Sony Alpha 1 PHOTOGRAPHY review (res, DR, ISO, RAW, AF, 30fps) 2 months

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Gordon Laing

Månad sedan

I spent TWO months testing the Sony Alpha 1! Here's my review for stills.
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00:00 - Introduction
01:22 - Controls
02:42 - Connectivity and cards
06:16 - Screen and menus
07:22 - Viewfinder quality
11:22 - Battery
11:54 - Design vs Pro DSLR
13:35 - Sensor and shutter types
17:40 - IBIS / stabilization
18:41 - Image quality, resolution, DR, noise
27:17 - Autofocus, Burst shooting, Birds
34:41 - Final Verdict
#sony #a1 #alpha

Kommentarer
Camera Prepper
Camera Prepper 2 timmar sedan
I wish for a much better EVF in the next Sony A7RV or a Sony A9R
Gordon Laing
Gordon Laing 59 minuter sedan
I think they will all be 5 million dot MINIMUM going forward.
Jan-Hendrik Bussmann
Jan-Hendrik Bussmann 10 timmar sedan
Best job at explaining all the viewfinder settings on all reviews I have watched for the A1, and I love the rather long format of this review. It covers it all and it is easy to follow along, because the huge amount of information is not just machine-gunned into ten minutes. Thank you, Gordon :-)
Gordon Laing
Gordon Laing 7 timmar sedan
Thanks, glad you enjoyed it!
Theus Badenhorst
Theus Badenhorst Dag sedan
Discerning viewer of very great taste. You say! Great review. Thank you. Im going to buy it for it's versitility.
Gordon Laing
Gordon Laing Dag sedan
Great choice! PS - if you're ordering online, please do consider checking via my links, thanks!
Srinagar Diary - Kashmir Adventures
Srinagar Diary - Kashmir Adventures 3 dagar sedan
very informative 👍
Gordon Laing
Gordon Laing 3 dagar sedan
Glad you liked it!
mikldude
mikldude 4 dagar sedan
Great review as always ;) .
Gordon Laing
Gordon Laing 4 dagar sedan
thanks!
E Y
E Y 8 dagar sedan
Bought it - Love it, no complaints about anything and amazing all-around camera. Prolly use 30% ... dont care :)
Gordon Merchant
Gordon Merchant 9 dagar sedan
I'd rather a small camera with options to increase the size than a large one with no option to reduce it's size. Excellent review.
Doyle Lovil
Doyle Lovil 9 dagar sedan
You did an amazing job on this review. Absolutely amazing. Thank you for taking the time to go through all of the details and taking the time/effort to put it all together for us. Really appreciate it. I especially liked the A1/R5 comparison but the whole video was top notch IMO!
Gordon Laing
Gordon Laing 9 dagar sedan
Thankyou! I should get to work on part two soon!
Sami Reivinen
Sami Reivinen 11 dagar sedan
Can't wait for video centric review!
Gordon Laing
Gordon Laing 11 dagar sedan
Can't wait to get onto it!
Burrito Bro's Videos
Burrito Bro's Videos 12 dagar sedan
The canon r5 is not close to half the price of the sony a1. Its 2/3
Gordon Laing
Gordon Laing 12 dagar sedan
3899 vs 6499 = 60%, so sure, a bit closer to 2/3 than half. The point is it's almost 3k difference.
Inkognito
Inkognito 18 dagar sedan
Great video Gordon! Thank you so much for the work you do! Quick question: I’m seriously considering selling my Nikon gear and switching to Sony. Do you think it makes sense to get an A7r4 or would you recommend a different body? Thank you!
Inkognito
Inkognito 16 dagar sedan
@Gordon Laing Sorry for the delay! I want to switch for a couple of reasons: 1. Nikon has been much slower than I expected in getting lenses out for their mirrorless system, and Sony has all the lenses that I'm looking for (and great 3rd party support) 2. They seem to be pushing the envelope when it comes to camera technology while Nikon (and for a while Canon), seem to just be catching up. Not just in terms of auto focus, but also lenses, one example is the size/weight difference for the 50mm 1.2 for the Z and the E mount. 3. While I primarily shoot landscapes, I've been getting more and more into wild life photography, and the Sony cameras seem to be better suited for fast action. I'm not too invested into Nikon, I have a Z7, the 24-70 f4 and the 70-200 f2.8
Gordon Laing
Gordon Laing 18 dagar sedan
Why do you want to switch?
Jeff C
Jeff C 20 dagar sedan
Kudos to you sir: you produced a terrific expose on this camera and I truly enjoyed it in its entirety.
Gordon Laing
Gordon Laing 20 dagar sedan
Thankyou!
Querencia.tv
Querencia.tv 21 dag sedan
Amazing Work ✌️
Gordon Laing
Gordon Laing 21 dag sedan
Thanks!
Peace in the world
Peace in the world 24 dagar sedan
Hi! Thank you for tis video! Can you choose to shoot with the electronic shutter but still have the mechanical shutter protect the sensor when camera is powered off?
Gordon Laing
Gordon Laing 24 dagar sedan
I think so, I can check in a couple of days when i next have it.
Bruce Graner
Bruce Graner 25 dagar sedan
A very thorough review broken down so even people not familiar with Sony cameras can appreciate your evaluations.
Gordon Laing
Gordon Laing 25 dagar sedan
Thanks!
ryan Tang
ryan Tang 25 dagar sedan
I bought the Olympus EM1X three months ago and is now selling roughly half the price when it was originally released and it is absolutely a beast. I took it out for a few shoot of wildlife shooting during moderate rain and it had no issue whatsoever while my mates were so careful with that full frame Sony A9 and A9 ii. The Olympus body feels much more solidly built than the Sonys and yes the performance of it isn’t as great and the autofocus is as good admittedly but we compare images when compare with the 300mm F4 lenses. We can’t tell there is much of a difference when it comes down to image quality of the birding images. Maybe a fraction better with the Sony but the difference is subtle. People don’t realize with more zoom image and able to get closer than the full frame counterparts, you can make up the difference in wildlife photography. It is just that everyone now is pushing for full frame mirrorless
Barry Murphy
Barry Murphy 25 dagar sedan
Superb as always Gordon, really looking forward to the review of the video side of the A1.
