One of the most annoying aspects about the Sony a6300 is that it has the tendency to overheat 15-20 minutes into shooting a video clip in 4K. It is for this reason that, despite its various advanced video characteristics, we were reluctant to recommend it for video use over other models that do not suffer from overheating.
With firmware update 1.10, which was announced earlier on today, this should no longer be an issue as long as you aren’t shooting in a very hot environment. To quote the press release:
This utility updates the ILCE-6300 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)
We tested the camera with the updated firmware for ourselves to see if there were any relevant improvements. Interestingly, the overheating message only appeared after an hour of continuous shooting in 4K at room temperature (20 degrees), which is the equivalent of two 30 minute clips.
You can download the firmware update for the a6300 by visiting the official Sony website.