Sony A1: Must have accessories guide
The Sony A1 is the company's latest flagship camera. It is without a doubt a mouthwatering camera worthy of praise. If you have one, or are planning to get one, surely you are on the hunt for the best accessories too.
For first time Sony users, some of these accessories work with other camera bodies. This gives you an advantage in the future if you are planning to expand your system.
Now, if you have other Sony bodies such as the Sony A9 II or the Sony A7R IV, then this list is worth checking out too. These bodies share the same footprint and the equipment listed here will work too.
Best Batteries for Sony A1
It is highly recommended to use the first-party Sony NP-FZ100 battery for the Sony A1. For around $78, you are getting a 2280mAh battery that will surely work with your camera and will not break it.
Third-party batteries such as the Watson NP-FZ100 are available for less than $50 each. However, with that cost saving comes the risk of it breaking your camera.
There are no reports of a Sony A1 breaking because of unofficial batteries yet. But if you are willing to spend $6500 on your camera, then $70 for a safer option is a no-brainer.
Best Charger for the Sony A1
The best Sony A1 charger remains to be the Sony BC-QZ1 Battery Charger. It works without problems and comes with your camera right out of the box.
However, it only charges one battery at a time and it takes around 2 hours to fill it up.
If you have multiple NP-FZ100 batteries, then the Sony NPA-MQZ1K Multi Battery Adaptor Kit is the one for you.
This multi-charger fits up to four batteries. It also comes with two Sony NP-FZ100 batteries. Besides, it can power two USB devices while powering up the camera too.
Best USB Charger for the Sony A1
Charging a camera through its USB port is not widely practiced. But it is a plan B for when you forget your charger at home.
The Sony A1 has a USB C port. It charges through this port as long as the power source is Power Delivery (PD) certified.
The Power Delivery certification makes sure that the power bank can charge the camera. There are thousands of power banks available in the market, but not all of them can charge the A1.
Now, if you are interested in getting a power bank for your Sony A1, you can check out the Anker 10,000mAh PowerCore Slim PD.
With this power bank, you can ideally charge one NP-FZ100 for atleast three times before it runs out of charge.
For other options, if you do not have the Anker power bank near you, you can check out other brands such Belkin or Aukey. Just make sure that it has Power Delivery Certification.
Best Sony A1 Vertical Grip
Vertical grips add more grip to a camera while providing more battery life. The Sony VG-C4EM is the best battery grip for the Sony A1. It comes from Sony so compatibility is not an issue.
Another advantage of the Sony VG-C4EM is the fit. It fits like a glove once attached to the Sony A1. The build quality, look, and button feel are the same.
This battery grip fits two NP-FZ100 batteries. Sure it adds bulk to the camera, but you get more battery life in return.
The VG-C4EM includes a shutter button, lock switch and custom buttons. The shutter dial also allows you to adjust your settings quickly when shooting in portrait mode.
The joystick, AF-On, and AEL button at the back adds more to its functionality.
Though expensive at $400, it is still worth getting if you want seamless usage.
Best Third-Party Vertical Grip for Sony A1
The Sony VG-C4EM battery grip might be too expensive for some. Others might prioritize lenses over a battery grip too and that is understandable.
If that is the case, then the Vello BG-S7 Battery Grip might be worth considering. For less than $100, you get the functionality of a vertical grip without breaking the bank.
This grip can carry two NP-FZ100 batteries, has a shutter button and extra dials too.
However, the price difference could be felt on the build quality, feel, and fit. It does not fit as tight as the VG-C4EM. But that does not mean that it if falls it would immediately break.
Best Screen Protector
Screen protectors are debatable to some people. Others find it annoying as it "reduces sharpness" of the LCD screen. Some prefer to use it as an added protection from scratches or drops.
Now, if you want to protect your screen from scratches, the Sony PCK-LG1 Screen Protector is worth considering.
Though it is worth noting that this screen protector is made for the Sony A9. However, both the Sony A1 and the Sony A9 share the same screen.
