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Sony Alpha 1: a Tour de Force

It goes without saying Sony has announced a very impressive camera. Sony Alpha 1 is what Dragon Ball Z fans have been waiting for: the merging of the most powerful cameras Sony has to ofer into one body.

At least on paper the new Sony Alpha 1 has it all, with none of the drawbacks. Nitpickers will point out the lack of a vari-angle display. Apart for this, the new $6499 body is flexing like no other Sony camera. Here’s what professional photographers will get for their money:

  • A 50-megapixel sensor that can record 8K30p and 4K120p;
  • 30 fps burst mode, without blackout;
  • Eye-AF for wildlife, especially birds;
  • Anti-flicker on the electronic shutter;
  • S-Cinetone color profile;
  • Lots of bitrates for video;
  • Great connectivity (WiFi, LAN, USB-C, full HDMI);
  • Two SD/CFexpress Type A card slots;
  • A 9.44 million-dot viewfinder, with a 240Hz refresh rate

The list goes on and on. The camera will be available in March and expectactions are high. Reviewers will inevitably compare it with the Canon R5. I think Sony built the Alpha 1 with whatever flagship mirrorless will replace the Canon 1Dxiii and Nikon D6.

A few months ago I said all the Sony A7SIII had to do beat the Canon R5 was to work without overheating. The same goes for the new Sony Alpha 1, since it now has the 8K bragging rights. March can’t come soon enough for curious people like me.

By Dan Pandrea

Man With A Camera. Romanian, copywriter, content editor, photography enthusiast, and an electronic music fan.

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