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Sony Alpha a6300 Review and Specs

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Sony Alpha a6300 Review and Specs

The innovative Sony Alpha a6300 uses an enhanced high-resolution 24 megapixels sensor, with good ISO range, quick burst mode, and low noise. With a DSLR camera, the hole your eye peers through when taking a photo (aka the viewfinder), is basically just like a window – you see the world as it is in front of you with a mirrorless camera however, you’re looking at a tiny LCD screen, which is showing you a ‘digital projection’ of the world. The Sony Alpha a6300 however, is the best value for money mirrorless camera, and also happens to be the most popular mirrorless camera ever made. It may lack a high-end feel, but it’s an incredibly versatile, advanced, modern Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera that’s very capable of delivering awesome results in the hands of those who love photography. It’s just another good reason to opt for a larger sensor, interchangeable lens camera if you still have an older compact. At low ISOs, the sensor delivers beautiful detail and dynamic range, while high-ISO image quality is pretty fascinating too, with quite acceptable results at ISO 25,600.

At its core is a 24 megapixels APS-C CMOS sensor, which forgoes an optical low-pass filter to deliver the maximum possible detail. It approves upon its predecessor with a new 3″, 922k dots and hugely-impressive EVF which is one of the best in its class. How the screen is attached to the camera body is another important consideration – some are fixed, some can be tilted, while others use the infinitely more flexible vari-angle design. The screen isn't touch sensitive, though, which these days feels like an anachronism. White Balance Bracketing makes it possible to take multiple shots with different White Balance settings of the same object and later select the photo with the most accurate colors. Try the built-in before you go buying anything else. The built-in flash is great for everything for which you'd use on-camera flash. With AF tracking, once you choose the subject and press the shutter release part way down, as the subject moves, the autofocus will follow it. Autofocus performance is as good as you could hope for: it’s silent and goes about its business accurately. The camera can shoot 4K video, which nowadays is the standard. For video, you can record MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S, H.264 videos at 4K (3840 x 2160 @ 30p/24p), 1920 x 1080 (120p, 60p, 60i, 30p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (24p). There is also a mic in port, which is very useful for Youtubers. Of course, you’ll get the full benefit of 3840 x 2160 video footage only if you have a monitor or TV to view it on. Wirelessly connect to the camera with a compatible smartphone or tablet, browse the memory card, download your razor-sharp photos and then email them.

Battery life isn't great, especially when using High-Performance mode. The body measures 120 x 67 x 49mm and weighs 404g, and a weather-sealed body is simple to use and super simple. Photos were generally expressive and sharp, particularly at lower ISO settings, although images do appear a bit matted than some of its competition. Lastly, the image quality of the Sony Alpha a6300 is handily among the superior in its price range. The simple to use a body has a pleasing heft and a size that's great for nature, traveling or portraits shooting and even better for video. Fairly, the improved Sony Alpha a6300 itself feels like a premium imaging device, with a robust, forward-looking and beautiful design and simple to use navigation. Thanks to its short flange focal distance, choices of adapting glasses from other mounts are almost unlimited, and this can save your money.

Overall, the modern Sony Alpha a6300 handles very nicely for such an impressive camera. Lastly, the Sony Alpha a6300 is a Sony camera, and if you've been waiting for great to beef up supply numbers before taking the plunge, then we think spurious could be the choice.

Sony A6300 Specs

General

BrandSony
ModelSony Alpha a6300
Announced2016-02-03
Body TypeRangefinder-style mirrorless
Price$798.00

DxO Sensor Scores

DxO Overall Score85
DxO Color Depth24.4
DxO Dynamic Range13.7
DxO Low Light ISO1437

Sensor

Sensor Resolution24 megapixels
Sensor TypeCMOS
Sensor SizeAPS-C
Sensor Dimensions23.5 x 15.6 mm
Sensor Area366.60mm2
Max Image Resolution6000 x 4000
Min Native ISO100
Max Native ISO25,600
Max Boosted ISO51200
RAW Supporttrue

Lens

Lens MountSony E (NEX)
Number of Lenses83
Manual Focustrue
Focal Length Multiplier1.5x
Macro Focus Rangen/a

Viewfinder

ViewfinderElectronic
Viewfinder Coverage100%
Viewfinder Resolution2,359k dots
Viewfinder Magnification0.7

Screen

Screen TypeTilting
Screen Size3″
Screen Resolution922k dots
Live Viewtrue
Touch Screenfalse

Photography Features

Min Shutter Speed30s
Max Shutter Speed1/4000s
Continuous Shooting11.0 fps
Shutter Prioritytrue
Aperture Prioritytrue
Manual Exposure Modetrue
Exposure CompensationYes
Custom White Balancetrue
Image Stabilizationfalse
Built-in Flashtrue
External Flashtrue
Flash Range6.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash ModesFlash off, Autoflash, Fill-flash, Rear Sync., Slow Sync., Red-eye reduction, Hi-speed sync, Wireless
WB Bracketingtrue
AE Bracketingtrue

Exposure Modes

Multi-Segmenttrue
Averagefalse
Spottrue
Partialfalse
AF-Areafalse
Center Weightedfalse

Autofocus

AF Touchfalse
AF Continuoustrue
AF Singletrue
AF Trackingtrue
AF Selectivetrue
AF Centertrue
AF Multi Areatrue
AF Live Viewtrue
AF Face Detectiontrue
AF Contrast Detectiontrue
AF Phase Detectiontrue
Number of Focus Points425
Number of Cross Focus PointsUnknown

Video Features

Video Resolutions4K (3840 x 2160 @ 30p/24p), 1920 x 1080 (120p, 60p, 60i, 30p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (24p)
Max Video Resolution3840 x 2160
Video FormatsMPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S, H.264
Microphone Porttrue
Headphone Portfalse

Connectivity

Wireless ConnectivityBuilt-In
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMItrue

Physical

Weight404g
Physical Dimensions120 x 67 x 49mm
Environmental Sealingtrue
Water Prooffalse
Dust Prooffalse
Shock Prooffalse
Crush Prooffalse
Freeze Prooffalse
Battery ModelNP-FW50
Battery Life400 shots
Battery TypeBattery Pack

Other Features

Timelapse RecordingWith downloadable app
Self TimerYes
GPSNone
Storage TypeSD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage Slots1

Key Features

  • Announced2016-02-03
  • Body TypeRangefinder-style mirrorless
  • Sensor Resolution24 megapixels
  • Sensor SizeAPS-C
  • Sensor Dimensions23.5 x 15.6 mm
  • Max Native ISO25,600
  • Lens MountSony E (NEX)
  • Live Viewtrue
  • Continuous Shooting11.0 fps
  • DxO Overall Score85
  • Number of Focus Points425
  • Max Video Resolution3840 x 2160
  • Battery Life400 shots