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Sony's new a6300 camera has the world's fastest auto focus

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Sony has announced a new compact system camera with what it claims is the world's fastest auto-focus.

The a6300 uses Sony's 4D FOCUS system, which featured on the a6000 model, and which allows the camera to focus on objects in as little as 0.05 seconds.

Sony claims this has never been seen on an interchangeable lens camera with APS-C sized sensors according to research conducted by Sony as of February 2016.

As well as this, the new model includes 425 phase detection AF points, which means it can shoot at up to 11 frames per second with continuous autofocus and exposure tracking.

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It's impressive stuff from Sony, which has also added the ability to shoot 4K video in Super 35mm format.

When shooting in 4K, the camera uses full pixel readout without pixel binning to collect 20 megapixels of information and oversamples the information to produce high quality footage.

You can also shoot Full HD video at 120 fps.

There's also a newly developed 24-megapixel APS-C Exmor CMOS sensor and BIONZ X processor.

That equates to images with low noise and improved resolution is sensitivity settings up to ISO 51,200.

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There's no word on UK pricing as yet, although Sony has announced European prices.

The α6300 will be available in Europe from March 2016 priced at approximately €1,250 for the body only and €1,400 with a SELP1650 lens.

That equates to around £950 and £1,060 respectively, but, again, there's no official word on UK pricing yet.

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It will also be available as a kit with the SEL1670Z lens in April 2016, priced at approximately €2,250 (£1708).

Let us know what you think of Sony's new camera in the comments.

chaosdefinesorder

February 3, 2016, 7:06 pm

Interesting that this looks almost completely identical to the a6000 externally (I have one) and also interesting how much of a price bump it has compared to the release price of the a6000 with SELP1650 - £1060 for a6300 vs. £649 for a6000

Not sure the advertised specs increase (incremental at best) justifies that much of a price bump! Especially considering the a6000 is a fantastic camera!

MarmiteSoldier

February 3, 2016, 7:48 pm

What do you think of the a6000? I wasn't keen on the handling as it seemed very front heavy - the lens seems to make it feel very unbalanced. It's not exactly something you could put in your pocket.

I'm used to an excellent Canon 70D but would like a high quality travel camera as well. The a6300 seems very expensive even if it does produce excellent results and has a focusing time of 0.05s.

chaosdefinesorder

February 3, 2016, 8:08 pm

I absolutely LOVE my a6000! Great size and the grip is wonderful (compared to the narrow claw grasp of most other cameras I've tried). Most importantly, I think it produces fantastic photos! I've made an album on Flickr with some of my fave shots taken with my a6000 and different lenses here: https://flic.kr/s/aHskqrP8Ek

If you're used to a full dSLR, the Sony ILC range can feel a bit strange, but you just need to remember/bear in mind that they are designed to always be supported by your left hand on the lens (gripping the zoom/focus wheels) - if you do this then it never feels unbalanced at all!

Everlast

February 6, 2016, 11:41 am

How did you figure out that the A6300 kit would cost £1060 in the UK?
I don't see pricing on their website or Amazon yet.

chaosdefinesorder

February 6, 2016, 11:42 am

In the TR article up above:

"The α6300 will be available in Europe from March 2016 priced at approximately €1,250 for the body only and €1,400 with a SELP1650 lens.

That equates to around £950 and £1,060 respectively, but, again, there's no official word on UK pricing yet."

Everlast

February 6, 2016, 11:51 am

I know that in Europe we never get a 'fair' pricing, based on exchange rate to US dollars, but even with the usual treatment that we get in Europe, the pricing above seems a bit on the high side.
If the kit is $1150 in the US (£800) I expected £900-950 in the UK. I was considering buying it, but now might reconsider.

chaosdefinesorder

February 6, 2016, 11:55 am

well the a6000 is still available if the differences aren't a problem? Still a fantastic camera IMO and a LOT cheaper than a6300 at this point!

Everlast

February 6, 2016, 12:17 pm

Yes, A6K is a great camera, but I've got my trusty old NEX 5N, so would rather wait till Christmas for the A6300 price to fall 100 pounds and for Sony's Christmas cashback offers to get one.

I was just surprised with the price being over £1k, at this level it is getting in A7II territory at £1150.

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