Barry Murphy
Barry Murphy 25 dagar sedan
@Gordon Laing Well I rarely do, it was normally CVP, but all that's out the window now, so its either here or France/Germany. Most likely to be Conns Cameras here for this A1
Gordon Laing
Gordon Laing 25 dagar sedan
@Barry Murphy bah, I was going to suggest WEX as well. Who do you buy from in ireland?
Barry Murphy
Barry Murphy 25 dagar sedan
@Gordon Laing Cheers Gordon, good to hear ! And alas being in Ireland B&H can't ship an A1 to me due to restrictions and Wex is no longer viable due to Brexit, bloody pain !
Gordon Laing
Gordon Laing 25 dagar sedan
@Barry Murphy believe me, the video is very respectable! PS - if you're ordering from B&H, please consider going to them via my link here or at cameralabs.com thanks!
Barry Murphy
Barry Murphy 25 dagar sedan
@Gordon Laing I fear I may have to whack down a deposit today to secure an A1 , which is before I see your review on the video side of things with the A1, so I hope I don't find out I've made the wrong decision ! :)
Matthew Mockovic
Matthew Mockovic 25 dagar sedan
I'm a sport shooter using an A9 and looking to upgrade to an A1 - and I'm glad it doesn't have a built-in battery/handgrip :-)
Douglas Walkey
Douglas Walkey 26 dagar sedan
Great review, Gordon, as always. You pose a couple of questions: Am I interested in the Canon or Nikon DSLRs? No. I'm already in the mirrorless world. Am I waiting for Canon or Nikon flagship mirrorless? No. I already have Sony G and higher lenses. Do I want a built-in battery pack like the Olympus EM-1X? Definitely NOT. I can change a battery and value smaller form factors and less weight. Will I by the Alpha 1? Right now, no. I'm not needing a new camera. In the future? Possibly.
Steve Murnan
Steve Murnan 12 dagar sedan
Sony may release an A9III to compete with the R5 at a price point similar to the R5.
James Modrall
James Modrall 26 dagar sedan
Another great review Gordon. I really appreciate your extremely detailed reviews. You answer every possible question. I am stunned that anyone could give your reviews a “thumbs down”. Keep up the great work.
daren wilz
daren wilz 24 dagar sedan
I really think that in order to give a thumbs down a comment should also be required to give the reason.
gidi1951
gidi1951 26 dagar sedan
I am a Nikon user I prefer Nikon as i hope they continue support Dslr which I prefer on Mororless camera .
Gordon Laing
Gordon Laing 26 dagar sedan
I think there will be less and less new DSLRs going forward, maybe one or two a year.
Paul Barbera
Paul Barbera 26 dagar sedan
The only reason ive moved to sony is becouse of the small size! I love! The Sony A1, ive had it one week now. Just selling my 1dx mark II.
Steve Murnan
Steve Murnan 11 dagar sedan
@Paul Barbera That wasn't clear in your comment. Canon will be along with a A1 competitor and I dare say Nikon will too. It's an expensive change when a wait for the Canon alternative would have been much cheaper but to each his own.
Paul Barbera
Paul Barbera 11 dagar sedan
@Steve Murnan I need the flagship sports camera, so the R5 does not cut it. I’m slowly selling off all the canon glass, 135mm 21mm Ziess, and a 50mm.
Steve Murnan
Steve Murnan 12 dagar sedan
What glass have you traded in and had to purchase to make the switch? Did you consider the R5?
Jack Brumby
Jack Brumby 24 dagar sedan
It'll make a good trade-in on a Nikon Z9. Well done.
gidi1951
gidi1951 26 dagar sedan
I read that bayonet is not suit for full frame.
Gordon Laing
Gordon Laing 26 dagar sedan
That's a myth spread by people who don't like Sony. True, it could give them more flexibility in lens design if it were bigger. But show me any results where the Sony system is under-performing versus other full-frame systems. They all have pros and cons but Sony is working around their mount size very effectively.
Gilbert Tang
Gilbert Tang 26 dagar sedan
I own an a1. Received on day 1 of public release. Well done as usual. One thing I’ve noted after also testing the R5 on birds with the RF 70-200 2.8 (a lovely lens), is once the detection box locks on it does stay on pretty well as you depict. And I also agree that the a1’s detection box sometimes won’t update as frequently and sometimes seems to be missing the eye. However, when I actually review the photos, it’s clear the a1 is actually super, super locked on to the eye nonetheless, even with the Sony 70-200 2.8 GM (as you also pointed out), which I consider pretty long in the tooth. It’s freaky how good it is, plus zero blackout and high refresh. It’s just the detection box isn’t updating as frequently as it should. I think this is a bug. And while it might be minor, it has pulled me out of the moment a couple times where I thought I missed the shot and actually didn’t. Hopefully an update smooths this out. Meanwhile, the R5 shows the box on the eye and even with native glass I noticed the hit rate was quite a bit lower when actually reviewing the photos at my desk, not to mention the blackout especially on that first shutter press (which also pulls me out of the moment, and likely cannot be changed with software). Don’t get me wrong, the R5 was overall great and well up to the task. But I’m terms of actual results at a desk (and not on the a1’s comparatively terrible LCD panel), overall speed (FPS, locking on, staying locked on in more complex situation, etc), the a1 was clearly superior (astounding, really). But $2400 more superior? As far as this one feature, I’m not too sure. As far as the whole package, especially if you have a use for it, then it becomes much more palatable. I don’t regret my a1 at all (currently also own a6600, a7S III, and a7R IV). I often feel like I’m wielding superpowers while using it. Thanks for the review.
