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Unveiled: The Faster, Stronger, and 4K-Shooting Sony a6300 Mirrorless Camera

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Speed, more speed, and higher-resolution video are the name of the game early in 2016—and Sony’s announcement today of the Alpha a6300 Mirrorless Digital Camera boasts an upgraded super-fast 4D FOCUS system, as well as the ability to record UHD 4K video internally, among a plethora of other major improvements over its predecessor. One of the critical components of the a6300 is a redeveloped 24.2MP APS-C Exmor sensor, featuring thinner copper wiring and enhanced processing with the BIONZ X processor that will improve low-light performance up to ISO 51200 and allow for 4K recording with full pixel readout—without binning—and Full HD video at up to 120 fps.

4D FOCUS was the feature that put the a6300’s predecessor on the map, and the upgrades are outstanding. Starting off, Sony has increased the number of phase-detect points to 425 and contrast-detect points to 169 with almost full coverage of the sensor. This system is about 7.5 times denser than before, and enables High-density Tracking AF Technology, which activates more AF points around the subject to grant more precision to the focusing algorithm. The a6300 also claims to have the “world’s fastest AF speed,” with a tested 0.05 second lock-on using the Fast Hybrid AF system.

Focusing has received a variety of smaller firmware-related updates, including the ability to capture shots continuously at a rate up to 11 fps with full AF/AE, or up to 8 fps when monitoring the image using the LCD screen or EVF. This 4D FOCUS system will even work with adapted A-mount lenses when using the LA-EA1 or LA-EA3 mount adapter. Users will be able to autofocus while using the Focus Magnifier setting and they will have access to the Expand Flexible Spot function and Eye AF modes found on Sony’s other recent cameras. Another nice addition is Silent Shooting, which uses an electronic shutter to silence the camera completely.

 

Moving on from stills and into the almost standard UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) video specs, we find that it is very much in line with Sony’s latest a7S II in terms of capabilities. This includes the XAVC S format at up to 100 Mbps at 30/25/24p, S-Log3 and S-Log2 gammas with Picture Profile control and Gamma Display Assist, and Full HD 120 fps shooting along with time code/user bit and the Enhanced Zebra function. An advantage of the a6300 turns out to be the higher-resolution sensor, which leverages the full 20MP (6000 x 3376) resolution of the Super35mm image area for 2.4x oversampling, resulting in greater recorded detail and resolution in the final UHD 4K image.

Compared to its predecessor, the a6300 also implements a standard stereo 3.5mm audio input jack for external microphones while still being compatible with Sony’s XLR-K2M and XLR-K1M XLR Adapters via the Multi Interface Shoe. Also, due to the enhanced Fast Hybrid AF system, users will see an improvement of up to two times in AF speed and accuracy during video. Additionally, the camera has the ability to output uncompressed UHD 4K footage over the HDMI port for using an external monitor or recorder.

In addition to improved internals, the body of the a6300 has been made more durable and more comfortable. It has a magnesium-alloy body that will ensure reliability over long periods of use. The body is sealed to protect against moisture and dust while shooting outside to prevent damage to critical components. The OLED Tru-Finder EVF has received a major boost, as well, with increased 2.36m-dot XGA resolution and a mode to display at 120 fps for better tracking of fast-moving objects. Also, the lens mount has been reinforced for better rigidity and strength when using longer and heavier telephoto lenses, and the grip and shutter button have been enhanced for a better overall feel during operation.

Many other features have found their way into Sony’s latest mirrorless camera, including QR code compatibility, in addition to Wi-Fi and NFC, for quick connection to a mobile device, more precise white balance control, Bright Monitoring, and ISO Auto Minimum Shutter Speed. Users can also extend battery life by providing a power supply over the USB connection, much like the a7S II and a7R II. The a6300 will be available as a body only or in a kit with the 16-50mm lens.

