MP is the safe bet for now).
  • 4k60P
  • 5.76m-dot (same as A7rIV but not as good as the A7sIII)
  • same A7sIII autofocus system
  • dual SD slot (it won’t need the new Express mini cards)
  • fully articulating selfie screen
  • new Sony A7sIII menu system
  • in general all expected layout and ergonomic improvements we got with the A7sIII

This would be a solid, expected improvement. And my guts tell me that my specs will be very accurate. What do you think?


RUMOR: Some more info on the new Sony A9 8K camera. Earliest announcement possible on January 11th at CES 2021?

I got a small amount of info about the new Sony A9 camera from a reliable source:

  1. The final price has still not been set by Sony. But they are considering a price close to $4,999
  2. The camera could be announced in January 11 at the CES show (which is all virtual this year). But this second wave COVID-19 outbreak may mess with the timeline.

Rumored Sony A9III specs:

  • Sony will launch a new High End camera in Q1 2021. Maybe at the January 11 CES show (which is all virtual this year).
  • It will be named as an A9x series camera and not A7x (not sure if it’s “A9s” or “A9III”)
  • It will have a new ~50 megapixel sensor
  • 8k30p video confirmed with no overheating. It’s still an “infant” 8k mode…meaning it’s not 8k60 which would be crazy and there will be limitations in the quality you can record internally.
  • Other specs similar to A7sIII (EVF, autofocus, and so forth)
  • At least $1,500 more expensive than the EOS-R5 (but price hasn’t be finalized yet) Expect something like $4,999.

The sources will try to give me some more hints the coming weeks…stay tuned on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and chat with me live on Discord to not miss any rumors!