Sony Alpha 1

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    Highlights

    • 50.1 MP Full Frame Stacked CMOS Sensor
    • 100 - 32,000 Native ISO
    • 759 Focus Points
    • 5-Axis Image Stabilization
    • 3.0" 1,440k dot Tilting Screen
    • 0.64" 9,437k dot Electronic (OLED) Viewfinder
    • 10.0 fps Mechanical and 30.0 fps Electronic Continuous Shooting
    • 7680 x 4320 Video Shooting
    • 13 h Video Recording Limit
    • HDR-HLG, Sony S-Log 2, Sony S-Log 3
    • Built-In Wi-Fi
    • Wheather Sealed Body
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    Overview

    Sony Alpha 1 was announced in 2021 and is a Full Frame (35.9 x 24 mm) Mirrorless camera with 50.1 Megapixel Stacked CMOS sensor. Its native ISO ranges from 100 to 32,000 and expands to 50 - 102,400 in boosted mode. The camera has a Tilting 3.0" screen with 1,440k dot resolution and built-in 0.64" Electronic (OLED) viewfinder with 9,437k dot resolution. It has a built-in 5-Axis Sensor Shift in body image stabilization.

    Sony Alpha 1 can capture video up to 7680 x 4320 resolution with no recording time limit.

    Pros and Cons

    In this section we present pros and cons of Sony Alpha 1.

    PROS

    •   Video Capture
    •   Stacked CMOS Sensor
    •   Large Sensor
    •   High Resolution Sensor - 50.1 Megapixel
    •   Sensor Shift High Resolution Mode
    •   759 Focus Points
    •   Touch-to-Focus
    •   Face Detection
    •   Live View Autofocus
    •   Animal Eye Detection
    •   Image Stabilization
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Large Viewfinder - 0.64"
    •   High Resolution Viewfinder - 9,437k dot
    •   No Blackout Viewfinder
    •   High Max Shutter Speed (Mechanical or 1st Curtain) - 1/8000 sec
    •   High Max Shutter Speed (Electronic) - 1/32000 sec
    •   High Max Continuous Shooting - 30.0 fps
    •   High Flash Sync Speed - 1/400 sec
    •   High DxO Overall Score - 98
    •   High Video Resolution - 7680 x 4320
    •   10-bit 4:2:2 Color
    •   No crop on 4K Videos
    •   Webcam Functionality
    •   Unlimited Video Recording
    •   High Video Recording Limit
    •   High USB Speed
    •   HDMI Output
    •   Built-In Wi-Fi
    •   Built-In Bluetooth
    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   USB Charging
    •   2 Storage Slots
    •   Orientation Sensor

    CONS

    •   Expensive
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   Short Battery Life - 530 shots

    And here are some specifications which fall into average criteria and are neither in PROs nor in CONs category:

    AVERAGE

    •   100 Lowest Native ISO
    •   32,000 Highest Native ISO
    •   -4 EV Min AF Detection
    •   Tilting Screen
    •   Screen Size - 3.0"
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,440k dot
    •   Weight - 737 g (1.62 lb / 26.00 oz)

    Screen and Viewfinder

    Tilting Touchscreen

    Sony Alpha 1 has a 3.0" Tilting touchscreen with 1,440k dot resolution. Tilting screen makes this camera very useful for photography purposes but not so useful for video shooting.

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    Sony Alpha 1 with Tilting screen


    Electronic (OLED) Viewfinder

    Camera has a built-in 0.64" Electronic (OLED) viewfinder with 9,437k dot resolution. It has a 100% coverage and 0.90x magnification.

    Sensor

    Stacked CMOS Sensor

    Sony Alpha 1 features a 50.1 megapixel Full Frame Stacked CMOS sensor with dimensions of 35.9 x 24 mm and a total area of 861.6 mm2. Its native ISO range is 100 - 32,000 and expands to 50 - 102,400 in boosted mode.

    The camera has Stacked CMOS sensor. The key feature of such sensor is its three-dimensional structure, which consists of multiple layers of semiconductor material and circuitry stacked on top of each other. This allows the sensor to have dedicated layers for image capture and signal processing. This separation allows for faster data readout, reducing rolling shutter effects and enabling high-speed shooting and video recording. It is also more power-efficient.


    Here is a sensor size comparison chart where you can see how Sony Alpha 1's Full Frame sensor compares with other types of sensors:

    Sensor size chart
    Sensor Dimensions Area Aspect Ratio Crop Factor
    Image cannot be displayedMedium Format44 x 33 mm1452 mm24:30.79x
    Image cannot be displayedFull Frame35.9 x 24 mm861.6 mm23:21x
    Image cannot be displayedAPS-H27 x 18 mm486 mm23:21.3x
    Image cannot be displayedAPS-C23.6 x 15.6 mm368.2 mm23:21.5x
    Image cannot be displayedAPS-C (Canon)22.3 x 14.9 mm332.3 mm23:21.6x
    Image cannot be displayedMicro Four Thirds17.4 x 13 mm226.2 mm24:32x
    Image cannot be displayed1-inch13.2 x 8.8 mm116.2 mm23:22.7x
    Image cannot be displayed1/1.7-inch7.44 x 5.58 mm41.5 mm24:34.7x
    Image cannot be displayed1/2.3-inch6.17 x 4.55 mm28.1 mm24:35.6x

    Photography Features

    Camera is equipped with Dual BIONZ XR processor and can take pictures up to 8640 x 5760 resolution.


