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Sony continues to challenge the limits of conventional imaging tools with innovative technology that delivers an unprecedented combination of resolution and speed plus intuitive operation. The α1 offers new dimensions of imaging performance as well as efficient workflow, giving the user new creative freedom.
Next-generation 8K 30p recording
The new image sensor and BIONZ XR engine in the α1 deliver 8K 30p movie recording capability for extraordinary realism. Four times the resolution of 4K with full Real-time Tracking and Real-time Eye AF functionality. 8K footage is also ideally suited to flexible 4K editing.
4K movies at a high 120fps frame rate
The α1 supports high frame-rate internal 4K movie recording at up to 120fps, for smooth, expressive slow-motion playback at up to 5x. 10-bit 4:2:2 chroma subsampling can be used with Long-GOP or Intra (All-I) compression for outstanding image quality, while the new image sensor and BIONZ XR engine minimize image distortion.
4K with full sensor readout, no pixel binning, and 5.8K oversampling
In the Super 35 mode, approximately 2.3x the amount of data required for QFHD 4K is acquired through full-frame readout with no pixel binning, for beautifully imagery that is rich in detail.
(A) 2.3 times information.
10-bit 4:2:2 chroma subsampling
10-bit depth, 4:2:2 chroma subsampling, a high-efficiency MPEG-H HEVC/H.265 codec, intra-frame coding, and more, support flexible editing and a variety of delivery formats.
High-performance electronic viewfinder
The 9.44 million-dot (approx.) OLED viewfinder in the α1 offers the highest resolution in the industry at this time. It features 0.90x magnification with a 41° FOV for a clear, wide view, and an updated structure that results in a 25-mm-high eyepoint. A 240fps refresh rate with UXGA FOV is another world-first, for a clear view of fast action.
Wide, fast, precise AF tracking
The α1 features focal plane phase-detection AF that is sensitive, fast, and precise. The 50.1-MP sensor and BIONZ XR engine provide 759 selectable phase-detection points covering about 92% of the image.
Real-time Eye AF for birds
High-level subject recognition technology now makes it possible for Sony's Real-time Eye AF function to track and accurately focus on bird eyes, even if the bird suddenly takes flight or the framing changes. This innovative function easily meets the many challenges of bird photography.
Improved dust- and moisture-resistant design
Sealing is provided at all body seams and the battery cover. The media slots have a double sliding cover and lock that keep water out. A lens lock button and mount cushion help too.
Separate settings for stills and movies
A subset of the settings now change according to the selected mode. This is ideal when you want to use different aperture, shutter speed, and other settings for shooting stills and movies.
New menu structure
Another feature requested by professional photographers and videographers: a revised menu structure for easier navigation, and touch-responsive menu operation for more intuitive control.
164 Functions are assignable to 17 custom keys as well as the front and rear dials. Independent function sets can be assigned for stills, movies and playback.
A brilliant blend of resolution and speed
The new 50.1-MP Exmor RS CMOS sensor delivers high resolution and sensitivity with low noise, plus up to 15 stops of dynamic range. A new image processing engine achieves even better color accuracy than previous models.
50.1 megapixels at up to 30 frames/second
The α1 offers an extraordinary combination of high resolution and blazing speed. Ultra-fast readout from the 50.1-MP sensor allows continuous bursts at up to 30fps2 with AF and AE tracking using the electronic shutter. Perfect for sports or any situation where the critical action is over in an instant.
Full-frame stacked 50.1-MP Exmor RS™ CMOS sensor with integral memory
A stacked architecture in this back-illuminated 50.1-MP full-frame image sensor contributes to high resolution and speed. Separate pixel and circuit layers and advanced A/D conversion mean faster processing.
Industry's fastest6 built-in Wi-Fi supports 2x2 MIMO
Built-in wireless LAN allows communication on the 2.4-GHz and 5-GHz bands, the latter with 2x2 MIMO support (IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac). Dual antennas ensure reliable communication.
SuperSpeed USB 10-Gbps (USB 3.2) Type-C® connector
A USB Type-C® connector that supports fast USB 3.2 SuperSpeed USB 10-Gbps data transfer, making fast PC Remote (tethered) data transfer available for smooth handling of large files.
1000BASE-T Ethernet for fast communication
A built-in connector for wired 1000BASE-T connection enables fast, stable data transfers at gigabit speeds. FTPS is supported, allowing SSL or TLS encryption for greater security.
Versatile FTP connectivity
FTP still and movie uploads as well as remote camera control can be accomplished via wireless LAN, fast wired LAN, or a USB-tethered smartphone. File types for transfer can be specified.
FTP transfer of still and movie files
Stills and movies can be transferred to a remote FTP server via wireless LAN, high-speed wired LAN, or a wired smartphone connection. Wireless data throughput is about 3.5x faster than the α9 II.
Versatile remote (tethered) shooting functions
The Imaging Edge Desktop "Remote" application can be used for PC Remote (tethered) shooting via a wireless LAN or wired USB connection. Remote control from a mobile device is also possible.
Lossless compressed RAW
The α1 includes efficient lossless compression in addition to compressed and uncompressed RAW.
New "Light" JPEG size
A new "Light" JPEG size setting results in smaller files than the "Standard" setting, allowing faster delivery for news and sports photographers who depend on speed.
10-bit HEIF for smoother gradations
HEIF format can deliver smooth 10-bit gradations for more realistic reproduction of skies and portrait subjects. Advanced compression reduces file size for improved workflow efficiency.
SPECIFICATIONS & FEATURES
50.1-MP34 35 mm full-frame stacked CMOS sensor with integral memory
Advanced BIONZ XR engine boosts speed by up to 8x35
30fps36 continuous shooting with AF/AE tracking
Movie-making with 8K 30p and 4K 120p37
Wide AF coverage with 759-point phase-detection and 425-point contrast detection AF points
35-mm full frame (35.9 x 24.0 mm), Exmor RS CMOS sensor
NUMBER OF PIXELS (EFFECTIVE)
Approx. 50.1 megapixels
ISO SENSITIVITY (RECOMMENDED EXPOSURE INDEX)
Still images: ISO 100–32000 (ISO numbers up from ISO 50 to ISO 102400 can be set as expanded ISO range.), AUTO (ISO 100–12800, selectable lower limit and upper limit), Movies: ISO 100–32000 equivalent, AUTO (ISO 100–12800, selectable lower limit and upper limit)
BATTERY LIFE (STILL IMAGES)
Approx. 430 shots (Viewfinder) / approx. 530 shots (LCD monitor) (CIPA standard)
1.6 cm (0.64 type) electronic viewfinder (color)
2.95 inch (3.0-type) wide type TFT