Gilbert Tang
Gilbert Tang 26 dagar sedan
I also want to note that in terms of audience, I think I’m very much in the pocket. Our little company shoots effectively anything from stills to video. The idea for the a1 was, in concert with my other cameras, to have it as a B cam to the a7S III for video, and an A cam to the A7R IV for stills. My partner shoots Canon (which is why I tested the R5 at length, including doing a direct comparison commercial video shoot with both the a7S III and the R5). He decided against the R5 as he’s a video first shooter and even with updates it simply wasn’t where we needed it to be due to recovery times. Instead, he opted for the C70 to complement his existing C200 and EOS R. As I’m a stills shooter first, the a1 was something of a dream camera for me. But, practically speaking, once I realized how much cross compatibility there was with my existing gear (vertical grip, batteries, obviously glass, K3M, and even slots in my camera cases given its compact size), plus the fact that it gave us reliable 8K (primarily for stock work, punch-in flexibility, and straight up downsampling via the Ninja V), it became more and more of a rational decision. The size is exactly what I want. Being able to remove the vertical grip and make the camera look and feel as minimally invasive as possible while still having all the power it offers (not to mention handheld gimbal and aerial use, which, yes, we also do since I’ve been flying for about a decade now), and while not compromising on I/O, is just such an incredible gift. The R5 is lovely, no doubt, and I definitely don’t care about camera brand flame wars. People make great stuff with all kinds of gear, especially when they’re not just waiting for the internet to tell them what to do or believe. I’m rooting hard for Canon, Nikon, Fuji, etc. But as far as the audience for the a1, I think I’m right there.
Ljubomir LOBA Stefan Havlik
Ljubomir LOBA Stefan Havlik 26 dagar sedan
Where is the viewing at pictures, on the cheap screen ? The rest very good. So part 3 is missing.
Christoph K
Christoph K 27 dagar sedan
Hello Gorden, thank you very much for your great video. Here are a few hints and questions: - is the sensor very sensitive to dust? You can see which on your pictures (e.g. from 20:37 min). I thought it should be better with the protective clasp? - can the focus magnifier also be used with AF-C? On the A7RIV or A9 it does not work in AF-C mode, which I find very bad - can you adjust the focus on the lens manually in AF-C? With the other cameras mentioned above, this is only possible with MF or DMF, which I also find quite disappointing. - As you mentioned I find it disappointing that a camera as expensive as the A1 does not offer focus bracketing. I hope Sony will bring a firmware update soon (also for the existing cameras) - for everyone who takes vertical pictures - close to the ground - the display is poorly designed Many Thanks!
Point Reyes
Point Reyes 28 dagar sedan
Thank you Gordon. Your review helped me to see that I'm glad I did not purchase the A1. From what I can tell a 24-30 Meg A9iii with several of the A1 tech features would be a better fit for me. I hope Sony does continue the A9 line but it is difficult to tell if that will happen.
Steve Murnan
Steve Murnan 12 dagar sedan
I think it would be negligent of Sony not to produce a A9III. They've left that market segment wide open for the R5 to exploit atm. If they are forcing A9 users down the A1 upgrade route then Sony will lose market share at that price/performance point.
Rezzan Altürk
Rezzan Altürk 28 dagar sedan
great review!
John Scane
John Scane 28 dagar sedan
Best reviewer out there - Thanks!
Gordon Laing
Gordon Laing 28 dagar sedan
Thanks John!
Robert
Robert 28 dagar sedan
Excellent work Gordon! Finally a review that honestly reviews the a1, instead of of repeating the marketing, you make a point of calling out that Sony says “a 9.4m dot evf with 240hz!” But in typical Sony fashion, they can’t both be used at the same time. I wish all reviewers would jut be honest about the camera instead of just fawning over anything Sony (cough Gerald)..
Robert
Robert 28 dagar sedan
@Gordon Laing perhaps, and he is highly technical, but he skews tests to where the Sony will perform better. He also never calls out the Sony deficiencies, for example he refers to the Sony’s “amazing 9m dot evf that can do 240hz “ but doesn’t mention that it can’t do both. He comments about its 30fps, but doesn’t indicate the special conditions that must be met to use it, and if you turn on lossless, you are immediately stuck to 20, and with a mechanical on 10, the R5 is technically faster. Is that mentioned in his review?No. How about you can’t record raw with the Sony but can on the R5? Mentioned? Nope. How about that the R5 can do 12bit internal? Where’s the Sony can only do 10bit.mentioned by Gerald? Nope. But he does call out the overheating of the R5. But does he didn’t mention if you just dumb down the bitrate of the R5 (to where it’s still better than the sony, but not 2600mpbs) it won’t overheat?, nope leaves that out. He doesn’t mention any of the af deficiencies of the Sony like you did compared the the R5. I mean I could go on and on. So while he’s being ridiculously technical, the overall reviews look at everything through “Sony colored glasses” and it’s disingenuous to People looking for real world examples and comparisons. He calls it the “best camera in the world” when there are literally a list of reasons the canon R5 is better, one of which includes its half the cost.
Gordon Laing
Gordon Laing 28 dagar sedan
Glad you liked my tests. Don't be harsh on Gerald though, I'd rate him as one of the best reviewers on YT. He does very thorough work and tests a lot more than most out there. Things like spotting dual native ISOs when they're not reported in specs, discovering ways to trick the HDMI into outputting oversampled video for instance are two things I wouldn't have picked up on.
Dustinrhoades
Dustinrhoades 28 dagar sedan
Thank you Gordon
J R
J R 28 dagar sedan
Thanks G
Ben Harvey Photography
Ben Harvey Photography 29 dagar sedan
How do Sony cram in all of that technology into that tiny camera body, and the next question, what do Canon and Nikon use all of that ‘spare room’ for in their pro cameras?!? Great review as always :-)
Gordon Laing
Gordon Laing 29 dagar sedan
that's where you keep your sandwiches. - the difference between a pro and a beginner...
Dr.Chrisu
Dr.Chrisu 29 dagar sedan
Nice review, Gordon. For wildlife photography, do you think there is a significant gap between R5 and A1? I don't particularly like Sony's bodies, too small for my hands, for this reason I didn't switch to Sony. Now I would like to upgrade my camera gear to a mirrorless and I shoot animal and birds. It the difference is no significant I will buy the R5, otherwise I think I will wait for the R1. Thanks in advance!
