Sony A6300 Review

Sony A6300 Review

The Sony A6300 is not the successor of the Alpha 6000, but the big sister model. If the Alpha 6000 still offered very good technology in a cheap case at a very good price-performance ratio, the Sony A6300 goes a long way and can be understood as a premium version of the Alpha 6000. It features a more sophisticated body, improved autofocus, and 4K video. But Sony is also setting a significantly higher price point, as is the case with virtually all new premium products. So what good is the Sony A6300? The test reveals whether it still offers very good image quality and above all a good price-performance ratio.

Pros And Cons Of The Sony A6300

Pros

  • Robust, high-quality housing
  • High continuous shooting speed for the first 22 to 44 shots
  • Very good image quality up to ISO 1.600, good image quality up to ISO 6.400
  • High-resolution 4K video with good sound

Cons

  • Long storage times (17 s) according to shooting series
  • Write LED hidden on the underside of the camera
  • Thread-like protection against dust and splash water
  • Poor viewfinder with glasses

With the Sony A6300, the Sony Alpha 6000 gets a bigger sister model at its side. Even the 6000 impressed with its fast autofocus and high continuous shooting rate, but the Sony A6300 is the crowning achievement.

The new 24 megapixels APS-C CMOS sensor uses fast copper technology (but without backward exposure) and integrates 425 phase autofocus measuring points distributed over the entire sensor surface. The Sony A6300 also brings 4K video into Sony’s APS-C class. Furthermore, the Sony A6300 shines with a much more robust case than its sister model.

 

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In addition to the foldable 7.5cm screen, the Sony A6300 has a 2.4 million pixel OLED viewfinder with 0.7x magnification and up to 120 frames per second refresh rate. [Photo: Sony]

 

sony a6300With 425 phase AF sensors, the new Sony A6300 should be able to detect even the smallest objects within 0.05 seconds and keep them in focus at up to eleven frames per second. [Photo: Sony]

 

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The Sony A6300 features a new 24-megapixel APS-C sensor with copper technology for higher luminous efficacy and faster data transfer. [Photo: Sony]

Speed is the trump card with the Alpha-6000 series from Sony. With its 425 phase AF sensors, the Sony A6300 is designed to focus within 0.05 seconds and can track even the smallest objects thanks to its high density of measuring points.

As with the Alpha 6000, the continuous shooting speed is eleven frames per second, with the autofocus being adjusted. If the live image is to appear in the viewfinder or monitor instead of the last photo was taken, this is possible up to a continuous shooting rate of eight frames per second. With the LA-EA3 adapter, SSM and SAM-A mount lenses can even be used with autofocus, a first for Sony Alpha-APS-C system cameras.

The APS-C sensor uses copper instead of the usual wiring, which not only increases the speed of the sensor but also its light sensitivity. The Bionz X image processor should also tickle all the detailed information out of the sensor, which should now be even more successful than before, especially at medium sensitivities.

The sensitivity range is between ISO 100 and 51,200. For videos, the maximum light sensitivity is ISO 25,600. The video function also benefits from significantly faster autofocus. In this context, Sony speaks of the double speed compared to the Alpha 6000. New is the 4K video function, where the full 20-megapixel resolution in 16:9 format (equivalent to the Super 35 mm format) is used.

This corresponds to 6K and is merged into a 4K video by 2.4-fold oversampling. The Sony A6300 records 4K videos in XAVC-S format at a maximum speed of 100 Mbps, whereby a UHS Class 3 memory card is mandatory.

Full HD video recordings also benefit from the new image sensor, as these can be recorded at up to 120 frames per second (also with 100 Mbit/s storage). This enables fluid four- or five-fold slow motion with 30 or 24 frames per second, respectively.

The S-Log Gamma profile, 14 f-stops dynamic range, S-Gamut to extend the color space, the microphone input (optional with XLR adapter), Zebra function, focus peaking, time code/user bit and various image profiles should satisfy professional video filmmakers.

