Sony A1 review

The Sony A1 is a flagship mirrorless camera with staggering specs matched to a pretty staggering price point. We check it out

Sony A1
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Digital Camera World Verdict

The Sony A1 is everything that Sony says it is. It’s a technological triumph, a camera that really can do everything. Previously, cameras might offer speed, resolution or video capability, but the A1 offers all three, and even beats dedicated sports and video cameras at their own game. So is this the perfect camera? Not quite. The price is, and will remain, a major obstacle, and its appeal is limited to photographers who need everything it does, not just one or two of those things.


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    Second highest full frame resolution

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    8K 30p video, 4K 120p

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    30fps continuous shooting

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    World’s best EVF


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    Very expensive

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    You have to need it all

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The Sony A1 has a list of features that would read like those of a fantasy camera if it hadn’t actually happened. It’s not the first full frame mirrorless camera to shoot 8K video, it’s not the first to offer 50MP resolution and it’s not the first to offer high-speed burst modes – but it’s the first to do ALL of these things.

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at