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New Sony A1 real life hands-on report with images!


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The Japanese website had a chance to talk with Sony about the new Sony A1. Some key findings:

– For the first time Sony officially says this new Alpha is a “Flagship” model.
– The goal was to make a camera that can do “everything” of the cameras of the line below.
– for the first time the BIONZ XR itself has a built-in LSI
– Some older lenses autofocus may can’t cope with the 30fps AF-C shooting (they may shoot at 15/20fps instead of 30fps)
– third party lenses will do 15fps

Their full google translated text:

  • Sony has not called it a flagship (any model of α), but this time “α1” is our first flagship.
  • A model that can do everything.
  • A little less than 900,000 yen including tax and 800,000 yen excluding tax.
  • A model that can include everything.
  • The image sensor uses a newly developed CMOS sensor with a built-in memory of 50.1 mega.
  • The image processing engine is two “BIONZ XR” that I started using from “7S III”. 8 times more processing than before.
  • In “α9”, front-end LSI and BIONZ were used in combination.
  • This time, the BIONZ XR itself has a built-in LSI. Two BIONZs cover Type A and Type B.
  • AF tracking. 4K120. AF calculation 120 times per second.
  • The GUI realized with “α7S III” is also realized with the new BIONZ.
  • RAW and JPEG recording for each card is also achieved with the new BIONZ XR.
  • 30 frames per second for still images. No buffer clogging in CFexpress Type A.
  • The continuous shooting speed can also be changed.
  • Some AF-C lenses cannot catch up. The main FE lens supports 30 frames, but the one with a large lens drive system may have up to 20 frames or 15 frames.
  • The lenses of other companies are full of 15 frames due to the actuator. Please use a genuine lens.
  • AF is 120 times per second. No blackout. It is also effective for AEs with many changes in brightness. Follows with a delay of 0.033 seconds at the fastest.
  • Flash tuning is possible with an electronic shutter. You can shoot with a silent flash or while chasing.
  • Synchronize in 1/400 seconds with a mechanical shutter. Newly developed shutter unit. Equipped with an electromagnetic drive actuator as well as a spring. Achieves high speed with spring and electronic drive.
  • Dynamic range is 15 stops. Sensitivity is ISO 32000 for regular use and 102400 for extended use.
  • APS-C with 21 million pixels.
  • Anti-distortion is 1.5 times that of α9. Since the reading is fast and the processing is good, it does not distort even with an electronic shutter.
  • Flickerless is possible with an electronic shutter. Also equipped with high-frequency flickerless function of α9II.
  • Creative style becomes creative look. Adjustable in 9 steps. Even if you take a JPEG and put it out, you can make your own favorite picture. For the function that can be cut out with JPEG.
  • 16 pixel shift multis are about 200 million pixels.
  • For RAW, lossless compressed RAW. For 50-80% capacity.
  • Supports 10bit HEIF.
  • Even with 50 million pixels, the phase difference is 759 points. Coverage rate is 92%.
  • Equipped with bird pupil recognition. However, pelicans are hard.
  • 8K video is supported. You can make a beautiful 8K30P by oversampling. Also 4K120P.
  • S-Log shooting. Equipped with S-CINE TONE. For the same quality as for movies.
  • Image stabilization is also electronic image stabilization. Active mode electronic image stabilization is possible.
  • Fast hybrid AF. At 8K, the manual is impossible. 8K with AF focused neatly.
  • Even with 8K30P, it is possible to shoot for about 30 minutes with heat dissipation characteristics.
  • The viewfinder has 9.44 million dots. The refresh rate is 240fps.
  • WiFi is twice as much as before. Compatible with USB 3.2. Equipped with 1000BASE-T.
  • Simultaneous announcement of Xperia PRO. Smartphones that professional photographers and creators want to use.
  • HDMI input is possible. You can see what you took with α with Xperia and fly with 5G. 4K compatible with BT2020.

And these are Patrick Murphy-Race thoughts on the new A1:

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