Sony just made an announcement about its new mirrorless camera, which happens to be its most advanced one to date. It costs $6,500 and is called Alpha 1. The camera comes with a new 50.1-megapixel full-frame sensor and can shoot continuous photos at 30 images per second. Moreover, it can record 8K video at 30fps. According to Sony, the shipping of its new camera will start from March.
Since Alpha 1 is priced significantly above mirrorless cameras of other companies like Canon and Nikon, Sony assures its customers that Alpha 1 is the most technologically advanced and innovate product of the company.
The camera’s buffer is capable of shooting up to 155 full-frame compressed RAW images or 165 full-frame JPEG images at up to 30 frames per second with its electronic shutter, while maintaining full AF and AE tracking performance. This sounds like a dream come true for sports and action photographers.
Other notable qualities of the Alpha 1 include its autofocus and autoexposure system that can make up to 120 calculations per second, a high-resolution OLED electronic viewfinder with a refresh rate of 240Hz, which Sony claims is a world first, a five-axis, in-body image stabilization, and a standard ISO range of 100–32,000 that is expandable to 50–102,400 for stills.
Since Sony’s autofocus system happens to be the best among that of other companies, it claims that Alpha 1 speeds up Eye AF even further when focusing on humans and pets and also work on birds.
Lastly, the camera can shoot 10-bit 8K30 and 4K120 videos. Moreover, adding an external recorder to the mix will allow it to capture 16-bit RAW video.
Alpha 1 can be a great choice for any photographer, especially pro photographers, since it is apparently Sony’s very best yet and the company is known for its reputable full-frame mirrorless cameras mainly.