Sony Alpha a6300 Mirrorless Digital Camera
Sony’s latest installment in their a6000 series improves upon the previous model … in most respects. The a6300’s weather-sealed build has a dust and moisture resistant magnesium-alloy body, which sounds quite sexy. The only downside is that adjusting the lens and focus manually is a bit cumbersome – you have to shift your grip significantly in order to reach the controls. The build is smaller though, so that helps (and proves that bigger isn’t always better).
With 425 phase detection points, the a6300 has a hybrid auto focus (AF) that makes snapping continuous shots easier. The AF tracks subjects, keeping images and video sharp and in focus. Better AF combines with improved low-light photo quality to produce high-quality photo, and when combined with the 4K video specs, means upgraded movie-quality (ish) video. Helps that it has a mic socket, video-focused Picture Profile system and the ability to record time code.
Fast AF means faster quality shots. One reviewer’s test revealed the a6300 hit its rated spec of 11fps for 54 shots when it’s configured like it’s the a6000. When set to the higher-quality image option, Extra Fine, the image speed slows slightly to 24 shots at 8.5fps in high speed bursts to 9.5fps for Hi+. Luckily, the AF accuracy for continuous shooting is better than before. That being said, the pixel-count is the same, so image and video may still look grainy when the AF isn’t keeping up with your movements.
Finally, it’s all about staying connected these days. Built in WiFi makes it easier than ever to share your photos with friends, save them to the cloud and more.