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Sony A6300 is better than Sony A6000 and Panasonic GX8

Sony A6300 High ISO test

Sony A6300 was announced on Feb 3, 2016 and the good news is Sony A6300 HIGH ISO TEST images now available online. The camera features APS-C-format 24.2MP Exmor CMOS sensor and ISO range varied from 100-51200. The camera powered by a BionzX image processor and can shoot 11 frames of 24 MP images. With Full AF support the camera can shoot 8 frames per second without an issue.

The Sony A6000 is the predecessor of Sony A6300 and announced back on Sony Feb 11, 2014. The A6000 was also loaded with a 24 MP sensor but not same as Sony A6300.

The Panasonic GX8 features a 4/3 format 20MP sensor and  ISO range of 100-25600, but keep in mind that the sensor of Panasonic GX8 is smaller compared to Sony 24 MP APS-C sensor.

Now let’s find out …..

Is Sony A6300 is better than Sony A6000 and Panasonic GX8 ?

Staring from Sony A6300 vs Sony A6000.

Sony A6000 vs Sony A6300 High ISO test imageThe Sony A6300 giving out more details, better color & contrast compared to the Sony A6000 camera, both images are captured at ISO 6400.

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Best Lenses for Sony A6300 Camera

Best lenses for Sony A6300 camera image

Looking for Best Lenses for Sony A6300 Camera ? We are here recommending some of the best lenses available for the Sony A6300 camera today. These lenses are picked by our editors very carefully and perfect for you mirrorless A6300 camera.

Despite of the announcement of the Sony A6500 camera the popularity of Sony A6300 camera isn’t fading away and we are proud to day that the Sony A6300 is still one of the best mirrorless camera available $1K range.

Take a look at the recommendation below and Do ask your Lens related questions at the comment box below.

Best Lenses for Sony A6300 Camera


 

Sony A6300 best everyday lens image

The Perfect everyday Lens

Samsung A6300 does comes with a optional Zoom lens 16-50mm, the collapsible-barrel design and a power zoom mechanism makes it smallest zoom lens of Sony E-mount series. The 16-50mm does show barrel distortion at the wide end but only in RAW files, If you shoot JPEG you even won’t notice any distortion due to image processing done by BionzX processor. AT tele-end the lens creates a eye pleasing bokeh and makes it perfect for taking portrait shots, however the Bokeh is not as creamy as you get in 50mm F1.8 Lens.


 

Best Zoom Lens for Sony A6300

Sony 55-210mm zoom lens

Best Sony A6300 Zoom Lens ImageThe perfect Zoom Lens – The best and handy zoom lens available for your E-mount camera is the 55-210mm zoon lens. The lens features very light-weight (compared to the DSLR zoom lenses I have used till now) and gives you clear images even when captures at tele-end of the lens or at max aperture.

you will get super sharp images at F8 and F11, but don’t try to shoot portrait with this lens you won’t get satisfied.

The Good: Good general purpose zoom lens

The Bad: only zoom lens for E-mount

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Perfect Portraits from A6300

Best Portrait Lens for Sony A6300

Best Sony 50mm F1.8 Lens image

The 50mm F1.8 Lens is one of the best E-Mount lenses I have ever used, the Lens gives you super sharp images even at max aperture, excellent color and contrast ouput with creamy Boekh. The Lens also features silent and Fast AF motor and compact light-weight design.

Highly recommended for Sony E-Mount users

The Good: Excellent lens for portraits

The Bad: Nothing

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Best macro Lens for Sony A6300 Camera

Sony 30mm F3.5

Best Sony A6300 Lens image

The Best and only macro Lens for Sony A6300 camera is Sony 30mm F3.5, the lens captures tack sharp images at 1:1 proportion. The lens features minimum focusing distance of 9.5 cm and the focal-length of the lens is 30cm. In general the standard Focal-Length of a normal macro DSLR lens varies between 60mm to 100mm, so with a 30mm macro lens you have to get closer to the subject to get a prefect shot.

The Good: Sharp images and creamy bokeh

The Bad: none

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The best street shooting lens of A6300 camera

Sony 35mm F1.8 Lens

Best street shooting lens for Sony A6300

The first lens that you should buy after the kit lens and the zoom lens.

The Fixed prime lens also offers built-in optical image stabilization and features Linear AF motor for silent and fast Auto-focusing, the lens also offers Direct Manual Focus. The 35mm lens is an excellent to do some serious image work. The max aperture and 35mm focal-length is excellent of capturing streets shots and family portraits.’

The 35mm F1.8 lens is a must have lens for E-mount users.