Steve Murnan
Steve Murnan 28 dagar sedan
Buy an R5 and save a lot of money. Gordon's view on BIF and the A1 being better at picking out birds against a busy background really depends on the way you set the R5 up. I don't get a problem as I've set the AF initial point to the center point when starting eye af. This picks out the bird no problem as long as you center on the subject. Plus if you bbf you can set the R5 to have all 3 back buttons set to differing focus methods. The rolling shutter really isn't an issue 90% plus of the time. If I think rs is going to be an issue set a custom function to mechanical so you can switch. The A1 is a great camera but imho you get most of the stills performance of the A1 at a significantly reduced price with the R5. The R5 works really well with EF legacy glass into the bargain.
Gordon Laing
Gordon Laing 29 dagar sedan
Did you see the part where I talk about birds in flight?
David Mair
David Mair 29 dagar sedan
I very much prefer the smaller size of the sony to the others. Don't want a massive boat anchor to lug around.
David Mair
David Mair 29 dagar sedan
@Gordon Laing Like going from a Nikkormat FTN to an FM. Lol The pinky can just tough it out. BTW nice work on the vid.
Gordon Laing
Gordon Laing 29 dagar sedan
Most people commenting here would agree with you!
A K
A K 29 dagar sedan
I personally strongly prefer the smaller, more compact form factor of the Alpha-1, over the built-in gripped models. It is a deliberate decision Sony made, to NOT make the camera bigger than it needed to be, by adding in a built-in grip, but offering a separate grip for folks who need that.......a decision made, for good or for bad ! Of course if the buil-in grip, while adding the additional mandatory bulk, also adds another 10FPS, that will be something I can accept, but that does not seem to be the case here. However, I do accept the argument of needing better visual/functional differentiation between the the R1 and the A7/A9 models before it, since the R1 is positioned as a new, more expensive and higher-end model vis-a-vis the others. Visual/functional differentiation in terms of more substantial body, big enough for 2 higher-end card slots (2 CF-Express B slots ?), more buttons etc.
Andrew Higgins
Andrew Higgins Månad sedan
Impressively comprehensive review. The A1 does seem very expensive compared to the R5, which in turn cost more than the Nikon Z7. That begs the question, which of that trio is 'best value' for the generalist photographer?? I suspect Nikon may have that title, while speed has always cost money, whether cameras or cars!
Gordon Laing
Gordon Laing 29 dagar sedan
Best value is a difficult thing to measure and award as it really is in the eye of the beholder! The EOS R5 looks quite reasonably priced now, and older models even more so!
Gerald Undone
Gerald Undone Månad sedan
Great work, Gordon! 👏👏
Gerald Undone
Gerald Undone 29 dagar sedan
@Gordon Laing Your EVF test was fantastic. I'm honoured by your kind words.
Gordon Laing
Gordon Laing 29 dagar sedan
thanks Gerald, I really appreciate you saying that! You've really been consistently knocking it out of the park on your own videos, and that's encouraged me to try and up my game. As you know, it can be hard to go into the depth you always want to due to the seemingly incessant supply of new gear consuming your time, and starting a new channel hasn't helped (!), but I enjoyed trying some new things in this video. i actually thought of your spinning tests when trying to devise an EVF refresh demo, but finding a way to capture it (when they're refreshing at up to 240hz) AND present it in a meaningful way has eluded me so far. But the EVF resolution test was fun and gratifyingly revealing too! Thanks again!
Jordan Drake
Jordan Drake Månad sedan
This is an incredible review Gordon! The EVF portion alone was revelatory!
Gordon Laing
Gordon Laing Månad sedan
Thanks! I really enjoyed doing the viewfinder comparison as I don't think i've seen anything - or much - like it before. I'm a bit annoyed I didn't try it in AFC to measure any reduction there as some cameras definitely reduce their viewfinder res when continuously autofocusing. I also spent ages trying to work out how to capture and present EVF refresh rate, but it's proving tricky! The whole video took so long though i'm not sure I can face making part two on the video side!
David Lewis
David Lewis Månad sedan
Great review. As a little background I primarily do wildlife photography. Personally I am glad that they kept the camera without the built in grip as there are very few times in which I need the extra battery life and I am happy to carry around another battery in a pocket to keep the reduced weight with the camera. I know it doesn't seem like much but the 700 grams (1.5lbs) difference between the A1 and 1DXm3 really starts to add up quickly. The one body design feature I wish they would have removed is the frame rate dial as it blocks the ability to control that through the memory recall settings. I would love to be able to switch focus settings, shutter speed, and frame rate with one dial rather than two. Something that I have discovered over the time using an A7R4 with wildlife is it is amazing how many birds and running animals that have flaps/strides that are easily divisible by 5 or 10 meaning you end up with very similar shots throughout a burst. This can lead to some really frustrating times as you discover the focus as nailed the animal looks great in against the background but the wings are blocking the eye in all 20 images you got or the stride is in that mostly stretched but not full awkward stage, so you have a bunch a "meh" and not "wow".
Gordon Laing
Gordon Laing 29 dagar sedan
that's an interesting observation about cadence...
myshuvids- My Curry Kitchen
myshuvids- My Curry Kitchen Månad sedan
A pro review for a pro mirrorless- that still looks like a DSLR. Excellent 👍
Gordon Laing
Gordon Laing Månad sedan
you're welcome!
JR C
JR C Månad sedan
imo, i think the advantages of a1 over r5 is not justifiable based on the price. r5 is still the one for me as a both photo/video tool
Gordon Laing
Gordon Laing Månad sedan
The R5 does look like good value in comparison!