    Lens Mount

    Sony Alpha 1 has Sony E lens mount. Due to Full Frame sensor its crop factor (also called lens multiplier) is 1x. This means that a 35mm equivalent focal length of the mounted lens will be equal to its actual focal length.


    In-Body Image Stabilization

    The camera has a built-in 5-Axis Sensor Shift in-body image stabilization (IBIS) with 5.5 stops of compensation. This means that you are still getting vibration reduction when camera is paired with non-image stabilizied lenses. It also works with lenses with optical image stabilization and in combination can achieve even better compensation.

    Check out the cameras which are frequently compared to Sony Alpha 1.

    Connectivity, Battery and Storage

    Built-in Wi-Fi

    Camera has a built-in Wi-Fi (Wi-Fi 5, 802.11ac/b/g/n, 2.4/5 GHz) which allows to easily transfer photos and videos from the camera to other Wi-Fi-enabled devices, such as smartphones, tablets, printers, or computers. This eliminates the need for cables and allows for quick and convenient media sharing and social media integration. It gives you the ability to control your camera remotely using a smartphone or tablet. This is particularly useful for taking self-portraits, group shots, or capturing images in challenging conditions without having to touch the camera. Firmware updates can also be downloaded and installed wirelessly.
      Check out the cameras in our database that have built-in WiFi.


    Bluetooth

    Camera has a built-in Bluetooth which lets you to connect the camera to a smartphone or a dedicated remote control device. This allows you to remotely trigger the camera, adjust settings and controls remotely through a paired mobile app. While Wi-Fi is generally faster for transferring larger files, Bluetooth can be used for small, selective transfers, it can provide real-time information about your camera's battery status, memory card capacity, and other key settings directly on your paired smartphone or smartwatch.
      Check out the cameras in our database that have built-in Bluetooth.


    USB Input and HDMI Output

    Sony Alpha 1 has a USB 3.2 Gen 2x1 (10 GBit/sec) Type-C input for data transfer and battery charging. There is a Full Size HDMI connector for video signal output.


    Battery

    Sony Alpha 1 comes with NP-FZ100 battery pack with battery life of 530 shots.


    External Storage Slots

    The camera has Dual CFexpress Type A / SD (UHS-II) card slots.

    Other Features

    Shutter

    Sony Alpha 1 has Electronic shutter and Mechanical Focal Plane shutter. Shutter speed can go up to 1/32000 sec with electronic shutter and up to 1/8000 sec with mechanical shutter. Camera can shoot continuously up to 30.0 fps with electronic shutter and up to 10.0 fps with mechanical shutter.


    Focusing

    Sony Alpha 1 has Fast Hybrid AF (Phase-detection / Contrast-detection) system with 759 focusing points and from -4 to +20 EV detection range. Touch-to-Focus allows users to select a specific point on the screen where they want the camera to focus. This feature can be helpful for achieving precise focus in both photo and video recording. There is also face detection feature which automatically finds and focuses on faces and additional eye detection further locks the focus on one of the eyes and tracks it down during the motion.


    Exposure

    Camera's exposure metering ranges from -3 to +20 EV and you can set the exposure compensation within the ±5 EV range. You can also do exposure bracketing and manual exposure adjustment.


    Flash

    Sony Alpha 1 has no built-in flash but an external flash may be connected via Hot Shoe or PC Terminal. The fastest flash synchronization speed is 1/400 sec. Flash compensation can be set from -3 to +3 EV with 1/3 or 1/2 EV step increments.

    Physical Parameters

    Sony Alpha 1 has dimensions of 129 x 97 x 81 mm (5.08 x 3.82 x 3.19"). It weighs 737 g (1.62 lb / 26.00 oz) which is neither heavy nor lightweight.

    129 mm (5.08")

    97 mm (3.82")

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    81 mm (3.19")

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    Sony Alpha 1 dimensions

    Sony Alpha 1 for Different Types of Photography

    We give scores to the camera for different type of photography based on its features and specifications. Let us see how Sony Alpha 1 is suitable for six different types of photography.


    Landscape Photography

    EXCELLENT
    90

    Sony Alpha 1 gets a score of 90 and is EXCELLENT choice for Landscape photography.

    •   Large Sensor
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,440k dot
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   Environmental Sealing

    Sports Photography

    EXCELLENT
    85

    Sony Alpha 1 gets a score of 85 and is EXCELLENT choice for Sports photography.