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Recommended for Travel Shooters

Sony 18-200mm lens

 

Sony18-200mm-lens-image

The 18-200mm E-mount lens is one of the most versatile lens I have ever seen, the lens covers the need of kit and zoom lens. Best to use in daylight condition to get perfect shots. The lens works very well with the Sony’s current Hybrid Sensor AF. However the lens do suffers from distortions however it can be corrected by software’s later on.

The other drawback of the lens that it doesn’t allow you to zoom manually, the Lens act as a compact camera lens and takes bit time while zooming-in and out.

Don’t spend your bucks until you really need this lens, if you are a hardcore daylight travel photographer than you should buy this lens, otherwise think twice before getting it.

The Good: Covers a wide range, keeps you free from changing lenses

The Bad: Distortions and price

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Best Third Party Lenses for Sony A6300

Sigma 19mm F2.8

Best-sigma-lens-for-sonySigma 19mm F2.8 is one of the best available third party lens for Sony E-Mount camera. The Sigma 19mm F2.8 Lens gives remarkable out-put at its range and comes at affordable price.

The Good: Best Wide-Angle prime lens for Sony E-mount

The Bad: None

The Sigma 19mm F2.8 Lens gives you more coverage than 35mm lens, affordable and perfect for hooting outdoors landscape or interiors.

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The Ultimate Lens that your money Can Buy for Sony A6300 Camera

Best Travel and Portrait Lens for Sony A6300

Sony-16-70mm-lens-imageSony 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens – If you are looking for a all in one solution than Zeiss 16-70mm /(24-105mm 35mm Equivalent) lens is best for you.

The lens is made up of all metal part and features excellent optics with a constant F4 aperture support through-out the entire zoom range. The built in image stabilization system of the lens gives up to four shutter speed steps to benefit while handheld shooting. chromatic aberrations, distortion, lens flare and ghosting are minimal / non-noticable. It’s expensive but it’s a Zeiss OSS and you get what you pay for when quality is your priority.

Few month ago when I used this lens for first time with my A6000 camera I left my Canon 5DS R and Canon 24-105 f/4L lens in bag for a month, you will be surprised to see the quality of images you get from a compact mirrorless system camera while using this lens.

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Affordable alternative to 16-70mm F4

Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS Lens

Sony 18-105mm Lens image

Affordable alternative of Sony 16-70mm F4 Zoom lens is 18-105mm Lens, the 18-105mm lens will cost you half compared to the 16-70mm lens buy there are only two drawback of 18-105mm lens in front of 16-70 is as mentioned below

  1. The size of 18-105mm is quite big although the size of 16-70mm is not too small but manageable
  2. The 16-70mm give more sharp result during test conditions.

If you can afford the 16-70mm is best for you, however the 18-105mm lens is also best lens for its price.

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Sony A6300 Unboxed, Hands-On First Impressions and more..

A must have camera for every photographers, being a Canon users I really like the technological advancement present in Sony RX series compact and mirrorless camera. I will sure buy A6300 when it arrives in my country ūüôā

One of our readers just received newly ordered Sony A6300 unit, we request you all to share your love and images with us at our Facebook page and email contact@thenewcamera.com

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Sony A6300 Specification Comparisons

Sony A6300 vs Sony A6000 Sony A6300 vs Fuji X-Pro 2 Sony A6300 vs Panasonic GX8
Sony A6300 vs Olympus PEN F

Sony A6300 vs Fuji X-Pro 2

Sony-A6300-vs-Fuji-X-Pro-2Both camera features excellent core specification and next generation of sensor technology, basically Fuji is bit slow compared to A6300 and limited to Full HD video. Take a look at the specification comparison review of both the camera.

Features/ Models Sony A6300  Fuji X-Pro2
Megapixel 24.2MP APS-C Exmor CMOS Sensor  24.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS III Sensor
Sensor size 23.5 x 15.6 mm  23.5 x 15.6 mm
Sensor Type Hybrid CMOS AF  X-Trans CMOS Sensor
Low pass filter Yes  No
Image processor BIONZ X Image Processor  X-Processor Pro Engine
AF system 425 Phase-Detect Points and 169 contrast AF points  273-Point AF with 77 Phase-Detect Points
 ISO 100-51200  100-51200
Shutter Type Electronic & Mechanical  Electronic & Mechanical
Image Stabilization NO  No
¬†Shutter Min/ mix 30 ‚Äď 1/4000 ¬†30 ‚Äď 1/16000
 Continuous shooting speed 11 fps  8 fps
 Video Internal UHD 4K30 & 1080p120 Recording Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
Display 3.0‚Ä≥ 921.6k-Dot Tilting LCD Monitor ¬†3.0″ 1.62m-Dot LCD Monitor
Viewfinder XGA Tru-Finder 2.36m-Dot OLED EVF  Advanced Hybrid Multi Viewfinder
Hot shoe Yes  Yes
Wireless WiFi + NFC WiFi + NFC
Environmentally sealed No No
Battery life 400  350
Dimensions 120.0 x 66.9 x 48.8 mm  141 x 83 x 56 mm
Weight  404 g  495 g

Sensor

Both camera loaded with advance Sensor technology. The Sony Hybrid Sensor Built with active Phase AF pixels, a total number number of 425 Phase AF points and 169 contrast detect zones to ensure you never miss a single frame while shooting.

