The images world is in shock after the reveal of the Sony A1 – a digital camera that boasts a 50MP sensor able to taking stills at as much as 30 frames per second, and capturing video at as much as 8.6K oversampled with 15 stops of dynamic vary.
It is a 12 months late, so it will probably’t actually steal any thunder, however has the Sony A1 (opens in new tab) simply blown the Canon EOS R5 (opens in new tab) out of the water?
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At first look, it definitely appears that means. The Sony A1 appears able to doing the whole lot that the R5 can – simply greater, higher and extra of it.
Canon was the primary to carry a client 8K digital camera to market, however now the A1 provides that string to Sony’s bow as properly. Nevertheless, the true alternative to sock it to Canon would have been to supply 8K with no overheating – regardless of the large technological hurdle this presents.
Because it stands, although, the digital camera can document a most of half-hour in both 8K or 4K 60p – not too dissimilar from the R5. That stated, the A1 boasts as much as 15 stops of dynamic vary because of its 10-bit S-Log 3 HLG mode – the place the R5 is at present restricted to 12 stops, no less than till the brand new firmware including C-Log 2 or 3 is rolled out.
Clearly the A1 packs a way more pixel-dense sensor, with its 50MP decision being second solely to the Sony A7R IV (opens in new tab) with regards to full-frame mirrorless cameras. In actual phrases, nonetheless, the distinction between 50MP and 45MP (the latter being the decision of the R5) is pretty negligible.
The place the Sony A1 genuinely blows away the competitors, although, is when it comes to its blistering steady capturing pace; 30fps is like mild pace in comparison with the closest rivals (together with the Sony A9 II (opens in new tab), Canon EOS-1D X Mark III (opens in new tab) and Canon EOS R6 (opens in new tab) along with the R5).
On high of that, the promise of recent Anti-distortion shutter know-how to stop rolling shutter may very well be an enormous deal. The R5 would not endure too badly from rolling shutter, but when Sony’s claims concerning the readout pace of the A1’s new sensor are true then this may very well be an actual game-changer for capturing motion.
Nonetheless, all that is for naught if the digital camera is not reasonably priced – and there was loads of groaning concerning the $3,899 / £4,199 / AU$6,499 price ticket of the EOS R5. And here is the rub: the Sony A1 carries a worth of $6,498 / £6,499 / AU$10,499 – considerably larger, however is there a equally substantial quantity of tech for that additional $2,599?
That will depend on your perspective. Is a 67% worth enhance value it for a 50% enhance in steady capturing pace and an 11% enhance in decision? Immediately, the A1 would not appear like fairly as clear minimize a winner.
Had the Sony A1 are available cheaper, maybe at $5,498, you might say that the Canon EOS R5 goes to be in bother. With such a worth disparity, although, we do not assume Canon goes to be quaking in its boots an excessive amount of – $6,498 is firmly in medium format territory with regards to pricing, and amazingly makes the R5 appear like a cut price by comparability.
The specs alone definitely put the A1 in a category of its personal. Nevertheless, with regards to getting clients to place a product of their basket, Sony may need priced its new digital camera – sensible because it seems – a bit too excessive to trigger the R5 any actual disruption.
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