Sony Alpha A6300 Review

9.5
Expert Rating

As a struggling director, finding a camera for filmmaking on a budget is going to keep you from falling behind. Performance and quality are key; blend your great ideas with excellent production and you have a match made in heaven. For that, you’ll want the Sony Alpha A6300. Featuring 4K video and a superb autofocus system, your shot will always be on point.

Why We Like It – Sony Alpha a6300

For any filmmaker, the ability to take high quality images and superb video resolution is a must, and the Sony Alpha A6300 makes it easy to switch between the two at will, with built-in features to improve both.

Pros
  • 4K video quality
  • High speed autofocus system
  • Can connect an external mic
Cons
  • Takes some time getting used to
  • LCD display isn’t touch-screen

Performance

During our Sony A6300 review, we quickly took notice of its very snappy AF system. It uses 425 phase detection AF points—which is incredible among interchangeable lens cameras, or Sony cameras for that matter such as the Sony A6000. The A6300 Sony’s real time continuous autofocus system, paired with 24.2 megapixel APS C Sensor, shot very high quality images—especially with continuous shooting (11fps).

Noise was kept at a minimum, even at high ISO; with an e mount noise reduction gave even better image quality. The Fujifilm X-T30 only outpaces it by a small amount with its 26.1 megapixels, but the A6300 still beats the DJI Osmo Pocket. Video resolution and detail is impeccable, performing great even in low light environments. The new A6300 Alpha can shoot in Full HD, but more importantly—it shoots in 4K. Both its video and image sensor make full use of its very high dynamic range.

Design

If you’re going to jump into filmmaking, you very can’t be doing so with a camera’s built-in mic. That kind of sound quality is unbecoming of a fledgling filmmaker. Make full use of the Sony A6300 Mirrorless Camera’s external mic jack. This will open up options for much better sound quality.

The Sony Mirrorless A6300 features an electronic viewfinder, an SD memory card slot (to access full resolution images and video), and a 3-inch LCD screen that can tilt up and down. One thing we liked in particular was the ease of accessing the menu system, as well as the mode dial, shutter speeds, and various shooting modes. It was not, however, easy on newcomers.

Value

After testing Sony’s new camera—its performance, snappy autofocus system, external mic jack—we can easily mark the Alpha A6300 as having excellent value when compared to other mirrorless cameras. Its high-performing capabilities are only heightened when you introduce kit lens mounts (like an A-mount lenses 10), which you’ll certainly need since the Sony Alpha A6300 does not have a full frame.

On the off-chance you’re taking a dive for video, the GoPro Hero 7 Black is going to be far more valuable because of its waterproof properties; the Alpha 6300 is not waterproof.

Sony Alpha a6300 Wrap Up

We can look past a non-touch LCD display, and getting familiar with new equipment is part of the job as a filmmaker. Once you toss those fears aside, you’re left with the Sony Alpha A6300: a high-performing camera that captures your ideas in 4K resolution, keep your shots in focus, and even record better audio with its external mic jack.

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Brady Meyers

Brady Klinger-Meyers is a writer based in Pennsylvania. He regularly contributes to websites such as Hardcore Droid, Gamepur, and Homebli. His work remains primarily in technology, from video game journalism to consumer technology.

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