No need of LPF in X-Pro 2 – Fuji developed 3rd generation of X-Trans Sensor for the X-Pro 2 camera. The Sensor uses randomized pixel array that completely eliminate the need of optical low-pass filter over it and enables blazing fast AF.

AF-Screen-comparisonFull time AF with A6300 – Sony A6300 camera also feature newly developed 24 MP CMOS sensor with 425 Phase detect AF points and 169 contrast detect AF points and undoubtedly the Sony does faster AF than X-pro 2 camera. Take a look at the table below.

Camera models AF Lock Time in average condition
Sony A6300 0.05
Fuji X-Pro 2 0.06

The fuji X-Pro 2 features a excellent Shutter range that goes from 60 to 16000 with the help of electronic and mechanical shutter on the other hand the Sony also feature Hybrid shutter but the range remains limited to 60-1/4000.

Continuous shooting speed in A6300 is more faster, the camera can shoot upto 11fps @ 24 MP image files, the Fuji X-Pro2 camera is limited to 5 fps only.

The Fuji X-Pro 2 camera unfortunately limited to Full HD mode only on the other hand the Sony A6300 can shoot 4 videos @ 30fps and Full HD videos at 120fps.

Verdict: Both camera uses new sensor but the Sony sensor is more advance in-terms of AF-capability, the Fuji X-Trans sensor is Low-Pass Less and we do expect bit more sharp images from Fuji. The Sony A6300 have more AF points and will cover more screen compared to Fuji So you never loos your AF on speedy subject.

The Sony A6300 is capable to shoot 4K videos on the go on the other hand the Fuji Xpro2 is limited to Full HD only.

The final choice is your depend upon the type of needs you have but based on Overall based on specification comparison we recommend you to get Sony A6300

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Sony A6300 vs Panasonic GX8

Sony-A6300-vs-Panasonic-GX8From the image of the two we can see that Sony 6300 is bit more compact compared to Panasonic GX8 also take a look a look at the specification comparison review of both the camera.

Features/ Models Sony A6300 Panasonic GX8
Megapixel 24.2MP APS-C Exmor CMOS Sensor 20.3MP Digital Live MOS Sensor
Sensor size 23.5 x 15.6 mm Venus Engine Image Processor
Sensor Type Hybrid CMOS AF Contrast Detect AF
Low pass filter Yes Yes
Image processor BIONZ X Image Processor TruePic VII Image Processor
AF system 425 Phase-Detect Points Contrast Detect
 ISO 100-51200 80-25600
Shutter Type Electronic & Mechanical Electronic & Mechanical
Image Stabilization NO In-Camera Image Stabilization, Dual I.S.
¬†Shutter Min/ mix 30 ‚Äď 1/4000 ¬†60 – 1/16000
 Continuous shooting speed 11 fps  10fps
 Video Internal UHD 4K  30 & 1080p 120fps Recording 4K UHD Video Recording at 30/24 fps
Display 3.0‚Ä≥ 921.6k-Dot Tilting LCD Monitor 3.0″ 1.037m-Dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen
Viewfinder XGA Tru-Finder 2.36m-Dot OLED EVF Tilting 2.36m-Dot 0.77x OLED EVF
Hot shoe Yes Yes
Wireless WiFi + NFC WiFi + NFC
Environmentally sealed No No
Battery life 400
Dimensions 120.0 x 66.9 x 48.8 mm 124.8 x 72.1 x 37.3 mm
Weight  404 g 427 g

Sensor: The Panasonic GX8 features

The Panasonic GX8 features 20 Megapixel CMOS 4/3 sensor and Sony A6300 features a 20 MP APS-C sensor, Sony A6300 sensor carry more resolution as well as bigger sensor.

Both the sensor are built on different technologies, the Sony A6300 sensor is built with active Phase AF pixels inside the sensor so it will do fast AF compared to the Panasonic GX8.

The Sony advance Hybrid CMOS AF features 425 phase based AF points and 169 contrast based AF points, will allow camera to lock AF in a little time of 0.05 sec, on the other side the Panasonic features exclusive DFD auto-focus system. that also locks AF in .07 sec.  However Sony clearly wins the game by .02 sec difference.

