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Sony Alpha a1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only)

The Alpha a1 is Sony's new, flagship full-frame mirrorless camera that boasts 50MP high-res stills, 8K video recording, high speed and sensitivity, and connectivity for demanding professional workflows.

The a1 boasts a 50.1MP full-frame Exmor RS BSI CMOS sensor and BIONZ XR processing engine that enables it to offer 30fps continuous shooting at full-resolution, 8K 30p and 4K 120p 10-bit video recording, while still offering sensitivity up to ISO 102400 for low-light shooting. The sensor's design also includes a 759-point Fast Hybrid AF system, which offers advanced subject tracking and Real-time Eye AF on humans and animals (even a dedicated Bird Mode).

The a1 offers 8K and 4K recording resolutions along with full pixel readout, internal 4:2:2 10-bit sampling, and 16-bit raw output via the full-size HDMI. No recording limit allows for extended takes and, matching with professional cine cameras, the a1 includes S-Cinetone support for smooth skin-tone rendering along with well-controlled highlights and soft colours.

The a1 has a familiar outer design, but internally it has some notable upgrades, including a 9.44m-dot OLED EVF that touts a 240 fps refresh rate for fluid motion rendering and greatly reduced blackout when shooting continuously. The camera's shutter design now offers full-frame flash sync speeds up to 1/400 sec, and flash sync up to 1/200 sec is even supported when working with the silent electronic shutter. At the rear of the camera is a 3.0" tilting touchscreen LCD and both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, with 2x2 MIMO support, offer wireless remote control and file transfer capabilities. Additionally, the a1 includes dual memory card slots, both of which support working with CFexpress Type A or SD UHS-II memory cards for flexible and high-speed file storage.

  • 50MP Full-Frame Exmor RS BSI CMOS Sensor
  • Up to 30 fps Shooting, ISO 50-102400
  • 8K 30p & 4K 120p Video in 10-Bit
  • 4.3K 16-Bit Raw Video Output, S-Cinetone
  • BIONZ XR Image Processing Engine
This is a serious new contender in the stills and video arenas. It combines high resolution with blazing speed, perfect for capturing images where critical action is over in an instant.

50 MP at 30fps: The latest Sony technology delivers unprecedented speed and resolution for new creative possibilities and workflow.

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.

 

Resolution & speed

  • 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 30fps with AF and AE tracking using the electronic shutter. Perfect for sports or any situation where the critical action is over in an instant.
  • Blackout-free for an uninterrupted view: An interrupted blackout-free view of the subject lets you respond instantly and seamlessly. The EVF is updated at 240fps to minimise latency during continuous shooting.
  • Silent, vibration-free shutter: A silent electronic shutter provides greater opportunities for shooting sports and other subjects where noise is not tolerated. Vibration-free operation contributes to high image quality.
  • Anti-distortion Shutter: Fast sensor readout minimises still-image distortion when using the electronic shutter. The BIONZ XRTM engine and a large buffer achieve about 1.5x less distortion than the α9 II.
  • Flicker-free electronic & mechanical shutters: Another world-first: flicker-free electronic and mechanical shutters. You get flicker-free shooting under fluorescent/artificial lighting with all the benefits of the electronic shutter.
  • 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.
  • ll-new architecture and BIONZ XR image processing engine: The new BIONZ XR engine features advanced architecture that delivers 8x greater processing power. The result is outstanding image quality as well as improved camera interface response.

 

Advanced flash features for broader expression

  • Flash sync with an electronic shutter: For the first time in an α camera, electronic shutter flash sync is possible thanks to high readout speed from the stacked CMOS sensor. All electronic shutter advantages remain available for flash shooting.
  • Dual driven shutter drive for flash sync up to 1/400 sec: The world's first dual driven shutter system allows flash sync up to 1/400 sec, making it easier to capture dynamic action, and opening the door to new creative possibilities.

Stunning detail

  • Breathtaking resolution and image quality: 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 colour accuracy than previous models.
  • Wide ISO 100-32000 sensitivity range: Despite the sensor's high pixel count, a sensitive back-illuminated structure with gapless on-chip lenses and an AR-coated seal glass allows a standard ISO range of ISO 100-32000, expandable to ISO 50-102400.

  • Pixel Shift Multi Shooting: Up to 16 images shot with precise in-body image stabilisation control can be combined via computer software to create photos with up to 199 million pixels for extraordinary resolution, colour, and atmosphere.

  • Creative Look supports varied expression: The Creative Look feature provides 10 presets that can be used unmodified or edited to create a variety of "looks" that can help creators fine-tune the mood of their stills or movies in-camera.
  • 5-axis optical in-body image stabilisation for a 5.5-step advantage: A precision stabilisation unit and gyro sensors plus the latest image stabilisation algorithms deliver a 5.5-step shutter speed advantage, maximising the quality of high-resolution images.

