Sony A6300 v1.10 firmware update solves overheating issues, but not for video shooters

Aug 8, 2016

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Sony A6300 v1.10 firmware update solves overheating issues, but not for video shooters

Aug 8, 2016

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Sony’s A6300 was pretty much an instant hit as soon as it was released. It’s small compact size makes it ideal for things like street for photography and family vacations. The flippy out screen has also made it an ideal video camera for vloggers. It does have a bit of a problem, though. It tens to get a bit hot.

Sony have now released a firmware update for the A6300 to resolve some of the overheating issues. Unfortunately, these overheating fixes only apply when shooting stills, not video.

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)

It seems a little odd to me that it improves the issue with stills but not video. If this were a DSLR, sure, the sensor’s not in use when shooting stills, so you can keep it cooler. But this is mirrorless. The sensor’s on all the time anyway, as is the EVF/LCD, when shooting stills.

Still, there’s only so much you can do about overheating issues with software. Nikon discovered this with the SB-900 speedlight. So this may be an issue that forever plagues the A6300.

You can find out more and download the new firmware through the Sony Website.

Do you shoot an A6300? Do you regularly come across overheating issues? Has the new firmware fixed your overheating problems? Let us know in the comments.

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One response to “Sony A6300 v1.10 firmware update solves overheating issues, but not for video shooters”

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    The update did not do much for me. My a6300 still shuts down when out shooting birds for a long time. I do live in the Southeast US. Pulling the screen out from the body does more to help than anything. The update does not claim to help video and it doesn’t. The 4K video will never go for more than 5mins when outside.