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Does the Sony A1 have an IBIS issue? This YouTube video shows what to look for

Sony A1
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The Sony A1 is the company's flagship camera with a price tag to match, so you would hope that its performance would be flawless. But photographer Jamieson Dean is not happy with the IBIS and demonstrates his findings in a YouTube video below.

• Update: Sony A1 Firmware Update Version 1.10 seems to have fixed this issue without actually identifying it specifically.

The crux of the issue is that the camera's in-body stabilization can take many seconds to engage, particularly if the camera is lowered or not left in video mode. This is obviously crucial for wedding, event and sports photographers who will often have to react quickly to events.

The difference between the stabilized and unstabilized footage is painful to see, and a reminder of just how much we have come to rely on image stabilization, a 'quiet revolution' in camera design that's just as important as the huge gains in high ISO performance in today's cameras.

We observed the Sony A1's patchy stabilization in our own Sony A1 review, but did not immediately make the connection between the degree of shake and how long the camera had been running. Following Jamieson Dean's video, however, we've put together some unedited clips of our own that show the video steadying up considerably after a few seconds (or not at all in the first clip).

We would hope and assume this is the kind of glitch that can be fixed with a firmware update and does not necessarily indicate a longer term problem with the Sony A1.

We have contacted Sony to see if it is aware of this issue and whether it has an official response, and we will update this story when we have more information.

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Rod Lawton

Rod is the Group Reviews editor for Digital Camera World and across Future's entire photography portfolio. Previously he has been Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar. He has been writing about digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. 


Rod's near-encyclopedic knowledge of cameras both old and new makes him an invaluable resource, whether we need to ask a question about transparencies or the latest X-Trans sensor. He owns all manner of cameras, from Nikon DSLRs through Olympus, Sony and Fujifilm bodies, and on any given day you'll see him using kit from just about every manufacturer.