Sony Alpha a6300 Review

Sony Alpha a6300 Review

In this post, we will talk about the Sony Alpha a6300 review and specifications. The first basic changes that are noticeable are the 4D focus, 425-point Phase AF system, 4K video, and Slog3 option. The Sony a6300 is the world’s fastest autofocus mirrorless camera with a 425-point phase AF system. 4K video recording at the video point and the Slog3 gamma option are attracted to many short filmmakers and entry-level videographer. Let us take a look at this masterpiece in general.

Overview: Sony Alpha a6300 Review

High Sensor Performance
More Satisfactory Burst Experience
Sharper and Faster Electronic Viewfinder
Incredible AF Performance
Video Performance
Silent Shooting
Longer Battery Life
Auto HDR Mode
Sony Alpha a6300 Specifications


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For those who already know the Sony Alpha a6000, the Sony Alpha a6300’s magnesium alloy body is quite familiar to you. The height and width of the body are almost the same as the Sony a6000. The control buttons are again on the right of the body. Although Sony said it was going to improve on the shutter button, it didn’t give clear details about it.

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Based on the information given, the body of the Sony Alpha a6300 and the lens mount are more robust than the Sony Alpha a6000 and are more resistant to dust and moisture.

High Sensor Performance

The Sony Alpha a6300 has a 24 MP CMOS sensor, just like the Sony A6000 and an improved BIONZ X processor. However, this sensor is slightly different in terms of the new chip design. The copper coating system is used for improved reading performance and a better signal-to-noise ratio.

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There are also 2.4 times more AF pixels on the chip. With the BIONZ X processor, ISO performance is better and the quality of the low light pictures are great. As in the Sony Alpha a6000, the standard ISO sensitivity is between 100 and 25,600, but the Sony Alpha a6300 can be increased to ISO 51,200.

READ: Sony Alpha a6500 Review

The Sony Alpha a6000’s 11FPS shutter speed has not changed in the Sony Alpha a6300, but it is already satisfactory. Because we don’t see these performances on most DSLRs yet.

More Satisfactory Burst Experience

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The Sony Alpha a6300 has a maximum number of shots at 11FPS. However, you can now have 11FPS, 8FPS, 6FPS and 3FPS options. The 8FPS burst mode is now much more functional. Because sports photographers shooting at high speed complained that there was an occasional lag since the subject/object they were shooting was slower than the viewfinder. This is still true for the Sony A6300 at 11 FPS burst, but in 8FPS, the camera actually reflects on the electronic viewfinder as it appears and offers you a live preview.

Sharper and Faster Electronic Viewfinder

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The fact that the transfer to the electronic viewfinder, as we have already mentioned above, is actually possible thanks to the improved reading speed of the new image sensor, but the new XGA Tru-Finder 2.36M-Point OLED electronic viewfinder also contributes to this. The size of the electronic viewfinder on the Sony A6300 is the same as the Sony A6000, but the viewfinder on the A6300 has a 63% greater resolution than its predecessor. In addition, the standard version of the electronic viewfinder’s 60FPS frame rate can be extended up to 120FPS.

Incredible AF Performance

The Sony A6300 offers truly amazing auto-focus performance. We’re even talking about faster AF speed than high-end DSLR cameras. Comparing the new AF system to the Sony Alpha a6000, the Sony Alpha a6000 features only 25 contrast 169-point phase detection AF systems, while the Sony Alpha a6300 features 169 contrast 425 point phase detection AF systems. Almost the entire screen is made up of AF points, and you don’t miss almost any point. Sony will shamelessly go back in time and allow you to shoot before the image, but I think the world is not ready for it yet.

This high-intensity AF performance is quite important when it comes to tracking the subject. Because the camera has more data to handle. During the movement of the subject, the Sony Alpha a6300 can follow the subject in a much more accurate way and without losing the focus. FocusPeaking provides more accurate focus in manual focus mode.

READ: Sony a6400 Review

Video Performance

With the Sony Alpha a6300, you can record 4K UHD video, as well as Super 35mm (6000 × 3376) recording via oversampling. You can record with 30FPS at 4K resolution (you need to use an external recorder with HDMI for 4: 2: 2). You can record 120FPS FullHD 1080p. Therefore, it is also an ideal camera for slow-motion shooting.

With the S-log3 color profile, Sony Alpha a6300 allows you to record videos raw and in a dynamic range as high as 1300%. Therefore, it is much easier to work in post-production as you record better the shadows and details in the video.

You will also be able to plug in and use a microphone directly to the Sony A6300. In previous models, you could use a microphone through Sony’s apparatus. There was no direct sound output. This again was an advantage in video shooting. In addition to this, the video has been increased from ISO 12,800 to ISO 25,600.

Silent Shooting

The Sony A6300 is a very quiet mirrorless camera. You can shoot silently up to 3 frames per second. Sleeping babies, sleeping cats, and quite ideal for museum shootings.

READ: Best Mirrorless Cameras for 2019

Longer Battery Life

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One of the changes that Sony has made with the a6300 is the battery life. The Sony Alpha a6000 was able to shoot 360 frames at a single charge with its LCD screen and 310 frames with the electronic viewfinder. The Sony Alpha a6300 offers 400 shots (11% improvement) at a single charge with LCD display and 350 shots (13% improvement) with the electronic viewfinder. Sony a6300 also uses the same NP-FW50 battery like the Sony Alpha a6000.

Auto HDR Mode

The Sony Alpha a6300 offers you a photo in HDR by capturing the three frames in succession – / 0 / + to expose the shadows and highlights in the photo in more detail. Therefore, you have a picture with the correct exposure values.

Official Sony Alpha a6300 Sample Image Gallery

Sony Alpha a6300 Specifications

MSRP $1000/£1000/€1250 (body only), $1150/£1100/€1400 (w/16-50mm lens)
Body type
Body type Rangefinder-style mirrorless
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)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor BIONZ X
ISO Auto, 100-25600, expandable to 51200
Boosted ISO (maximum) 51200
White balance presets 10
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Extra fine, fine, normal
Optics & Focus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital Zoom Yes (2x-8x)
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 425
Lens mount Sony E
Focal length multiplier 1.5×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Tilting
Screen size 3
Screen dots 921,600
Touch screen No
Screen type TFT LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Electronic
Viewfinder coverage 100%
Viewfinder magnification 1.07× (0.71× 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder resolution 2,359,296
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes Yes
Built-in flash Yes
Flash range 6.00 m (at ISO 100)
External flash Yes
Flash Modes Flash off, Autoflash, Fill-flash, Rear Sync., Slow Sync., Red-eye reduction, Hi-speed sync, Wireless
Continuous drive 11.0 fps
Self-timer Yes
Metering Modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
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)
WB Bracketing Yes
Videography features
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
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (micro-HDMI)
Microphone port Yes
Headphone port No
Wireless Built-In
Wireless notes 802.11b/g/n with NFC
Remote control Yes (via smartphone)
Environmentally sealed Yes
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)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes (downloadable app)
GPS None


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