Sony a6300 is a new mirrorless digital camera to APS-C sensor category. It is priced about the same as Canon 80D, Panasonic GH4 and Samsung NX1. In the same price range there are also full frame cameras, such as a Sony A7 or the Nikon D610, so there are lot of quality competitors.
Sony a6300 vs. a6000
Compared to its predecessor, the A6000 model, the most significant improvement is the new sensor, which produces better image quality regarding noise. Resolution has remained about the same, and there is even just slight reduce. The electronic viewfinder is significantly more accurate than its predecessor, previously there were 1.44 million pixels, now there are 2.36 million. There are improvements in the audio also; a6300 has an external microphone jack, as well as support for Sony’s own XLR adapters XLR and XLR-K2M K1M. Autofocus has been improved. There are much more auto focus points, 425 phase detect points and 169 contrast detect points. Earlier similar points were 179 (phase) / 25 (contrast). Tracking auto focus is improved from the previous and continuous shooting capabilities have improved mainly so that the EVF is now more real-time during a rapid image sequence. The maximum burst rate is 11 frames per second, which is the same as in the model A6000. On top of all, you will find excellent 4K / UHD video recording capabilities. Video capabilities may often be the factor that makes many photographers upgrade to a new camera. For slow motion video, recording is possible up to 100/120 fps at Full HD resolution. For UHD resolution maximum frame rate is conventional 30 fps.
The Body, Ergonomics and Usage
When body of the camera is this small, there aren´t many external controls. Ergonomics of Sony a6300 is a kind of compromise. Another proper control dial as found in the A7-series cameras, is missing here. You will propably get used to it. On the other side, the controls have good features, such as custom knobs. However, some of the same price range cameras such as Samsung NX1, provide a much more direct access to different parameters. Many photographers appreciate the fact that the grip of the body covers the entire width of the palm, but this isn’t the case with this camera. Although a6300 is small, it still isn’t a pocket camera. The grip could be a little larger. Of course this is also a matter of taste. Splash and dust protection is a new, nice feature in the body.
One obvious lack is left: there is no headphone jack. Videographers appriciate the opportunity to monitor recorded signal, which is seen as a vital feature. If you shoot personal interviews, you feel like you have to to use an external recorder which makes the sound monitoring also reliable. In the shortcomings you could also count the fact that the camera does not have a touch screen. This is a little bit strange, because Sony NEX-5N, which you may consider to be the ancestor of this camera, already had touch screen.
Sony a6300 Image Quality
The most important factor in every camera is the image quality it offers. One user may appreciate the still image quality, another user considers video quality to be more important. This camera is nice because there is no need to compromise on either feature. Sony in its class offers both excellent video and still images. And as a bonus there are good features for slow motion video too. Using the inbuilt HFR function, you can succeed quite well. There is Full HD slow motion video recording at a rate of up to 100k / s (PAL) or 120 k / s (NTSC).
The image noise has improved from Sony A6000, which was not hat bad at all. Otherwise, the picture quality is quite similar to its predecessor, which means it is good. Regarding the video quality, this camera offers very good value for the money, especially if your purpose is to shoot 4K/UHD videos. For example, Sony a7r II costs about three times the price of Sony a6300 camera, but does not offer anything more in terms of the quality of the video. Of course there are other factors that make a7r II a great piece of camera. Still, if you are a video shooter, you can consider Sony a6300 as a bargain.
Sony a6300 Key Features
- Sony E lens mount
- APS-C 23.5 x 15.6 mm CMOS sensor, 24 megapixels
- ISO 100 – 25600
- Shutter Speed: 1/4000 – 30 s + bulb, 1/160 s salamatäsmäys
- Continuous drive: 11 fps
- 4K/UHD-video: 3840×2160@30/25/24p, XAVC S, 100 Mb/s
- Full HD video: 1920×1080@120/100/60/50/30/25/24p, XAVC S, 50-100Mb/s
- Storage: SD(HC/XC) / MS Pro Duo
- In built WiFi ja NFC
- HDMI micro (D), clean 4K output
- Viewfinder: OLED, 2359k
- Screen: tilting 7.5 cm LCD, 921k
- Dimensions: 120 x 67 x 49 mm
- Weight: 404 g CIPA
- Battery Life : 350 images (viewfinder) 400 (screen)