The most recent addition to Sony’s lineup of mirrorless cameras for the middle price range is the a6300. It still has a resolution of 24 megapixels, much as the a6000, but there have been improvements made to the focusing, video, build quality, viewfinder resolution, and pricing.
The new sensor that comes with the a6300 is, in our opinion, the most interesting new feature. Despite the fact that the number of pixels on the sensor of the a6300 has not changed, there are an astounding 425 phase-detection AF points spread out throughout the sensor. An improvement in this area sounds like it has a lot of potential, especially considering that the a6000 already had one of the strongest autofocus (AF) systems in its class when it came to recognizing and tracking subjects. Copper wire is used in the construction of the sensor, which helps to increase its performance and may also contribute to the camera’s slightly better battery life. Additionally, the sensor is constructed using more recent fabrication procedures.
Sony Alpha a6300 Price in USA
The a6000 has been a huge success and has dominated its field to the extent that its combination of capabilities and price still looks impressive even as it enters the twilight of its career (Sony says it will live on, alongside the a6300*). This is due to the fact that the a6300 has a larger sensor than the a6000, which allows it to capture more light. When compared to the NEX-6 model that came before it, this particular model was a step down in terms of both the build quality and the specifications that were offered. That error has been remedied with the introduction of the a6300, which also allows the model to reclaim the NEX-6’s high resolution viewfinder and magnesium-alloy construction (and the level gauge, which was absent from the a6000).
The a6300 possesses a flip-up and fold-down screen with a 16:9 aspect ratio, just like its predecessors in the 6-series E-mount camera line. The layout of this screen provides a clue as to the functions that the 6300 was designed to do, namely video and still photography. The movie functions of the a6300 have been upgraded to a much higher standard. It is capable of shooting in 4K (UHD) at either 24 or 25 frames per second from its entire sensor width (or 30p from a tighter crop). In addition to these features, it is now equipped with a microphone jack, the video-centric Picture Profile system (which incorporates the flat S-Log2 and S-Log3 gamma curves), and the capacity to record time code.
This additional emphasis on video makes perfect sense, given that the camera’s stills performance is anticipated to be comparable to that of the finest on the market, and the camera’s video capabilities are superior to those of the majority of its present competitors. The Sony a6300 not only includes focus peaking and zebra stripes, but it also has the ability to re-focus as you shoot with a minimal risk of focus wobble and hunting, which should make it easier to shoot footage that looks great. If its on-sensor phase detection works well, this feature should make it easier to shoot great-looking footage.
Because of all of these factors, it is difficult to overestimate how promising the a6300 appears to be. The inclusion of a sensor from the most recent generation can only be beneficial to the overall image quality of the camera, and the possibility of a focusing system that outperforms that of one of our standard-setting cameras is an exciting one. Add to that the camera’s great video capabilities, which are fully supported, its improved viewfinder, and its weather-sealed design, and it’s tempting to start making plans for the camera to be crowned King of the APS-C interchangeable lens cameras. It’s possible that the price tag is the lone cloud that hangs over the proceedings, threatening to sprinkle a little water on that particular parade.
It is possible that the performance of the a6300 will be phenomenal if the company is successful in its efforts to improve upon the performance of the a6000. However, there are three questions that we’d want to have answered before we can move forward. The first question concerns the manner in which the camera is held: why does a camera that costs this much just have one dial that can be accessed without requiring you to adjust the orientation of your grip? At this pricing range, we would normally expect to see a dial under the forefinger and another dial under the thumb while keeping a shooting grip. The back dial isn’t the worst one we’ve seen, but it isn’t the best one either.
The second concern is with regard to lenses. A move that is likely to raise the question of what additional lenses to suit, Sony is packaging the a6300 with the 16-50mm power zoom, which is considerably more remarkable for its convenience than its optical consistency. Sony provides a small selection of prime lenses that are tailored to the APS-C format at prices that are more affordable than those of the company’s full-frame FE-compatible options. However, in terms of standard zooms, your options are currently limited to either the inexpensive 16-50mm, the older 18-55mm at aftermarket prices, or significantly more expensive options such as the 18-105mm F4 or the 16-70mm F4 Zeiss, both of which cost approximately the same amount as the camera once more. It is only conceivable that the popularity of Sony’s full frame a7 cameras will boost the availability of third-party lenses; nevertheless, there is a possibility that Sony’s attention will be on those users of full frame cameras for the foreseeable future.
