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    Sony Electronics, a worldwide leader in digital imaging and the world’s largest image sensor manufacturer, has today introduced the latest addition to their award winning lineup of mirrorless cameras, the α6300 model.

    The camera boasts an unrivaled 4D FOCUS™ system that can lock focus on a subject in as little as 0.05 seconds, the world’s fastest AF acquisition time1. 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 camera2, 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 is equipped with a newly developed 24.2 MP (approx.. effective) 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 3. It can also shoot and record high resolution 4K video with full pixel readout and no pixel binning in the popular Super 35mm format.

    “The α6300 is yet another example of the dominant innovation that Sony continues to bring to the industry, especially from the mirrorless space,” said Neal Manowitz, Vice President of Digital Imaging at Sony Electronics. “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. This camera connects you with the action like never before.”

    Unrivaled AF Performance

    Sony’s new α6300 camera builds upon the acclaimed 4D FOCUS performance of the α6000 model, utilizing 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 seconds1. 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 recognize.

    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 lenses4 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 maximize 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 maximize 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 ISO512003, 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 camera, 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 2.4x5 (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 utilizes the XAVC S codec6 during video shooting, which records at a high bit rate of 100 Mbps7 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 caliber video features include the ability to record Full HD at 120 fps at 100 Mbps7, 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 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.

    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 customized to fit nearly any shooting style or preferences, with 9 customizable 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 resistance10, 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.

    Pricing and Availability

    The Sony α6300 interchangeable lens camera will be available in March 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). Prices for the Canadian market will be about $1,350 CA for the body and about $1,500 CA for the camera kit. It will be sold at a variety of Sony authorized dealers throughout each region.

    The α6300 is compatible with Sony’s growing lineup of α lenses including the new premium G Master™ lenses also announced today.

    A variety of exclusive stories and exciting new content shot with the new α6300 camera and other Sony α products can be found at , Sony’s new community site built to educate, inspire and showcase all fans and customers of the Sony α brand.

  • no touchscreen...but still a great spec'ed video cam with full sensor readout 4k and 1080/120 !

  • Thanks guys for making topic. I'll be updating and make some editing.


  • Pricing is little steep for such body.

  • Vitaliy_Kiselev you can update, I dont know give format.

  • If it had IBIS, would buy it in a heartbeat.

  • At loooooong last the very long awaited Sony A6300 has been announced (along with 3 sweet sweet lenses, that Sony E mount desperately needs).

    These specs in particular are juicy:

    • new 24MP BSI sensor (yay, BSI!)
    • 11fps
    • 4D focus
    • 4K 30fps video (no pixel binning 14 stops dynamic range, 100MPS)
    • S-Gamut3.Cine/S-Log-3 and S-Gamut3/S-Log3 profiles
    • 1080p120 slow motion
    • Under US$1k (I think this price is quite reasonable compared to what a GH4 or NX1 was when first released. Yes, I'd like it to be less! So I can wait, once a sale arrives or it shows up secondhand/refurbished that should shave off a few hundred dollars fo rme)
    • Weather sealed body
    • 422 over HDMI
    • Switchable NTSC/PAL (phew!! Thank goodness for that)
    • 14bit photos
    • Mic jack input.

    I no longer want a Sony A7s mk1 secondhand (which is a similar, or greater, price), I think I'll hold out on seeing this A6300 go on sale instead! :-D

  • @IronFilm

    Most specs are in first post.

  • @IronFilm

    Where did you find the HDMI specs? Presumably 8 bit, up to UHD only.

  • In addition to high-resolution internal recording, uncompressed HDMI output also enables the use of an optional external recorder for clean 4K recording with 4:2:2 sampling

    says b&h

  • @kurth

    Thanks, I guess we'll have to wait for details.

  • For sure only 8bits (wouldn´t make sense to offer the A6300 with 10bits - But the A7s II and A7R II only with 8).
    Hmm. Hopefully the 6300 isn´t overheating again (like the A6000 and A7R II before the latest firmware update).

  • Hopefully the 6300 isn´t overheating again (like the A6000 and A7R II before the latest firmware update).

    All stated reasons for delay was that it had so severe heat problems that can't record 4K for any good time.

    So, expect around 15-20 minutes before shutdown.

  • @roly fingers crossed it is 10bit as well like the GH4!! But I very very strongly suspect it will only be 8bit 422, as the other Sony stills cameras are all so far only 8bit :( :(

    All stated reasons for delay was that it had so severe heat problems that can't record 4K for any good time.

    So, expect around 15-20 minutes before shutdown.

    Yeah, that has been reported reasons in the rumour mills for the delay. But what exactly does "fixed" mean??

    Does it mean a 15 minute or so run before switching off (which would be just as bad as the A5100/A6000 in FHD XAVCs), or will it do proper repeated goes of 30 minutes. Hopefully the latter.

  • WOW.. Ok Sony great job.. Very impressive little camera for that price point, specs looks awesome they didn't hold back props. Looking forward for some real video samples.

  • One thing to note is that they again bought some time, as all they showed is presentation, none of the bodies had been sent to reviewers as usual.

  • I was very anxious waiting this camera in 2015, at the end I buy the GX8 body for U$1.304 because I needed a camera of such features for a job. I'm happy with the GX8, but I would like to have the A6300.

    Now wait a year for buy for a better price.

  • About the REC time limit -> According the official specs:
    "Continuous movie recording is possible for approximately 29 minutes (limited by product specifications)."

    But let´s wait for "real life" overheating tests. No IBIS is btw. a good sign for a more stable operation.
    (At least you get a longer REC time that way - Even if it´s limited by an overheating sensor.)

  • Wow, at long last. Im pretty happy with the specs. Im SO glad the 30+ MP rumors were false. Log profile (woohoo!), sharp 4k, 1080p120 @ 100mbps, MIC INPUT... Thats really all I wanted in this cam to keep the $1k or under price point. Hopefully better noise performance can be expected with the new sensor, this is sorely needed in video mode. Definitely looking forward to upgrading.

    Seems like the viewfinder might be pulled form the a6000 though, didnt see any mentioned of anything new about it.

    But... why the a6300 name/number? Kinda strange.

  • Looks like that the sensor is NOT BSI - even the B&H page is not showing it anymore.

    And from the diagrams of the official product page, looks like that the sensor have a conventional structure, only with thinner copper wiring:

    Comparing with the equivalent picture on the A7RII page, you can see it clearly:

  • @MarcioK I dont care what they do to it, as long as it has improved noise performance Ill be happy.