 

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The housing of the Sony A6300 is made of a robust magnesium alloy and is sealed against dust and splash water by means of numerous seals. Sony has also reinforced the bayonet support. [Photo: Sony]

 

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The Sony A6300 records videos either in 4K resolution with 30 or in Full HD resolution with up to 120 frames per second. It also offers numerous features for professional videographers. [Photo: Sony]

 

The Sony A6300 has a robust magnesium alloy body with a reinforced lens bayonet. The housing protects by means of seals against the penetration of splash water and dust. The XGA OLED viewfinder resolves 2.4 million pixels and offers 0.7x magnification in 35mm equivalent.

If desired, it can be set to a frame rate of 120 frames per second in order to display fast movements smoothly. The large exit pupil of 23 millimeters is also impressive and will please spectacle wearers. The rear 7.5cm screen folds 45 degrees down and 90 degrees up and has a resolution of 922,000 pixels.

In contrast to the viewfinder, which uses a 1cm OLED, the screen is the usual TFT technology. A silent electronic shutter is not missing in this camera.

Nine control buttons can be assigned individual functions, and Sony has also improved the release button. WLAN and NFC are of course also on board, so that not only can photos be transmitted wirelessly, but the Sony A6300 can also be remotely controlled from iOS and Android devices with the help of the corresponding app. The camera itself can also be extended with free and chargeable PlayMemories Camera Apps.

Ergonomics and Workmanship

In contrast to the Alpha 6000, the housing of the Sony A6300 consists of a robust magnesium alloy with an additionally reinforced bayonet. The 6300 of the 6000 is like one egg to another, but when you hold it in your hand you can feel the difference.

The Sony A6300 has a high-quality feel and weighs 120 grams more than its sister model. With a weight of just over 400 grams, the Sony A6300 is not very heavy and is compact as well. Together with the Zeiss 16-70 1:4, the total weight is just over 700 grams, an easily portable combination, especially since the mid-range standard zoom with the Zeiss label also harmonizes perfectly with the Sony A6300 in terms of workmanship, touch quality, and design.

The Sony A6300 offers not only a folding display but even a built-in electronic viewfinder.

 

sony a6300The Sony A6300 resembles the Alpha 6000 like an egg to another, but the case of Alpha 6300 is much better processed and is made of metal instead of plastic.

Another feature lens and camera have in common: If you look closely, you can see flaws. For example, the lens has a plastic tube that appears when zooming. And the Sony A6300? It promises moisture protection through sealed buttons and wheels and a double protective layer (of what component, Sony doesn’t reveal in the press release). In any case, neither dust nor moisture should be able to penetrate. Due to the lack of seals on the battery and memory card compartment as well as the interface flap, we may hardly believe it. Other manufacturers can, at least apparently, do this better.

But this shouldn’t hide the fact that the Sony A6300 makes a very well processed and robust impression. Despite its compactness, the Sony A6300 has a distinctive handle with non-slip rubber leathering.

The camera is easy to grip, even if the grip cannot fill a full-grown paw. In addition to the program selector wheel, the 6300 has two rotating wheels, both of which are operated with the thumb. The program selector wheel engages comfortably and tightly so that it can hardly be accidentally adjusted.

The upper thumbwheel also snaps well and turns quite tightly, but of the pleasant type. The thumbwheel integrated into the steering pad is surprisingly useful, even if it engages much more easily. But you can operate it well without pressing a button.

The Sony A6300 has direct dialing keys for the most important functions; in addition, two keys can be assigned individually and other operating elements can also be adapted to your own requirements.

In addition, the program selector wheel provides access to two memory locations to quickly select important personal recording presets. The Fn menu can also be configured and thus adapted to your own requirements. The main menu, on the other hand, is quite clear due to the numerous functions. Sony is comfortable with tabs, so there’s no need to search for menu items in long vertical scroll lists.

The rear screen measures 7.5 centimeters in diagonal and has a sufficiently fine resolution of 921,000 pixels.

