In this Sony A6300 Review I will show you what the camera is capable of in the real world using the 16-50mm kit lens in particular.
I will cover all the essentials like High ISO performance, focus and tracking abilities in the lab, overall image quality, lens adapter testing, and much more.
Lastly I will cover how to use the camera for those new to the Sony line and for those looking to get the most out of it. You will be amazed at some of the features if you have never seen them before, trust me!
Sony updated the A6000 with the A6300 and it now offers internal 4k video along with new sensor which provides way better autofocus performance. In addition it has a beefed up full magnesium camera body which is about 2 oz heavier and slightly larger. It also now has mic jack for those video users out there.
Sony A6300 Camera Body Shots
Check out the NEW 4D AF system promo video from Sony.
If you are looking for lens options, be sure to check out My Sony E-Mount Lens Guides Here >>
Sony A6300 Key Features:
- 24.2MP APS-C Exmor CMOS Sensor
- BIONZ X Image Processor
- XGA Tru-Finder 2.36m-Dot OLED EVF
- 3.0″ 921.6k-Dot Tilting LCD Monitor
- Internal UHD 4K30 & 1080p120 Recording
- S-Log3 Gamma and Display Assist Function
- Built-In Wi-Fi with NFC
- 4D FOCUS with 425 Phase-Detect Points
- Up to 11 fps Shooting and ISO 51200
- Weather-Sealed Magnesium Alloy Body
- Weight = 14.25 oz / 404 g (Body with Battery and Memory)
- Retail Cost = $998 US
My Sony A6300 Video Style Review
The Moon – Sony A6300 Sample Video, Tamron SP 150-600mm Lens Used
I unfortunately lost a hard drive and it appears my Sony A6300 sample photos as well. I apologize for that, but in the videos above you can get a really good idea of the quality and from my past reviews and countless articles with actual sample photos, you will get the idea. The image quality is pretty much identical to the A6000 in the real world at the end of the day, so be sure to check that article out as well as the newer Sony A6400 and A6500 Reviews >>
If you are looking to really get the most out of your Sony A6300, then you must consider some addition optics for your tool chest. All the E-Mount Lenses available will work, but the APS-C Crop factor style lenses are a bit smaller and lighter when compared to the full frame e-mount lenses. You can also use lens adapters and utilize almost any lens on the Sony A6300 which makes it extremely versatile.
The Sony A6300 has pretty poor battery life overall, so I recommend getting at least 2 extra NP-FW50 batteries for those long days of shooting or recording video.
- Sony A6300 NP-FW50 Batteries >>
- Sony NPA-MQZ1K Multi Battery Adapter Kit >>
- Sony A6300 Vello BG-S5 Battery Grip >>
- Sony NP-FW50 Battery Charger Options >>
When it comes to ergonomics the A6300 is pretty good overall, but for extended use and when using with larger heavier lenses you can utilize a few different accessories to help yourself out.
- Thumb Grip Accessory >>
- Sony A6300 Rig Setups >>
- High Quality Neck Straps >>
- High Quality Wrist straps >>
Protection and Cleaning:
- LCD Screen Protectors >>
- A6300 Silicon Protective Cover >>
- Sony A6300 Underwater Housing >>
- Camera Rain Covers >>
- Recommended UV Protective Lens Filters (Select Lens Filter Thread Size) >>
- Lens Cleaning Kits >>
Expanding your Creativity:
- Recommended Memory Cards >>
- Sony Wireless Remote Commander >>
- Timer & Intervalometer Style Remote from ShutterBoss >>
- Recommended Shotgun Style Microphones for Video >>
- Recommended High Quality Lavalier style Microphone >>
- Recommended Monitors for Video Recording and Capture >>
- Recommended On Camera Flash Units >>
- Recommended Lens Adapters >>
- Recommended Variable Neutral Density Filters (Select Size) >>
- Recommended Polarizing Filters (Select Size) >>
I had a blast using the Sony A6300 and has proven to me to be an awesome mirrorless camera all around. The real world usability, features, build, and image quality is overall excellent in my opinion. I would highly recommend the Sony A6300 mirrorless camera for those in the market looking for the most features and quality in one package.
The Sony A6300 Autofocus abilities are very good for both photos and video. High speed subjects can be captured and the real world performance is noticeably better than the A6000.
The image quality is very good on the Sony A6300, but I do look forward to the next generation Exmor R image sensor to be incorporated into the APS-C mirrorless cameras. High ISO testing proved to be pretty darn good all the way up to ISO 25,600.
Build Quality and Design:
Overall the build quality and design of the Sony A6300 is very good. I would love to see a larger grip that incorporates a new larger battery however.
The LCD on the back of the camera is great, but it’s not a touchscreen, and I still want a fully articulating screen like the one found on the Sony A99 II which I reviewed here >>
The EVF is very good and I had no issues with it at all whenever I decided to use it.
On the bottom of the camera we still have the non auto locking battery/ memory card door, which drives me crazy. Why can’t Sony make this little door lock automatically so when you close it you don’t then need to slide the little lock lever over.
We also need a headphone jack for those video enthusiasts out there.
Menu System and Customization:
The menu system still leaves room for improvement, but I have been using the Sony cameras for so long I don’t really mind it that much. However, when coming from another camera manufacture it’s still clearly lacking in the intuitiveness and ease of finding certain features. Sony has incorporated a My Menu area on all there new cameras which has helped the situation a lot, but the A6300 does not have that feature.
Customizing the camera is also harder than it needs to be, but can be customized in a number of ways to help you out with your preferred methods of shooting or recording video. The newer model cameras offer a more visually intuitive interface when it comes to setting up customized buttons, but the A6300 does not have that.
That is about it for my Sony A6300 review and I really hope you got what you were looking for. Please let me know if you have any questions and please share your experience with the Sony A6300 if you own one. What features do you like best, and what would you like to see on the next generation model?
That is all for now and have a great day, Jay