- 50MP - Full frame Sensor
- 3" Tilting Screen
- ISO 100 - 32000 (Expand to 102400)
- Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
- 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
- 7680 x 4320 video
- Sony E Mount
- 737g - 129 x 97 x 70mm
- Revealed January 2021
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Sony a1 overview
Sony a1 is Sony's Pro Mirrorless digital camera originally released on January of 2021. The camera has a 50MP, BSI-CMOS Full frame sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 8640 x 5760.
The a1 is ranked #5 out of 69 in Pro Mirrorless cameras & all round #5 out of 1459 for cameras in our collection. You can check our Advanced camera search to get camera results based on your personal factors.
Below is a graph of multiple criteria used in the scoring system.
Sony a1 history
The Sony a1 has a history of related cameras. Listed below, you can see all older and latest models alongside important specifications.
a1 vs A7R V61MPFull frame10.0 fps2022
a1 vs A7 IV33MPFull frame10.0 fps2021
a1 vs A7S III12MPFull frame10.0 fps2020
a1 vs A9 II24MPFull frame20.0 fps2019
a1 vs A7R IV61MPFull frame10.0 fps2019
a1 vs A7 III24MPFull frame10.0 fps2018
a1 vs A7R III42MPFull frame10.0 fps2017
a1 vs A7S II12MPFull frame5.0 fps2015
a1 vs A7R II42MPFull frame5.0 fps2015
a1 vs A7 II24MPFull frame5.0 fps2014
Sony a1 Gallery
You can check the a1 from various angles in the gallery here.
Sony a1 Pros and Cons
Below is a collection of pluses and minuses of the Sony a1 based on factors that are typically seen as crucial in a digital camera.
Sony a1 Sensor specifications
The dimension of the sensor on the Sony a1 is 35.9mm x 24mm (Full frame). The 862 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 8640 x 5760 pixels and aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera has Image Stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis). Sensor stabilization is better than digital stabilization since the latter can cause cropping.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
The BSI-CMOS sensor has 50MP and has a standard ISO range of 100 to 32000. This ISO can be expanded electronically to 50 to 102400. RAW photos are saved so the user has wider margin for error.
The image below illustrates the a1's sensor dimensions in comparison to other popular sizes. The a1 sensor has a crop factor of 1 and is shown in green.Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down
To get an idea of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.
Sony a1 dimensions
Sony a1 weighs 1.62 pounds (737 grams / 26.00 ounces) & the measurement of the camera is 129mm x 97mm x 70mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 2.8"). The weight of general Pro Mirrorless camera is 719 grams and the Sony a1 is very similar as compared with various competitors.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
Below is a photo of the Sony a1 besides a soft drink so you're able to get a sense of its scale.
The top view here will show the button arrangement on the a1.
Sony a1 Lens specifications
The a1 fits the Sony E mount and has 170 lenses available for purchase. Below is a small number of the lenses we have in our collection which will fit the a1.
Sony a1 Connectivity
The a1 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- Bluetooth Yes
- HDMI Yes
Cameras that have NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility can be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You are able to copy images and usually adjust settings without the hassle of connecting physically to the camera.
A few applications even provide a Liveview and press the shutter if you aren't near the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI port, it can be connected to an external display. The majority of cameras will allow you to recharge the battery with the USB port.
Sony a1 Video specifications
The highest video quality on the Sony a1 is 7680 x 4320 and you can shoot in XAVC S, XAVC HS, H.264 and H.265 file format. 4320p is a great quality for video. You can crop to Full HD to get improved video. Beware of the huge file sizes and ensure you have got decent SD cards that have fast write speeds. The body does feature both headphone and mic socket making it extremely valuable whilst capturing sound.
Sony a1 Weather Sealing
Sony a1 has got environment sealing which makes it a very good pick for use during challenging locations. This can be especially beneficial when you are uncertain about the conditions you may face during outdoor photography.
Sony a1 Screen and Viewfinder
The Sony a1 has a 3 inch tilting display supporting a resolution of 1,440 thousand dots.
Moreover the display is touch friendly so you can set focus point plus change settings with your fingers.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
The ViewFinder specifications for Sony a1 are the following:
- ViewFinder Electronic
- Resolution 9,437 thousand dots
- Coverage 100%
- Magnification 0.9x
Viewfinders can be pretty beneficial during bright outdoor conditions which may make the camera screen washed out and very difficult to see.
Sony a1 Shutter specifications
Sony a1 continuous shooting speed is 30.0 fps. The max shutter speed is 1/8000 sec. The camera also has silent electronic shutter of 1/32000 sec. Beware that the electronic shutter can produce "rolling shutter" under certain conditions.
Sony a1 Flash and Hot shoe specifications
Sony a1 has external flash ability but with missing inbuilt flash. The max flash sync speed is 1/400 sec.
Sony a1 Autofocus specifications
Sony a1 has both Phase Detect AF as well as Contrast Based AF. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more faster & exact when compared to Contrast Based focusing. The camera has Face detection which is valuable for people photography.
The Sensor has 759 focus points to pick from. Sony a1 has tap to focus. You are able to use your fingers to change where you focus. It also includes Tracking AF for moving objects. Sony a1 includes manual focusing if needed during low light situations or you need to have more exact focusing control.
Sony a1 Battery life
The battery power (NP-FZ100) in the Sony a1 is made to last for 530 photos based on the CIPA requirements which is above the usual ın comparison with its category. The typical Pro Mirrorless camera battery life is 462. Olympus E-M1X features the highest (870) battery life within this category of cameras.
Listed below is a listing of Pro Mirrorless cameras that come with the highest battery life:
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a1 vs Fujifilm GFX 100800 yesnoyes
Sony a1 for specific kinds of photography
The following bar chart indicates a summation of the Sony a1 for specific kinds of photography. To learn more, have a look at the specific section below.
Sony a1 as a Portrait photography camera
The Sony a1 receives a points total of 89 which is wonderful, and means the camera is a superb option for portraits. Photographing portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor dimension, support for RAW photos & ability to utilize external flash.
Sony a1 Street photography information
Having a tremendous points tally of 79, the Sony a1 is a brilliant fit for street photography. A good street photography camera comes with a good balance of picture quality and portability.
Sony a1 as a Sports photography camera
A terrific sports photography points tally of 91 means the Sony a1 is a terrific pick for photographing sports. A camera really should have good tracking and shutter speeds for sports photography.
Sony a1 Travel photography info
Weight is really crucial when getting a camera for travel. All things considered, the Sony a1 gets a very good 74 as a travel camera which is a good fit to take with you on your trips.
Sony a1 Landscape photography info
For anyone planning to purchase a digital camera for landscape photography, the most vital factor is going to be image quality. The Sony a1 and it's awesome score of 89 for a landscape camera is a great choice in the current marketplace.
Sony a1 Vlogging features
A camera for vlogging should offer a moving display screen, microphone input and if possible IBIS. Considering all things, the Sony a1 is just not appropriate as a vlog camera as it gets a horrible rating of 37.
Sony a1 Alternatives
If you are searching for replacements to the a1, below is a selection of the highest placed cameras that fall in to the category of Pro Mirrorless.
The line chart just below provides you a bird's eye view of the a1 vs it's top scored rivals suggested previously.
These are some more cameras you may see as alternative options. To review a thorough comparison, click the "compare" link.