That being said, if you have a Sony A9 then don't forget to get this one.
Best Memory Card for the Sony A1
The Sony A1 accepts two types of memory cards - CFExpress Type A and SDHC/SDXC cards. The CFExpress cards are faster than the regular SD cards albeit more expensive.
Do not be confused when hunting for a new card though. Take note that the Sony A1 only takes CFExpress Type-A.
Best CFExpress Type-A memory card
Only Sony makes Type-A memory cards right now. The CFExpress Type B are abundant in the market but it will not work with the A1.
That being said, the Sony CEA-G Series CFExpress Type A cards are your best bet. The 160GB model currently retails for around $400, which is way more expensive than regular SDXC cards.
However, this particular card has a rated read speed of 800 MB/s and a write speed of 800 MB/s. The faster speed helps clear the buffer quickly which allows for little to no downtime.
Now, if you always shoot in burst or if you take videos regularly then this memory card is worth getting.
If you need a smaller card, the 80 GB model retails for $200.
Best UHS-II SD Cards
There are multiple choices when looking for the best UHS-II SD Card for your Sony A1. Different brands have usually have the same write and read speed at this price point.
However, the Sony SF-G Tough Cards have a slight edge over others when it comes to durability.
Besides the 300MB/s read speed and 299 MB/s write speed, this series of cards are V90 rated which is perfect for shooting video.
Other than that, Sony claims that these cards are stronger than regular cards. It is bend proof for up to 180N, drop-proof up to 5 meters, and it is even water and dust proof.
So if you are shooting in extreme conditions then it might be worth getting.
Now, if you do not need those fancy features, then another great option is the SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-II series of cards.
These SanDisk cards have a read speed of 300MB/s and a write speed of 260MB/s. It's a little bit slower in terms of write speed compared to the Sony cards. But its more than enough for regular users.
The only downside with these SanDisk cards is it has no V90 rating. This means, it might be too slow for 8K or 4K video recording.
Lastly, another card worth considering is the ADATA "Premiere One" V90 SDXC II memory card.
This memory card supports 4K and 8K video recording and it has a read speed of up to 290MB/s. Another advantage of these ADATA cards is its lifetime warranty. Just make sure to purchase from a reputable seller.
Best Memory Card Reader
With multiple types of memory card being supported, the Sony MRW-G2 CFExpress Type-A Card Reader is one of the best options out there.
Besides support for CFExpress Type-A cards, this memory card reader has a slot for SDXC cards too. So if you are using multiple card types, then this card reader is worth checking.
In terms of speed, this card reader has a USB-C port that can transfer data for up to 10 Gb/s. If you do not have a USB-C port on your computer or laptop, a USB-A cable is also included.
For an alternative, the Delkin CFExpress USB 3.2 Card Reader is a good option. It does not have an SD card reader. But it is compact and can serve as a protective case for your CFExpress card.
The Kingston Mobilelite Plus is a good option for SD card users. This card reader supports UHS-I and UHS-II cards. It is compact and has USB 3.2 connection as well.
Best Memory Card Protective Case
Pelican has made its name as makers of camera trolleys and cases that are rugged and heavy duty. The same can be said for the Pelican 0915 Memory Card Case.
This tiny case can carry 12 SD cards, 6 mini SD, and 6 micro SD cards. All of these capacity while having the same durability as the larger Pelican cases.
It is water resistant. You can throw it anywhere and your cards will surely be safe.
In addition, if you are using CFExpress cards, then the Pelican XQD/CFExpress Protective Case is the one for you. It has the same small footprint with the same ruggedness as well.
Best Sony A1 Remote Shutter
The Sony RMT-P1BT Remote Controller can operate the Sony A1 via Bluetooth. It is capable of wireless connection of up to 60 feet. Now, that is a lot of room to work around wirelessly.
Other features include a dedicated focus button and custom buttons that work the same as the set function on the camera.
Besides those, there is a dedicated lock switch too that prevents accidental use while in the bag or while moving.
