Did Sony just fix the dreaded overheating issue when shooting 4K on their a6300? Well, the company just released a firmware update that claims it “…improves stability in picture shooting mode by optimizing temperature control (effects vary according to temperature).” The a6300 has been very popular with those starting out in video and shooters already invested in some Sony gear, as it offers a super-affordable way to shoot the classic APS-C/S35 cine format for $998 while still be able to change lenses and keep the form factor super compact. A while back you may remember we wrote about a potential overheating fix that our friend and DP, Erik Naso was working on (you can check out our post on it here), and while this may or may not work for some, looks like Sony is on the ball and have released a firmware update to tackle the issue.
This utility updates the Sony a6300 camera firmware to version 1.10 and provides the following benefits:
- Improves overall stability and operability of the camera
- Improves stability in picture shooting mode by optimizing temperature control (effects vary according to temperature)
Sony A6300 owners can download the firmware here.
Although not explicitly stated that the firmware fixes overheating issues in 4K video mode, it’s worth to try it an see if it really fixes it. Some users are reporting mixed results, but as the firmware was just released its worth to wait a few more days for more people to test.
The a6300 is a super capable camera, and for the money it’s almost too good to be true. If Sony really manages to fix the overheating issue this may very well be the perfect camera for some shooters.
Here’s one of my favourite videos shot with the a6300.
SONY a6300 Shinjuku from darwinfish105 on Vimeo.
Sony a6300 Features and Highlights
- 24.2MP APS-C Exmor CMOS Sensor
- BIONZ X Image Processor
- Sony E-mount ensures wide range of 3rd party lens options via adapters (Canon, Nikon, Leica etc.)
- XGA Tru-Finder 2.36m-Dot OLED EVF
- 3.0″ 921.6k-Dot Tilting LCD Monitor
- Internal UHD 4K at 30 & 1080/120fps Slow-Motion Recording
- S-Log3 Gamma and Display Assist Function
- Built-In Wi-Fi with NFC
- 4D FOCUS with 425 Phase-Detect Points
- Up to 11 fps Shooting
- ISO 51,200
- Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Zoom Lens (as kit lens available)
Thanks to our friend Erik Naso for the tip. You can check out his awesome blog here.