Kaka Ali
Kaka Ali Månad sedan
Love the video, Does the a1 have better ISO performance than the a9 mark II? Thank you
Kaka Ali
Kaka Ali 26 dagar sedan
@Gordon Laing Thank you
Kaka Ali
Kaka Ali 26 dagar sedan
@Gordon Laing Thank you
Gordon Laing
Gordon Laing Månad sedan
Sadly I didn't get to review the A9 II so can't say.
g0blin Fractal
g0blin Fractal Månad sedan
Canon all the way down baby
Dawn Fong
Dawn Fong Månad sedan
Hello,Gordon. we have a new model 4k wireless video transmitter. transmitting range can be 3km. are you interested in reviewing?
Gordon Laing
Gordon Laing Månad sedan
Thanks for asking Dawn, but it's not the kind of thing I'd review, sorry.
Jack Tunnicliffe
Jack Tunnicliffe Månad sedan
When you do your video review and please check the issue of moire caused by pattern noise. I own an A1 as well as an A7SM3 and was hooped on a large commercial video shoot when I used my A1. I’ve taken this up with Sony engineering and the’ easy told me I should test what I shoot first, that this can be an issue with high resolution sensors. Try and fix in post with Gaussian blur???? I’m not happy about this answer. Nobody else has reviewed this major issue.
Jack Tunnicliffe
Jack Tunnicliffe 25 dagar sedan
@Barry Murphy yes, I will learn to live with it. I don’t think this is something they can fix with a firmware update. I love the A1 camera for so many reasons but wasn’t expecting this issue with 4K video. I will try and shoot some examples soon.
Barry Murphy
Barry Murphy 25 dagar sedan
@Jack Tunnicliffe Yeah, I remember when I bought MF Imacon digital backs for my Hassies waaaay back, moire was just a fact of life, so we just learnt to deal with it. Even with the Hassy H2D&H3D, it was always there, but the software was better able to deal with it as time went on, same with Phase One backs. Never really had an issue with it on video too much. I've an Eva-1 and an S1, so perhaps my 'mile off' focus technique could turn out to be an advantage yet ;)
Jack Tunnicliffe
Jack Tunnicliffe 25 dagar sedan
@Barry Murphy haha! Well that was one of the suggestions from Sony to use an aperture that would keep the focus off the offending area. That doesn’t work with a shirt with a pattern. I’ve never had an issue with a Lumix camera, no pixel binning or moire. I love my GH5 for great image quality. Your S1 has a 24MP sensor, so not not a gigantic sensor like the Sony A1. I also own and shoot video with the Sony A7SM3, with a similar size sensor. I love this camera but also pick up some moire in certain situations but not like my A1, assuming because of the higher resolution sensor on the A1.
Barry Murphy
Barry Murphy 25 dagar sedan
@Jack Tunnicliffe Hmmm good to know. I also shoot a Lumix S1 which some swear has moire on all their shots, however I've yet to have a problem with it, so perhaps most of my subject matter doesn't reveal the issue ... or maybe my focus is crap ! :)
Jack Tunnicliffe
Jack Tunnicliffe 25 dagar sedan
@Barry Murphy yes, I’ve tried promist filters. That’s not enough to counter this issue in many cases. I run all my profiles at -7 detail. The A1 is particularly bad for moire. This is why Alexa is the king of feature film and high end commercial production.
Jiajian Hou
Jiajian Hou Månad sedan
Waiting on A1m2 with a better LCD screen and unrestricted true 30fps.
Ryan Vacation
Ryan Vacation Månad sedan
Former Canon 1DX shooter here who moved to the Sony a9 2 years ago. Very happy with my choice but I did notice though my 1DX was noticeably much better built then my a9. Understandable since the a9 is cheaper. However, I hope the a1 matches the built quality of the 1DX series since it is in the same price range now.
Gordon Laing
Gordon Laing Månad sedan
Again I've not knocked any of them around, but the A1 feels a lot like the A9 to me. The higher price are the components inside.
Ian Brown
Ian Brown Månad sedan
In a world of click bait its refreshing to get a brilliant and comprehensive and actual user review. great work.
Gordon Laing
Gordon Laing Månad sedan
That's what i aim for!
Jose Hernandez
Jose Hernandez Månad sedan
Appreciate you doing the most complete and objective review of the A1. Sony's flagship camera is not in the same league as the upcoming Canon R1 or Nikon because of the lack of a built-in grip; adding the accessory grip has not worked for me in the a9 or a7RIV. Moved in January 2018 from Canon because of Sony's mirrorless advantages but that is changing fast. Initially liked the left side twin knobs to control the AF & the shutter speed in the a9's but with the a7RIV, realized that I can change those settings internally rather than relying in knobs particularly when hand-holding the 400 or 600 Sony lenses; so in my opinion these no offer any benefit to me. Same concept applies to button C3 that could have been moved between the Af-On and AEL buttons. That way I could operate all the shooting functions in the camera just with the right hand The compensation wheel is too stiff to rotate and that would have been fine before the lock button was added but now is annoying. Failure to provide a built-in GPS is a big flaw for me by having rely in another external device (iPhone) to carry in the field and that has to be reset every time the camera or iPhone are turned off/on. Failure to use the CF Express cards type G another shortfall and I assume Sony continued to use the SD size cards due their fixation with small bodies. I have no problem with the present tilting LCD except for their continued to use the same poor definition one probably to save money while bragging that the a1 is an all "brand new camera.
Jose Hernandez
Jose Hernandez 26 dagar sedan
@Christoph K An as a slap in the face Sony just announced and improved 2.36 million dots LCD for its a7/RIVa less than 3 months after releasing its innovative "professional" Alpha 1.
Christoph K
Christoph K 27 dagar sedan
I feel almost the same as Jose, so I totally agree with him. I don't understand why Sony's new top model is getting such an old monitor. In contrast to Jose, it bothers me a lot that it can only be rotated horizontally: for vertical photos close to the floor, the A1 is unfortunately just as bad as the A7RIV or A9.