If the screen is set to sunlight, it is actually easy to read even in the sun. But why the screen gets dark again at the start of a video recording, so that you can hardly recognize the picture, remains a secret from Sony for the time being. It’s not a touch screen, but it can be moved: when folded up 90 degrees, you can take pictures from a frog’s perspective or with the camera in front of your stomach or chest. When folded 45 degrees downwards, shots over the heads of crowds are not a problem.

It shouldn’t go unmentioned that this is a 16:9 screen, i.e. in the native 3:2 aspect ratio of the sensor, the viewfinder image is somewhat smaller, but the information displays do not cover the image as much. And anyone who painfully missed the electronic spirit level on the Alpha 6000 will be delighted to hear that the Sony A6300 again offers this useful feature.

Despite its compact housing, the A6300 has a built-in electronic viewfinder that automatically activates as you approach it. With a 0.7x magnification compared to 35mm, the viewfinder is pleasantly large, but due to the small exit pupil it should rather be used without glasses, otherwise, the overview of the entire image section is missing.

After all, the viewfinder offers a large range for diopter correction. With a resolution of 2.36 million pixels, it also has an appropriately high resolution. Since an OLED is used, the viewfinder is colorful and rich in contrast, but in bright areas of the image sensitive natures will notice a slight flicker, as can be observed in almost all OLED viewfinders.

 

sony a6300The Sony A6300 offers a program selector wheel and two thumbwheels but lacks a front wheel.

 

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Sony has reinforced the bayonet of the Sony A6300 so that it can also carry larger lenses.

 

With Micro-HDMI, Micro-USB and a 3.5mm stereo jack microphone connection, the Sony A6300 is sufficiently equipped with interfaces. They are protected by a reasonable flap, which, however, as already mentioned, has to get by without rubber seals.

The replaceable lithium-ion battery is also charged via the Micro-USB interface. The 6300 doesn’t care whether the USB power supply supplied with it or that of a third-party manufacturer, such as your own smartphone, is used.

When traveling, a cable and a power supply unit are sufficient when weight and small luggage are important and you can arrange for serial charging. The battery can also be recharged from a so-called power bank while on the move. With 350 recordings according to the CIPA standard, which in practice also works well if you don’t record too many videos, the battery life is sufficiently long.

But if you take a lot of pictures, you should think about buying a second battery and an external charger. With the NP-FW50, a battery type that has been used for some time is used. If you wish, you can also supply the Sony A6300 with continuous current by means of an optional power supply adapter for the battery bay.

Unfortunately, this is not possible via USB, in contrast to a smartphone the charging process is terminated as soon as the camera is switched on.

The tripod thread sitting in the optical axis is also positively emphasized, which also leaves enough space to the battery and memory card compartment so that it can be easily opened on the tripod or with an exchangeable plate.

A memory stick can also be used as a memory card instead of an SD card. However, due to the high continuous shooting performance and the 4K video function, a larger SDHC or even SDXC card with the fast UHS-I standard U3 is recommended to every buyer.

Equipment And Features

Even though the Sony A6300 is intended as a camera for ambitious photographers with a price of almost 1,250 dollars (RRP), it also offers automatic modes for easy shooting. In automatic mode, it takes over all settings and even automatically selects the scene mode based on an analysis of the live image.

If desired, it can also run programs that are supposed to reduce camera shake by means of multiple exposures, because the Sony A6300 does not offer a built-in image stabilizer. It is therefore dependent on the optical image stabilizer of the lens used if it has one.

Despite the automatic function, the photographer has certain possibilities to intervene, for example, he can focus manually. The photographer is supported in this by the focus loupe and focus peaking, which highlights contrasting edges in the focus area in color.

The powerful autofocus works with 425 phase autofocus measuring points integrated on the sensor and additionally with 169 contrast AF measuring fields. Sony promises 0.05-second autofocus that we couldn’t reproduce in our test with the software used for testing. At least in the single AF, this camera needs about 0.3 seconds to focus, including the shutter release, whereby the shutter release delay after successful focusing is pleasingly short.