  Alpha a6300 Mirrorless Digital Camera Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera
Lens Mount Sony E Sony E
Image Sensor APS-C Exmor CMOS (23.5 x 15.6mm) APS-C Exmor CMOS (23.5 x 15.6mm)
Effective Pixels 24.2MP 24.3MP
Total Pixels 25.0MP 24.7MP
Maximum Resolution 24MP: 6000 x 4000 24MP: 6000 x 4000
Aspect Ratio 3:2, 16:9 3:2, 16:9
Still Image File Format RAW, JPEG RAW, JPEG
Storage Media SD, SDHC, SDXC, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo SD, SDHC, SDXC, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick XC-HG Duo
Card Slot 1 x SD (UHS-I) / Memory Stick Duo multi slot 1 x SD (UHS-I) / Memory Stick Duo multi slot
Viewfinder Type 2.36m-dot 0.39" / 1 cm XGA OLED Tru-Finder EVF 1.44m-dot 0.39" / 1 cm OLED Tru-Finder EVF
Frame Coverage 100% 100%
Magnification 1.07x (35mm Equivalent: 0.70x) 1.07x (35mm Equivalent: 0.70x)
Eyepoint 23mm at -1m-1 23mm at -1m-1
Diopter Adjustment -4 to +3m-1 -4 to +3m-1
Shutter Type Electronically controlled, vertical-traverse focal-plane type; Electronic Electronically controlled, vertical-traverse focal-plane type
Shutter Speed 1/4000 to 30 sec., bulb 1/4000 to 30 sec., bulb
Flash Sync Speed 1/160 sec. 1/160 sec
Drive Modes Single, continuous (Hi+, Hi, Mid, Low selectable), self-timer, bracketing Single, continuous (Hi, Mid, Low), self-timer, bracketing
Top Continuous Shooting Rate 11 fps 11 fps
Self-Timer 10, 5, 2 sec. 10, 2 sec.
Exposure Metering System 1200-zone evaluative metering with Exmor CMOS sensor 1200-zone evaluative metering with Exmor CMOS sensor
Metering Method Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
Metering Range -2 to 20 EV with f/2 lens 0 to 20 EV with f/2.8 lens
Exposure Modes Auto, Program, Aperture priority, Shutter speed priority, Manual Auto, Program, Aperture priority, Shutter speed priority, Manual
Exposure Compensation ±5 EV in 1/3 and 1/2 EV steps ±5 EV in 1/3 and 1/2 EV steps
Exposure Bracketing 3 or 5 frames in 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1, 2, or 3 EV increments
9 frames in 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, or 1 EV inctrements
3 frames in 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1, 2, or 3 EV increments
5 frames in 1/3, 1/2, or 2/3 EV inctrements
ISO Sensitivity Stills: 100-51200
Movie: 100-25600
Stills: 100-25600
Movie: 100-12800
Autofocus System Enhanced Fast Hybrid AF with 4D FOCUS Fast Hybrid AF with 4D FOCUS
Number of Focus Points Phase Detect: 425
Contrast Detect: 169
Phase Detect: 179
Contrast Detect: 25
Focus Modes Automatic, Single-shot, Continuous, Direct Manual Focus, Manual Automatic, Single-shot, Continuous, Direct Manual Focus, Manual
Autofocus Sensitivity -1 to 20 EV with f/2 lens 0 to 20 EV with f/2.8 lens
Built-In Flash Yes, Guide Number: 19.7' / 6 m; Coverage: 16mm Yes, Guide Number: 19.7' / 6 m; Coverage: 16mm
Flash Control P-TTL P-TTL
Flash Modes Off, Auto, Fill-flash, Rear sync, Slow sync, Red-eye reduction, High-speed sync, Wireless with compatible external flash Off, Auto, Fill-flash, Rear sync, Slow sync, Red-eye reduction, High-speed sync, Wireless with compatible external flash
Flash Compensation ±3 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps ±3 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps
Flash Bracketing 3 or 5 frames in 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1, 2, or 3 EV increments
9 frames in 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, or 1 EV inctrements
3 or 5 frames in 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1, 2, or 3 EV steps
External Flash Interface Multi Interface Shoe Multi Interface Shoe
White Balance Modes Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent (Warm White, Cool White, Day White, Daylight), Flash, Color Temperature (2500-9900K), Color Filter, Custom, Underwater Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent (Warm White, Cool White, Day White, Daylight), Flash, Color Temperature (2500-9900K), Color Filter, Custom, Underwater
Movie Recording XAVC S 4K: 3840 x 2160: 30p, 24p, 25p
XAVC S HD: 1920 x 1080: 120p, 100p, 60p, 50p, 30p, 24p, 25p
AVCHD: 1920 x 1080: 60p, 60i, 50p, 50i, 24p, 25p
MP4: 1920 x 1080: 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p; 1280 x 720: 30p, 25p
XAVC S HD: 1920 x 1080: 60p, 30p, 24p
AVCHD: 1920 x 1080: 60p, 60i, 24p
MP4: 1440 x 1080: 30p; 640 x 480: 30p
File Format XAVC S, AVCHD, MP4 XAVC S, AVCHD, MP4
Compression XAVC S: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
AVCHD: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
MP4: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
XAVC S: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
AVCHD: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
MP4: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Audio Recording Yes, built-in stereo microphne or 3.5mm audio input Yes, built-in stereo microphone
Audio File Format XAVC S: Linear PCM, 2ch
AVCHD: Dolby Digital (AC-3), 2ch, Dolby Digital Stereo Creator
MP4: MPEG-4 AAC-LC, 2ch
XAVC S: Linear PCM, 2ch
AVCHD: Dolby Digital (AC-3), 2ch, Dolby Digital Stereo Creator
MP4: MPEG-4 AAC-LC, 2ch
External Microphone Input Yes, 3.5mm stereo input None
Headphone Jack None None
Maximum Recording Time 29 minutes 59 seconds 29 minutes 59 seconds
Monitor 3.0" / 7.5 cm 921k-dot tilting TFT LCD 3.0" / 7.5 cm 921k-dot tilting TFT LCD
Interface 1 x Micro-USB (Multi Terminal)
1 x Micro HDMI (Type D)
1 x 3.5mm stereo audio input
1 x Micro-USB (Multi Terminal)
1 x Micro HDMI (Type D)
Wi-Fi Yes, built-in with NFC & QR Code function Yes, built-in with NFC
GPS None None
Power Source 1 x NP-FW50 Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery Pack 1 x NP-FW50 Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery Pack
Battery Life Viewfinder: 350 Shots
LCD Screen: 400 Shots
Viewfinder: 310 Shots
LCD Screen: 360 Shots
Operating Environment 32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C 32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Dimensions 4.7 x 2.6 x 1.9" / 120 x 67 x 49mm 4.7 x 2.6 x 1.8" / 120 x 67 x 45mm
Weight 14.3 oz / 404 g with battery and Memory Stick 12.1 oz / 344 g with battery and Memory Stick

