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Sony’s new α6300, the World’s Fastest Autofocus camera

Experience digital extravaganza with Sony’s new α6300, the World’s Fastest Autofocus camera
·        New Mirrorless Camera Features World’s Fastest AF speed
·        Highest Number of AF points  plus Newly Developed 24.2 MP APS-C Sensor
·        High Resolution 4K Video Recording


Being committed towards delivering top notch imaging products, Sony India today announced the launch of α6300, its latest addition to the award winning line-up of mirrorless cameras. 

With this, Sony advances in providing an unrivalled 4D FOCUS™ system that can lock focus on a subject in as little as 0.05 seconds which is the world’s fastest AF acquisition time[1].  The α6300 boasts of having the world’s highest number of AF points on any interchangeable lens camera[2] with an incredible 425 phase detection AF points that are densely positioned over the entire image area. Furthermore, the camera can shoot images at up to 11 frames per second with continuous autofocus and exposure tracking.

This impressive new mirrorless model has the ability to support full live-view continuous shooting on the Tru-Finder™ or LCD screen at up to 8 frames per second, ultimately producing a real-time shooting experience that combines all the benefits of an electronic viewfinder with the immediacy of a through-the-lens optical viewfinder. 

The versatile α6300 camera is equipped with a newly developed 24.2 MP[3]  APS-C sized Exmor CMOS sensor that works together with a BIONZ X image processing engine to produce outstanding image quality throughout the entire ISO sensitivity range ISO 100 – 51200[4]

The camera has the potential to shoot and record high resolution 4K video with full pixel readout and no pixel binning in the popular Super 35mm format.(recording time up to 29 minutes)

Unrivalled AF Performance
The new α6300 builds upon the acclaimed 4D FOCUS performance of the α6000 model, utilising a Fast Hybrid AF system that combines high-speed phase detection AF with extremely accurate contrast AF and allows it to capture and lock on to moving subjects in as little as 0.05 seconds. The camera’s High-density Tracking AF technology positions 425 phase detection AF points over nearly the entire field of view, allowing it to accurately focus throughout a wide area – even on small, fast objects that other cameras would fail to recognise. 

Adding to the extensive AF coverage, the α6300 debuts a new high-density tracking AF technology that significantly improves subject detection and tracking performance. This new technology can quickly activate a large number of AF points surrounding a subject – approximately 7.5 times more density than the α6000 – and intelligently adjust them in accordance with the subject’s motion. This is a particularly powerful feature when used with high-speed 11 fps continuous shooting or the new 8 fps continuous live-view mode, which provides 100% accurate framing for fast moving subjects on the LCD screen or viewfinder.

The camera’s 425 phase detection AF points, enhanced tracking and focus accuracy are all available on the α6300 when using A-mount lenses[5] with a mount adaptor like the Sony LA-EA3. This is a first for Sony E-mount interchangeable lens cameras with an APS-C sized sensor, as the only other cameras to feature this capability are the full-frame α7R II and α7 II models.

Other enhancements to the α6300 include silent shooting functionality, the ability to use AF in focus magnifier mode, expanded flexible spot AF, Eye AF in AF-C mode and more. 

Powerful 24.2 MP Exmor CMOS Sensor and BIONZ X Processor
In order to maximize efficiency and overall camera performance, the α6300 features a new 24.2 MP sensor that is an ideal match for its BIONZ X image processing engine. 

The new image sensor employs copper wiring in its structure, which improves light collection efficiency and significantly accelerates readout speed. The BIONZ X processor features an upgraded image processing algorithm designed to maximize the sensor’s overall capabilities.  Together, the two key components work together to produce images with low noise and exceptional resolution in sensitivity settings up to ISO 51200, in particular in the mid-to-high sensitivity range. 

Ultimate 4K Resolution and Other Professional Video Capabilities
In another first for non-full-frame Sony interchangeable lens cameras, the new α6300 offers internal 4K movie recording in Super 35mm format. When shooting in 4K, the camera uses full pixel readout without pixel binning to collect 20 megapixels of information – approximately 2.4x[6]   (6K equivalent) as many pixels as 4K (3840 x 2160) UHD and then oversamples the information to produce high quality footage with exceptional detail and depth.

