Sony a6300 camera announced

Sony just announced a new a6300 mirrorless camera with 24MP sensor, 4k video and 425 AF points. The price for body only is 998 (pre-orders will open on February 10th, shipping will start in March). The rest of the specs:

  • 24.2MP APS-C Exmor CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ X Image Processor
  • XGA Tru-Finder 2.36m-Dot OLED EVF
  • 3.0" 921.6k-Dot Tilting LCD Monitor
  • Internal UHD 4K30 & 1080p120 Recording
  • S-Log3 Gamma and Display Assist Function
  • Built-In Wi-Fi with NFC
  • 4D FOCUS with 425 Phase-Detect Points
  • Up to 11 fps Shooting and ISO 51200
  • Weather-Sealed Magnesium Alloy Body

Sample photos can be found here.

Sony a6300 demo videos:

Full press release:


New Mirrorless Camera Features World’s Fastest AF speedi and Highest Number of AF pointsii plus Newly Developed 24.2 MP APS-C Sensor, High Resolution 4K video recording and more

Sony today introduced the latest addition to their award winning line-up of mirrorless cameras, the α6300. The camera boasts an unrivalled 4D FOCUS™ system that can lock focus on a subject in as little as 0.05 seconds, the world’s fastest AF acquisition time[i]. Additionally, the α6300 has an incredible 425 phase detection AF points that are densely positioned over the entire image area – the world’s highest number of AF points on any interchangeable lens camera[ii], and can shoot images at up to 11 frames per second with continuous autofocus and exposure tracking.

The impressive new mirrorless model also has the ability to support full live-view continuous shooting on the Tru-finder or LCD screen at up to 8 frames per second, ultimately producing a real-time shooting experience that combines all the benefits of an electronic viewfinder with the immediacy of a through-the-lens optical viewfinder.

The versatile α6300 camera is equipped with a newly developed 24.2 MP[iii] APS-C sized Exmor CMOS sensor that works together with a BIONZ X image processing engine to produce outstanding image quality throughout the entire ISO sensitivity range ISO 100 – 51200[iv].

The new α6300 can also shoot and record high resolution 4K video with full pixel readout and no pixel binning in the popular Super 35mm format.

Unrivalled AF Performance

Sony’s new α6300 camera builds upon the acclaimed 4D FOCUS performance of the α6000 model, utilising a Fast Hybrid AF system that combines high-speed phase detection AF with extremely accurate contrast AF and allows it to capture and lock on to moving subjects in as little as 0.05 secondsi. The camera’s High-density Tracking AF technology positions 425 phase detection AF points over nearly the entire field of view, allowing it to accurately focus throughout a wide area – even on small, fast objects that other cameras would fail to recognise.

In addition to the extensive AF coverage, the α6300 debuts a new high-density tracking AF technology that significantly improves subject detection and tracking performance. This new technology can quickly activate a large number of AF points surrounding a subject – approximately 7.5 times more density than the α6000 – and intelligently adjust them in accordance with the subject’s motion. This is a particularly powerful feature when used with high-speed 11 fps continuous shooting or the new 8 fps continuous live-view mode, which provides 100% accurate framing for fast moving subjects on the LCD screen or viewfinder.

Of note is the fact that the camera’s 425 phase detection AF points, enhanced tracking and focus accuracy are all available on the α6300 when using A-mount lenses[v] with a mount adaptor like the Sony LA-EA3. This is a first for Sony E-mount interchangeable lens cameras with an APS-C sized sensor, as the only other cameras to feature this capability are the full-frame α7R II and α7 II models.

Other enhancements to the α6300 include silent shooting functionality, the ability to use AF in focus magnifier mode, expanded flexible spot AF, Eye AF in AF-C mode and more.

Powerful 24.2 MP Exmor CMOS Sensor and BIONZ X Processor

In order to maximise efficiency and overall camera performance, the α6300 features a new 24.2 MP sensor that is an ideal match for its BIONZ X image processing engine.

The new image sensor employs copper wiring in its structure, which improves light collection efficiency and significantly accelerates readout speed. The BIONZ X processor features an upgraded image processing algorithm designed to maximise the sensor’s overall capabilities. Together, the two key components work together to produce images with low noise and exceptional resolution in sensitivity settings up to ISO51200iii, in particular in the mid-to-high sensitivity range.

Ultimate 4K Resolution and Other Professional Video Capabilities

In another first for non-full-frame Sony interchangeable lens cameras, the new α6300 offers internal 4K movie recording in Super 35mm format. When shooting in 4K, the camera uses full pixel readout without pixel binning to collect 20 megapixels of information – approximately 2.4x[vi] (6K equivalent) as many pixels as 4K UHD and then oversamples the information to produce high quality footage with exceptional detail and depth.