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Kan ich die Sony 6300 von der Schweiz bestellen? Was Kostet Versand und die Kammera?

Danke

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Janusz

Hi Janusz -

Unfortunately, B&H cannot ship SONY a6300 cameras outside the USA.

Which memory card recommend to record in 4K ?

Hi Jonathan,

Any UHS-1 U3 certified card should be able to record 4K video at the maximum 100 Mbps bit rate.

Lexar Professional 633x 128 Gb is all you need. It is fairly cheap and will record enough video and stills to justify hidding the card inside the camera body with the battery! You can get two for under $100.00!! Good Quality and speed. Also Sony U3 94MB/s SDXC 1 128 GB.Both have similar specs, but I would check download or Read speeds, which are always slower than write speeds and will determine how long it thats to "Transfer" your data from one source to another!

I would suggest using the "TWO" battery screw on adapter that is now available for the A6300,  to give you longer shoots without changing batteries. It acts just like the one's you can get for the A7r II/S II and gives you the option for vertical shots as well as having the extended grip for comfort and handling. It looks cool and adds a better feel to the camera.

I would also recommend my invention. The Sony SuperCooler, which is an active cooling system for several of the sony cameras that keeps the camera much cooler for those longer shoots. It is easy to install and is an absolute necessity if you ever add the software patch that will extend the cameras recording ability over the 30 minute limit. But, even if you don't, I have recorded multiple 25 minute sessions for 2 hour non-stop recordings---with no overheating, on my Sony A6300!!!! I have up-graded the model to record nonstop cooling for 2.5 to three hours of use. I did a stage play using two cameras and just staggered resetting to fill recording gaps between the two cameras, for that second or two I lost resetting--absolutely no overheating when I did this......

In Terms of vlogging, shooting throughout the day in different intrevals and different times jumping back and fourth between 1080 24fps and 1080 120fps is the overheating issue going to limit me? anyone had experience with the camera in a vlog type of situation? 

Thanks Guys

Hi Luke,

With a somewhat limited experience I believe you would potentially run into issues if you were continuously running the camera for 20+ minutes in a single take. If you are just casually shooting throughout the day a couple minutes here and there you should have no issues. But, if anyone who has more time with the camera would like to weigh in they are more than welcome.

