Sony a6300

The Sony a6300 has arrived!

The Sony a6300 has arrived!!

I have been waiting for this camera for a while now.  Personally I have thought of this piece of kit as the one that will push me to switch from Canon to Sony.  I know the A7Rii is already a beast of a camera but it is a bit overkill for the work I do.

Sony a6300 specs according to Sony:

Sensor – The sensor is still 24.2mp however, while the megapixels remains the same the sensor itself has been completely redesigned. Instead of using the aluminum wiring, copper has been introduced.  This enables the sensor to process images/video at much higher speeds as well as the added benefit of higher sensitivity due to the wiring positioning in relation to the sensor.

AF – the a6000 had a class leading focus system.  While staying true to their prerogative of innovation, Sony has improved upon an already awesome system.  The new auto focus system comes with 425 points of on sensor phase detection.  This new 4D (as Sony calls it) focus system allows for a new class leading AF speed of 0.05 sec. Not only is the AF speed significantly faster but due to the sheer number of AF points available, the a6300 will be able to cluster the AF points in relation to its subject and increase overall sharpness of images even when the subject is moving at a fast pace.

FPS – 11 as per the a6000.  While the fps has not been increased from the a6000 the new innovations in focus speed and accuracy will make it a fairly moot point.

View Finder – the view finder on the a6000 has been criticized for being less than capable even compared to the former NEX lineup.  However, Sony has remedied that in the a6300 by introducing a 2.4m dot XGA OLED Tru-Finder with 120 fps refresh rate.  This will mean that not only is the resolution providing you with a closer to real life representation but the refresh rate will give you a DSLR like burst mode visualization.  In other words, the lag between the real life action vs what you see in the view finder will be in sync up to 8 continuous shots.

ISO – as mentioned above, due to the innovations in the new sensor, a maximum ISO of 51200 is now possible.

Video – this is probably what Sony is really pushing with this new iteration of the a6000.  the a6300 will be capable of 4k video recording in Super 35mm format.  Basically this means that most of the APSC sensor will be used in recording (20mp or 6k equivalent) and then the video will be over sampled to 4k UHD.  This will produce a much cleaner image with no pixel binning. The camera will be recording in XAVC S codec while also offering S-Log gamma recording for a wider dynamic range.  The camera is touted at 14 stops.

Body – the body is very much the same as the a6000 in terms of appearance.  The construction however has been made more rugged with the inclusion of a magnesium alloy body and dust and moisture resistance.

Lenses compatibility – phase detection AF will work with A mount lenses as well as Canon lenses with the appropriate adapter.

Price – $1000 USD for body only and $1150 with the 16-50mm power zoom lens.

Ultimately we will see how the camera actually performs.  Sony has had overheating issues in the past.  Hopefully cramming all this power into such a little body will not resurrect those problems.

The only other thing I wish they would have added was in body image stabilization but that, unfortunately, was not the case this time around.  This may be because there was simply not enough room for the hardware or because this camera is not part of the more expensive full frame A7 lineup.  Regardless, I suppose for $1000 this camera is already more than capable.  Given the reputation already established by the a6000 I see this kit selling just as well if not better.  It will be an absolutely perfect camera for a travel photographer giving plenty of room to stretch ones creativity while being small enough not to break your back.

I anxiously await the first few units to come in next month.  A hands on review with proper testing of the new features will shed a bit more light on the true capacity of this new body.

Thank you for reading!

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