Tuesday, March 9

Sony unveils the Alpha 1 (A1), a camera capable of filming in 8K

Sony presented its new full frame camera, the Sony A1, capable of shooting 8K sequences thanks to its 50 megapixel sensor.

The Sony Alpha 1 (or Sony A1)

The Sony Alpha 1 (or Sony A1) // Gamesdone: Sony

Clearly, Sony never stops launching new hybrid boxes with full frame sensors. After the Sony A7S III and A7C launched last year, the Japanese manufacturer presented this Tuesday a new box intended to launch a new range, the Sony Alpha 1, or Sony A1.

Like members of the Sony A7 range, the Sony A1 is equipped with a full frame sensor. This time, however, the Japanese manufacturer has gone all out on definition. Unlike the A7S III, which is limited to 12 megapixels, the Sony A1 can capture 50 megapixel shots. In addition, its Exmor RS sensor is supported by a Bionz XR image processor.

This is the definition of this 50 megapixel sensor that will allow the Sony A1 to capture sequences in 8K at 30 FPS, in 4: 2: 0 10 bits. The sensor makes it possible to capture 8.6 K sequences which are reduced to 8K definition during recording. In addition, the box can also capture 4K 120p or 60p footage in 4: 2: 2 10-bit.

A very complete connection

On the side of the body itself, the Sony Alpha 1 is equipped with a 9.44 million dot Oled viewfinder with a refresh rate of 240 Hz, but also an LCD screen. This is a three-inch touchscreen displaying 1.44 million dots. Note however that the screen can only be oriented vertically and therefore cannot rotate 360 ​​degrees. The box is also equipped with a particularly complete connection with a microphone input, a headphone output, an HDMI socket, a USB-C socket and even a Gigabit Ethernet socket. For saving files, the Sony A1 has two SD card slots UHS-I and UHS-II as well as a CFexpress Type A card slot.

Finally, regarding shooting, the device is capable of recording snapshots from 100 to 32,000 ISO (50 to 102,400 ISO in extended) or video sequences from 100 to 32,000 ISO. The shutter speed can go up to 1/32000 s thanks to the electronic shutter. Finally, for bursts, the Sony A1 is capable of capturing sequences at 30 frames per second, while maintaining autofocus tracking at 759 points.

The Sony Alpha 1 is a camera designed above all for professionals. As such, it is sold at a high price. In France, the Sony Alpha 1 will be offered next March at a price of 7,300 euros.

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