Without a doubt, the Sony A6000 has been the most popular mirrorless camera in its class and now, they’ve one-upped it with the brand new A6300. To avoid any confusion, it doesn’t replace the A6000 but sits above it in the line-up and the list of feature upgrades is certainly impressive. We’re yet to get hands on but have very high expectations. Here are some of the key differences and things I’m most excited about.
While the sensor keeps the 24 megapixel resolution, we’re told it’s a brand new beast with faster readout thanks to copper wiring (rather than aluminium), and a shallower sensor stack meaning better light gathering capabilities. This, paired with a higher maximum ISO of 51,200, is a desirable combination coming from a camera that already performed very well in low light.
4K is all the rage and mostly for good reason. With the slick new sensor comes the ability to record 4K video at up to 30fps in camera, and that’s not even the best part. The A6300, unlike many other cameras, performs ZERO pixel binning when in 4K mode, but down-converts a 20MP image to the standard 4K resolution. This means the resulting image is ultra sharp and retains a great amount of detail. Full HD mode gets a boost as well, with an increased maximum frame rate to 120fps – 4 times slow-mo. In the highest quality video settings for both 4K and Full HD, the camera uses the XAVC-S codec at 100mbps; and thankfully, Sony have added an external mic input!
The video improvements don’t stop there, believe it or not. For the filmmakers, S-Log3 is available as well as several other colour profiles and this gives a reported 14 stops of dynamic range. Amazing! Also amazing is the number of focus points lined up on the sensor. There are a total of 425 phase detect focus points and 169 contrast detect points covering about 85% of the sensor surface – Sony have dubbed it ‘4D Focus’. The outcome is the world’s fastest autofocus in this type of camera and also really fantastic subject tracking for both photos and video.
These are really just some of the highlights and we can’t wait to really put it through its paces and have a closer look at some real world images. It’s now in stock available to order online.