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There was a time when photographers were either Canon or Nikon. But as Sony came into the game, it’s been hard to choose which one is better for your needs. There are some pretty stark differences between these two brands and it may be difficult to decide on just one camera body! The Alpha 1 has an amazing price point at $599 but comes with fewer features than its competitor from Canon that starts at about $2199 USD (body only). With both cameras having several lens options available in each brand, you can’t go wrong whichever way you lean–both offer innovative tech like 4K video recording capabilities and robust handling of high-resolution images making them ideal for professional photography workflows. 

The price discrepancy between these two cameras means that buyers have to make a choice: either get all-in with an expensive system or save money by buying both separately. But which one should you choose? We pitted them head-to face against each other to see if they had anything close in common!

  • Canon R5

45MP full-frame CMOS sensor

8K30 RAW and 4K120 10-bit internal video

Sensor-shift 5-axis image stabilization

Dual pixel CMOS AF II with 1053 points

0.5″ 5.76m-dot OLED EVF

3.2″ vari-angle touchscreen LCD

Subject tracking with deep learning

CFexpress & SD UHS-II memory card slots

  • Sony Alpha 1

50MP full-frame Exmor RS BSI CMOS sensor

8K30 and 4K120 10-bit

4.3K 16-bit RAW video output, S-cinetone

9.44m-dot EVF with 240 fps refresh rate

759-pt. fast hybrid AF, real-time eye AF

5-axis SteadyShot image stabilization

5 GHz MIMO Wi-Fi, 1000BASE-T ethernet

Dual CFexpress type A/SD card slots

Both cameras have huge full-frame CMOS sensors with the Alpha 1 coming in at a slightly larger 50 megapixels compared to the R5’s 45 megapixels. Both cameras obviously offer 8K video, along with 4K at up to 120 frames per second. You also get similar specs down the line with stabilization, auto-focus tech, electronic viewfinders, and card slots.

However, as the video above points out, the Alpha 1 will have advantages with 15+ stops of dynamic range and downsampled 8K (which should help combat potential overheating). Meanwhile. the Canon R5 will most probably be the superior option for stabilization. It also has a flip screen (which could be a pro or a con depending on preference), and its own downsampled 8K, which appears to have solved many of the first reported issues of overheating, as well.

Sources: https://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/sony-alpha-1-vs-canon-eos-r5/ 


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Sony Alpha One Camera

It is finally out there people! Sony released it’s brand new camera, a 50mp full-frame mirrorless camera capable of shooting 8K video. How cool is that? By all accounts, this camera is an amalgamation of the A7RIV and the A7SIII, which makes it the most technologically innovative camera that Sony has ever released. 

Sony stated: 

“We are always listening to our customers, challenging the industry to bring innovation to the market that goes far beyond their expectations.” said Neal Manowitz, deputy president for Imaging Products and Solutions Americas at Sony Electronics. “Alpha 1 breaks through all existing boundaries, setting a new bar for what creators can accomplish with a single camera. What excites us the most—more than the extensive product feature—is Alpha 1’s ability to capture that which has never been captured before. This camera unlocks a new world of creative possibilities, making the previously impossible now possible.” 

Now with a retail price of 8499,99$, it sure isn’t affordable for everyone. But let’s have a look at all the new features of the camera, just for fun! 

  • New sensor

This is a brand-new sensor from Sony. It’s built with integral memory and paired with an upgraded BIONZ XR imaging processing engine. This allows Alpha 1 to continuously shoot 50.1-megapixel images at 30fps with up to 120 AF/AE calculations per second. This, by the way, is blackout-free. At this speed, that’s a first. 

  • Filming in 8k

The Alpha 1’s 8K video is captured at 8.6k then oversampled to 8K. This always results in a video with better clarity and color than a video shot at the native resolution. Outside of the 8K, the Alpha 1 is also capable of 4K 120p / 60p 10-bit 4:2:2 recording and includes S-Cinetone color. 

  • A heat-dissipating structure

One of the biggest controversies to continually hit the camera news cycle last year was the Canon R5 overheating when shooting at 8K. It’s probably of no coincidence that Sony has specifically highlighted their heat-dissipating structure in the press release. It says:

“A unique heat-dissipating structure keeps the image sensor and image processing engine temperatures within their normal operating range, preventing overheating while maintaining compact body dimensions. This makes it possible to record 8K/30p video continuously for approximately 30 minutes.”

Check all the features of the camera here: https://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/sony-announces-alpha-1-8k-video/ 


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