Sony has announced the long awaited successor to the a6000.  The new camera simply called the a6300 does offer some significant advancements worth the wait and a one disappointing features still missing from most of the Sony line.

The Key features of the new Sony

  • 24MP CMOS APS-C sensor with copper wiring (same MP as a6000 but upgraded sensor)
  • 425-point on-sensor phase-detection AF system (HUGE number of AF points and good coverage out to the frame edges)
  • 11 fps continuous shooting (8fps continuous live view) (Same as a6000 but live view continuous is now faster)
  • Silent shooting
  • Max ISO of 51200 (I expect high ISO in this camera will be excellent)
  • 4K video capture up to 100 Mbps (Offering some of the best 4K in an ILC at this price point)
  • Sturdier magnesium construction and some weather sealing vs the original a6000

The body is almost identical to the a6000 – same tilting screen, same resolution. Button placement looks identical with the addition of an AEL switch on the back – likely giving you additional customization options similar to the a7 full frame series.

The 11FPS matches the a6000, the improvement comes when shooting live view- up to 8fps with a very short blackout between frames allowing better tracking of moving subjects and the AF system offers a  new 4D tracking system with dynamically activated AF points around your subject and the camera will adjust depending on the motion of the subject itself..   I expect this camera will now match and beat the latest DSLRs in the same price range.

4K at 100mbits with oversampling from the whole sensor! What that all means – this 4K footage should be excellent, low noise even at higher ISOs and very sharp.  No additional crop (beyond the standard 1.5x sony aps-c crop) while shooting video which means this camera is going to be much better for some videographers than the double the price Nikon D500.

What is disappointing? No Touchscreen. Almost all other DSLRs at this price point offer a touchscreen and despite the smaller size and a few fewer buttons Sony still hasn’t offered a touchscreen.  The electronic viewfinder (EVF) is also the same and I didn’t love the a6000 EVF- it is a bit dull.   Also much smaller annoyance  still USB 2.0.  USB 3.0 would be nice at this point when you want to transfer files without Wifi or even tethering.

No in body image stabilization (IBIS) as some people had hoped – I didn’t expect that at this level and price point but if you want that and the small size you need to look at the Olympus or step up to full frame.

Overall I expect this camera to sell very well and is likely the first camera to offer 4K and sell as well as it will – basically Sony just brought 4K to the masses.  Expect grandma’s birthday party footage to be 4k now 😉

The Sony α6300  will be available in March

Preorder now from B&H Photo Sony a6300 (Body Only) $998.00 | Sony a6300 with 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens

Sony A6300

Sony also announced a pile of PRO lenses including a new 24-70 f/2.8, 70-200 f/2.8 and an 85mm f/1.4. More about the new Sony Lenses

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  1. The EVF has also been updated. It’s supposedly the same one as the A7II line but with lower magnification. The A6300 has a “XGA Tru-Finder 2.36m-Dot OLED EVF” vs. the A6000’s: “Tru-Finder 0.39″ 1,440k-Dot OLED EVF”. Also new is a microphone jack.

    Shame they didn’t add a touchscreen or fix the SD card placement though. Ah well, maybe the next version now that Canon and Nikon have shown that even their top of the line cameras can benefit from touchscreens.

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