Sony's Big Announcement - A6300 & 3 New Lenses
Sony has finally announced the update to the very popular and awesome Sony A6000 camera, the new A6300, due out next month, has been highly anticipated by Sony shooters and I personally can't wait to get my hands on this new camera. Maybe even more important to the future of the Sony E-mount system is the announcement of 3 new pro-level lenses and the new G Master line.
The new A6300 is not a major leap forward in technology from its predecessor but a great next iteration. The new camera maintains the 24MP image size but Sony claims the new updated sensor is much improved and allows for very impressive 4K video resolution. The 6300 also maintains the super fast 11 frames per second capture in this small body. This challenges many of the higher end cameras on the market today.
The new auto focus system on this camera seems to be the biggest selling point of this camera. the 425 phase detect AF points with the super fast AF system seems to blow the competition out of the water. Sony claims a 0.05 second autofocus, making it the "world's fastest."
I can't wait to test out the new 4K video recording in this new camera. Sony is going head-to-head with the newly announced Canon 1DX with high-quality 4K video recording for a big fraction of the cost. With 14 stops of dynamic range and recording at 100Mps this camera should shine in video quality.
Sony is planning to ship this camera in March with a starting cost of $1000 for the body and about $1,150 with the kit lens.
G Master Lenses
As excited as I and many others are about the announcement of the new 6300, I believe the big story is the new G Master lenses. Sony unveiled three amazing new lenses: 85mm f1.4, a 24-70mm f/2.8 and 70-200mm f/2.8, all of which are going to appeal to many professional photographers. The release of these lenses put Sony's mirrorless lineup in full competition with some of the most popular lenses from Canon and Nikon.
As a recent convert to the Sony mirrorless system I have been missing my 24-70 f/2.8 and my favorite Canon lens the 70-200 f/2.8. A lot of people have noted the absence of these lenses from the E-mount lineup and now they are here. These great lenses however will not come cheap. the 85mm f/1.4 will cost $1,800, the 24-70 f/2.8 will be $2,200 and Sony has not even announced a price for the 70-200 f/2.8, but you can expect it to be close to $3,000.
Sony is continuing to push the photography world to new limits and pressure companies like Nikon and Canon to keep up. I look forward to getting my hands on these new lenses and see how they compare to Canon L series. If Sony can nail the lenses they will be hard to keep up with in the camera world.