Rp Einstein
Rp Einstein Månad sedan
Great video tell me when I will be able to see Part 2 (video) It will be a pleasure to buy a coffee
Gordon Laing
Gordon Laing Månad sedan
@Rp Einstein you mean for HDMI output? I'm not sure but will try to find out
Rp Einstein
Rp Einstein Månad sedan
@Gordon Laing Does the a1 oversample? 8k to 4k with ninjaV
Rp Einstein
Rp Einstein Månad sedan
@Gordon Laing I want to buy this camera but need good advice from you before but anyway I pay now a coffee
Gordon Laing
Gordon Laing Månad sedan
Thanks, it could be some time though as these reviews take ages to put together!
Christopher Sullivan
Christopher Sullivan Månad sedan
I want this camera and am willing to save up for it but I want a flip out screen not the tilt display.
Gerald Williams
Gerald Williams Månad sedan
I used the Canon 1DX and Nikon D5 with those built-in grips and I miss nothing about carrying around those heavy bricks. As an award-winning photojournalist for over 44 years in the business, I much prefer having the choice of using a battery grip or not that my Sony cameras give me. FYI, I own A1, A7RIV and A7SIII. Thanks Gordon you are one of my favorites for sure. Cheers
cogmission
cogmission Månad sedan
Thank you for you're hard work! I appreciate your efforts as I'm currently deciding.
Cardinal15Photography
Cardinal15Photography Månad sedan
I actually like the smaller size! Because you can make a smaller camera larger but can't make a large camera smaller. Not to mention when traveling a big camera attracts a lot more attention.
Matt Phistopheles
Matt Phistopheles Månad sedan
Hmm, a $6500 photography camera that can't even do a 60s exposure without the help of external hardware? A new professional camera in 2021 without basic functions like focus bracketing? Seriously?
Matt Phistopheles
Matt Phistopheles Månad sedan
@Gordon Laing I really don't understand Sony. They have such a great hardware platform and have such a bad software running on it. It's like on the smartphones. Sony builds almost all sensors and all manufacturers create fantastic devices with them. Still Sony has the worst software on their smartphones.
Gordon Laing
Gordon Laing Månad sedan
I agree it is an annoying limitation. I should have mentioned Bulb timers or long exposures here.
Andreas
Andreas Månad sedan
Very nice review, you put in lots of effort and took the time to realistically get to know and test the camera and only released it after 2 months.
Greg Thurtle
Greg Thurtle Månad sedan
great review Gordon. The alpha-1 is a truly impressive camera with a few quirks.. low rez non-touch interface panel is a weird one at that price point is a strange decision. Esp given the best in class EVF. One thing i love about mirrorless is the ability to use the rear screen to compose my images. I already have to use the evf on my r3 to check images because it's better quality. I think it's the right decision to have an optional grip as it means you can add one if you need it but makes it appeal to a wider range of pro's like nat-geo types etc. tilt only screen isn't too much of a deal breaker as I can't imagine this is a vloggers camera (target market wise) - but they could have used the a6400/6600 tilt above screen so that people had some options with that - though fully articulating screen like the a99-ii would have been an option. A good review of all the features even if its out of reach for most of us mere mortals - does make it interesting whether the r4 is a better choice for hi-rez folk and is 'good enough'. the real USP ifor me s that electronic shutter and the ability to shoot at 30fps with no distortion and a step beyond even the a9ii with the tuneable shutter speeds too. the a9 series made a compromise on IQ for that e-shutter that is no longer the case with the a1. Of course the elephant in the room is what this means for the a7iv which was an affordable a9 in many ways. Interesting times in mirrorless right now. We now have Sony, Canon, Nikon and Panasonic making great full frame mirrorless cameras.
Steve Murnan
Steve Murnan Månad sedan
When the A1 came out I to questioned who the camera was aimed at. It's obviously a great camera and has no peers at it's price point but then again neither does the R5. I expected a competitor to the R5 from Sony and the A1 clearly isn't it. The upcoming R1 and Z9 will be the A1's competition. Sony need to fill the gap in their line up with an A9III at around the same price point as the R5 imho as the A1 may well be beyond the pocket of many Sony shooters. As a wildlife shooter myself the only really advantage over the R5 is the reduction of the rolling shutter the A1 offers. Rolling shutter affects me minimally probably only 10% of the time then it's a press of a preset to mechanical. 30fps in a lossy format that reduces file size would also be a problem for me as stock agencies have minimum file sizes and my ability to crop would be reduced I think. I'd stick with 20fps full size files for my requirements and forget 30fps. A great review and great camera I just don't understand Sony abandoning their A9 user base. Maybe an A9III to come?
Muhammad Kharismawan
Muhammad Kharismawan Månad sedan
I really dont get the appreciation for heft, I much prefer a detachable grip than one i cant remove.
Andrew Beales
Andrew Beales Månad sedan
Are they really better than a7R4?
Ken Mack
Ken Mack Månad sedan
A truly great review for anyone contemplating spending megabucks looking for camera perfection . Unfortunately this review shows that it’s never quite achieved even if you are chasing only technical features .Every design from every manufacturer will involve some area where they fall short of others regardless of price. So here lies the brilliance of your review Gordon it provides the evidence that spending over £6000 on a camera body just for stills is clearly only for those with very deep pockets. One must wait to read your video review of the Alpha 1 to judge this on a hybrid basis where it will likely gain some significant improved performance gains. Evening then the Canon R5 at half the price will probably keep most high tech photographers happy . Existing Sony still users would probably stick with recent lower priced Sony models and the lack of the fully articulated touch screen on this flagship model will significantly reduce its appeal to the younger aged hybrid shooters. Whilst there will always be some sports orientated users attracted to this model your major point of a lack of integral battery grip design that other brands at this price point will offer will make this Sony offering a difficult sell. They say our post Covid world may never be the same for many things and I think that most people will be looking at value for money as the economic impact on the photographic marketplace bites ever harder on the creative community.
Harrypm
Harrypm Månad sedan
Might as well leave ads on all videos tbf, only phone users don't use adblockers these days and anyone whos a power user is blocking them at the network level.
BFS
BFS Månad sedan
👍 Glad to see someone knew how to type Alpha 1 (α1) instead of A1.
