Sony a6300 mirrorless camera ($999 body only | $1,148 with 16-50mm kit lens) is Sony’s follow-up to their extremely popular Sony a6000 which holds the title as “Best Selling Camera Over $600” since it’s introduction in 2014. (Don’t worry a6000 isn’t going away – it will remain in Sony’s line-up.)
Key New Features:
• New & Improved 24.2MP Exmor CMOS sensor with larger photo diodes and faster read-out
• 425 Phase Detection AF points + 169 Contrast Detection AF points for Hybrid AF
• Phase Detection AF with Third-party glass on Smart Adapters
• 4K (UHD) video with S-Log3 – 25/24p from full width, 30p from smaller crop
• 11 frames per second continuous shooting mode
• 8 frames per second continuous shooting mode – with no preview lag!
• Silent Shooting mode for stealth shooting
• 2.36M-dot OLED finder with 120 fps mode
• Dust and moisture resistant magnesium-alloy body
• Built-in Wi-Fi with NFC connection option
• Built-in microphone socket
That’s a LOT of stuff to love, but here are the two things I wish it did have…
What??? No IBIS???
Let’s face it, everyone would have been in favor of IBIS if it could have been added without adding size, weight and cost, but it would have added all three.
I’m certain many of you would be fine with this – but MORE users preferred keeping the size and weight as close as possible to a6000 and not paying the price that adding IBIS would add to the cost.
I’m guessing you’re either in agreement with this choice – or sadly disappointed. If you were in the camp that wanted IBIS no matter the size, weight and cost it would add (and I’m there with you) – you simply got out-voted…
Built-in Microphone Socket – but no Headphone Jack
If you shoot video the good news is that a6300 added a microphone jack. The bad news is they didn’t add a headphone jack. If you don’t shoot video – you don’t care about this. But if you do shoot video and wish it had a mic jack, I hear ya…
Sony a6300 Raw Support:
Whenever I test a new pre-release camera I always shoot Raw + Jpeg and posting from Jpeg until Raw file support is available. These images were posted from the Jpeg since at the time of this initial post, Sony a6300 Raw files were supported by Sony Image Data Converter – yes, it’s Free!
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On March 16th Adobe added Raw Support and Capture One followed one day later:
• Lightroom CC 2015.5 & Lightroom 6.5 add Sony a6300 Raw Support
• Adobe Camera Raw 9.5 adds Sony a6300 Raw Support
• Capture One Pro 9.1 adds Sony a6300 Raw Support
Now that’s out of the way, let’s talk about the actual shooting experience. Here are my first shots with the new Sony a6300 taken at Sony’s Miami Press Event starting off with a sunrise shoot on Miami Beach.
11 fps + 425 Phase Detection AF points
The combination of 11 fps + 425 Phase Detection AF points make this camera an absolute BEAST for sports action photography! Sony a6300’s PDAF covers virtually the entire sensor – unlike DSLRs which cluster AF point closest to the center of the frame. Sony a6300 offers options of either 11 frames per second continuous shooting mode – or 8 frames per second continuous shooting mode with no preview lag!
New Improved EVF
Speaking of sports action, Sony a6300 gets a new and improved 2.36M-dot OLED with a 120 fps refresh option (Sony a6000 has 1.44M-dot OLED). The 2.36 M-dot resolution matches the EVF found in a7 Series cameras but the 120 fps refresh is a new feature aimed at fast panning action (something many birders have requested). This setting uses a bit more power, so you’ll want to turn it off when you don’t need it.
…of course its compact size also make it great for travel shots…