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Sony’s new A6300 camera adds better autofocus and 4K video


Stressing “curiousity” and “creativity” and timing the launch to avoid the noise of CES in January, Sony today announced the replacement for its immensely popular APS-C sensor-based A6000, the A6300, and a new line of flagship lenses, called G Master.

The A6300 incorporates a new 24.2-megapixel sensor and new 425-point phase-detection autofocus. It uses on-sensor phase detection so it works with A-mount lenses. Also new is 4K video recording with 14 stops of dynamic range, to the SD card. Other new video features include 120fps slow motion (albeit not in 4K).

Speed increases to 11fps continuous shooting with AE/AF, and a new high-density tracking AF system with clumps of focus points on the subject. This is new, since Sony has traditionally used contrast AF for its tracking. It also has continuous-live-view framing at up to 8fps.


Nokia launches virtual reality camera

A view of Nokia's head offices in Espoo, Finland

Finland’s Nokia, once the world’s largest phone maker, has unveiled a spherical camera designed for making 3D movies and games that can be watched and played with virtual reality headsets.

The device, showcased at an event in Los Angeles, takes video and audio in 360 degrees with eight sensors and microphones, and is the first from Nokia’s digital media solutions business — one of its new focuses for future growth.

Canon cuts outlook as weak camera sales hit second-quarter profit

A man walks past a showroom of Japanese imaging and optical products manufacturer Canon in Tokyo

Japan’s Canon Inc cut its earnings outlook for the full year and reported a 16 percent fall in quarterly profit as consumers, increasingly in the habit of taking photos with their smartphones, bought fewer compact digital cameras.

The world’s largest camera maker said on Monday its second-quarter net profit fell to 68 billion yen ($552 million) compared with 81 billion yen a year earlier. Analysts on average expected 65 billion yen, according to Thomson Reuters data.