    •   32,000 Highest Native ISO
    •   759 Focus Points
    •   Touch-to-Focus
    •   Face Detection
    •   Image Stabilization
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,440k dot
    •   High Resolution Viewfinder - 9,437k dot
    •   No Blackout Viewfinder
    •   High Max Continuous Shooting - 30.0 fps
    •   Short Battery Life - 530 shots
    •   2 Storage Slots
    •   Orientation Sensor

    Wildlife Photography

    GOOD
    84

    Sony Alpha 1 gets a score of 84 and is GOOD choice for Wildlife photography.

    •   32,000 Highest Native ISO
    •   759 Focus Points
    •   Touch-to-Focus
    •   Animal Eye Detection
    •   Image Stabilization
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,440k dot
    •   High Resolution Viewfinder - 9,437k dot
    •   No Blackout Viewfinder
    •   High Max Continuous Shooting - 30.0 fps
    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Short Battery Life - 530 shots
    •   2 Storage Slots
    •   Orientation Sensor

    Portrait Photography

    EXCELLENT
    91

    Sony Alpha 1 gets a score of 91 and is EXCELLENT choice for Portrait photography.

    •   Large Sensor
    •   759 Focus Points
    •   Touch-to-Focus
    •   Face Detection
    •   Image Stabilization
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Screen Size - 3.0"
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,440k dot
    •   High Flash Sync Speed - 1/400 sec
    •   Orientation Sensor

    Street Photography

    EXCELLENT
    89

    Sony Alpha 1 gets a score of 89 and is EXCELLENT choice for Street photography.

    •   Large Sensor
    •   759 Focus Points
    •   Touch-to-Focus
    •   Image Stabilization
    •   Tilting Screen
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,440k dot
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Weight - 737 g (1.62 lb / 26.00 oz)

    Travel Photography

    EXCELLENT
    87

    Sony Alpha 1 gets a score of 87 and is EXCELLENT choice for Travel photography.

    •   Image Stabilization
    •   Tilting Screen
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,440k dot
    •   High Video Resolution - 7680 x 4320
    •   No crop on 4K Videos
    •   High Video Recording Limit
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Weight - 737 g (1.62 lb / 26.00 oz)
    •   Short Battery Life - 530 shots

    Sony Alpha 1 Evaluation

    We evaluate Sony Alpha 1 and give score of 89 out of 100. We also give separate scores for 7 different categories according to the available features and specifications some of which are listed below. These evaluations are relative and may change each time a new camera is added to the database.


    OVERALL
    89

    Sensor

    EXCELLENT
    87

    We give Sony Alpha 1 a score of 87 for Sensor parameters.

    •   Stacked CMOS Sensor
    •   Large Sensor
    •   High Resolution Sensor - 50.1 Megapixel
    •   100 Lowest Native ISO
    •   32,000 Highest Native ISO
    •   High DxO Overall Score - 98

    Photo

    EXCELLENT
    86

    We give Sony Alpha 1 a score of 86 for Photo parameters.

    •   Sensor Shift High Resolution Mode
    •   Image Stabilization
    •   High Max Shutter Speed (Mechanical or 1st Curtain) - 1/8000 sec
    •   High Max Shutter Speed (Electronic) - 1/32000 sec
    •   High Max Continuous Shooting - 30.0 fps
    •   High Flash Sync Speed - 1/400 sec

    Video

    EXCELLENT
    99

    We give Sony Alpha 1 a score of 99 for Video parameters.

    •   Image Stabilization
    •   High Video Resolution - 7680 x 4320
    •   10-bit 4:2:2 Color
    •   No crop on 4K Videos
    •   Webcam Functionality
    •   Unlimited Video Recording
    •   High Video Recording Limit

    Focusing

    EXCELLENT
    93

    We give Sony Alpha 1 a score of 93 for Focusing parameters.

    •   -4 EV Min AF Detection
    •   759 Focus Points
    •   Touch-to-Focus
    •   Face Detection
    •   Live View Autofocus
    •   Animal Eye Detection

    Screen and Viewfinder

    EXCELLENT
    87

    We give Sony Alpha 1 a score of 87 for Screen and Viewfinder parameters.

    •   Tilting Screen
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Screen Size - 3.0"
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,440k dot
    •   Large Viewfinder - 0.64"
    •   High Resolution Viewfinder - 9,437k dot

    Connectivity

    EXCELLENT
    97

    We give Sony Alpha 1 a score of 97 for Connectivity parameters.

    •   High USB Speed
    •   HDMI Output
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   Built-In Wi-Fi
    •   Built-In Bluetooth

    Battery, Storage and Physical

    GOOD
    72

    We give Sony Alpha 1 a score of 72 for Battery, Storage and Physical parameters.

    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Weight - 737 g (1.62 lb / 26.00 oz)
    •   Short Battery Life - 530 shots
    •   2 Storage Slots


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