Surprise! New glass and and a new APS-C flagship for 2016.
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Today, Sony surprised the tech press with a newly updated flagship APS-C mirrorless camera and a trio of high-quality, high-resolution lenses for its FE system. Say hello to the A6300 and the first three G Master lenses: a 24-70mm f/2.8, an 85mm f/1.4, and a 70-200mm f/2.8.
The A6300 takes the familiar Alpha A6000 formula and adds Sony's latest and greatest processing and sensor technology. Featuring an advanced APS-C sensor with copper wiring, 425 phase detection autofocus points, and 24.3 megapixels, the A6300 pushes the envelope in several key ways.
Superior autofocus was what the original A6000 was all about, and Sony is yet again claiming the fastest AF ever. Video has been addressed as well, with in-camera 4K recording from a cropped (Super 35) area of the sensor, downsampled from 6K.
This new Sony Alpha will be available in March for $1,000 body-only, or $1,100 with a kit lens (presumably the 16-50mm pancake).
Sony also took the time today to introduce three new lenses—the first in a new series called G Master. The company is touting the new line as being designed to take full advantage of cutting-edge, high-resolution sensors, while also delivering velvety bokeh.
There's some seriously advanced lens technology at work in this trio of lenses, and the company says it used a higher (50 line pairs per millimeter) resolution baseline when designing them. Moreover, Sony claims that the lenses' extreme aspherical elements will help create smoother-than-ever bokeh and a sharp delineation between in-focus and out-of-focus areas. If true, that should give wide-open shots some real pop.
The 24-70mm f/2.8 will be available first, in March, for $2,200. For portraiture, the 85mm f/1.4 looks to be the real deal, also hitting stores in March for $1,800. The 70-200mm f/2.8 doesn't have a price just yet, but it'll be available in May.