I regularly shoot in 4K on both my Sony A7r II and my Sony A6300. That heats up the camera faster than anything! I record repeatly at up to 25 minutes before resetting the camera timer, recording immedately again with only a few seconds between recordings, and I do this sometimes for up to 3 hours--basically continuously! I have not had any shut downs or over-heating!

  But I am using an "Active Cooling System that attaches to the camera! It is self-contained and will run for 3 hours on one rechargable battery! You might want to look it up on E-Bay under SuperCooler!. I have a few videos shwing "Version 1", which would only run for about an hour. Version 2 has better cooling and lasts much longer. I use it on both my cameras. It's on You Tube ( scifisteve55 baruday). P.S. two batteries (included with charger) gives 6 hours of continuos cooling, which should be enough for your situation.

does anyone know the size of the A6300 photo-sites? is the same from the a7s?

Hi manuB,

The a6300 has much smaller photosites than the a7S, and my approximation puts them at about 3.92 µm.

Shawn C. Steiner wrote:

Hi manuB,

The a6300 has much smaller photosites than the a7S, and my approximation puts them at about 3.92 µm.

Ragarding to my calculus:

a7S is app 69.5 um2

a6300 is app 15.1 um2

Hi Daniel,

Your area measurement is accurate. Normally when we discuss this measurement we just refer to a single size dimension as the pixel is normally a circular or square area with micro lenses, and is what you will find many companies and reviewers use when discussing the term. But if you square my given measurement it comes out to about the same. My spec on the a7S is ~8.4 µm, so your calculations are great there as well.

In English, that means the A7s is much more light sensitive than the A6300., The A7s and A7s II are the absolute best in low light, still or video!  But remember you only have 12 mega-pixels in the stills, that's the only drawback to that sensor.

 They say the Sony A7r II comes close. I own an Sony A7r II and I can say--it does NOT!  It is better than a GH 4 or 5, in low light, because of the larger sensor. But, If I start doing more night Videos, I will be looking at getting the A7s II as my main night video camera! 

 The Sony A7r II rules the Still world with 42 mega-pixels. The video is really good too, just not A7sII good!!

i dont think its rendered useless because of the overheating issue. it only needs about 3-5 min to cool down to use again. Just turn off when not using and take breaks. I do event videography/photography and i'm still able to continue shooting. Just have to feel the flow and know when to take a break. You'll learn to be effective with it over time. I hated it at first but now im used to it and turn it off when im not using it.

A6300 overheating shooting stills only. I was using this camera for the first time today in normal situations. I did some other shots around the house all through the eyepiece before and had no issues. Today in was taking pictures at my daughter's softball game with both live view over the fence and thru the eyepiece from behind the backstop. Not a hot day at all, maybe 70 at best. I got the internal heating error while shooting over the fence in live view mode and the camera shut off. This is a real issue since I was basically going back and forth from live view to eyepiece without shooting any video and plenty of time between the half innings where I shut the camera off. I even had the display pulled away from the camera and tipped down so I could see while holding it over the short fence, so this didn't help. I was NOT shooting in continuous mode or even taking that many pictures. Maybe 2 or 3 pictures per pitch. This is a pretty major issue for minor, and infrequent stills shooting. I haven't even tried video yet. I actually was in process of selling all my Nikon gear to switch over to Sony 100%, and get some faster lenses, but I think that may be a bad idea now.

Hi RLA,

Thanks for sharing your experience. When the camera overheated was the LCD flush against the camera body or was it pulled out?

Pulled out and tilted down so I could see it over the fence. After further experimenting with this camera it seems that the default setting is the problem. The monitor is always on unless your eye is in the eyepiece. I figured a way to use it with one of the custom buttons to toggle on and off the main monitor so it only needs to be on when I need it on. Hopefully this will help some, but not when shooting only with the live view instead of the eyepiece.

Hey Shawn, what about recording 1080/24? Is it going to be the same thing? Or will it last a little bit longer?

Hi Ivan,

At this point I couldn't give a solid answer on Full HD when it comes to overheating. I would hope that it would last longer, especially since the a6000 does this without any issues, but it depends on the new sensor and body design more than anything.

mine overheated at 20 minutes indoors shooting 4K 100Mbs 30fps when using the zoom. It also shut down at 34 minutes with the same parameters without using the zoom indoors. The manual says it can shoot 4K for 20 minutes only. Sony customer support said that it is not intended for extended 4K shooting.

