We live in a technological world, where things change rapidly, and hopefully for the better. Just in the last year, this is what I see happening in the photography equipment:
- Cameras are getting better faster now, than the cell cameras. The photos you take with the new generation cameras are way ahead of what they were just a few years ago.
- It’s now so much easier to shoot without a flash, say for night photography or low light situation. Cameras are coming in with a settings for the ISO at 102,400! That is amazing.
- With the new smaller digital cameras with interchangeable lenses, they are introducing are sharper, more colorful than any lens made before. Your photos are just sharper and more colorful than ever before. Have you noticed lenses from Sigma and others have lenses called: “Art” lenses. So good that they make things look so real, it has left people in shock.
- Cell phone cameras are improving rapidly as well, but, realize their sensors still have to be small. They are limited to how well they can reproduce because of the size of the sensor. But, DSLR cameras, the sensors have always been big. And then to improve them to the point of 50.1MP, is astonishing.
Conclusion: This is probably a better time than ever to jump in to serious photography. Because things have improved so much that it makes photography fun.
Sony introduces the Sony A1!
Sony has announced a game-changing new camera, the Sony A1 – a 50.1MP, 8.6K camera capable of shooting bursts at up to a blistering 30fps, with 15 stops of dynamic range and real-time animal eye AF.
Powered by a brand new stacked, back-illuminated Exmoor RS image sensor with integral memory, along with a Bionz XR processor, the Sony A1 can capture 50MP images at up to 30fps – with blackout-free shooting.
That huge sensor also supports 8K video, with up to 8.6K oversampling, and 4K video up to 120fps at 10-bit 4:2:2 All-I. In Super 35mm, 4K can be downsampled from 5.8K, with support for 10-bit S-Log 3 and 15-stop dynamic range. In addition, 16-bit RAW is supported over HDMI.
So, does the Sony A1 overheat as badly as the Canon EOS R5? According to Sony, it can record for a maximum of 30 minutes when filming in 8K or 4K 60p.
The high resolution isn’t just limited to the sensor itself, though; the electronic viewfinder is every bit as cutting edge, boasting an astonishing 9.44 million dots and a refresh rate of up to 240fps. The resolution of the touchscreen isn’t yet confirmed, but it is a tilting screen rather than a fully articulating one.
The Sony A1 also introduces real-time Eye AF for birds, bolstered by the 759-point phase detect autofocus system with 92% coverage – which makes AF and AE calculations at up to 120 times per second.
To keep up with the lightning-fast 30fps frame-rate, the A1 boasts dual CFexpress Type A / UHS-II SD card slots, along with new anti-distortion shutter technology. Made possible by the super-quick readout of the new sensor, this combats the rolling shutter phenomenon when shooting electronically.
A cutting-edge camera deserves cutting-edge image formats, so the A1 will support HEIF, Light JPG, In-camera Crop and Lossless Compressed RAW.
As you’d expect, the camera is also weather sealed and possesses 5.5 stops of in-body image stabilization. It also offers professional communication options, including FTP transfer, 1000 BASE-T LAN, and SuperSpeed 10Gbps USB 3.2.
Now, if all that technical jargon meant nothing to you, there is a few things on these specs that all people recognize, I think:
- 50.1 Megapixel sensor. Yes, that is super sharp
- Shooting speeds in bursts up to 30 frames per second.
- The movies you make now with this camera are in 8K video. Super sharp and apparently some cameras overheated with shooting in that over a period of time, but, Sony’s has fixed that problem
- 759 Points of autofocus. I remember when 13 was good.
- I like this one: In-camera cropping. Sometimes you take a photo, and you have too much around the subject. So, in post processing you fixed it. Now you can do it inside your camera.
- Camera body is weather sealed.
- 5.5 Stops of image stabilization in the body. That’s the fastest yet.
- Professional communication options. Why it might talk to you if you are lonely.
So, hope that helps you with the jargon we are all familiar with. More on this exciting camera coming up in the next couple of weeks.
Last, but not Least:
I discovered some amazing photos of winners of photography. Could you take these pictures? Study them and see if you can tell how they were taken: