Sony has released its new Alpha 1 camera with in-camera 8K recording at up to 30 frames per second (fps), in-camera 4K recording at up to 120 fps and 50MP still image capture at up to 30 fps. Its specs alone are enough to get an idea of what it has to offer, but Sony has also shared sample video and photos captured with its new flagship camera and GM lenses so you can take a look for yourself.
Above is a compilation of sample 8K footage captured with the Alpha 1 and various Sony GM lenses. While 8K monitors and televisions are far from commonplace, the footage can still be viewed on a 4K screen — just make sure you’ve manually selected the 8K resolution from the video’s settings menu.
8K30p video capture on the Alpha 1 is shot in 10-bit 4:2:0 in the XAVC HS format. The 8K footage from the camera is downsampled from 8.6K resolution recorded using the full width of the sensor. Sony claims you should be able to record up to 30 minutes of 8K footage thanks to a heat dissipation design similar to that found in the a7S III. 8K video can be recorded onto either CFexpress or SD cards.
If you don’t mind dropping the resolution down to 4K, you can record at up to 120 fps (5x slow-motion) in 10-bit 4:2:2 with either Long GOP inter-frame compression or Intra (All-I) intra-frame compression. To show off the 4K capabilities, Sony has also shared the above video, Hunters of Light, which is a Sony Alpha Film captured on the new Alpha 1 camera system with Sony GM lenses.
Keep in mind for both the 8K and 4K footage that YouTube’s compression has been applied, so whatever you’re seeing in your browser likely isn’t showing off the full capabilities of the camera.
Sony has also shared a collection of still images captured with its new Alpha 1 camera system. Sony has additional images on its website, but below is a gallery of all the images they offer at full-resolution:
You can find out more about the Sony Alpha 1 camera system in our announcement article.