Hi Philip,

This is an issue that is just starting to show up, though with the smaller body design it is not entirely unsurprising. Pulling out the LCD screen may significantly help as it helped out with the a7R II. Also, if you do constantly find yourself needing to shoot for lengthy periods of time, an external recorder will definitely help keep heat down in the camera by moving the saving of footage to the recorder instead of internally.

I haven't seen any official answer on whether external recorder completely eliminates overheating. Would be nice thing to verify for your customers. 

Hello Brian,

While unfortunately I have not had any time to put the a6300 through its paces for video I do have experience with the a7R II and its overheating issues and I believe that it should relate well to this. A lot of heat is generated from the actual writing to the card and internal processing and compression of the video. When I have connected the a7R II to an external recorder, in this case a PIX-E5H, the camera runs significantly cooler and for longer periods of time without issue. Now, the a6300 has a smaller body, so it may still be prone to overheating after certain periods of time, even when connected to an external monitor, but most of the reports that put overheating at ~20 minutes have dealt with internal recording. I would expect an increase in recording time when using an external recorder based on my experiences with other modern digital Sony cameras. Due to the dramatically increased concern over this issue with the a6300, I will inquire about whether we can do a more video-oriented review on the a6300.

Awesome thanks for the response! I've been digging around forums for some insight and so far can't confirm. Lots of talk about battery and whether external power helps or hurts overheating since it doesn't ever bypass the battery. Some say leave the battery door open or some kind of dummy battery option but not sure how that would work. I know the sensor itself can also be the cause of heat issues as some cameras have dedicated heatsinks on the sensors so I hope this isn't the case with this Sony. I've been waiting SO LONG to find a 4K device that makes the most sense but it seems Sony is doing everything it can to keep one product from being a superior device over their other options. 

Now they announce another bridge RX10 III, what in the actual? Should have probably bought a Panny G7 while it was cheap but now looks like it's gone up in price!

Yea, there's a lot of discussion on this. Hopefully there is some official response to this and perhaps a firmware update to help out a little bit. I would trust external recording, but it isn't ideal for a lot of situations. Also, external battery supplies could be viable but that would be extremely dependent on specific batteries. I would still think that the a6300 will be a great 4K camera regardless of the limitations. All cameras have limitations so using one is simply understanding them and working with them. Some of the first films I shot were with a 16mm Bolex, which had to be wound up after each shot for a maximum of ~30 seconds of recording time. I will say, that if you can accept a smaller format or fixed lens, Panasonic's GH4 and Sony's RX10 II or III are spectacular options.

I decided to pull the trigger on the a6300 since it's back in stock. Time to start creating something!

I have overheating issues even without recording at all ! so put an external recorder don't resolve the issue, I'm very dissapointed. At time you have the first overheating alert, that's is the begin of the end for you, dispite you shut down for several minutes, when you power back on you will have just another few minutes of recording before the next alert !  

Very interesting. Philippe, would you mind detailing what you were doing and the conditions in which you experienced overheating?

I just got this camera Monday..  come to find out it has a widely reported overheating issue.. and I am no acception.

My a6300 overheats and shuts itself off at about 28 minutes 4K 30P indoors (no sun) 68degrees ..

and also overheats just shooting stills and reviewing on the screen at about 35 minutes...  

Using stock lense and stock battery.. what a crying shame, the camera is amazing but overheating after half hour and shutting off renders it useless.. 

Hi Mike,

This is very interesting. Sounds similar to reports with the a7R II, though if that is any indication over time Sony has released firmware udpates to help alleviate the overheating issue. One thing that Justin Dise and I did during our time testing the a7R II was pull the LCD out (this was after experienced overheating shooting in the sun) and we had no problems with overheating even in the middle of the summer. Also, during stills, if you are using live view and high-speed continuous shooting this may be causing your overheating as it is pulling data in a very similar way as during video.

When using an external recorder like the Atmos, is it possible to continually record beyond the 29:59 mark?

Thank you

*Atomos

Hi Gery,

Yes, you should have no problem recording past the 29:59 mark. One of the many benefits of an external recorder.

Except the camera overheats at 20 mins?

Hi Brian,

Though I addressed this in my response to your other comment, I will say that reports of the ~20 minute overheating have been commonly tied in to internal recording. Early user reports I have found to support the assumption that an external recorder can dramatically improve recording times.

