Sony Alpha 1 – Most Extreme Sony Camera to the Date

Sony Alpha 1 is the highest-end mirrorless camera Sony Electronics Inc. has ever manufactured, to the date. Undoubtedly, it is a beast packed with advanced hardwares and features. It comes with a 50 MP 35mm full frame (35.9 x 24.0 mm), Exmor RS CMOS sensor and a Bionz XR image processor. The It is capable of capturing 8K 30fps videos.

Sony Alpha 1
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Obviously Sony Alpha 1 comes with the E-mount. And people don’t have to worry much about the availability of E-mount lenses anymore. It has grown rapidly in the recent past, with help of third party manufacturers like Zeiss and Sigma.

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Sony Alpha 1 Specifications

Image Sensor
Sensor sizeFull frame (35.9 x 24 mm)
Effective pixels50.1 MP
Sensor TypeExmor RS CMOS sensor
Aspect Ratio3:2
Maximum resolution8640 x 5760
ProcessorDual Bionz XR
Colour spacesRGB, Adobe RGB
Lens CompensationPeripheral Shading, Chromatic Aberration, Distortion
Focus TypeHybrid AF (phase-detection AF / contrast-detection AF)
Focus SensorExmor RS CMOS sensor
Focus Point759 points (phase-detection AF) – Full frame
575 points (phase-detection AF) – with APS-C lenses
Focus Sensitivity RangeEV-4 to EV20 (ISO 100 equivalent with F2.0 lens attached)
Focus ModesAF-S (Single-shot AF), AF-C ( Continuous AF), DMF (Direct Manual Focus), Manual Focus
Focus AreaWide / Zone / Center / Flexible Spot / Expanded Flexible Spot / Tracking
EYE AFStill images: Human (Right/Left Eye Select) / Animal (Right/Left Eye Select) / Bird, Movie: Human (Right/Left Eye Select)
AF IlluminatorYes (LED)
Other FeaturesPredictive control, Focus lock, AF Track Sens. (Still), AF Subj. Shift Sensitivity (Movie), AF Transition Speed (Movie), Switch V/H AF Area
Metering Type1200-zone evaluative metering
Metering SensorExmor RS CMOS sensor
Metering SensitivityEV -3 to EV 20 (at ISO100 equivalent with F2.0 lens attached)
Metering ModeMulti-segment, Center-weighted, Spot, Spot Standard/Large, Entire Screen Avg., Highlight
Exposure Compensation+/- 5.0EV (1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps selectable) (with exposure compensation dial: +/- 3EV [1/3 EV steps])
Exposure BracketingBracket: Cont., Bracket: Single, 3/5/9 frames selectable. (Ambient light, Flash light)
Exposure ModesAUTO (iAuto), Programmed AE (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter-speed priority (S), Manual (M), Movie (Programmed AE (P) / Aperture priority (A) / Shutter-speed priority (S) / Manual (M) / Flexible Exp. Mode), Slow & Quick Motion (Programmed AE (P) / Aperture priority (A) / Shutter-speed priority (S) / Manual (M) / Flexible Exp. Mode)
ISO RangeISO 100-32000 (ISO numbers up from ISO 50 to ISO 102400 can be set as expanded ISO range.)
Noise ReductionLong exposure NR: On/Off, available at shutter speeds longer than 1 sec.
High ISO NR: Normal / Low / Off
White Balance
White Balance ModesAuto / Daylight / Shade / Cloudy / Incandescent / Fluorescent / Flash / Underwater / Color Temperature (2500 to 9900K) & color filter / Custom
Shutter AWB LockYes (Shut. Halfway Down / Cont. Shooting / Off)
Shutter TypeMechanical shutter/Electronic shutter
Electronic Front Curtain ShutterYes
Silent ShootingYes (ON/OFF)
Image StabilizationImage Sensor-Shift mechanism with 5-axis compensation
Drive ModesSingle Shooting, Continuous shooting (Hi+/Hi/Mid/Lo selectable), Self-timer, Self-timer (Cont.), Bracket: Single, Bracket: Cont., White Balance bracket, DRO bracket
Continuous Drive SpeedAUTO/Electronic Shutter: Continuous shooting: Hi+: 30 fps, Hi: 20 fps, Mid: 15fps, Lo: 5 fps, Mechanical Shutter: Continuous shooting: Hi+: 10 fps, Hi: 8 fps, Mid: 6fps, Lo: 3 fps
Self-timer10 sec. delay / 5 sec. delay / 2 sec. delay / Continuous self-time / Bracketing self-timer
PC InterfaceMass-storage / MTP
Multi / Micro USB Terminal Yes (SuperSpeed USB 10Gbps (USB 3.2) compatible)
BluetoothYes (Bluetooth Standard Ver. 5.0 (2.4GHz band))
Wireless LANYes (Wi-Fi Compatible, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz band/5GHz band))
Multi Interface ShoeYes (with Digital Audio Interface)
Mic TerminalYes (3.5 mm Stereo minijack)
Sync TerminalYes
Headphone TerminalYes (3.5 mm Stereo minijack)
Vertical Grip ConnectorYes
LAN TerminalYes (1000BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 10BASE-T)
FunctionsFTP Transfer Func. (Wired LAN, USB Tethering, Wi-Fi), View on Smartphone, Remote control via Smartphone, NFC One-touch remote, PC Remote, BRAVIA Sync (Control for HDMI), PhotoTV HD
MicrophoneBuilt-in, stereo
SpeakerBuilt-in, monaural
Supplied BatteryOne rechargeable battery pack NP-FZ100
Battery Life (Images)Approx. 430 shots (Viewfinder) / approx. 530 shots (LCD monitor) (CIPA standard)
Internal Battery ChargingYes (Available with USB Type-C Terminal. USB Power Delivery compatible)
WeightApprox. 737 g
DimensionsApprox. 128.9mm x 96.9mm x 80.8mm, Approx. 128.9mm x 96.9mm x 69.7mm (FROM GRIP TO MONITOR)
Disclaimer: Above Specifications are as advertised by Sony Electronics Inc.

Sony Alpha 1
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Sony Alpha 1
Image credit: Sony Electronics Inc.
Sony Alpha 1
Image credit: Sony Electronics Inc.
Image credit: Sony Electronics Inc.

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