Billy Bob Trueblood
Billy Bob Trueblood Månad sedan
If you go for pure picture quality for portraits or landscapes, fuji gfx or the nikon z7ii are great alternatives. Specs are great but I think way to good for many of us. And the price tag is to hefty to be honest.
Valentin Mikleu
Valentin Mikleu Månad sedan
Unsubscribed...
Gordon Laing
Gordon Laing 29 dagar sedan
Why? Are you fed up with all my free unbiased content with minimal sponsorship, advertising and hyperbole?
Jimmyqballs
Jimmyqballs Månad sedan
Excellent review, I've always said it's impossible to review a camera in 10 minutes and after a few days of use. I'll have mine on Wednesday, got screwed on the first shipment and Sony is taking over a month to get a second shipment out! Supply chain these days for electronics is just dire lol
Zach Fisher
Zach Fisher Månad sedan
Really fantastic review, thank you
Patrick McKeag
Patrick McKeag Månad sedan
Thanks for the video. This is one of the best reviews of the a1 so far. Of course when I watch these reviews it's just a form of camera porn to me, because I would never spend that type of money for a camera like that, being strictly an amateur photo hobbyist. It's kind of like when I just read the review in April's Car and Driver magazine on the Cadillac CT5 Blackwing V8 with 668 hp. Totally irrelevant to me but fun to read about nonetheless.
Gordon Laing
Gordon Laing Månad sedan
exactly! We can all enjoy it even if we'll never buy it...
madmaxx72
madmaxx72 Månad sedan
I wouldn't buy an A1 if the grip was built in. Sorry no... I prefer to add the grip when I need it. Many I have asked in this subject feel the same... And the add on grip for the A1 is excellent ergonomically (as well as build quality and feel)
madmaxx72
madmaxx72 21 dag sedan
@Gordon Laing some do, some do not :). Point is a built in grip makes a camera BIG all the time. I prefer the option to remove the grip when using smaller lenses, and put grip back on when shooting with a telephoto. Take care
Gordon Laing
Gordon Laing Månad sedan
It seems everyone agrees with you!
AH Monon
AH Monon Månad sedan
Thanks for the review
justin holding
justin holding Månad sedan
Did you try it on any other animals than birds?
Gordon Laing
Gordon Laing 29 dagar sedan
Dogs...
TJ Kelly
TJ Kelly Månad sedan
What a beast but it also makes me very happy with my R5!
Stuart Meador
Stuart Meador Månad sedan
Great review.. Thanks... I appreciate that you are working some of the very fine Sigma lenses into your reviews... while they maintain image quality, their lower purchase cost allows photographers to enhance the lens portfolio and still get a high quality, more sophisticated camera body.
Bill Wight
Bill Wight Månad sedan
Subscribed! Thank you!
Gordon Laing
Gordon Laing Månad sedan
thanks!
Bill Wight
Bill Wight Månad sedan
Flagships are expensive. That's life.
Mike Gewalt
Mike Gewalt Månad sedan
I'm wondering if these companies have the answer like the medical world has to answer, what if you cure cancer?. I think they will always say no and hope the doctors and lawyers keep buying cameras they barely know how to turn on. LMK fellow cook. Love your reviews!
Occult Demon Cassette
Occult Demon Cassette Månad sedan
I'd prefer an optional battery grip that has some bells and whistles like an LCD display and extra knobs/buttons rather than it be built directly into the camera body, personally. I just don't like being forced to always use such a bulky body for a pro model.
Ralf Weyer
Ralf Weyer Månad sedan
I absolutely hate build in vertical grips, a lot of times I don’t want and need it yet I have to hold and carry it all the time, so uncomfortable and inflexible. I hope Sony will never build a camera with build in vertical grip.
Lensman London
Lensman London Månad sedan
Hi Gordon, I have something interesting to share, do you have an email address? I can send to
The Observer Guy
The Observer Guy Månad sedan
Since 2009 :)
Prasad Naik
Prasad Naik Månad sedan
To quote Jurassic Park: “Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn't stop to think if they should.”
Gordon Laing
Gordon Laing Månad sedan
Ha ha! That's very good!
Karim Ghantous
Karim Ghantous Månad sedan
Did Sony get it right? Yes. It's overkill for people like me. But they did hit a home run. Am I looking forward to what Nikon and Canon have planned? Let me put it this way: Sony is the new Canon, and Fujifilm is the new Nikon. It's time to clear out the cobwebs in this market.
Julien Merelli
Julien Merelli Månad sedan
for the moment Nikon looks so far from sony and canon.... Hope nikon will wake up...
Thomas M
Thomas M Månad sedan
How can I activate more thumbs up? Thanks Gordon!!!
Gordon Laing
Gordon Laing 29 dagar sedan
Just watch it again and again!
Alfonso Salgueiro Lora
Alfonso Salgueiro Lora Månad sedan
Thank you Gordon, this is the best review of the Alpha 1 I’ve seen to date. It is very timely for me as I already tried it for a week and will try the Canon R5 soon. I am into the Sony system now but was Canon user for years. I think I might be coming back to Canon as this is a very expensive camera that offers features I don’t really need (30fps, 8k video) and comes at a considerably higher price than the R5. It seems to me that Sony has been trying to target high end pros with their recent cameras. I still don’t love the ergonomics and the very old lcd screen of The Sonys. Cheers!
Jon Spoard
Jon Spoard Månad sedan
And it's still early days regarding firmware for the A1. Look what Sony done with the A9.
S H
S H Månad sedan
Hi Gordon great review as always. Patrick Murphy Racy US pro sports photographer and Sony Ambassador talks about using flash with the A1. Who are Kai and Manny? Not all viewers will know. On the A9 and A7R4 even with zoom function when viewing an image on the rear screen I still can’t always tell if I’ve nailed focus until I get images home and on the pc. If you review images using the view finder rather than the rear screen is it easier to see?
Gordon Laing
Gordon Laing Månad sedan
Yes, I always use the EVF to check focus and the high res panel here makes it easy. I also know Patrick, he's a good fella. I think most folk who watch YT camera videos will know Kai and Manny, they have way bigger channels than mine.
smokejumperhg
smokejumperhg Månad sedan
Great review Gordon. Thank you for putting in the effort and hard work to make these reviews. Are you able to comment on how noise levels at higher ISOs compare to A7R4 or Sony A9ii?
