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Sony A6300 Release Date, Price and Specs – CNET

The Sony A6000 has been one of the most wildly popular interchangeable-lens models we’ve seen, made even more so by significant price drops over the past year. But we’ve also been waiting almost a year for a replacement — it originally shipped in February 2014 — and it’s finally here. The A6300 builds on almost the same body as the A6000, but adds a more intelligent, faster autofocus system and support for 4K and high-frame-rate video.

It will ship in March for $1,000 body-only, and $1,150 for a kit with the 16-50mm power-zoom lens. UK and Australian prices weren’t available, but those prices convert to £685 and £790, or AU$1,400 and AU$1,615 respectively.

What’s new

  • Autofocus. The A6000 was Sony’s first camera with hybrid autofocus — a combination of dSLR-like phase detection and point-and-shoot-like contrast AF. While it was fast, it wasn’t great for tracking during continuous shooting because it used Sony’s sluggish contrast AF. With the A6300, Sony expands the number of phase-detection points from 179 to 425 and updates the contrast AF areas from 25 to 169. More important, it’s using the phase detection for continuous tracking autofocus. In addition, Sony’s new tracking AF uses clumps of focus points, and refreshes the viewfinder fast enough that you can watch them follow the subject. While that helps keep it generally in focus, during my brief experience trying it I found that it still got distracted; for instance, when tracking a hand, it would lose the hand if it passed in front of something bigger. Still, it seems like big improvement, and one of the more responsive AF systems I’ve tried lately.
  • Video. Like all of Sony’s recent cameras, the A6300 gets support for UHD (3,840×2,160 pixels) 4K recording to an SD card, high-frame-rate recording (HD at 120fps), an update to the newer XAVC S codec and clean HDMI out. It also gains Sony’s Picture Profiles for shooing video, including the S-Log3 and S-Log2 curves. The camera also has a dedicated mic jack, a change from the A6000’s hot-shoe-based add-on mic system.
  • Sensor. Although it incorporates a new sensor with more light-collection efficiency and a fast readout (necessary for the new video capabilities), it’s the same resolution as before and it doesn’t seem to have expanded the low-light sensitivity much, if at all; it has the same native ISO sensitivity range, and only expands one stop further to ISO 51200. But the low-light expanded ranges rarely product good results. It also uses the same image-processing engine as the A6000.
  • LCD, viewfinder and mode dial. The back display now flips up for selfies in addition to tilting. The viewfinder is higher resolution, and has a shorter blackout period during continuous shooting, which is nice. Sony also brought the mode dial up to date with current features.

My take

The new AF system and video capabilities are more than welcome, and the updates make it an even more compelling alternative to a similarly priced dSLR than the A6000 was. Plus, it still seems like a lot of camera for the money.

There are some disappointments, though. It still uses optical image stabilization rather than switching to sensor shift — even the old three-axis system would have been welcome. And some other stealth changes include a significant decrease in battery life, down to 350 shots with the viewfinder from 420 (likely because of the new viewfinder), and a big decrease in the number of shots possible in a burst before it slows — from 49 raw to 21 — but with no increase in frame rate. That said, 11fps remains excellent, so I won’t begrudge Sony that.

Comparative specs

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Sony A6000 Sony A6300
Sensor effective resolution 16.1MP Live MOS
12 bit
24.3MP Exmor HD CMOS
14 bit
24.2MP Exmor CMOS
14 bit
Sensor size 17.3 x 13mm 23.5 x 15.6mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Focal-length multiplier 2.0x 1.5x 1.5x
OLPF Yes Yes Yes
Sensitivity range ISO 100 (exp)/ISO 200 – ISO 25600 ISO 100 – ISO 25600 ISO 100 – ISO 25600/ISO 51200 (exp)
Burst shooting 5fps
unlimited JPEG and raw
(10fps with fixed focus and IS off)
49 JPEG/49 raw
44 JPEG/21 raw
(mag/ effective mag)
2.36 million dots
100% coverage
1.3x – 1.48x/ 0.65x- 0.74x
0.4 in/10 mm
1.44 million dots
100% coverage
0.4 in/10 mm
2.4 million dots
100% coverage
Hot shoe Yes Yes Yes
Autofocus 81-area
Contrast AF
179-point phase detection, 25-area contrast AF 425-point phase detection, 169-area contrast AF
AF sensitivity n/a 0- 20 EV -1 – 20 EV
Shutter speed 60 – 1/8000 sec; bulb to 30 minutes; 1/250 sec x-sync (Super FP to 1/8,000) 30-1/4000 sec.; bulb; 1/160 x-sync 30-1/4000 sec.; bulb; 1/160 x-sync
Shutter durability n/a n/a n/a
Metering 324 area 1,200 zone 1,200 zone
Metering sensitivity -2 – 20 EV 0 – 20 EV -2 – 20 EV
Best video H.264 QuickTime MOV
1080/60p, 50p (52 Mbps); 30p, 25p, 24p (77 Mbps)
AVCHD 1080/60p @ 28Mbps XAVC S @ 100Mbps; UHD 4K 2160/30p, 25p, 24p; 1080/120p
Audio Stereo; mic input; headphone jack on HLD-8G grip Stereo; mic (via accessory shoe) Stereo, mic input
Manual aperture and shutter in video Yes Yes Yes
Maximum best-quality recording time per clip 4GB 29 minutes 29 minutes
Clean HDMI out Yes No Yes
IS Sensor shift
(5 axis)
Optical Optical
LCD 3 in/7.5cm
Articulated touchscreen
1.04m dots
Tilting touchscreen
921,600 dots
Tilting, flip-up touchscreen
921,600 dots
Memory slots 1 x SDXC 1 x SDXC 1 x SDXC
Wireless connection Wi-Fi Wi-Fi, NFC Wi-Fi, NFC
Flash Included add-on Yes Yes
Wireless flash Yes No Yes
Battery life (CIPA rating) 310 shots
(1,220 mAh)
420 shots 350 (VF), 400 (LCD)
Size (WHD) 4.9 x 3.3 x 1.8 in
124 x 85 x 45 mm
4.8 x 2.9 x 1.8 in
120 x 66.9 x 45.1 mm
4.7 x 2.6 x 1.9 in
119 x 66 x 48mm
Body operating weight 15.7 oz
446 g
11.6 oz
330 g
14.3 oz (est.)
405 g (est.)
Mfr. price (body only)
not listed = manufacturer does not offer body-only configuration in those regions
n/a = the price is not available or we don’t know if that configuration will be offered
AU$1,250 (est.)
$500 (est.)
Release date February 2015 April 2014 March 2016

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