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Sony A6300 and G Master Lens Series Hands-On


Earlier this week Sony introduced the new A6300 mirrorless camera. On this video Chris Niccolls and (a not fully clothed) Jordan Drake, from from the Camera Store in Canada head to NY for Sony’s press conference to take a look at the new camera  and the 3 new G Master lenses Sony introduced with it.

On the stills side this camera looks much like the A6000 but according to Niccolls feels better and more “higher-end”, since it was a pre-production model – it is too soon to talk about IQ but we should be looking at improved ISO and dynamic range due to the new sensor technology. Battery is still the same but the AF has improved considerably (for both stills and video) so it will be very interesting to test it in action.

The new A6300 – same but (very) different)

a6300.0Another very welcome addition that makes this a very powerful mirrorless camera is the fact that the screen and viewfinder can now show you very quickly image by image what you shoot when you shoot fast sequence (the camera is capable of up to 11 fps). This is closer to what you get from a DSLR (and in a sense better since in a DSLR you can’t see the images the you already shot in the viewfinder).

On the second part of this video (a not fully clothed) Jordan Drake talks about the video aspects of the A6300 – there seems to be a lot to like such as the 4K with full readout and the almost no crop at 24p 4K – however you will be getting a significant crop at 30p. Other things that changed from the A6000 is the new mic jack (although sadly no headphone jack) and the addition of XAVC-S. Also cool is the ability to shoot 1080p at a 120p – giving you some real slow motion video (with no time limitation).

In case you forgot already – here are some of the main specs of the A6300:

  • Sensor: a new 24.2 MP CMOS sensor (APS-C) with copper wiring.
  • Sensitivity: 100–51,200 ISO.
  • Processor: BIONZ X.
  • AF: 425 phase detection AF points.
  • Video: 4K @24/30p (no pixel binnning 14 stops dynamic range, XAVC-S, 100MPS, zebra) and 1080p @120p.
  • Continuous shooting – 11 fps (8 fps in live view).
  • EVF – 2.4 million dots.
  • Storage: SD (UHS Class 3).
  • Connectivity – WIFI/NFC.
  • LCD: 3.0 inch tilt screen.
  • Battery life: 350 CIPA.
  • Price: $1000 (on B&H).

There was a also some talk of the 3 new lenses from the newly announced G Master series by Sony. Here is some info about them again:

  • FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM Standard Zoom Lens – the fast standard zoom lens that many have been waiting for with super ED elements, fast SSM motor and moist and dust resistant body. The lens will be priced at $2200.
  • FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS Telephoto Zoom – the sister to the 24-70mm announced as well. This zoom telephoto lens (pricing was yet to be announced). This will be a stabilized lens with advanced AF motor.
  • FE 85mm F1.4 GM Telephoto Prime Lens – A fast short telephoto lens, ideal for portraits. The lens has nano coating, an aperture ring, 3 ED elements and one XA element with SSM and is Dust and Moisture-Resistant with 11 balde aperture. The 85mm F1.4 GM will sell for $1800.

The 3 new G Master lenses – a lot of emphasis on Bokeh

new sony GM lensesYou can find many more previews and reviews on our Photography review section here on LensVid. You can find many of TheCameraStore videos here on LensVid.

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