Sony Electronics added a new model to its α mirrorless camera line that is said to have the world's fastest autofocus function on a mirrorless camera.
The new α6300 camera boasts a proprietary 4D Focus system that can lock on a subject in as little as 0.05 seconds via 425 phase-detection autofocus points that are densely positioned over the entire image area, the company said.
The camera can shoot images at up to 11 frames per second with continuous autofocus and exposure tracking. It 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, producing a real-time shooting experience that combines the benefits of an electronic viewfinder with the immediacy of a through-the-lens optical viewfinder, Sony said.
The camera is equipped with a newly developed 24.2-megapixel APS-C sized Exmor CMOS sensor that works together with a Bionz X image processing engine for an ISO sensitivity range of 100–51,200. The Bionz X processor features an upgraded image-processing algorithm designed to maximize the sensor’s overall capabilities.
The new image sensor employs copper wiring in its structure to improve light collection efficiency and significantly accelerate readout speed, Sony said.
In a first for a non-full-frame Sony interchangeable-lens camera, the 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 – the equivalent of 6K resolution.
Other professional caliber video features include the ability to record Full HD at 120 fps at 100 Mbps, another first for α interchangeable lens cameras with APS-C sized sensors, Sony said. This mode allows footage to be reviewed and eventually edited into 4x or 5x slow motion video files in Full HD8 (24p or 30p) resolution with AF tracking. The new α6300 also offers S-Log gamma recording9 for wide dynamic range shooting – approximately 14-stop latitude in S-Log3 gamma setting – and supports S-Gamut for a wider color space. Both options allow for greater creativity for processing video post-production, Sony said.
“With this new model, we’ve combined the world’s fastest and most extensive AF system with a superb image sensor and many of our most advanced imaging and video technologies, creating a package that can far exceed the performance of any DSLR in its class,” said Neal Manowitz, digital imaging VP. “This camera connects you with the action like never before.”
The α6300 camera is equipped with a high contrast, high-resolution XGA OLED Tru-Finder with approximately 2.4 million dots for exceptional corner-to-corner visibility, Sony said. 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.
The body can be customized to fit nearly any shooting style or preferences, with nine customizable buttons that one of 64 different functions can be assigned to.
The α6300 is Wi-Fi and NFC compatible and fully functional with Sony’s PlayMemories Mobile app, 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.
The Sony α6300 interchangeable lens camera will be available in March in the U.S. and Canada for about $1,000 for the camera body or for about $1,150 paired with a 16-50mm F3.5–F5.6 kit lens (model SELP1650).
The α6300 is compatible with Sony’s growing lineup of α lenses including a new premium G Master lens also just announced.
A variety of exclusive stories and exciting new content shot with the new α6300 camera and other Sony α products can be found at www.alphauniverse.com, Sony’s new community site built to educate, inspire and showcase all fans and customers of the Sony α brand.
The new content will also be posted directly at the global Sony Photo Gallery and the Sony Camera Channel on YouTube.