The strength of the Sony’s autofocus is more evident in the AF-C and the pursuit of motifs because here it can track the focus well at high, but not the highest continuous shooting rate. The Sony only offers the highest continuous shooting rate of eleven frames per second without autofocus tracking. It takes 45 JPEG or 22 raw images but needs 17 seconds to save them. You can then continue taking pictures, but the menu and the picture playback are locked. The LED that indicates the writing process has been hidden by Sony on the underside of the camera. In fact, the 6300 doesn’t write photos away very quickly, because as soon as the cache is full, the continuous shooting rate drops to well below two frames per second.

If you want, you can of course also control the Sony semi-automatically or manually. For example, it offers a widespread exposure series and even produces quite successful auto HDR images with a larger contrast range. The A6300, by the way, likes to be irritated by the large contrast range, especially the combination of dark image parts with brightly illuminated image parts. It then tends to have a somewhat abundant exposure, causing the lights to eat out easily.

In such situations, the HDR function also gets more drawing from the shadows that are actually sufficiently exposed instead of protecting the lights.

 

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The tripod thread of the Sony A6300 is not only located in the optical axis, but also far away from the battery and memory card compartment.

 

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Sony guarantees the A6300 moisture and dust protection through sealed controls and a double protective layer. However, the battery compartment and the interface flaps do not have any seals

 

This camera only offers simple standards when it comes to the shutter. This works mechanically, optionally with an electronic first shutter curtain to minimize vibrations or, if desired, silently, which corresponds to an electronic shutter. However, the shortest exposure time is only 1/4,000 seconds.

Some other cameras in this class have a mechanical 1/8,000 second and electronic 1/32,000 second models. The flash sync time is also not particularly fast at 1/160 second. With a measured guide number of 5.2, the integrated pop-up flash offers only very low power anyway and is unfortunately not suitable for wireless flash control.

The Alpha only unfolds its full flash efficiency with an external TTL plug-in flash, such as wireless flash control or high-speed synchronization.

The Sony A6300, on the other hand, is extremely well equipped for video recording. It offers manual exposure and high 4K video resolution on request, but requires a fast memory card.

The integrated stereo microphone records amazingly good audio quality, even if you can work much more flexibly with an external directional microphone. In any case, the microphone level is displayed on the screen and can of course be adjusted via the menu.

In addition, the Alpha offers numerous special video settings, for example for the tone value curve or the zebra insertion. The HDMI output can even output a pure video signal in 4K resolution for external recording. The good video quality is not least due to the fact that the Sony reads the sensor completely, which corresponds to a 6K resolution in Super35mm format.

The autofocus can be adjusted in its sensitivity during video recordings, but during our tests it also happened that the camera simply didn’t adjust the autofocus and recorded a blurred video, only to focus the next shot of the identical scene properly again after a renewed focusing by tapping the shutter release between the video recordings.

The image stabilizer also has to take some criticism, because the pure optical stabilizer cannot match the performance of some other stabilizers, such as those that move the sensor or combine an electronic with an optical image stabilizer.

Well meant but in the end cumbersome is the expandability of the camera by means of installable apps. As a result, the Sony A6300 lacks some of the basic functions offered by other cameras in this class, such as an interval function.

Sony has even outsourced the WLAN remote control to an app, which simplifies updates for the manufacturer, but not the handling for the user. Some apps for special functions have to be purchased for a fee. For example, no other camera offers as few image processing options like the Sony A6300. The mirrorless system camera does not even offer subsequent raw data conversion.

Picture Quality Of The Sony A6300

The Sony A6300 uses a new sensor with copper cables from Sony. These not only ensure faster signal transmission, but also have a less thick structure. Since this is not a backward exposed CMOS sensor, the traces are still above the light-sensitive layer and thus limit its size, but not as much as with the previous generation of sensors.

The new image processing using a Bionz-X image processor also promises improved noise behavior, especially at medium light sensitivities. The Sony A6300, in my test, had to prove its image quality together with the Sony E T* 16-70 mm F4 ZA OSS Vario-Tessar (SEL-1670Z) lens.

