Sony Launches the a6300 with Blazingly Fast AF

Announced this week, the latest addition to Sony’s ILC line, the 24 megapixel, APS-C a6300, breaks the records when it comes to autofocus. An amazingly responsive new AF system can lock in focus as quickly as 0.05 seconds and, according to Sony, that’s the “world’s fastest autofocus” speed for this class of camera. Equally as impressive is the camera’s 425 phase detection AF points, which cover the frame. That’s more than any other ILC. But it’s not just the AF that’s fast. The a6300 can clock up to 11fps and that’s with continuous AF and exposure tracking when using the viewfinder; it drops to a still-speedy 8fps in Live View. We briefly tried a preproduction model and both the speed and tracking capabilities seemed to live up to what was promised.

Other notable features include 4K video in Super 35mm with internal recording which is a first for Sony, non-full-frame cameras with full pixel readout and no pixel binning, XAVC S codec and 120fps slow motion video, to name just a few of its video options. And, the camera takes advantage of the new AF system in video mode as well, focusing about twice as fast in video mode as its a6000 predecessor.

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Those are just the highlights of new Sony a6300. There are plenty of other great features, which you can read about in the press release and on The camera is scheduled to ship in March for about $1,000 (body only).

Sony also announced New High End G Master Lenses to its FE Lineup

While the megapixel war might be over (sort of), cameras are being built around sensors with increasingly larger megapixel counts. In order to take full advantage of those megapixels, photographers need optics with higher resolving power and that logic is what’s behind Sony’s new G Master FE line of lenses.

FE 24-70mm F2.8

FE 85mm F1.4

70-200mm F2.8 OSS.

1.4x and 2.0x teleconverters

The first three models in the GM line include: the FE 24-70mm F2.8, FE 85mm F1.4 and the FE 70-200mm F2.8 OSS. A pair of 1.4x and 2.0x teleconverters for the new 70-200mm F2.8 lens was also announced. These lenses were built using advanced technology such as a unique glass molding process that produces optics with extreme precision. Along with resolving power, this process allows lenses to be designed to ensure smooth transitions for more lifelike separation between subject and background. We paired the 85mm and the 24-70mm lenses with an a7R II for some quick shots and found that the results were incredibly sharp and, especially when shot wide open, delivered beautiful defocused backgrounds. The press release goes into more details about the production process and its benefits. The new FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM and the 85mm F1.4 GM should ship in March for about $2,200 and $1,800, respectively (in Canada pricing is $2,900 CA and $2,400 CA, respectively). The new 70-200mm F2.8 GM lens and 1.4x and 2x Teleconverters are slated to ship in May but pricing is not yet available.

—Theano Nikitas

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    • Thank you for the timely news announcement. Much appreciated.


      I recently got an A6000 so I won't be upgrading to the new body anytime soon but I do like the some of the new features like faster AF and silent shutter mode. Lack of SteadyShot however means, for me, a long wait to upgrade to this and perhaps just skipping this version all together. The new 4k video features are nifty but not a priority for my work. 

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    • Clear indication that Sony is bailing on APS-C for photography, and hunting the GH4 (etc.) market for video.

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    • Well. the former model was advertised to be the fastest ever:) and to my disappointment it was nearly fast, so I would like to test this in a shop and experience when sony makes something which is Blazingly Fast AF lol (it is probably just bit faster). Besides the model topic and its features the camera business is based on numerous models and volume counts in business. The less you add features to one model the more you have in your pocket to add to the coming models which has been the company policy as they are not really camera lens makers - this is just a side track, and they have had time to practice and people awaiting for results. It serves through its numerous models some projects but the company has not been able to build flagship model with all the features and I bet that it is as noisy as all the others, which were supposed be almost silent. Definitely a different camera brand and so are the menus.


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    • Looks like a major improvement in AF technology.  How do they achieve that kind of speed?

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