Sony A6300 Review & Video Test
The A6300 is an upgrade from the original A6000, which itself was a fantastic camera, so it’ll be interesting to see just how well the new A6300 performs.
– BUILD QUALITY –
So let’s first take a look at the build quality and design of the new A6300. Now if you’re coming from a DSLR background, the first thing you’ll notice with this camera is just how small it is. Sure it’s not the size of an RX100 or Gx7, but it’s a welcome size decrease especially knowing that it’s packing an APSC sized sensor.
The A6300 is actually very similar in size from the A6000, but that’s not to say it’s not changed it’s body. It’s now got an upgrade magnesium alloy body which should mean it’s dust and moisture resistant. That’s a subtle change but something that’s reassuring to me. We’ve also got 9 customisable buttons now in comparison to the 7 on the old A6000 which is nice if you, like me, like to really customisee you’re layout.
– MENUS –
The menus on the Sony A6300 have stayed mostly the same from the A6000 and I think thats a good thing. If you’re coming from a Canon background it can be a little bit confusing at first, but after a while I really found that I liked the menu system. One thing that was a little different though and something I missed was the lack of the touch screen to access the menus, which is something we’ll talk about next.
– LCD SCREEN –
After using the A6300 for a while now, one feature which I must admit I was a little bit dissapointed with, was the LCD Screen on the back.
To be fair it is a lovely display and quite bright even in a lot of light, but it’s missing two things that I’ve become accustomed to. A fully articulating screen and a touch screen. Before I had used both of these on my Canon 70 &80d, I wouldn’t really have thought them to be a necessity but after using them, they’re something I feel that the Sony would be great to have.
The screen does flip up a bit, but not even 180 degrees which means seeing yourself when filming like I do, was something that I couldn’t do.
– AUTOFOCUS –
But after a little negative on the lcd screen, I’m going throw back some positive on the Sony A6300 and talk about it’s af system. It is incredible and could be one of the best I’ve ever tested. With over 400 AF points, which is crazy just to say, I found that the Autofocus was incredible fast and nippy. In stills mode it was almost instantenous, even while just using the kit lens.
The great thing is that the AF works using the EVF or the lcd screen on the back just as well, which is something that a lot of DSLR’s cant do as well. Overall I was very very impressed with the AF on the new Sony.
– VIDEO –
The Sony A6000 was one of the most popular new cameras for video last year and I’m going to put my money on the A6300 being again one of the most popular, if not the most popular.
You can now film in 4k which I found to be really great. It’s incredibly detailed, even when using a relatively cheap lens like the 16-50 and colors are reproduced well. One thing that surprised me was just how easy it was to edit the 4k footage as well. I’m just using a Macbook air and was easily able to scrub through the footage without any transcoding. The Autofocus worked great in video as well as you’d expect, but it was slightly different to how I had expected it to be.
Compared to the Canon 80d, it’s a lot snappier and quicker, but sometimes I found it was a little too quick whereas on the 80d it was a little slower and little bit more cinematic. But this can be changed in the settings so its not a problem. Overall the video quality is incredible.
– AUDIO –
Another new addition which i feel really makes this one of the best video cameras for under $1200 is the inclusion of a mic jack.
The A6000 didn’t have a headphone jack so most users had to dual sync their audio. Now with the mic jack, everything gets a lot easier which is very pleasing.
– BATTERY LIFE –
The Sony A6300 performed ok in battery life, but not great. It is still using relatively small batteries with low mAh, which is one of the reasons for this. I still also find it a little bit of a pity that the A6300 isn’t packaged with a charger, just a usb cable.
But on that note one of the great things about the camera is that you can charge it with a USB cable or an external battery pack. Something that I’d love to see other cameras do a lot more.
– Canon 80D & Sony A6300 Entry Details & Official Rules: http://wp.me/p4AXjv-xj –