 

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The NFC antenna is integrated in the handle of the Sony A6300. Also the WLAN antenna should sit under the rubber.

 

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The mid-range standard zoom Sony 16-70 mm 1:4 OSS with Zeiss label harmonizes wonderfully with the Sony A6300

 

sony a6300The NFC antenna is integrated in the handle of the Sony A6300. Also the WLAN antenna should sit under the rubber.


Lens Of The Sony A6300

First to the lens: With a maximum of 0.8 EV, it has a moderate to slight edge darkening, the course of which is also very gentle, making the edge darkening less visible.

The distortion with two percent barrel shape in wide-angle and one percent cushion shape at medium and long focal lengths, on the other hand, cannot be overlooked.

The chromatic aberrations stay within the frame with about one pixel, even the maximum do not deviate far from the average. On a 20 by 30-centimeter printout, at least, they don’t stand out. At this print size, the image sharpness is also very good at all focal lengths and apertures from the center to the edge of the image.

On closer inspection of the resolution at 50 percent contrast (MTF50), however, the lens shows one or two weaknesses. With more than 60 line pairs per millimeter (lp/mm), it achieves a very high resolution in the image center at both short and medium focal lengths, which is already available with an open aperture.

For apertures beyond F8, diffraction sets in and reduces the resolution, which at F16 falls below the 50 lp/mm mark. In telescopic position the lens has a lower resolution and only resolves beyond F8 to the resolution of the other focal lengths. The resolution at the edge of the picture is significantly lower and even has difficulty climbing the 40 lp/mm mark at wide-angle.

The lens at the edge of the image generally does not exceed 43 lp/mm. As beautiful as the lens may be to the camera, if you want a high resolution at the edge of the picture, you should choose another lens, a fixed focal length.

The signal-to-noise ratio of the sensor lies in the range from ISO 100 to 400 in the good value range of more than 40 dB and, beyond ISO 3.200, falls below the critical 35 dB mark. With the Alpha 6000, this value is only undershot at ISO 25.600. Shouldn’t the new sensor be better at medium sensitivities? Brightness noise becomes visible with the A6300 beyond ISO 3,200 and increases sharply above ISO 12,800. Colour noise, on the other hand, plays no role.

With slightly more than two pixels, the noise remains fine-grained enough, however, only the red channel stands out across all ISO sensitivities with a slightly coarser noise grain compared to green and blue. This conspicuity was even more pronounced with the Alpha 6000.

Up to ISO 1.600, the Sony A6300 preserves fine textures practically lossless, above that the noise suppression ensures a slight loss of detail. Up to and including ISO 6.400, however, the loss of texture remains low and only increases to such an extent that the images appear softer and less detailed. The behavior is very similar to that of the Alpha 6000, only at ISO 6.400, the Sony A6300 shows much more details than its sister without the copper sensor.

So if the sensors deliver such a head-to-head race in terms of signal-to-noise ratio, image noise and texture sharpness despite the technological leap in the sensor and win one or the other, perhaps there will be clearer differences in dynamic range? Here the Sony A6300 to ISO 800 boasts a formidable input dynamic of more than eleven f-stops, even up to ISO 12.800 it holds the mark of ten f-stops, and it practically doesn’t fall below nine f-stops.

The Alpha 6000 wasn’t able to achieve dynamics over eleven f-stops, even though it slightly surpasses the dynamics of the Sony A6300 at ISO 1,600 and 3,200, it is clearly inferior overall.

Not surprising is the steep tonal curve of the Sony A6300, which has a crisp picture tuning in JPEG. However, the 6300 does not stand out unpleasantly due to sharpness artifacts, as the re-sharpening works surprisingly cautiously. The output tonal range is very good up to ISO 400 with over 224 of 256 steps and remains good up to ISO 1,600 with over 192 steps.

However, the number of differentiable brightness levels decreases significantly with each ISO increase. Up to ISO 12.800, at least half or more of the possible 256 brightness levels remain. Here, the Sony A6300 does not differ much from the Alpha 6000, even though the latter is slightly ahead.