The camera utilises the XAVC S codec[vii] during video shooting, which records at a high bit rate of 100 Mbpsvii during 4K recording and 50 Mbps during standard Full HD shooting, ensuring maximum detail and clarity in both video formats. Additionally, the camera will focus approximately twice as fast as its predecessor during movie shooting thanks to its new and improved AF system. AF speed and AF tracking sensitivity are also adjustable for expanded creativity.

Other professional calibre video features include the ability to record Full HD at 120 fps at 100 Mbps[viii], another first for α interchangeable lens cameras with APS-C sized sensors. This mode allows footage to be reviewed and eventually edited into 4x or 5x slow motion video files in Full HD[ix] (24p or 30p) resolution with AF tracking. The new α6300 also offers S-Log gamma recording[x] for wide dynamic range shooting – approximately 14-stop latitude in S-Log3 gamma setting – and supports S-Gamut for a wider colour space. Both options allow for greater creativity for processing video post-production.

Also included on the new camera is a microphone line input that accepts external microphones and also supports XLR input with Sony’s XLR adapter kit, as well as Gamma Display Assist, a new function that allows users to monitor images or check focus when recording S-Log movies. The new model has enhanced Zebra functionality for greater exposure control. Picture profile settings are available, as well as Time Code / User Bit and much more.

Enhanced Operability and Ergonomics

The α6300 camera is equipped with a high contrast, high-resolution XGA OLED Tru-Finder with approximately 2.4 million dots that offers exceptional corner-to-corner visibility. There is also a new mode available for the viewfinder that allows display of images at 120 fps, ensuring that action is displayed smoothly with very few afterimages, making subject tracking through the Tru-finder easier than ever.

Aesthetically, the new α6300 camera features an extremely solid feel in hand thanks to its robust, magnesium alloy design. It can be customised to fit nearly any shooting style or preferences, with 9 customisable buttons that one of 64 different functions can be assigned to. The camera adds a digital level gauge as well as upgraded dust and moisture resistance[xi], a reinforced lens mount structure and a new shutter release button and mode dial with improved operability and grip.

The new α6300 camera is Wi-Fi® and NFC compatible and fully functional with Sony’s PlayMemories Mobile™ application available for Android™ and iOS platforms, as well as Sony’s growing range of PlayMemories Camera Apps™, which add a variety of creative capabilities to the camera. It also supports QR code for easy connection to non-NFC smart phones.

The α6300 will be available in Europe from March 2016 priced at approximately €1,250 body only and €1,400 with SELP1650 lens. The α6300 will also be available as a kit with the SEL1670Z lens in April 2016, priced at approximately €2,250.

[i]Among interchangeable lens cameras equipped with an APS-C sized sensor as of February 2016, based on Sony research. Measured using CIPA-compliant guidelines and internal method with an E PZ 16-50 F3.5-5.6 OSS lens mounted. Pre-AF off and viewfinder in use
[ii]Among interchangeable lens cameras as of February 2016, based on Sony research
[iii]Approximate effective MPs
[iv]Expandable up to ISO 51200 for stills and up to ISO 25600 for movies
[v]A-mount lenses with SSM or SAM only. Users can choose phase-detection AF or contrast-detection AF in AF System menu
[vi]1.6x in 30p setting
[vii]An SDHC/SDXC memory card with a Class 10 or higher speed rating is required for XAVC S recording
[viii]UHS Class 3 memory card is required for recording at 100Mbps
[ix]Number of pixels required for Full HD movie recording is read out from the image sensor
[x]S-Log2 and S-Log3 are based on processing pictures
[xi]This camera is designed for optimal dust and moisture resistance, but is not waterproof or splashproof. For FE lens only

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  • JoeJohnBear

    Wowza, might have to get this as my first Sony camera.

  • HD10

    – decent 4K Video capabilities
    – improved AF

    – no IBIS (widely expected)
    – no touchscreen (widely asked for)
    – designating AF point is still pretty bad (ugh!)
    – no improvement in camera controls (sigh)
    – no improvement in battery life (hopeless?)
    – still not much support in terms of good native APS-C zoom lenses (also hopeless?)

    • JoeJohnBear

      hmm, good point. needs a joystick like the xpro2. I guess I’ll hold off.

      • HD10

        The joystick for designating AF in the XPro2, as well as in the D500 and D5 is very helpful and effective. Even while it was already fairly easy to designate AF point with Nikon dSLRs prior to the joystick, the joystick improves this even further.

        The joystick in the D500 is positioned even closer to the AF-on button than the D5 making it a cinch to use (even while the joystick can also be configured for AF-on operation by pressing down on the center after AF point has been designated).

        I expect that the joystick will be the shape of things to come to designate the AF point. Kudos to Fuji and NIkon for this new development.

    • bakanecko

      maybe to keep price down? if Sony tried to please everybody we likely will end at $1700++ body price range

      • HD10

        It will be lower. The 35mm “full frame” A7 II is priced at $1700.

    • Spy Black

      The lenses for this series supposedly suck too. I’ve never used one so I can’t say.