In the description it says the 6300 has eye focus, but in the specs at the bottom it does not mention this. Which is correct?

Hello H. James Hoff,

It has Eye AF, but this isn't technically one of the dedicated focus modes though it is usually referred to as such. It is a feature that is used in the continuous AF mode and is therefore not included in our specifications.

I have a Nikon D300 and a D600.  The D300 has an 18-200 lens which for me is a perfect travel lens.  In April I will be trekking in Nepal and am interested in the a6300 due in large part to its weight.  Since I can't use the 18-200 with the a6300, what lens would you recommend?

Hello Jon,

If you want you could easily just replace your 18-200mm with a Sony E 18-200mm for their APS-C E-mount cameras. If you don't need as wide of an angle and prefer a little longer reach (or if you think you may go full-frame E-mount eventually), then the FE 24-240mm may be a better option, but it is a little bigger and doesn't get as wide.

Hi - I want to be able to record 4k video and, simultaneously, show the images to the person I'm recording on an external monitor. Is this posible on the a6300? As I understand it, cameras usually black out the viewfinder or LCD screen when recording 4K and using an external monitor? Any help on this would be very much appreciated.

Hi Fiona,

Previous Sony mirrorless cameras are able to output footage while showing the image on the LCD as well, however, in some cases this was with reduced brightness to limit heat generated in some settings. With the a6300 this isn't as clear as we would hope since it has a smaller body it may have more issues with handling both. Simply put, earlier Sony cameras have, but we cannot guarantee that the a6300 will be able to in all modes until we have a model to test out.

To follow up on this, some early reviewers have reported that during UHD 4K recording, the image is not visible on the camera's LCD when connected to an external device.

Early report are that recording in UHD 4K when you hit record the image on the external monitor goes black as well and only the camera menu info remains. This would be so disappointing. Can you confirm?

Hi Peter,

We cannot confirm until we have a camera in hand to test, but we have also seen the early reports and I personally think that it is likely true. The a7R II dimmed the screen to minimum brightness during 4K recording and with the smaller body size of the a6300 it is not surprising if Sony had to turn off the picture on the rear LCD and EVF in order to ensure the camera doesn't overheat.

Hi Shawn,

Not the answer I was hoping for(!) but I appreciate your help an prompt reply. It's such a shame ...

Anyway, thanks again.

Yea, if this turns out to be the case it is not ideal. One workaround (though a costly one) is to use an external recorder with an HDMI out and then have an additional monitor connected to that, providing you with two screens during recording.

Hi, I know this is an old thread but I wonder if you  could clarify something: I bought one a6300. I have an external 1080p monitor. Can I record  in XAVC in the camera and see the video externally while I'm recording? 
Currently, the moment I press the record button the external monitor goes dark (the LCD is always black when the external monitor is connected), so I cannot see what it's being recorded!! It's a bit frustrating. I'm hoping it's an issue with my settings and not the way the camera normally behaves. 

Has anyone have any luck recording in the camera and previewing in an external monitor (in 4k XAVCS)?

Thanks!

Hi Mauricio,

You should be able to record internally and use and external monitor simultaneously. One thing you may want to check is the HDMI Settings -> HDMI Resolution in the menu. If this is set to output 4K, your monitor may not be able to process the higher resolution and therefore will not display properly.

I am a bit confuse about the xavc-s is it 8 bit or 10 ? and also 4:2:2 or 4:2:0  ? 

Thank you 

Hello DomSim,

When recording internally with the XAVC S format the video files will be 8-bit 4:2:0.

Does Sony make a model camera that recored true 4:2:2 internally ?

Hello Rush Videos,

In the Alpha series of cameras (mirrorless, DSLR, stills-focus), none of these cameras will do 4:2:2 internally (though they do do it externally via something like the Atomos Shogun and  Video Devices PIX-E5). If you need 4:2:2 internally then you will need to move up into their Cine series, but even then you have to be careful with specs and your needs. For a small interchangeable lens camcorder that closely relates spec-wise to the a7 series and a6300 I would saw the FS5, though internally it only does 4:2:2 when recording in Full HD, UHD 4K is still limited to 4:2:0. For all the fixings you will need the FS7, which is a spectacular camera and offers 10-bit as well, which is a noticeable upgrade.

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