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The new Sony A6300 mirrorless camera comes with 4K and lightning-quick autofocus

by on February 3, 2016

Stephan Jukic – February 3, 2016

Finally the excellent Sony A6000 HD camera gets itself a much needed 4K update version with the A6300 and it looks like it’s even more awesome than the A6000 4K counterpart.

The new A6300 packs into itself the same 24.2 megapixel sensor size as its predecessor, manages to shoot 4K footage and will cost just $1,000, with a 16.50 mm kit lens version going for just $1,150. Furthermore, the A6300 uses 425 phase-detection autofocus points with the ability to focus in a beautifully fast 0.05 seconds and thus being called “the world’s fastest autofocus” by Sony.

In terms of looks, this new successor to the superb A6000 is nearly identical but with a slightly more trim body and a similarity to Sony’s RX100 pocket shooting cameras from Sony. In other words, anyone familiar with the Sony Alpha and RX cameras from Sony should easily and quickly get used to the new and compact A6300.

Given that 4K video is now basically a standard feature of almost all Sony mirrorless cameras and on many DSLRs and mirrorless models from numerous other brands, the 4K update to the A6000 from 2014 is a natural progression that’s been expected by some fans of the Alphas. Furthermore, in this case, the camera shoots 4K with a full pixel readout and no pixel binning with recording of the resolution at up to 100Mbps. Additionally, the A6300 manages 1080p video at 120 frames per second and thus can do some cool super slow motion shooting.

Sony A6300 4K mirrorless camera

Sony A6300 4K mirrorless camera

The new Sony mirrorless will also offer something called S-Log gamma recording, which is a useful option for pro videographers who want the sort of broad dynamic range this format allows.

We should also note that the A6300 will also be compatible with new lenses that are also coming from Sony. Marked under the “G Master” label, the 24-70 f/2.8 zoom, 85mm f/1.4 prime, and 70-200 f/2.8 zoom are all targeted at professional photographers and will also hit stores at the same time as the A6300, in March. Because these are pro lenses, we can’t expect them to be cheap either, with the 24-70 retailing for an expected $2,200 and the 85mm going for $1,800. The 70-200 has no price set out yet and will also be available later, in May, 2016.

Sony’s a7 and RX100 cameras have slightly overshadowed the A6000 recently but at one point, it was considered to be Sony’s best mirrorless camera (and as a rather happy owner of the 2014 model, this author mostly agrees with the sentient). Now however, with the release of the A6300, we can possibly expect a new shine to be injected into the Alpha line.

Sony’s A6300 will hit stores and online retailers in March of this year and below is a sample 4K video from the new mirrorless shooter, nicely showing off its capabilities.

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  • john
    April 2, 2016 at 9:05 am

    Can you compare the A6300 described above to the Sony® DSC-RX10 Mark III that’s coming out when you are considering video


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