Gordon Laing
Gordon Laing Månad sedan
All I can do it point you to my reviews of the A7r IV and A9 (1) and see how they compare.
Ken Cheng
Ken Cheng Månad sedan
I'm really hoping for an a9III, same 50MP stacked sensor, AF system, 20-25fps WITHOUT 8k video, and coming in at a much lower price point (vs the Alpha 1)
TechnoBabble
TechnoBabble Månad sedan
The ability to record 8k video is not the expensive part, the A9III will most likely not use this sensor.
S H
S H Månad sedan
@Ken Cheng no because it's easier to compose when you're not using the view finder and easier to review what you've done the better the rear screen. Helpful for spectacle wearer's too where eye pieces clash with the specs. If users didn't find that helpful then manufacturer's would still be installing the low res 1inch ones on the first DSLRs.
Ken Cheng
Ken Cheng Månad sedan
@S H why? Because a better rear screen takes better pictures? 🙄😒🤦‍♂️
Gordon Laing
Gordon Laing Månad sedan
I think the sensor is the expensive part, not the ability to record video from it.
S H
S H Månad sedan
And add a better rear screen too 😀
Enno Fehse
Enno Fehse Månad sedan
Thank's again for your great work and content, Gordon! 👍 I love my A1 but all the points you mentioned I agree 100%. I need more than 1 body and therefore I am still using my A9II and A7RIV as well but the A1 is the camera that is able to do it all...My main wishes are the options for focus stacking, the fully articulated screen and the pre capture function you mentioned. Happy Easter and many greetings from Germany! 👍 🙋‍♂️
Enno Fehse
Enno Fehse Månad sedan
@Gordon Laing I would prefer a big grip and therefore I am using a battery grip on all of my Sony cameras. Many greetings, Enno 🙋‍♂️
Gordon Laing
Gordon Laing Månad sedan
Glad you're enjoying your A1! Do you like the size and shape or would you prefer a built-in grip?
Jaeger Schtulmann
Jaeger Schtulmann Månad sedan
Please Gordon, teach the Northrups how to use it, they are both clueless when it comes to shooting with new cameras. It seems they are the only ones that can't get the A1 to produce good results.
Jaeger Schtulmann
Jaeger Schtulmann Månad sedan
@Gordon Laing their charisma doesn’t make them better photographers. I used to like some of their shows and I still do, but when it comes down to review gear their methodology is tremendously flawed when compared to others. Anyways peace and thank you for your excellent content!
Gordon Laing
Gordon Laing Månad sedan
I wouldn't tell another SEmostr how to do anything! They also have 10x my subscribers, so they're doing something right! I like their work and I think they've got some great results with the A1 - they were using much tougher lenses in their tests.
Ryanide09
Ryanide09 Månad sedan
I think what is really exciting is to see what Sony’s new processors and stacked sensor technology will translate into the next version of the a7RV. I think we will see it get the new EVF, menus, CFexpress cards and new processors along with the faster AF. They can dumb down the video features since I’d rather not pay for those when I don’t use them. And I’m sure that will come along at a much lower price tag than the Alpha 1.
Gordon Laing
Gordon Laing Månad sedan
I agree a future A7 IV could be very promising!
IAM Beautiful
IAM Beautiful Månad sedan
Damn weird feeling as I am waiting for this camera for two months already :D
PESky Kiwi
PESky Kiwi Månad sedan
Great review as usual. Lots of people praising the lack of a vertical grip, but I suspect they aren't the sort of gigging pros that have a 400 2.8, 500 or 600 stuck to the front of their bodies :)
eric laquerre
eric laquerre Månad sedan
I always have grip to my body to use with my telephoto. Can't wait to see the Z9
BL
BL Månad sedan
Now, this is an in-depth REVIEW - one that took quite a good deal of time and effort to perform/present. Three thumbs up - way up!
Arild Hagen
Arild Hagen Månad sedan
The high powered yet small form factor is the selling point for me. After shooting wildlife you can quickly rebuild your camera to be a holiday/street camera once the batterygrip and the 600m f/4.0 is replaced with the body only and the lens is fitted with one of the new small factor lenses. Even when using the camera on a rig or gimbal the smaller weight and form factor makes it easier. The bodies with build in batterypack are what there are and cannot be reduced in size or weight. Bringing a DSLR style body out shooting street photography seems like taking the Hummer H1 to the kiosk for the sunday newspaper instead of the snappy scooter. That my 2 cents.
Zefah
Zefah Månad sedan
Great review! Thanks for the video. I strongly disagree that it should have a larger body size. I wouldn't buy the camera if it were a fat 1DX sized camera. Also, very minor point, but the A9ii gained the ability to have the shutter close when the camera is turned off in a firmware update.
Gordon Laing
Gordon Laing Månad sedan
Thanks, I didn't get an A9 II to test so I'm not 100% familiar with it.
W W
W W Månad sedan
Great review! I am a former Canon shooter. I do not miss the top lcd at all. I love that it does not have a built in grip. I am planning to purchase. I shoot wildlife, landscapes and occasional sports. I currently shoot an a9. The added resolution and improved video make this a great choice. Cropping on wildlife photography is sometimes needed, 50mp will help.
Matthew Schwartz
Matthew Schwartz Månad sedan
Best a1 video to date BY FAR!
Gordon Laing
Gordon Laing Månad sedan
Thanks!
Paul Amyes
Paul Amyes Månad sedan
In Australia the A1 is just cents short of $10K and that is a lot of money. There is no doubt that the camera offers a lot for that money, but for me I wouldn’t use all those features sufficiently to justify the purchase. I’m sure there will be many who will buy the A1 because it is such a technological tour de force. I think the A1 is a statement of intent by Sony and it will be exciting to see how the technology trickles down to lower priced models. How much of the A1’s DNA will be in the forthcoming A7iv?
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