The camera utilises the XAVC S codec[7] during video shooting, which records at a high bit rate of 100 Mbps during 4K recording and 50 Mbps during standard Full HD shooting, ensuring maximum detail and clarity in both video formats. Additionally, the camera will focus approximately twice as fast as its predecessor during movie shooting thanks to its new and improved AF system. AF speed and AF tracking sensitivity are also adjustable for expanded creativity.  

Other professional calibre video features include the ability to record Full HD at 120 fps at 100 Mbps[8] , another first for α interchangeable lens cameras with APS-C sized sensors. This mode allows footage to be reviewed and eventually edited into 4x or 5x slow motion video files in Full HD[9] (24p or 30p) resolution with AF tracking. The new α6300 also offers S-Log gamma recording[10]  for wide dynamic range shooting – approximately 14-stop latitude in S-Log3 gamma setting – and supports S-Gamut for a wider colour space. Both options allow for greater creativity for processing video post-production.

The α6300 also comes equipped with a microphone line input that accepts external microphones and supports XLR input with Sony’s XLR adapter kit, as well as Gamma Display Assist, a new function that allows users to monitor images or check focus when recording S-Log movies. It also carries with it enhanced Zebra functionality for greater exposure control and has availability of Picture profile settings, Time Code / User Bit and much more. 

Enhanced Operability and Ergonomics
The α6300 camera is equipped with a high contrast, high-resolution XGA OLED Tru-Finder™ with approximately 2.4 million dots that offers exceptional corner-to-corner visibility. There is also a new mode available for the viewfinder that allows display of images at 120 fps, ensuring that action is displayed smoothly with very few afterimages, making subject tracking through the Tru-Finder™ easier than ever.   

Aesthetically, this new camera features an extremely solid feel in hand due to its robust, magnesium alloy design. It can be customised to fit nearly any shooting style or preferences, with 9 customisable buttons that one of 64 different functions can be assigned to. The camera adds a digital level gauge as well as upgraded dust and moisture resistance[11], a reinforced lens mount structure and a new shutter release button and mode dial with improved operability and grip.

It is also Wi-Fi® and NFC compatible and fully functional with Sony’s PlayMemories Mobile™ application available for Android™ and iOS platforms, as well as Sony’s growing range of PlayMemories Camera Apps™, which add a variety of creative capabilities to the camera. It also supports QR code for easy connection to non-NFC smart phones.

The newly launched product will be available at all Sony Center, Alpha flagship stores and major electronic stores across India.

Product
Price
Availability
Sony α6300- ILCE-6300L/B IN5 (with SELP1650 lens)
Rs.74,990
Available

About Sony India Pvt. Ltd.

Sony India is one of the most recognized consumer electronics brand in the country, with a reputation for new age technology, digital concepts and excellent after sales service. In India, Sony has its footprint across all major towns and cities in the country through a distribution network comprising of over 20,000 dealers and distributors, more than 300 exclusive Sony outlets and 25 branch locations. Sony India also has a strong service presence across the country with 365 service outlets. Manned by customer friendly and informed sales persons, Sony’s exclusive stores ‘Sony Center’ are fast becoming the most visible face of the company in India. A distinctive feature of Sony’s service is its highly motivated and well-trained staff that provides the kind of attentive and sensitive service that is rare today. 
To learn more, please visit: http://www.sony.co.in




[1] Among interchangeable lens cameras equipped with an APS-C sized sensor as of February 2016, based on Sony research. Measured using CIPA-compliant guidelines and internal method with an E PZ 16-50 F3.5-5.6 OSS lens mounted. Pre-AF off and viewfinder in use
[2] Among interchangeable lens cameras as of February 2016, based on Sony research
[3] Approximate effective MPs
[4] Expandable up to ISO 51200 for stills and up to ISO 25600 for movies
[5] A-mount lenses with SSM or SAM only. Users can choose phase-detection AF or contrast-detection AF in AF System menu
[6] 1.6x in 30p setting
[7] An SDHC/SDXC memory card with a Class 10 or higher speed rating is required for XAVC S recording
[8] UHS Class 3 memory card is required for recording at 100Mbps
[9] Number of pixels required for Full HD movie recording is read out from the image sensor
[10] S-Log2 and S-Log3 are based on processing pictures
[11] This camera is designed for optimal dust and moisture resistance, but is not waterproof or splash proof. For FE lens only


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