Sony Alpha a1

Sony Alpha a1

Sony Alpha a1
Announced: 26 Jan 2021
Sensor Resolution: 50Mp
Sensor Type: Full frame BSI-CMOS
ISO: 100-32000
Weight: 737g
Physical Dimensions: 129 x 97 x 70 mm
Viewfinder: Electronic
Screen Type: 3" Tilting
Video Resolutions: 7680 x 4320
75
Overall Score
70
Image Quality
72
Speed Performance
98
Versatility
64
Comfort
Portrait

70

Portrait
Landscape

71

Landscape
Sport

76

Sport
Street

74

Street
Everyday

76

Everyday

prospros

  • This camera autofocus is able to follow moving subjects
  • The Sony Alpha a1 is tropicalized - this means you can use it also in adverse atmospheric and environmental conditions without ruining it
  • The integrated stabilizer allows you to shoot firmly even in low light conditions
  • The LCD display is a convenient and almost indispensable feature
  • High resolution in video recording
  • The microphone input can be very useful if you shoot videos
  • Thanks to burst mode, it's ideal for action photos
  • Precise and fast autofocus, ideal for action photos, it performs well even in low light conditions
  • The second memory slot makes the camera more reliable, also for professional use
  • Thanks to the wireless connection, Sony Alpha a1 allows immediate picture sharing

Sony Alpha a1 and its rivals

Review compare Sony Alpha a1 with overall score Portrait
Portrait
Landscape
Landscape
Sport
Sport
Street
Street
Everyday
Everyday
Sony Alpha a1 Sony
Alpha a1
75 70 71 76 74 76 buy on
Fujifilm GFX 100S Fujifilm
GFX 100S
78 93 94 72 67 67 $5,999.95
Sony Alpha A9 II Sony
Alpha A9 II
73 67 67 75 74 76 $4,139.95
Sony Alpha A7R IV Sony
Alpha A7R IV
73 71 71 74 73 74 $2,869.95
Sony Alpha A7c Sony
Alpha A7c
72 65 66 70 75 76 $2,144.95
Fujifilm GFX 50S II Fujifilm
GFX 50S II
72 85 87 63 62 62 $3,989.95
Fujifilm X-Pro3 Fujifilm
X-Pro3
65 53 50 63 77 78 $1,799.00

Sony Alpha a1: concluding remarks and technical specifications

The Sony Alpha a1 is a mirrorless camera launched on 01/26/2021.

Technically speaking, the Sony Alpha a1 ranks in the best 1% of its category (and in the best 99 of all cameras in our database) scoring 75 overall. The Sony Alpha a1 weights 737 gr and spans 129 x 97 x 70 mm. This means that it is one of the largest and heaviest cameras within its category.

Going into details, the Sony Alpha a1 behaves better than average in its category for:

  • Image Quality - Score 70, ranks in the category best 5%.
  • Speed Performance - Score 72, ranks in the category best 6%.
  • Versatility - Score 98, ranks in the category best 1%.

On the contrary, the performance of Sony Alpha a1 is below the category average in:

  • Comfort - Score 64, ranks among the worst 29% of its category.

However, the technical performance of your camera should be put in context. Indeed, depending on the type of photography you are interested in, each individual camera feature can impact your pictures to a different extent. This is the reason why we developed the iCamRank. iCamRank has been designed to weight all the individual technical specifications of each camera in the camerarace database, depending on different shooting conditions. Thus, here is what we suggest, depending on the photography type you like most:

  • Portrait - Great, score 70, ranks in the best 4% of its category. Sony Alpha a1 is perfect for Portrait photography, one of the best in its class.
  • Landscape - Great, score 71, ranks in the best 4% of its category. Sony Alpha a1 is perfect for Landscape photography, one of the best in its class.
  • Sport - Great, score 76, ranks in the best 2% of its category. Sony Alpha a1 is perfect for Sport photography, one of the best in its class.
  • Street - Great, score 74, ranks in the best 4% of its category. Sony Alpha a1 is perfect for Street photography, one of the best in its class.
  • Everyday - Great, score 76, ranks in the best 4% of its category. Sony Alpha a1 is perfect for everyday photography, one of the best in its class.

Last but not least, the price. You can find the Sony Alpha a1 sold on Amazon for a price comprised between 6498.0 USD and 6498.0 USD, well above the average for this camera type.

Overall, Sony Alpha a1 is a good value for money. However, alternatives are also available, which you may want to take into consideration before taking the final decision. Click here to see alternative options.

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Sony Alpha a1 technical specs

Sensor Type

Sensor Type

BSI-CMOS

Sensor Size

Full frame

Sensor Dimensions

35.9 x 24.0 mm

Sensor Area

861.6 mm2

Sensor Resolution

50 Mp

Max Image Resolution

8640 x 5760

Max Native ISO

32000

Min Native ISO

100

RAW Support

yes

Lens

Manual Focus

yes

Lens Mount

Sony E

Number of Lenses

142

Focal Length Multiplier

1

Screen Type

Screen Type

Tilting

Screen Size

3.0"

Screen Resolution

1440Kdot

Live View

yes

Touch Screen

yes

Viewfinder

Viewfinder

Electronic

Viewfinder Resolution

9437000.0

Viewfinder Coverage

100

Viewfinder Magnification

0.9x

Features

Min Shutter Speed

30s

Max Shutter Speed

-

Continuous Shooting

30fps

Shutter Priority

yes

Aperture Priority

yes

Manual Exposure Mode

yes

Exposure Compensation

yes

Custom White Balance

yes

Image Stabilization

yes

Built-in Flash

no

Flash Range

None

Max Flash Sync

1/400s

Flash Modes

Flash off
Autoflash
Fill-flash
Slow Sync.
Rear Sync.
Red-eye reduction
Wireless
Hi-speed sync

External Flash

yes

AE Bracketing

yes

WB Bracketing

yes

Dxo Sensor Scores

DxO Overall Score

DxO Color Depth

DxO Dynamic Range

DxO Low Light ISO

Exposure Modes

Multi-Segment

yes

Average

yes

Spot

yes

Partial

no

AF-Area

no

Center Weighted

no

Autofocus

AF Touch

yes

AF Continuous

yes

AF Single

yes

AF Tracking

yes

AF Selective

yes

AF Center

yes

AF MultiArea

yes

AF Live View

yes

AF Face Detection

yes

AF Contrast Detection

yes

AF Phase Detection

yes

Number of Focus Points

759

Number of Cross Focus Points

0

Video Features

Video Resolutions

7680x4320 (30p 25p 23.98)

Max Video Resolution

7680x4320

Video Formats

XAVC S XAVC HS H.264 H.265

Microphone Port

yes

Headphone Port

yes

Connectivity

Wireless Connectivity

Built-in

HDMI

yes

USB

Yes

Physical

Environmental Sealing

yes

Water Proof

no

Dust Proof

no

Shock Proof

no

Crush Proof

no

Freeze Proof

no

Weight

737g

Physical Dimensions

129 x 97 x 70 mm

Battery Life

530

Battery Type

Battery Pack

Battery Model

NP-FZ100

Other Features

Self Timer

Yes

Timelapse Recording

yes

GPS

no

Storage Type

Dual SD CFexpress Type A slots (UHS-II supported)

Storage Slots

2

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