Sony Announces A6300, Three G Master Lenses

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.

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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 A6300 Front
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Sony's new A6300 picks up where the A6000 left off.

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.

Sony's G Master Lineup
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Sony's three new G Master lenses look to not only grow its FE lens family, but also push its optical technology further in general.

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.

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