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Sony Alpha A6300 Full Review - Performance

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Sony Alpha A6300 Performance

The performance section is where we look at the image quality performance of the camera. Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review, photos and product ratings.

Speed - We took a number of shots to test the camera's responsiveness, from switch on to first photo, shot to shot, focusing speed etc. We take a number of shots and then use the average to ensure accurate and consistent tests, making it easy to compare with other cameras.

Shutter Response <0.05secs
Wide - Focus / Shutter Response 0.125secs
Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response 0.1secs
Switch on Time to Taking a Photo 1.9secs
Shot to Shot without Flash 0.4secs
Shot to Shot with Flash 0.8secs
Continuous Shooting - JPEG
(shots before slow down)
10.7fps (57 shots)
Continuous Shooting - Flash 0.8fps
Continuous Shooting - RAW 11fps (22 shots)


With continuous AF active, the camera gives an impressively quick 10-11fps and you can see the focus points while shooting, letting you know the subject is being correctly tracked.

Sony Alpha a6300 Sample Photos

Sample Photos - Photos from the camera show good levels of saturation, with bright colours, and images "pop" straight from the camera. You can customise the colour settings to your own preferences, with options for contrast, saturation and sharpness. Focus is also very rapid, and the camera will quickly lock onto a subject's face. The camera has good dynamic range on default settings (Auto DRO - Dynamic Range Optimisation), and you can also adjust these settings, or shoot using the HDR mode, which combines a number of shots taken at different exposures.

Sony Alpha a6300 Lens test images

Lens Performance - The Zeiss 16-70mm f/4 lens performs well and gives a good zoom range. The lens-based optical image stabilisation is also of particular benefit as the camera does not feature a built-in image stabilisation system, such as the anti-shake sensor in the Sony Alpha A7 Mark II range. Distortion is well controlled, with the camera automatically correcting for this in-camera, and there are a number of options including shading compensation, chromatic aberration compensation and distortion compensation. The lens gives sharp, detailed images, although images were occasionally softer towards the edges of the frame. Better macro performance can be achieved by using a dedicated macro lens, and for ultimate image quality, a prime lens is recommended.

Sony Alpha a6300 ISO test images

ISO Noise Performance - Noise performance is very good, right up to ISO3200, although there is a slight drop in detail at ISO1600, and again at ISO3200. At ISO6400 noise starts to become more noticeable with a further drop in detail, and a slight drop in colour saturation. Results should still be usable, and it's not until ISO12800 where noise becomes less pleasant, and at this setting there's a more noticeable drop in colour saturation - you may prefer to process the raw files yourself at this setting to get better images. At ISO25600 and ISO51200 the camera struggles a little to control the noise, and again, you may prefer to process your own raw files to get usable images. High ISO NR options include Normal, Low, and Off. We left the camera on Normal, which is the default setting.

Sony Alpha a6300 White-balance test images

White Balance Performance - The camera gives slightly warm results when using auto white balance (AWB) setting under tungsten lighting, but this will be pleasing to most people, and for more accurate results the preset does an excellent job. AWB performs brilliantly under fluorescent lighting, with the fluorescent presets giving a slight colour cast. 

Sony Alpha a6300 Digital filters

Digital Filters - There are a number of customisable creative styles where you can alter contrast, saturation and sharpness. There are also a large number of picture effects, that let you apply digital filters to images including Toy camera, Posterisation, Miniature and selective colour to name a few, although when shooting using the creative effects, the camera will record JPEG images only.

Sunset Panoramic | 1/125 sec | f/4.0 | 70.0 mm | ISO 640
Sunset Panoramic | 1/125 sec | f/4.0 | 70.0 mm | ISO 640

The camera has a built-in automatic panoramic shooting mode, where you press the shutter release button and pan / turn the camera from one side to the other. The results are good, and the camera does a good job of stitching the images together with a decent resolution image produced. If you don't get the speed right then you can end up with the camera leaving a grey area at the end of your panoramic image, although this can easily be corrected later on your computer. 

Video - As with other Sony Alpha cameras that feature 4K video recording, such as the A7S II, and A7R II, the Sony Alpha A6300 is jam-packed full of options and settings to give you an extremely capable video device.

The 4K (UHD) video mode records video at a resolution of 3840x2160 pixels with frame rate options of 30p, 25p, and 24p. When using 25 or 24p, the camera will use the full sensor width which is a Super35 equivalent, and compress the 20 megapixels down into a 4K / 8mp resolution, giving extremely sharp and detailed 4K videos. There are a number of compression options including XAVC S, 100MBps (MP4 wrapper). You can also record high-speed FullHD video at 120fps (NTSC) /100fps (PAL). The focus performance of video is also very good, with 425 phase-detection AF points on the sensor. 

The camera has a microphone socket, so that you can upgrade the sound quality compared to the stereo internal microphones. If you are recording video hand-held, then you'll benefit from the use of a lens with optical image stabilisation. 

More advanced options include S-log3 gamma, S-log2 gamma, S-gamut3, Picture profiles, Timecode / User bit, Gamma display assist, Focus peaking, an enhanced Zebra display, Clean HDMI output (QFHD 3840x2160), and the camera gives you an ISO range of ISO100-25600. Some of these features aren't even found on 4K cameras such as the £5000 Canon EOS-1D X Mark II. Additional Sony Alpha A6300 videos can be found on the ePHOTOzine YouTube channel.

 


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Photographs taken using the Sony Alpha a6300

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Comments


dcash29 14 2.4k England
5 Mar 2016 3:44PM
What is the attraction in purchasing a small camera to then fit large lenses?

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Bantu 6 7 1 India
18 May 2016 5:26PM
Slr have no substitute. They are still very best. .
Tcoat3 3
19 May 2016 1:17AM
No IBIS, really Sony? I only have two Sony A-mount lenses with OIS, a Sigma 17-50 f2.8 and a Sigma 50-500mm. All my other A-mounts would be unstabilised. Sad
Tcoat3 3
20 May 2016 9:52AM
The Zeiss 16-70mm f/4 lens has been roundly panned by nearly every review I've ever read. I would use my 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC (OS)* HSM A-mount, with an adapter, instead. My example is an early type with OS, later Sigma stopped including OS into their A-mount version of this lens
dannyr 10 46 United Kingdom
20 May 2016 3:01PM

Quote:Slr have no substitute. They are still very best. .


Unless your after a small light camera with a large sensor that can fit in a jacket pocket?

SLR's are indeed great, but so are Mirrorless. Horses for courses as they say.
kodachrome 8 723
20 May 2016 7:07PM
I use some of my A mount Sony and Minolta lenses via a Sony LA-EA2 adapter on my A6000 as I have not been too impressed with the E mount lenses especially at the prices. Its time Sony gave us a Mk 2 of the Zeiss 16-70 with the sub par optics sorted out, it just is not worth the money as it stands. Better still would be to get a Canon EF to E mount adapter so you can use stabilized Canon lenses, FOTODIX Pro seems to get good reviews. The sad thing is, we shouldn't have resort to these measures. Trouble is that would make the camera unusable for pockets as it would with some of the larger E mount lenses. Great cameras, poorly thought out system.

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