Sony A1 first verdict: Canon's AF is better, "30fps failure", standard 8K lasts 16 mins

Sony A1 first verdict: Canon's AF is better, "30fps failure", standard 8K lasts 16 mins
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The first verdict of the Sony A1 is in – and the big takeaways are that the autofocus isn't as good as Canon's, and the camera doesn't always live up to its promises of 30fps burst shooting and 30 minutes of 8K video. 

The Sony A1 was announced with plenty of pomp in January, with specs that on paper looked to outclass the mighty Canon EOS R5. However, paper and practice are two different things – and the first hands-on test of the new camera paints a much more grounded picture.

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.