Sony has announced a game-changing new camera, the Sony A1 – a 50.1MP, 8.6K camera capable of shooting bursts at up to a blistering 30fps, with 15 stops of dynamic range and real-time animal eye AF.
Powered by a brand new stacked, back-illuminated Exmoor RS image sensor with integral memory, along with a Bionz XR processor, the Sony A1 can capture 50MP images at up to 30fps – with blackout-free shooting.
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That huge sensor also supports 8K video, with up to 8.6K oversampling, and 4K video up to 120fps at 10-bit 4:2:2 All-I. In Super 35mm, 4K can be downsampled from 5.8K, with support for 10-bit S-Log 3 and 15-stop dynamic range. In addition, 16-bit RAW is supported over HDMI.
So, does the Sony A1 overheat as badly as the Canon EOS R5? According to Sony, it can record for a maximum of 30 minutes when filming in 8K or 4K 60p.
The high resolution isn't just limited to the sensor itself, though; the electronic viewfinder is every bit as cutting edge, boasting an astonishing 9.44 million dots and a refresh rate of up to 240fps. The resolution of the touchscreen isn't yet confirmed, but it is a tilting screen rather than a fully articulating one.
The Sony A1 also introduces real-time Eye AF for birds, bolstered by the 759-point phase detect autofocus system with 92% coverage – which makes AF and AE calculations at up to 120 times per second.
To keep up with the lightning-fast 30fps frame-rate, the A1 boasts dual CFexpress Type A / UHS-II SD card slots, along with new anti-distortion shutter technology. Made possible by the super-quick readout of the new sensor, this combats the rolling shutter phenomenon when shooting electronically.
A cutting-edge camera deserves cutting-edge image formats, so the A1 will support HEIF, Light JPG, In-camera Crop and Lossless Compressed RAW.
As you'd expect, the camera is also weather sealed and possesses 5.5 stops of in-body image stabilization. It also offers professional communication options, including FTP transfer, 1000 BASE-T LAN, and SuperSpeed 10Gbps USB 3.2.
The Sony A1 will cost $6,498 / £6,499 / AU$10,499, and shipping is expected to begin in late-February (AU) and March (US and UK). One thing is for sure – this camera really is the "one never seen" before!