Sony a6300 mirrorless digital camera body
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The Sony a6300 is a bigger brother to the very popular Sony a6000 mirrorless camera, and joined the ranks of the Sony E-Mount revolution which is seeing an unprecedented amount of amazing quality glass added to it each year.
Introducing 4K video capture at Super 35mm and an EVF with a refresh rate of 120fps this camera sits very nicely in between the entry level Sony mirrorless cameras and their full range siblings of the a7 family.
Continuous shooting at 11fps and the 'World's fastest AF of 0,05s' make this a viable choice for those looking to capture action at a speed, and the 24.2MP APS-C sensor will ensure this is done at a high quality too.
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Sony a6300 Digital compact system camera
*Amongst interchangeable lens cameras with an APS-C sized sensor
The Sony a6300 expands upon the achievements of its older brother, the Sony a6000 by breaking new ground in terms of focusing, video capture, and continuous shooting. The ability to record Full HD video in slow motion is also a huge positive, and it delivers incredible high resolution images that are often found on much more expensive cameras.
|Product features in detail|
Using Sony’s 4D FOCUS system previously found on the Sony a6000, the Sony 6300 mirrorless camera boasts the world’s fastest autofocus of just 0.05 seconds (amongst interchangeable lens cameras with an APS-C sized sensor) by using a Fast Hybrid autofocus system, combining highly accurate contrast autofocus with high-speed phase detection autofocus. Setting yet another world record, it also has an unbelievable 425 phase detection autofocus points - the highest number on any interchangeable lens camera.
It also features high-density tracking autofocus which greatly improves its tracking performance and subject detection. This allows for a large amount of autofocus points to be activated around a subject - roughly 7.5x more than on its a6000 predecessor, and it adjusts them intelligently in accordance with the motion of the subject. Furthermore, the a6300 offers expanded flexible spot autofocus and you can also use autofocus in focus magnifier mode, and Eye AF in AF-C mode.
The focusing accuracy, enhanced tracking, and 425 phase detection autofocus points are all available when using Sony A-mount lenses, when combined with a mount adapter such as the Sony LA-EA3. This is the first time this has been possible on Sony E-mount interchangeable lens cameras with an APS-C sensor, previously only found on the Sony a7 II and Sony a7R II full frame cameras.
The Sony a6300 can continuously shoot at up to 11fps with continuous autofocus and exposure tracking. In live-view mode, it can continuously shoot at 8fps, offering completely accurate framing of fast-moving subjects on the Tru-finder or LCD screen.
Sensor, engine, and ISO
The 6300 compact system camera has a newly developed 24.2 megapixel APC-C Exmor CMOS sensor which, together with the BIONZ X image processing engine, captures incredible images with low noise throughout its ISO range of 100-51,200.
The sensor incorporates copper wiring which greatly increases readout speed and improves light collection efficiency. The BIONZ X processor has an upgraded processing algorithm which makes the most of the sensor’s capabilities.
A welcome addition to the a6300 is the ability to record 4K video in Super 35mm format. In this mode, the camera utilises full pixel readout without pixel binning, to gather 20MP of data - roughly 2.4x (6K equivalent) as many pixels as 4K UHD. It then oversamples the data to deliver outstanding high resolution footage with unbelievable depth and detail. By using the XAVC S codec which records at 100Mbps when recording in 4K, and 50Mbps during Full HD capture, maximum clarity and detail is guaranteed.
The a6300 can focus around twice as fast as the 6000 when recording video, and you can adjust autofocus tracking sensitivity and speed. The camera also offers silent shooting functionality.
Yet another new addition to APS-C interchangeable lens cameras is the ability to record Full HD at 120 frames per second at 100Mbps. In this mode, you can review and edit your footage into 4x or 5x slow motion movie files in Full HD at 24p or 30p with autofocus tracking. Additionally, S-Log gamma recording is available for wide dynamic range shooting, allowing for around 14-stop latitude in S-Log3 gamma setting, and it supports S-Gamut for a wider colour space.
The camera comes with microphone line input and also supports XLR microphones, with the use of Sony’s XLR adapter kit. Furthermore, it features the new Gamma Display Assist, which lets you monitor your images or focus when capturing S-Log videos. The enhanced Zebra functionality allows for greater exposure control, and picture profile settings are also available, as well as Time Code / User Bit.
The a6300 has an XGA organic LED Tru-Finder which has around 2.4 million dots for brilliant corner-to-corner visibility. A new mode makes subject tracking easier than ever before, as it lets you display images at 120 frames per second, so action is smooth and shows minimal afterimages.
Wi-Fi and NFC
The Sony a6300 is both Wi-fi and NFC compatible and fully compatible with Sony’s PlayMemories Mobile app, which is available on both iOS and Android platforms, and is also fully functional with Sony’s expanding range of Playmemories Camera Apps, adding a variety of creative options. It can also use QR codes to easily connect to non-NFC smart phones.