      • HD10

        The Sony 24mm f1.8, 35mm f1.8 and 50mm f1.8. are very good. But this is about all the Sony lens I will buy as the other native APS-C prime and zoom lenses are not as good. Even the Zeiss 12mm f2.8 Touit was disappointing as was the 16-70mm f4. The Sigma f2.8 primes are ok. The Sony 10-18mm f4 was almost good enough but pales in comparison to others UWA and thus I no longer have one.

    • CaMeRa QuEsT

      It does says it has a weather sealed magnesium body. Add to the downside no compressed lossless 14bit RAW, and since they don’t mention buffer depth, those 8-11fps are mood. And, more importantly, the lenses are terrible.

      • HD10

        It says above “This camera is designed for optimal dust and moisture resistance, but is not waterproof or splashproof.”

        Thanks for adding the matter of the A6300 lacking a proper RAW. Buffer will likely be shallow and choke on full RAW. Really a pity that Sony does not offer much decent lens choices.

        • Antonio

          Why do you say it will be “lacking a preparer RAW”?
          According to the announcement it will offer 14 bits RAW and when Sony introduced 14 bits RAW in the A7 the format was classified as “uncompressed 14 bits RAW with the possibility for the user to select an uncompressed mode”.
          He still have not the full info but why would Sony to do it differently for this model as it will be just a firmware matter and providing the user can select it or no the possibility of a slower saving speed will not be that serious compared to the lack of it.

        • Graham Best

          No manufacturer, not the Canon 1dx, or the Nikon d5, warrants their cameras for moisture damage.

          If one shoots in the rain, equip the camera with protection, and purchase an extended warranty with an accidental damage and spills rider.

    • Duncan Dimanche

      HD10 we get that you are upset… we do really. But look at the upside though ! this looks like a great camera with 40k60p and Full HD 120ps ! It seems like this is the new standard for 2016 ! so CHEER up !!

      • HD10

        Thanks Duncan. I am not upset, merely commenting on what the A6300 brings … and failed to bring. As user of Sony (also Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, and Fuji), I would like to see Sony improved. It did a bit specially on AF and video (hopefully, overheating will not be as bad) … but still has a long way to go.

    • Marco –

      Buy a samsung nx1

      • Sakaphoto Graphics

        while you can?

        • Marco –

          Exactly. And you’ll have the top performing apsc for at least 2 more years, possibly 3, given how far from it are the newly announced products.

  • Jeffry De Meyer

    At what price was the a6000 released €1250 seems a bit steep (not that this isn’t the general trend)

  • CaMeRa QuEsT

    The great thing about this camera is that, with an introduction price of $1000 body only, it puts tremendous pressure over all of its competition, so this will drive down the price of everything from the D7200/70D/K-3II/NX-1/X-PRO2 to the lower end bodies. There is going to be BLOOD all over the market this coming holiday season.

    • Spy Black

      Valentine’s holiday?

  • Ethan

    A6300 has vs a6000

    Better evf 2.4m vs 1.4m
    Fastest evf refresh rate: 120fps
    No lag in shooting at 8fps
    Magnesium body vs plastic
    120fps full HD vs 60fps
    Full pixel readout 4k
    Weather sealing vs none
    Level Guage is back
    Silent shutter vs none
    425 af points vs 179
    Probably can af Canon lenses like the a7r2 (we will see)
    Faster auto focus

    Also there’s this:

    “the ability to  support full live-view continuous shooting on the Tru-finder or LCD screen at up to 8 frames per second, ultimately producing a real-time shooting experience that combines all the benefits of an electronic viewfinder with the immediacy of a through-the-lens optical viewfinder.”

  • pavel

    No IBIS? That’s all I wanted. So much waiting and they killed it for me completely. Such a pity and unnecessary move by Sony. Now I have Pana GX8, which has everything I wanted from Sony 6xxx but their the UI just sucks so much it’s almost unusable :/ I really wish Pentax makes real ML camera and change nothing from their DSLR.

    • Eddy Kamera


      • pavel

        That’s a horrible camera and even tho it’s ML it still has mirror box. No viewfinder, no movable LCD. I had really big hope when that camera was going to get announced. Sort of like this Sony. Buying any DSLR from Pentax would be better choice.

  • Eric Calabros

    lol Peter, the site we know very well was repeatedly saying it will be 36mp! You see that? 🙂

    • no comment 🙂

      • Eddy Kamera

        It’s entirely possible that they had several sensor prototypes for evaluation. One of them could be a 36mp APS-C sensor.

        • Yes, Elvis could be alive too but is not 🙂

  • nwcs

    Once again showing the folly that Sony reserves sensors for 6 months for itself.

    • yes, of course – what I have been saying all along

      • Eddy Kamera

        I even think Sony will reserve some of the best sensors for itself now to protect its mirrorless market.

        • There is a big difference between believing something and reporting something like a fact (like some websites do).

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