(Pocket-lint) – The Sony Alpha 1 – short-hand as ‘A1’ (nicely, α1 if you wish to be correct with the image) – is its 2021 skilled spec digicam. And it truly is professional spec, given how briskly this factor’s processing is.
The A1 packs an enormous punch of a characteristic set, clearly seeking to appeal to would-be Canon EOS 1D X III and Nikon D6 purchasers in what ought to (would possibly?) be an Olympic yr.
Precept to that’s its 50.1-megapixel full-frame sensor, which is a stacked building for greatest light-handling potential, as one of many highest decision Sony cameras available on the market (the A7R IV is actually higher still, at 61MP).
However that is not all. As that is an SLT – that is single lens translucent, so it isn’t technically a DSLR – gentle can move by a translucent shutter to make sure always-operational phase-detection autofocus. We already know Sony can try this extremely quick, too.
The A1, nevertheless, brings in an ultra-fast shutter mechanism – it may flash sync at 1/four-hundredth a second, it is that absurdly quick to completely open – which implies 30fps steady taking pictures at full decision is feasible with no blackout.
Learn that once more: 50.1-megapixels at 30 frames per second, so one billion 5 hundred and three million pixels, or 1503MP per second. That is bonkers processing from the Bionz XR engine.
Elsewhere there’s 5-axis in-body stabilisation, and a built-in 0.64-inch, 9.44m-dot OLED digital viewfinder (EVF) with a speedy 240fps refresh charge, so you may by no means miss a beat.
Add to that 8K video with skilled grade and seize ranges, and it is no shock the Alpha 1’s asking worth will probably be £/$6,500 body-only when the digicam launches this March.
Writing by Mike Lowe.