Another good thing is the fast release time. Sony claims that it has a 0.05 seconds shutter release. That is a good thing as it helps when shooting wildlife or action shots. Burst shooting is also easily done by just holding the shutter.
Best L-Bracket for the Sony A1
There are multiple benefits to using an L-Bracket. If you are not aware yet, check out our blog post on why you need an L-bracket for your Sony A1.
That being said, the ProMediaGear PLSA1T Sony A1 L-Bracket is worth getting. It has a two-piece modular design that fits the Sony A1 perfectly.
The base plate included on the PLSA1T has either an SS2 or QD strap socket depending on your needs. The SS2 is PMG's proprietary socket while the QD is more universal.
Moreover, this L-bracket has the vertical part placed slightly forward to free up the ports. An optional cable snag protector can be attached too to prevent your cables from accidentally disconnecting.
The included base plate could transform into a flash bracket, handle grip, or a mini video grip with the right ProMediaGear attachments.
Durability-wise, the PLSA1T is made of T6061 aircraft-grade aluminum which is lightweight and tough.
If you are using the Sony VG-C4EM vertical grip, then the ProMediaGear PLSX4T L-Bracket is for you. It has the same base plate as the PLSA1T l-bracket. But the vertical part is longer to fit the added camera height.
Best Sony A1 Flash Bracket
The Sony A1 is regarded as a camera for action photography. But that does not mean that portrait photographers would not benefit from having one.
Now, if you are shooting portraits, a flash bracket helps provide better lighting when using an on-camera speedlite.
With a flash bracket such as the ProMediaGear BBX2 Boomerang Flash Bracket, the flash sits higher than the camera. Thus, it provides a more flattering light.
Moreover, the BBX2 Boomerang Flash Bracket supports flash modifiers such as compact soft boxes, bounce diffusers and many more.
Best Arca-Swiss Plate
The base plate included with the PLSA1T is called the ProMediaGear PBSA1 Arca-Plate. This Arca-Swiss Plate is one of the best you can get in the market.
The PBSA1 is compatible with any Arca-Swiss clamps. But the best thing about it is it follows the shape of the bottom of the camera. It does not cover the bottom ports too.
This bracket is made of T6061 solid aluminum block so durability is not a problem.
Best Tripod for the Sony A1
The Sony A1 is lightweight compared to DSLRs such as the Canon 1Dx. However, the weight does not mean that you should go for a cheaply made tripod.
The ProMediaGear TR344L Pro-Stix Carbon Fiber Tripod is one of the best tripods available in the market. It has four leg sections and is made of 10 layers of carbon fiber.
The max height is 71 inches and is suitable for photographers of any height. Meanwhile, the max load is 60lbs. The weight limit is perfect for the Sony A1 and a super telephoto lens.
If you are traveling a lot, the folded length is 23.8 inches. It would fit in large suitcases. But if you have a smaller luggage, you can detach the legs and reassemble quickly after.
For the tripod head, you may use the ProMediaGear BH1 ball head as its best partner. This ball head has a large knob that you can use to adjust quickly.
Best External Flash
The Sony HVL-F60RM is the company's top of the range external flash and is perfect for the Sony A1. It is powerful yet in a portable package.
This flash has a GN602 output and supports high-speed sync as well.
Another feature is the built-in 2.4 GHz Radio Receiver. With this, it can be set as a commander for other models.
It is also compatible with Sony ADI / P-TTL metering. This means that it can adjust automatically depending on the lighting situation.
If you need a more compact model then take a look at the Sony HVL-F28RM. This tiny flash might not have the bells and whistles of the HVL-F60RM. But for a pocketable flash, it is the best one out there.
This flash has the same power as more expensive models in a smaller foot print. It even has a built-in 2.4 GHz transceiver too. High-speed sync and multi flash modes are also supported.
Best Third Party External Flash for the Sony A1
There are multiple third-party flash models for the Sony Alpha cameras especially from Godox and Phottix. These models work seamlessly with Sony Alpha cameras at a fraction of the first-party flashes' price.