 

Unrivalled AF

  • 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 Real-time Eye AF for animals: Primarily designed for cats and dogs, this feature employs advanced subject recognition technology to reliably track and focus on animal eyes. It even works if the animal's face is upside-down.
  • Real-time Eye AF: Combining state-of-the-art AI technology and evolved Fast Hybrid AF algorithms, Real-time Eye AF in the α1 tracks and focuses on human eyes with approximately 30% greater precision than the α9 II.
  • Real-time Tracking: Select a subject, half-press the shutter, and the camera will track and maintain focus automatically. Turn on AF face/eye priority for seamless AI-based tracking of human, animal, or bird eyes.
  • 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.

 

New Movie Potential

  • 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 minimise 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 beautiful imagery that is rich in detail.
  • 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.
  • Real-time Eye AF and Real-time Tracking for movies: The BIONZ XR engine features significantly improved detection, accurately tracking human eyes at a wider range of head angles. Also available for 8K and 4K 120p recording.
  • S-Log for compatibility with pro cine cameras: S-Log2 and S-Log3 are included. S-Log3 provides smooth 10-bit gradations and a dynamic range of 15+ stops. S-Gamut, S-Gamut3, and S-Gamut3.Cine colour spaces supported.

  • 10-bit 4:2:2 HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma) support: High-dynamic-range HLG movies support the wide-gamut BT.2020 colour space and can be directly played on an HDR (HLG) compatible TV. 10-bit HLG recordings reproduce fine gradation and detail.
    [1] High flexibility to fine-tune images as desired (colour grading required) [2] Instant high-quality image (colour grading not required)

  • 16-bit RAW output: The α1 allows 16-bit RAW output to an external recorder via HDMI for improved post-production flexibility. RAW output via HDMI is available while recording 4K to internal card media.
  • Digital audio interface for superior sound: A digital audio interface delivers outstanding audio quality with compatible audio devices connected via the Multi Interface Shoe. Pristine digital audio is delivered directly to the camera.
  • Heat-dissipating structure for extended recording: A newly developed heat-dissipating structure prevents overheating during continuous recording without increasing body size. Record 8K/30p or 4K/60p video continuously for up to 30 minutes.

The cinematic S-Cinetone look

The α1 includes the same S-Cinetone colour matrix that produces beautiful colour and skin tones in the VENICE, FX6, and other Cinema Line cameras. S-Cinetone delivers natural mid-tones that are essential to healthy-looking skin colour, plus soft colours and gorgeous highlights, responding to a growing need for more expressive depth.

 

"Active Mode" image stabilisation

A new Active Mode dedicated to movie shooting makes 5-axis optical image stabilisation highly effective for handheld shooting. It uses the BIONZ XR engine's real-time processing capability to apply optimum compensation in all formats, including 4K. All of this is realised without compromising the compact size and mobility of the α system.

Control, reliability

  • 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.

  • Panning shots with an electronic shutter: Using an electronic shutter at low shutter speeds can reduce display response, making it difficult to follow fast subjects. Turn [Low Frame Rate Limit] ON to improve display response and allow panning shots.

  • Seamlessly switch full-frame and APS-C formats: M and S size images have the same number of pixels and AF area in the full-frame and APS-C modes, so you can switch seamlessly between full-frame [M:21MP] and APS-C [M:21MP] while shooting the same scene.
  • Separate settings for stills and movies: A subset of the settings now changes 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.
  • Customisable functions: 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.
  • Touch menu control: Touch-responsive main and function menus with menu tabs on the left of the display, and related parameter groups and parameters on the right, make for easy navigation and tracking control.
  • High-reliability mechanical shutter: Shutter vibration is minimised while allowing continuous bursts at up to 10fps. The new shutter unit with advanced motor, brake, and dampers is good for more than 500,000 cycles.
  • Two CFexpress Type A-compatible media slots: Dual media slots support UHS-I and UHS-II SDXC/SDHC cards, as well as new CFexpress Type A cards for higher overall capacity and faster read/, write speeds.
  • High-capacity Z-series battery for extended recording: Shoot up to 530 stills per charge. Components and circuitry have also been designed to optimise power use. Get more capacity with two Z batteries in the VG-C4EM grip.
  • 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.
  • Durable magnesium alloy chassis: A light, rigid magnesium alloy enhances the durability of the top, front, and rear covers, as well as the internal frame. 6 lens mount attachment screws, add even more strength and rigidity.

Pro workflow

  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Industry's fastest 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.
  • 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.