Design and construction
Constructed from a durable magnesium alloy, the a6300 is very robust and is also dust and moisture-resistant. It has a reinforced lens mount structure, a new shutter release button and a mode dial with improved operability and grip.
You can customise the camera to match your individual shooting style, with 9 customisable buttons that you can assign one of 64 different functions to.
|What else is included in the box?|
|Ultimate resolution 4K movie in Super 35mm|
|Advanced 4D Focus|
|Fast Hybrid AF in 4K Movies|
|5x Slow Motion in Full HD|
24.2MP Exmor™ CMOS image sensor
The new 24.2 MP Exmor CMOS sensor raises the bar of imaging performance. Its copper wiring and enhanced circuitry make it possible to lower the wiring layer and boost light collection efficiency, in order to capture low-noise images with a wide sensitivity range up to ISO 51200. The use of copper raises readout speed as well as the potential of advanced 4K and Full HD 120fps shooting.
High-speed BIONZ X™ image processing engine
How do the superior speed, power andefficiency of the BIONZ X image processor unleash the potential and sensitivity of the new image sensor? With an algorithm optimised for the new image sensor to provide stills and movies with unrivalled resolution andreproduce greatertexture and detail, particularly at mid-to-high ISO settings
425 phase-detection AF points
With the world’s most (425) focal plane phase-detection AF points helping to provide distinctively wide and dense AF point coverage, the α6300 focuses more accurately, efficiently and reliably on subjects throughout the frame.
0.05-sec. fast AF
The α6300 achieves the world's fastest (0.05 sec.) AF speed with the enhanced Fast Hybrid AF’s integrated autofocusing performance and the uncanny efficiency of the BIONZ X image processing engine to handle so much information with astonishing accuracy
High-density Tracking AF Technology
For supremely reliable accuracy and tracking stability, new High-density Tracking AF Technology activates AF points to cover the area around the subject with approx. 7.5 times as much density as the 6000. Only this focal plane phase-detection autofocus function can seamlessly activate AF points and track subjects moving within frame with such unerring precision.
High-speed live-view continuous shooting
Clearly capture action with high-speed continuous shooting at up to 11fps. Or choose among three speeds up to 8fps, according to the shooting situation, for live-view continuous shooting with very little lag on the EVF or LCD screen, to get the sense of immediacy of shooting with an optical viewfinder.
Focal plane phase-detection AF for A-mount lenses
The α6300 offers focal plane phase-detection AF even when an A-mount lens is mounted using a mount adaptor (LA-EA3) from Sony. So you can take advantage of the autofocus system’s uniquely wide coverage provided by 425 focal plane phase-detection AF points, as well as fast, fluidtracking performance when shooting with other lenses as well as E-mount lenses.
XGA OLED Tru-Finder™
The α6300 introduces a high-contrast, high-resolution, high-visibility XGA OLED Tru-Finder that reproduces darkness and colour in very fine detail, as well as a mode to display images at the higher frame rate of 120fps (100fps), so you can see action smoothly and track it easily on this electronic viewfinder.
4K movie recording
4K movie recording in the Super 35mm format with full pixel readout and no pixel binning allows approx. 2.4 times as much information as is basically required for 4K (QFHD: 3840 x 2160). Data this rich is, in fact, equivalent to 6K data, so it clearly conveys the ultimate resolution in 4K images.
Full HD 120fps shooting and 4x/5x slow motion recording
You can shoot high-quality Full HD footage, even in Full HD 120fps (100fps) high-speed shooting with AF tracking at a high bit rate up to 100Mbps. Otherwise, the camera can record 4x/5x slow motion movies internally when the frame rate is set at 30p (25p) or 24p.
S-Gamut/S-Log shooting give you flexibility to make more expressive movies by performing colour grading in post-production. The S-Log3 and S-Log2 gamma curves feature wide dynamic range (up to 1300%) to minimize whiteout and blackout. The α6300 even offers impressive 14-stop latitude in S-Log3 gamma setting.The camera also supports S-Gamut, S-Gamut3, and S-Gamut3. Cine colour space from Sony. *S-Log2 and S-Log3 are premised on processing pictures.
Silent Shooting mode releases the shutter without a sound, even in continuous shooting up to approx. 3fps with AF/AE tracking, so it's very convenient for shooting indoor performances, outdoor wildlife, and in other situations where silence is essential. To turn this mode on/off more intuitively and less intrusively, assign it to a customisable button.
One-touch remote/One-touch sharing
One-touch remote makes your smartphone or tablet a viewfinder/remote control. One-touch sharing transfers photos/videos to your device for SNS sharing. Just install a PlayMemories Mobile™ app via Wi-Fi to your NFC-enabled Android device, then touch the device to the camera to connect them. No NFC? No problem, as new QR code compatibility can also pair the devices.
Enhanced Fast Hybrid AF for movies
Now, Fast Hybrid AF makes movie autofocus exceptionally precise, so it’s especially valuable for 4Krecording. In addition to a very dense phase-detection AF point array, this system in the α6300 features adjustable AF Drive Speed and AF Tracking Sensitivity to help you express more creativity by manipulating focus, as far as conditions and your imagination allow.