The absence of a joystick or touchscreen to allow for the repositioning of the autofocus point is our last issue. If the lock-on AF mechanism works well enough during stills shooting (beginning AF tracking and then recomposing your photo in the assurance that the AF point will stay where you want it), this may be overcome, but it looks to be a genuine missing for refocusing when filming video. The a6300 is an improvement over earlier models in that pushing the center button on the four-way controller toggles into AF point selection mode. This selection is kept even if you switch the camera off and on again since the decision is saved when you make it. As more of the investigation is completed, we will find out how severe each of these issues actually is.
Sony Alpha a6300 Specifications
|MSRP||$1000/£1000/€1250 (body only), $1150/£1100/€1400 (w/16-50mm lens)|
|Body type||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
|Body material||Magnesium alloy|
|Max resolution||6000 x 4000|
|Other resolutions||3:2 (4240 x 2832, 3008 x 2000), 16:9 (6000 x 3376, 4240 x 2400, 3008 x 1688)|
|Image ratio w:h||3:2, 16:9|
|Effective pixels||24 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||25 megapixels|
|Sensor size||APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)|
|Color space||sRGB, Adobe RGB|
|Color filter array||Primary color filter|
|ISO||Auto, 100-25600, expandable to 51200|
|Boosted ISO (maximum)||51200|
|White balance presets||10|
|Custom white balance||Yes|
|JPEG quality levels||Extra fine, fine, normal|
|File format||JPEG (Exif v2.3)Raw (Sony ARW v2.3, 14-bit)|
|Optics & Focus|
|Autofocus||Contrast Detect (sensor)Phase DetectMulti-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousFace DetectionLive View|
|Autofocus assist lamp||Yes|
|Digital zoom||Yes (2x-8x)|
|Number of focus points||425|
|Lens mount||Sony E|
|Focal length multiplier||1.5×|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Screen type||TFT LCD|
|Viewfinder magnification||1.07× (0.71× 35mm equiv.)|
|Minimum shutter speed||30 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/4000 sec|
|Exposure modes||AutoProgramAperture PriorityShutter PriorityManual|
|Scene modes||PortraitLandscapeMacroSports ActionSunsetNight PortraitNight SceneHandheld TwilightAnti Motion Blur|
|Flash range||6.00 m (at ISO 100)|
|Flash modes||Flash off, Autoflash, Fill-flash, Rear Sync., Slow Sync., Red-eye reduction, Hi-speed sync, Wireless|
|Flash X sync speed||1/160 sec|
|Drive modes||SingleContinuous (Hi+ / Hi / Mid / Low)Self-timerBracketing|
|Continuous drive||11.0 fps|
|Exposure compensation||±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)|
|AE Bracketing||±5 (3, 5 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV, 2 EV steps)|
|Resolutions||4K (3840 x 2160 @ 30p/24p), 1920 x 1080 (120p, 60p, 60i, 30p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (24p)|
|Format||MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S, H.264|
|Videography notes||Supports X-AVC S up to 100 Mbps, AVCHD to 28Mbps|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|Wireless notes||802.11b/g/n with NFC|
|Remote control||Yes (via smartphone)|
|Battery description||NP-FW50 lithium-ion battery & charger|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||400|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||404 g (0.89 lb / 14.25 oz)|
|Dimensions||120 x 67 x 49 mm (4.72 x 2.64 x 1.93″)|
|Timelapse recording||Yes (downloadable app)|
Whether you plan on taking still photographs or videos, the a6300 is a really excellent camera that you should consider purchasing. To get the most out of the camera, the user will need to put in a little bit of effort, but the device’s impressive capabilities make the effort worthwhile. Its autofocus is really excellent, and its 4K video is unmatched by anything else in its class. Its image quality is at least on par with everything else in its class.
- Instantaneous autofocus.
- Burst shooting at 11.1 frames per second.
- 4K video capture.
- Exceptional performance at high ISO.
- Display that can tilt backwards.
- Wi-Fi paired with NFC.
- Sealed against the elements body.
- Integrated lighting system
- Crisp EVF.
- Does not come with a separate external charger.
- Support for touch screens is not included.
- Dense menu system.
- There are certain apps that cost money to download.
- Lacks internal body stability and support.