A range of useful support applications

  • Imaging Edge Mobile: Imaging Edge Mobile now allows the transfer of RAW files and files that use lossless compression. It can also remotely control Touch Tracking and Touch Focus for convenient AF operation.

  • Transfer & Tagging add-on: The Transfer & Tagging add-on (Ver. 1.3 or later) can automatically convert voice memos attached to image files to text captions, or transfer the files to an FTP server from a mobile device.

  • Remote Camera Tool: Remotely change camera settings and shoot from a computer connected via LAN cable. A number of refinements for the α1: faster transfer, touch response, dual slot and HEIF support, and more.

  • Imaging Edge™ Remote, Viewer, and Edit desktop apps: Elevate your photography with Imaging Edge desktop applications. Use "Remote" to control and monitor shooting live on your PC screen; "Viewer" to quickly preview, rate, and select photos from large image libraries; and "Edit" to develop RAW data into high-quality photos for delivery.
  • Imaging Edge™ Webcam: The Imaging Edge Webcam application makes it easy to use your Sony camera as a high-quality webcam, with wide compatibility, for impressive live-streaming and conferencing.

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Camera

Megapixels
Actual: 50.5 Megapixel
Effective: 50.1 Megapixel (8640 x 5760)
Frame Rate
Electronic Shutter
Up to 30 fps at 50.1 MP for up to 155 Frames (Raw) / 165 Frames (JPEG)
Up to 20 fps at 50.1 MP for up to 238 Frames (Raw) / 400 Frames (JPEG)
Up to 15 fps at 50.1 MP
Up to 5 fps at 50.1 MP

Mechanical Shutter
Up to 10 fps at 50.1 MP (Raw) / (JPEG)
Up to 8 fps at 50.1 MP
Up to 6 fps at 50.1 MP
Up to 3 fps at 50.1 MP
ISO Range
Auto, 100 to 32000 (Extended: 50 to 102400)
Memory
Dual Slot: CFexpress Type A / SD
Lens Mount
Sony E
Sensor Type
Full-Frame (1x Crop Factor)
Sensor Size Type
CMOS
Sensor Actual Size
35.9 x 24 mm
Fastest Shutter Speed
Mechanical Shutter: 1/8000 sec
Bulb Mode
Electronic Shutter: 1/32000 sec
Bulb Mode: 1/8000 sec in Movie Mode
Longest Shutter Speed
Mechanical Shutter: 30 sec
Bulb Mode
Electronic Shutter: 30 sec
Bulb Mode: 1/4 sec in Movie Mode
Flash Sync Speed
1/400 sec
Focus Points
Phase Detection: 759
Contrast Detection: 425
Processor
BIONZ XR
Video
Video Encoding: NTSC/PAL

Live Streaming & Webcam Functionality

Recording Modes
H.265/XAVC HS 4:2:2 10-Bit
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p/100p/119.88p [50 to 280 Mb/s]
H.265/XAVC HS 4:2:0 10-Bit
UHD 8K (7680 x 4320) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p [200 to 400 Mb/s]
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p/100p/119.88p [30 to 200 Mb/s]
H.264/XAVC S-I 4:2:2 10-Bit
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p [240 to 600 Mb/s]
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p [89 to 222 Mb/s]
H.264/XAVC S 4:2:2 10-Bit
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p/100p/119.88p [100 to 280 Mb/s]
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p/100p/119.88p/200p/239.76p [50 Mb/s]
H.264/XAVC S 4:2:0 8-Bit
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p/100p/119.88p [60 to 200 Mb/s]
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p/100p/119.88p/200p/239.76p [16 to 100 Mb/s]

External Recording Modes
Raw 16-Bit
4.2K (4264 x 2408) up to 59.94p
4:2:2 10-Bit
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 23.976p/50p/59.94p
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 50i/59.94i
4:2:0 8-Bit
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 23.976p/50p/59.94p
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 50i/59.94i
File Formats
Image File Format: JPEG, Raw, HEIF
Audio File Format: AAC LC, Linear PCM (Stereo)
Built-in Flash
No
Weather Sealing
Yes, weather-resistant build

Batteries

Model
NP-FZ100
Capacity
2280 mAh (Approx. 430 Shots)
Volt
7.2 VDC
Type
Rechargeable Lithium-Ion
Top Sellers - Silver
R 152,995 Awaiting Stock
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What's in the box

  • Sony Alpha a1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only)
  • Sony NP-FZ100 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery (2280mAh)
  • Sony BC-QZ1 Battery Charger
  • Sony ALC-B1EM Body Cap for E-Mount Cameras
  • USB Type-C to Type-A Cable
  • Cable Protector
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Accessory Shoe Cap
  • Eyepiece Cup
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty

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