That being said, you may look at the Godox V860IIS and the X1T-S trigger for Sony if you need an affordable off-camera lighting setup.
These combo supports high-speed sync and stroboscopic flash. Radio range is 328 feet. The X1T-S trigger can control up to 5 groups with full control of each group.
Best Wireless Flash Trigger
The Sony FA-WRC1M Wireless Radio Commander is perfect for the Sony HVL-F60RM flash and other Sony models.
This transmitter can work with up to 15 receivers. You may also setup 14 Channels and up to 5 Groups.
TTL and High-Speed Sync is also supported. Another advantage of this wireless trigger is its dust and moisture resistance. This is great for when you are shooting outdoors.
Best Sony E to Canon EF/EF-S Lens Adapter
The Metabones Canon EF/EF-S Lens to Sony E-Mount adapter is currently the best in the market.
It works with Full-Frame and APS-C Sony bodies and will work with any modern Canon EF and EF-S lenses.
This adapter is great if you are shifting from Canon to Sony as it allows you to use your Canon lenses seamlessly.
Aperture Control works great and In-Body Stabilization has its own switch. It can even transfer EXIF data to the camera.
Lastly, the weather-resistant rubber mount makes it a viable combination with the rugged Canon L lenses.
Best Shotgun Microphone for the A1
The Sony Alpha cameras uses a Multi Interface Shoe. It is Sony's proprietary technology that adds functionality to the regular hot shoe.
With that, the Sony ECM-B1M Digital Shotgun Microphone is the best first-party shotgun microphone for the Sony A1. It feed the audio directly to the camera through the hot shoe.
However, not everyone wants that setup and if you prefer a 3.5mm microphone, then the Rode NTG Hybrid Mic is the one for you.
It solves the problems of wind noise and provides clear audio directly to your footage. The battery life is also good at 30 hours.
Best Lavalier Microphone
The Sony A1 is a great video recording device. But sometimes a shotgun mic is not the right one for the job.
During those situations, the Rode Lavalier Go microphone system is your best bet.
Together with the Rode Wireless Go Compact System, you can have a reliable audio setup that picks up audio where you want it to.
Best External Monitor for the Sony A1
The Sony A1 can take crispy 4K videos and regular full HD videos. However, the small screen makes it difficult to monitor the footage.
The good thing is the Atomos Ninja V is available to make your life easier.
Despite its price, it has a lot of advantages if you are regularly shooting videos.
There are several exposure tools such as vectorscope and waveform. Different 3D LUTs are also supported.
ProRes RAW, AtomHDR Mode, Log format support are some of the other exciting features.
Best Sony A1 Video Slider
If you are a videographer then a video slider is a must have. A slider is a tool that helps you "slide" the camera for a smooth footage.
Now, the ProMediaGear Double-Sided Slider takes it up a notch by having a straight side and a curved side. You can flip the track over to switch between the sides.
Another advantage of the PMG slider is its compatibility with tripods. If you need to take a high-angled footage you can mount it to a tripod.
This slider has multiple sizes available for you to choose from.
Moreover, the ProMediaGear VSMDC1 Controller transforms this slider into an automatic one. You can just adjust the settings and your camera will move automatically.
Sony A1 Cleaning Accessories
Having your own cleaning paraphernalia is essential to keep your camera in top shape.
That said here are some of the cleaning accessories you need for your Sony A1.
- Giottos Rocket Blower
- This rocket blower will blow dust of your camera easily. It has a strong "blow" compared to smaller sized rocket blowers. You may use this to clean the camera sensor too.
- VSGO Full-Frame Sensor Cleaning Kit
- The VSGO cleaning kit includes multiple swabs you can use to clean your cameras sensor. The solution is formulated to be safe for the sensor.
- Microfiber Cleaning Cloth
- Use a microfiber cleaning cloth with a smooth surface. Use this to wipe any fingerprint or smudges on your camera.
That's it for the must-have accessories for your Sony A1. These accessories not the end of it all. You may check for alternatives too. Just make sure to check the reviews before getting one.