Sony Alpha 6300 review

May 4, 2016

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Sony Alpha 6300

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With 425 phase-detection AF points, continuous shooting at 11fps with autofocus, a 24.2-million-pixel APS-C CMOS sensor, 4K video capture and a whole host of other features, the Sony Alpha 6300 takes APS-C compact system cameras to a new level. Richard Sibley puts it through its paces.


Sony Alpha 6300 review – Introduction

At a glance:

  • 24.2-million-pixel APS-C CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100-51,200
  • 425 phase-detection AF
  • 4K video capture
  • Up to 11fps continuous shooting

Replacing the Sony Alpha 6000 was never going to be easy. Released in February 2014, the A6000 has become one of Sony’s best-selling cameras, admired by reviewers and photographers alike. But time, and technology it seems, waits for no man, and a few of the features of the A6000 are now starting to look a little dated, which is where the Sony Alpha 6300 comes in.

The new Sony Alpha 6300 sits at the top of Sony’s APS-C sensor E-Mount line-up. As you would expect, it inherits a number of features from the RX series, as well as the full-frame Alpha 7 series E-Mount cameras. But the Alpha 6300 isn’t just a rehash of features we have already seen elsewhere in the line-up. Sony has deliberately set out to answer the critics of compact system cameras, taking on the two key areas of focusing speed and the electronic viewfinder. In addition, by adding weather-sealing, a magnesium-alloy body and 4K video capture, Sony may have created the best APS-C compact system camera yet.

  • Sensor: 24.2MP APS-C type Exmor CMOS sensor
  • Output size: 6000x4000
  • Lens: Sony E-mount
  • External mic: Yes, 3.5mm stereo mini
  • Shutter speeds: 30-1/4000sec
  • ISO: 100-51,200 (expanded)
  • Metering: 1200-zone evaluative metering
  • Exposure mode: PASM
  • Exposure comp: +/-5.0 EV (in 1/3 EV or 1/2 EV steps)
  • Drive: 11fps
  • Video: 4K, 1920x1080
  • LCD: 2.95in, 921,600-dot LCD
  • Viewfinder: XGA OLED, 1.0 cm, electronic viewfinder, 2,359,296 dots
  • AF points: 425 points
  • Memory card: Memory Stick PRO, SD, SDHC, SDXC (inc. Micro)
  • Power: NP-FW50 Li-ion battery
  • Battery life: Approx. 350 shots
  • Dimensions: 2.63 x 4.72 x 1.92 in
  • Weight: 495g (including battery and card)

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