Is it worth buying a Sony A6300 in 2019? I've been using this camera for two years and I can say what its strengths and weaknesses are. Is it still a good camera? Or is it better to choose Sony A6400?
The latest Sony A6400 premiere makes it clear – the Sony A6300 will soon be withdrawn from the stores. His successor will be sold in parallel with the Sony A6500. While the Sony A6300 is still available in stores – and at a very affordable price – a question arises …
Is it worth buying a Sony A6300 in 2019?
For the first time with this mirrorless imaging I had to deal in 2016 , when we got it for testing. I liked the camera so much that I bought it for private use a bit later. I have been its owner for two years. Is this a model without flaws? Certainly not. Is it worth the money? For sure. Is it worth buying in 2019? I will try to analyze it. I use the camera both for taking pictures and for filming. One of the advantages of this model is universality. The model has everything you need to shoot high-quality movies. We can save the image in Full HD quality with a powerful XAVC codec and a 50 Mbps bitrate. This gives really good results . Add to that slow-motion mode 100 fps, including Full HD. I often use it myself. We can make the movie immediately in slow-motion, or save it in 100 frames, but it will eventually be played normally, and slow down in post-production.This is a very convenient solution for me. Slow-motion is an effective tool, but filming does not always know which shot I want to slow down. That is why it is worth to shoot scenes with such a frame that will give us the opportunity to choose. That's why I value this option. We can also film in 4K. Here, the clash is 25p or 24p. The quality of the image itself – with such a resolution you can see that it deviates with its quality from the 4K image that comes out of full-frame Sony corps. A trained eye will see that the image from the A6300 is not as pronounced , as sharp as in expensive models. Most of you, however, looking for a camera to film, needs it for simple applications – vlogging, shooting simple movies for the Internet, and not commercials for the big screen. In this case, the image quality is enough, especially that saved with a high bitrate. The image in this format will be good, even when there is a lot of movement inside the frame and a lot is happening. However, image quality is associated not only with the sharpness but also the tonal dynamics of the frames. Here, the film profiles help. We have both logarithmic profiles, i.e. Logs, as well as the usual modes in which we can set the level of contrast, black, color of the image, etc. As a rule with the color you can have a lot of fun, so as to get the best effect. That's why I think that the camera still works well at a movie angle . An additional plus is the microphone input and the presence of helpful tools like focus peaking.
The A6300 still has fast autofocus and good sensitivity
One of the strongest at the time of release of the A6300 features was undoubtedly the autofocus. In Sony A6400 it goes again in this direction and this model is promoted as mirrorless with the fastest AF in the world. However, against the background of today's competition, the A380 autofocus still performs above average after almost three years from the premiere. If we consider mirrorless cameras from a similar price shelf, in many cases the Sony model will perform better. I will say more, AF fares better than in more expensive models – for example, the popular Panasonic GH5. The latter, despite the great film capabilities, in the case of automatic sharpening falls poorly. Autofocus works efficiently for individual photos as well as in continuous mode – this is especially important for people who want to film. With the Sony A6300, in many cases you can shoot with autofocus and the image will be sharpened correctly. Here, however, the first lack is visible – a touch screen. Setting the focus by touch would be very useful , especially since you will not find a joystick with which you can set the focus point. That's why the lack of touch feels painfully when you want to set the focus point.ISO is also an important element for the quality of photos and videos. In this respect, the A6300 performs equally well and again has an advantage over the competition Panasonic, i.e. cameras with a smaller matrix. In the ISO 3200 movie mode, you can use it without any major concerns, and that's a really good result. However, when we film in 4K, we can raise it to 6400 and after the appropriate processing the staff will still be clean. Similarly, the matter of photos. Here also the use of ISO 6400 should not be a problem . At higher values, around 10,000, the Dehumidification function in the Lightroom may be useful. It must be admitted, however, that this small camera really impresses with its sensitivity. When it comes to the quality of photos – let's not delude, it's not a full frame. We will not get here as high detail or dynamics as in professional models. However, I believe that quality is still satisfactory for current standards. For product photography or photos on the website, the possibilities of the A6300 are quite enough. First of all, I like the color of the photos in Sony – the algorithms used give nice, pleasing to the eye colors. The grass is always green and the sky is blue. Pictures taken at sunset gain a natural, warm color. All this makes photos taken with the camera can be enjoyed without a doubt. I have some reservations about the color of the films. Of course, the profiles allow us to customize the colors. And yet I have the impression that the colors from Sony are not perfect. This is especially visible by the color of the skin, which has a dull shade here. Panasonic is much better in terms of film color, as is Canon. The designers of these cameras have improved their skin color better than Sony's creators.
The Sony A6300 also has disadvantages
After two years, you can also notice some model flaws, although some of them are getting used to it. Certainly on the side of the defects you can save the body. The camera is small, but in spite of everything you could better scratch the grip and take care of the body's comfort . Unfortunately, the A6300 does not hold well in the hand, which is especially visible when shooting when the camera is not mounted on the gimbal or monopod. A limited number of buttons goes hand in hand with the small body. There are less of them than in professional cameras, and hence – we do not get directly into some of the functions. I miss, for example, fast access to ISO – in full-frame Sony we have a knob for it, in this case we have to press the ISO button and then we can change its value by turning the knob. Apparently it's only half a second longer, but it can irritate.Another problem is the famous overheating of the body . It is not a myth. We do not have to film in 4K at all times. All you need is sunny summer weather and intense filming – shooting a few minutes of videos with short breaks – so that the orange thermometer icon appears on the screen, signaling overheating. Of course, the problem does not apply to those who only take pictures with the camera: Unfortunately, filmmakers, unfortunately, will have a problem overheating from time to time. This was eliminated only in subsequent models. Another disadvantage is the relatively short battery life. The A6300 absorbs a lot of energy, and its rechargeable batteries are relatively small . However, you can deal with this problem. Replacement batteries are very cheap and at the same time small. Therefore, you can buy them all and store them in your pocket. The option is also to buy a grip, although I am not a fan of its use in the camera, which is supposed to be small.
Sony A6300 – it's a good purchase
Answering the question posed at the beginning: it is worth buying a Sony A6300 in 2019 , although the corpus is already three years old, and will soon disappear from the sale. This model is slowly aging: many new mirrorless cameras are doing worse. On the day of the premiere the problem was the price – the camera was not the cheapest. Currently, it is the price that is one of the most important factors determining the attractiveness of the camera. At the time of writing this text, we will pay PLN 2750 for a new body, in addition, you can get cashback every now and then. Currently, it ranges from PLN 300, so it means that the new Sony A6300 can be purchased for less than 2.5 thousand. zł . Looking at the capabilities of the camera is a really attractive price, considering that the camera will work both in pictures and in movies. And although it is not a fully professional model, it certainly is higher than the amateur shelf. You should also ask yourself – is it really useful to use professional equipment for your application?The new Sony A6400 certainly fixes the mistakes of its predecessor. It also has a much better autofocus, a 180 degree screen and many other advantages. I think, however, that many users without these facilities will get around, although they are undoubtedly interesting. The important thing is that for A6400 we will pay 2 thousand more than for A6300 . The money saved can be spent, for example on the lens. Because this is unfortunately another disadvantage of the entire E system – it is in vain to look for cheap glasses here. However, having the amount of 2 thousand. you can find something interesting and take full advantage of the camera, which can still give us a lot. Pictures taken with the camera in full resolution can be found in the gallery .
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