The colors of the 6300 are mostly very neutral. There is a smaller deviation with the slightly too yellow-green. Strong deviations can only be observed in the red and magenta tones, which are clearly too saturated and somewhat orange-tinted.

With over four million colors up to ISO 3,200 and over two million up to ISO 12,800, the Sony A6300 differentiates a great many colors without being able to reach the really good range of over eight million colors. The Alpha 6000 shows a quite similar image up to ISO 12.800, but has slight advantages in the number of differentiated colors. At ISO 25.600, however, the Sony A6300 clearly wins, ISO 51.200 was not yet part of the standard repertoire of the 6000.

 

sony a6300Battery and memory card share a common compartment on the underside of the camera in the Sony A6300.

 

Bottom line: Is The Sony A6300 Worth It?

The Sony A6300 can justifiably be called “a better Alpha 6000”. The case looks very high quality, even if the splash water protection doesn’t quite reach the class level and thus eliminates one of the biggest points of criticism of the Alpha 6000.

The autofocus has also been significantly improved again, but its biggest advantage is in the tracking, less in the single AF. Sony also heard the much-criticized saving of the electronic spirit level in the 6000 and equipped the 6300 accordingly.

The 4K video function is also impressive, delivering high picture quality and even a decent sound with the internal microphone. The biggest bottleneck of the actually very fast mirrorless system camera is the memory card interface. The storage times after shooting series are simply much too long, Sony is happy to take an example from the Fujifilm X-Pro2.

The A6300 can’t be fooled when it comes to image quality. It resolves very well and shows little noise, many image details, and a very high dynamic range up to high ISO sensitivities. The latter in particular benefits from the new copper sensor. Nevertheless, the Sony Alpha 6000 still remains the price-performance winner, but the much more expensive Sony A6300 at least has a real added value to offer.

Specifications Of The Sony A6300

Fact sheet
Manufacturer Sony
Model Sony A6300
Sensor CMOS APS-C 23.6 x 15.8 mm (Crop factor 1.5) 25.0 Megapixels (physical) 24.2 Megapixels (effective)
Pixel pitch 3.9 µm
Resolution (max.) 6.000 x 3.376 (16:9)
Video (max.) 3.840 x 2.160 30p
Lens Sony E 16-70 mm F4 ZA OSS T* Vario-Tessar (SEL1670Z) (zoom lens)
Video viewfinder EVF, 100 % field coverage, 2,359,296 pixels resolution, 1.07 times magnification (sensor-related), 0.71 times magnification (KB equivalent), diopter compensation (-4.0 to 3.0 DPT)
Monitor 3.0″ (7.5 cm)
Disbandment 921.600 pixels
tiltable yes
rotatable
swiveling
Touchscreen
AV connector HDMI Output Micro (Type D)
Fully automatic yes
Automatic motif control yes
Scene modes 9 scene modes are available
Program automation yes
Program shift yes
Aperture priority yes
Aperture priority yes
Manual yes
Bulb long time exposure yes
HDR function yes
Panorama function yes, Sweep panorama
Exposure metering Matrix/multi-field measurement (1,200 fields), center-weighted integral measurement, spot measurement
fastest shutter speed 1/4.000 s
Flash built-in flash
Synchronous time 1/160 s
Flash connection Hot shoe: Sony Multi-Interface, standard center contact
WLAN yes
NFC yes
GPS
Remote release yes, infrared trigger, remote control via Smartphone/Tablet
Interval shooting
Storage medium
Memory Stick (Duo Pro)
SD (SDHC, SDXC, UHS I)
Sensitivity
automatic ISO 100-6.400
manually ISO 100-51.200
White balance
automatic yes
manual measurement yes
Kelvin input yes
Fine correction yes
Autofocus yes
Number of measuring fields 594169
Contrast sensors
Speed 0.28 s to 0.29 s
AF auxiliary light LED
Dimensions (mm) 120 x 67 x 49 mm
Weight (ready for operation) 404 g (housing only
)710 g (with lens)
Tripod socket in optical axis
Zoom
Zoom adjustment manual on lens
Battery life 350 images (according to CIPA standard)
– = “not applicable” or “not available”

