The Sony A1 reviews hit YouTube and they’re resoundingly positive

Feb 5, 2021

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

The Sony A1 reviews hit YouTube and they’re resoundingly positive

Feb 5, 2021

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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YouTubers have had the embargo lifted on the Sony A1 content and now they’re all coming out in force to go over their experiences using the new camera and giving their thoughts on how it stacks up against the competition – including the rest of Sony’s own product lineup.

While there are brief mentions of the A1’s stills features, these reviews largely focus on their video capabilities. After all, when it comes to video, it does everything the video-centric A7S III does, and then some. And it looks like Sony’s managed to solve a lot of the 8K overheating issues suffered by the Canon EOS R5.

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The videos come courtesy of the usual names like Gerald Undone, Kai Wong, Chris Hau, Potato Jet and Sara Dietschy. But their thoughts are all somewhat aligned. Lack of flippy-out LCD = bad. Not overheating when shooting video = good. Chris Hau says up to a very impressive hour and twenty minutes of 8K video at a time!

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Potato Jet confirmed the long 8K video record times by putting the camera into an incubator at 40°C and still managed to get a very respectable hour and nine minutes before the overheating warning kicked in. So, even in the hottest of climates, it should serve you very well. After all, most of us aren’t shooting for that amount of time continuously. We’re shooting many short clips to edit together in post, so the sensor has time to cool down a little between takes, extending the total duration for which you can keep shooting before you start hitting a wall.

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When we take professional photographers and filmmakers shooting for clients out of the equation, though, how does the camera hold up for online creators making content for themselves? That’s where Sara Dietschy comes in. Creating content on social media for a living has become quite commonplace now, especially over the last year. It’s gotten to the point where it can earn plenty enough to justify spending the kind of money a flagship camera like the Sony A1 demands. But is it worth it from a content creator aspect?

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Naturally, as Chris also highlights in his video, Sara’s not happy about the lack of flippy out LCD. But in just about every other aspect, she seems to love it. It’s hardly surprising, though, really, given the nature of a flagship model and what people expect out of a $6,500 camera these days. It’s basically an A7S III with features of the A9 II and A7R IV all rolled into one with 30fps and 8K sprinkles added on top for good measure.

Exactly how Canon and Nikon respond to this one will be very interesting to see.

The Sony A1 is available to pre-order now for $,6498 and begins shipping early March.

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John Aldred

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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2 responses to “The Sony A1 reviews hit YouTube and they’re resoundingly positive”

  1. Jolyon Ralph Avatar
    Jolyon Ralph

    Considering the price it does make the Canon R5 look like a bargain now.

    1. Heath Wirt Avatar
      Heath Wirt

      It’s really the other way around, it makes the R5 look like a cheap knock off of a true professional camera that can perform to specs under conditions a pro would use it.