AF in Focus Magnifier
You can use autofocus even while enlarging a selected image area on the viewfinder or LCD screen, for finer adjustment of focus, for example. This is excellent for macro shooting, when accurate focusing is crucial.
This function maintains focus on a moving subject automatically. Simply align the target frame and the subject to be tracked, and press the center button. If you lose track of the subject, the camera can detect that subject and resume the Lock-on AF function when the subject reappears on the screen.
Expand Flexible Spot
When the selected AF point loses track of or is not positioned on a moving subject, Expand Flexible Spot function automatically directs surrounding AF points to restore focus instantly on that subject.
Eye AF in AF-C mode
Eye AF is now available in AF-C mode in this camera. This means it automatically focuses on and even tracks focus on a subject’s eye, as the face moves, extending your freedom to frame a shot.
High sound quality (microphone terminal, XLR adaptor kit)
In addition to plug-in microphones, the camera supports line input from professional-standard audio devices with XLR terminal, with use of a separately sold XLR adaptor kit (XLR-K2M/XLR-K1M) that enables connection with various high-end microphones. That way, you can make fine audio setting adjustments and high-quality/low-noise sound recordings worthy of serious movie shooting.
Clean HDMI output
This function supports 4K and Full HD, and allows uncompressed movie to be output to an external recorder or monitor. The image can also be recorded in the camera even while signals are output using this function.
Gamma Display Assist
With this function, you can view images with natural contrast while recording in S-Log gamma setting, converting S-Log2 and S-Log3 into ITU709 (800%) gamma for monitoring images, or checking focus while enlarging an image on the LCD screen or viewfinder.
Enhanced Zebra function
Simplify exposure monitoring, especially when shooting in S-Log gamma setting. Target a video signal brightness level from 0-109%, set a range between +10% and -10% of that value, and zebra pattern indicates areas with that level of exposure within that range. New minimum brightness level setting reliably warns you to avoid blown-out highlights.
Tough magnesium alloy body
With internal frames, rear cover, top cover and front cover constructed of magnesium alloy, the robust, rigid, light body of the α6300 is stronger than that of its predecessors. Designed for solid reliability and steady handling, this compact form readily withstands the rigours of shooting in the field.
Dust and moisture resistance
Enjoy carefree shooting in tough environments, thanks to comprehensive dust and moisture resistance measures that help prevent water and dust from entering the body. These measures include sealing around the buttons and dials, as well as a protective double-layered structure that tightly interlocks panels and components.
Robust lens mount
The strength and rigidity of the camera body and lens mount provide an especially solid foundation for mounting and withstanding rugged use with even large, heavy lenses such as telephoto lenses and lenses preferred for movie shooting.
Power supply via USB
Camera operation can be powered via USB connection to a PC or mobile battery. This conserves the camera battery, extending the length of time that the camera can be used before the battery is depleted. When the camera is turned off, the battery can be charged via the same connection.
14-bit RAW output
For RAW recording, 14-bit RAW output and 16-bit image processing help preserve maximum detail and produce images of the highest quality with rich tonal gradations. The 14-bitRAW (Sony ARW) format ensures optimal quality for later image adjustment (via Image Data Converter or other software).
ISO Auto Minimum Shutter Speed
Prevent blur in a shot of a moving subject by setting a shutter speed at which ISO sensitivity starts changing when ISO AUTO (while in P or A mode, or in Multi Frame NR) is selected.
File Name Setting
The first three characters of the file name is now customisable on the camera. The file name starts with "DSC" by default, but you can change and register the three characters of your choice. This facilitates the photographers to manage the files easily especially when working with multiple cameras in assignments.
PlayMemories Camera Apps™
Express photographs more creatively with this application download service that lets you add new functions to your camera’s feature set. Choose among Time-lapse for recording images at intervals and combining them, Smart Remote Control for control of settings from a smartphone or tablet, Sky HDR (high-dynamic-range-imaging), Star Trail, Liveview Grading, Smooth Reflection and other apps. Note: Services availability depends on region.
Capture One Express (for Sony)
Capture One Express (for Sony) is one of the world’s best RAW converters, rendering precise colours and incredible detail. It contains flexible digital asset management, all the essential adjustment tools and fast, responsive performance in one customizable and integrated solution. * Please contact Phase One regarding all inquiries as to usage and support including functional compatibility of Capture One Express (for Sony).
Works with iMovie and Final Cut Pro X
This product is compatible with Final Cut Pro X and iMovie.
|Sensor Type||APS-C Exmor CMOS sensor|
|ISO range||100-25600 (expandable to 51200)|
|Focus points||425 phase-detection AF points, 169 contrast-detection AF|
|LCD screen||2.95 inch TFT|
|Viewfinder||XGA OLED electronic viewfinder|
|Wireless connectivity||Wi-Fi, NFC|
|Lens compatability||Sony E-mount|
|Storage type||SD card, Memory Stick|
|Dimensions||120 x 66.9 x 48.8mm|