Sony is updating its best-selling a6000 mirrorless camera with the new a6300. The updated model boasts a new 24-megapixel APS-C-sized sensor and 425 phase detect autofocus points to help deliver what the company says is the fastest AF system in the world.
The 425 phase detect points are packed across the imaging area and work with a new technology that clusters AF points around a moving subject to ensure it stays sharply in focus. According to Sony, the camera can acquire focus in as little as 0.05 seconds.
The a6300 can shoot at 11 fps with AF engaged or at 8 fps through live view. The camera has a native ISO range of 100-51,200 and a 2.4-million dot OLED viewfinder.
On the video front, the camera records 4K internally with no pixel-binning. It offers S-Log and S-Gamut color profiles for greater dynamic range—up to 14 stops. It can also record Full HD at 120 fps.
There are nine customizable function buttons on the camera. It will also offer Wi-Fi and NFC and ships in March for $1,000 (body).
In announcing the a6300 in an event in New York, Sony executives, citing data from NPD Group, said that the a6000 was the best-selling mirrorless camera of all time. While the DSLR market has contracted, Sony has seen sales of its interchangeable lens cameras and, significantly, lenses, grow by double digits for the past three years.
Speaking of which, joining the a6300 is an entirely new line of premium E-mount lenses dubbed G Master.
There will be three lenses initially:
- a 24-70mm f/2.8 GM ($2,200)
- an 85mm f/1.4 GM lens ($1,800)
- a 70-200mm f/2.8 GM (price to be determined)
- a 1.3x and 2x teleconverter for the 70-200mm exclusively (price TBD).
The new lenses are developed to resolve high resolution images of the likes captured by Sony’s a7R II. They use newly developed extreme aspherical (XA) elements which not only help resolve detail but deliver more natural bokeh.
In fact, Sony spent a fair amount of effort researching and studying bokeh and its characteristics prior to the G Master launch and noted that when the shift from focus to defocus is “abrupt and artificial” it will not appear lifelike. That abrupt shift, Sony said, is due to a lack of precision in the elements and less than optimal positioning the elements.
According to Sony, the G Master lenses will be shaped to 100th of a micron surface precision to eliminate abrupt shifts in defocus characteristics so the falloff is more gentle and lifelike.
We had the opportunity to shoot with the new 85mm f/1.4 and the 24-70mm f/2.8 and will be posting samples below soon.
G Master 85mm f/1.4 Sample Images
The following were JPEGs taken on Sony’s a7R II.
G Master 24-70mm f/2.8 Sample Images
These were also shot on the a7R II.
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