 

Short evaluation

Pros

  • Robust, high-quality housing
  • High continuous shooting speed for the first 22 to 44 shots
  • Very good image quality up to ISO 1.600, good image quality up to ISO 6.400
  • High-resolution 4K video with good sound

Cons

  • Long storage times (17 s) according to shooting series
  • Write LED hidden on the underside of the camera
  • Thread-like protection against dust and splash water
  • Poor viewfinder with glasses

Sony A6300 Datasheet

Electronics

Sensor CMOS sensor APS-C 23.6 x 15.8 mm (crop factor 1.5) 25.0 megapixels (physical) and 24.2 megapixels (effective)
Pixel pitch 3.9 µm
Photo resolution
6.000 x 3.376 pixels (16:9)
4.240 x 2.832 pixels (3:2)
4.240 x 2.832 pixels (3:2)
4.240 x 2.400 pixels (16:9)
3.008 x 2.000 pixels (3:2)
3.008 x 1.688 pixels (16:9)
Panorama Swivel panorama
12.416 x 1.856 pixels
5.536 x 2.160 pixels
8.192 x 1.856 pixels
3.872 x 2.160 pixels
Picture formats JPG, RAW
Color depth 24 bits (8 bits per color channel), 42 bits (14 bits per color channel)
Metadata Exif (version 2.3), DCF standard (version 2)
Video resolution
3.840 x 2.160 (16:9) 30 p
3.840 x 2.160 (16:9) 25 p
3.840 x 2.160 (16:9) 24 p
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 120 p
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 100 p
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 60 p
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 60 i
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 50 p
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 50 i
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 30 p
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 25 p
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 24 p
1.280 x 720 (16:9) 30 p
1.280 x 720 (16:9) 25 p
Video format
XAVC S (Codec H.264)
AVCHD (Codec H.264)
MPG4 (Codec H.264)

Lens

Lens mount
Sony E

Focusing

Autofocus mode Phase comparison autofocus with 594 sensors, autofocus working range from -1 EV to 20 EV, contrast autofocus with 169 measuring fields
Autofocus Functions Single AF, Continuous AF, Area AF, Tracking AF, Manual AF, AFL Function, AF Assist Light (LED), Focus Peaking, Focus Magnifier (12x)
Focus control Depth of field control, dimming button, Live View

Viewfinder and Monitor

Monitor 3.0″ (7.5 cm) TFT LCD monitor with 921,600 pixels, anti-glare, brightness adjustable, tiltable 90° upwards and 45° downwards
Video viewfinder Video viewfinder (100 % field coverage) with 2,359,296 pixels, 1.07x magnification factor, diopter compensation (-4.0 to 3.0 DPT)

Exposure

Exposure metering Center-weighted integral measurement, matrix/multi-field measurement over 1,200 fields, spot measurement
Exposure times 1/4,000 to 30 s (Auto) 1/4,000 to 30 s (Manual) – 1/4,000 to 30 s (Electronic Shutter) Bulb Function
Exposure control Fully Automatic, Program Automatic (with Program Shift), Aperture Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual
Bracketing function Bracket function with maximum 9 shots, step size from 1/3 to 3 EV, HDR function
Exposure compensation -5.0 to +5.0 EV with step size from 1/3 to 1/2 EV
Sensitivity to light ISO 100 to ISO 6,400 (automatic
)ISO 100 to ISO 51,200 (manual)
Remote access Remote release, infrared release, remote control via Smartphone/Tablet
Scene modes Landscape, Macro, Night Scene, Night Portrait, Portrait, Sunset, Sports, 2 additional scene modes
Picture effects High Key, High Contrast Monochrome, Retro, Selective Color, Toy Camera, 8 more Image Effects
White balance Auto, Clouds, Sun, White balance bracketing, Fine-tuning, Shadow, Flash, Underwater, Fluorescent lamp with 4 presets, Incandescent lamp, from 2,500 to 9,900 K, Manual 3 memory locations
Color space Adobe RGB, sRGB
Continuous shooting Continuous shooting function max. 11.0 fps at the highest resolution and max. 21 stored photos, 11 frames per second max. 44 JPEG images
Self-timer Self-timer 10 seconds apart, features: or 5 or 2 seconds, continuous advance 3 shots after 10 seconds, 5 shots after 10 seconds, and 3 shots after 5 seconds.
Shooting functions AEL function, AFL function, live histogram

Flashgun Of The Sony A6300

Flash built-in flash (hinged) flash shoe: Sony Multi-Interface, standard center contact
Flash range Flash sync time 1/160 s
Flash functions Auto, Fill-in flash, Flash on, Flash off, High-speed sync, Slow sync, Flash on second shutter curtain, Red-eye reduction by pre-flash, Flash exposure compensation from -3.0 EV to +3.0 EV

Equipment And Features

Image stabilizer no optical image stabilizer
Memory
Memory Stick (Duo Pro)
SD (SDHC, SDXC, UHS I)
Microphone Stereo
Power supply Power supply connection USB charging function
Power supply 1 x Sony NP-FW50 (lithium-ion (Li-Ion), 7.2 V, 1,240 mAh) 400 images according to CIPA standard
Playback Functions Image rotation, Protect image, Highlights / Shadow warning, Playback histogram, Playback magnifier with 16.7x magnification, Image index, Slide show function
Face recognition Face Recognition, Face Recognition (8 faces)
Picture parameters Sharpness, Contrast, Saturation, Noise Reduction
Special functions Electronic water level, Grid can be displayed, Zebra function, Orientation sensor, Live View, User profiles with 2 user profiles
Ports Data interfaces: USB – USB-Type: USB 2.0 High SpeedWLAN: available (Type: B, G, N) NFC: available
AV connectors AV output: HDMI output Micro (Type D) Audio input: yes (3.5 mm jack (stereo, 3-pin)) Audio output: no
Supported direct printing methods DPOF, Exif Print, PIM
Tripod socket 1/4″ in the optical axis
Features and Miscellaneous Ultrasonic Sensor CleaningCreative Design Presets
(13)
Dynamic Range Optimization (5 Levels)
Video Picture Profile Yes (Off/PP1-PP9) Parameters: Black Level, Gamma (Movie, Photo, Cine1-4, ITU709, ITU709 [800%], S-Log2, S-Log3), Black Gamma, Knee Color Mode (Movie, Photo, Cinema, Pro, Saturation, ITU709 Matrix, White&Black, S-Gamut, S-Gamut3.Cine, S-Gamut3), Saturation, Colour phase system, Colour depthAudio level meterAudio recording function AutoSlow shutter Video
Color range xvYCC Standard hybrid AF system
(contrast and phase comparison autofocus)
Focus peaking with three selectable colors (white, red, yellow)
Play memory apps Lens compensation
: edge shadows, imaging errors, distortionsNoiseless
recording

Size and weight

Dimensions W x H x D 120 x 67 x 49 mm
Weight 404 g (ready for operation)

Other

included accessories Sony AC-UUE12 AC AdapterSony
NP-FW50 Special Battery PackUSB Connection CableRiser strapPicture Editing SoftwarePicture Motion Browser for Windows
optional accessory Sony HVL-F20M Push-on Flash with Swivel ReflectorSony
XLR-K2M (Microphone Adapter)

 

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Peter Dench
I am Peter Dench. Digital Photographer, born in London 1972, currently living in Deerfield, near Chicago. I have numerous photography expositions and also working in model photography. In this website, PhotoPoint, I usually review cameras provided by local dealers in Illinois and by the manufacturers. Sometimes I, Peter Dench, review lenses too, but only when I have a suitable camera for them. Please let me know in the comments if I can improve any of these articles.