Take a look at the difference in AF time of both the camera.

Camera Sony A6300 Panasonic GX8
AF lock time 0.05 sec 0.07 sec
Continuous shooting speed 11 fps 10fps

Continuous shooting speed of A6300 is faster compared to Panasonic GX8 camera despite of having more resolution.

ISO range of the Sony A6300 is more broad and another biggest advantage is the larger sensor area compared to the Panasonic GX8 43 sensor.  More ISO will sure help you get neat and clean night-shots without noise banding or color noise.

Dual IS in Panasonic GX8 is un-comparable, Panasonic becomes the world first company to feature Dual IS in a camera system, the Panasonic GX8 comes with built in sensor shift IS mechanism and when you add a OIS lens in the camera, the camera IS system sync with the Lens based IS system to give you ultimate result.

The Panasonic GX8 features and Sony A6300 both can record 4K videos at 30fps.

The Panasonic GX8 features 3″ touchscreen vari-angle monitor with bit high resolution compared to Sony A6300.

Verdict: Both the camera have almost same price tag, so we recommend you get the Sony A6300 camera since the camera features more advance AF and better sensor on the other side the Panasonic GX8 camera features built-in image stabilization. So if you prefer built-in IS over image quality and AF you can get the GX8 camera.

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Also see – Sony A6300 performed better during High ISO test comparison with Panasonic GX8 camera.

Recommended Lenses for Sony A6300 Camera can be found here – Best Lenses for Sony A6300 Camera

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Sony A6300 vs Olympus PEN F

A6300-PEN-F-NCSony A6300 vs Olympus PEN F – Take a look at the specification comparison revirew of both the camera,both the camera Sony A6300 and the Olympus PEN-F camera announced on 2016, so we do expect a neck on neck competition between both the cameras … also keep in mind that both the camera have almost same price tag

Features/ Models Sony A6300 Olympus PEN F
Megapixel 24.2MP APS-C Exmor CMOS Sensor 20.3MP Live MOS Sensor / 50MP High-Res Shot Mode
Sensor size 23.5 x 15.6 mm Micro Four Thirds System
Sensor Type Hybrid CMOS AF Contrast Detect AF
Low pass filter Yes Yes
Image processor BIONZ X Image Processor TruePic VII Image Processor
AF system 425 Phase-Detect Points Contrast Detect 81 points
 ISO 100-51200 80-25600
Shutter Type Electronic & Mechanical Electronic & Mechanical
Image Stabilization NO 5-Axis In-Body Image Stabilization
¬†Shutter Min/ mix 30 ‚Äď 1/4000 ¬†60 – 1/16000
 Continuous shooting speed 11 fps  10fps
 Video Internal UHD 4K30 & 1080p120 Recording Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
Display 3.0‚Ä≥ 921.6k-Dot Tilting LCD Monitor 3.0″ 1.037m-Dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen
Viewfinder XGA Tru-Finder 2.36m-Dot OLED EVF 2.36m-Dot OLED Electronic Viewfinder
Hot shoe Yes Yes
Wireless WiFi + NFC WiFi + NFC
Environmentally sealed No No
Battery life 400
Dimensions 120.0 x 66.9 x 48.8 mm 124.8 x 72.1 x 37.3 mm
Weight  404 g 427 g

Sensor

The Sony newly developed CMOS APS-C AF sensor features 24 MP resolution on the other hand small but poploar 4/3 sensor features 20 MP resoltuion

High resolution shot – The Olympus PEN-F is capable create 50 Megapixels image files to give you intense details. The camera uses 5-axis sensor shift mechanism to create large image files however you need a tripod for that. Sony A6300 doesn’t have built-in IS or high resolution mode.

Technology behind both the sensor

Sony 24 MP Exmor R CMOS sensor is build on latest HYBRID AF technology, the Hybrid CMOS AF sensor features a epic number of 425 Phase AF points and approx 169 contrast based AF points to do AF.

The AF points cover the entire screen of the camera and hence you never get a out-of-focus shot from the camera, the AF speed of the camera is also blazing fast and it takes approx 0.05 sec of time to acquires the AF in average lighting condition.

Introduction of 4D focus in the AXXXX series camera, Sony A6300 is the first E-mount mirrorless camera camera to get 4D AF after the SLT A77II camera.

The top continuous shooting rate of the A6300 is aprrox of 11 fps @ 24 MP for up to 21 raw frames in a single burst with AF and AE, 8 fps shooting in live view, and permits 14-bit raw file output. Enough for a $1K camera.

The Low-light performance: The A6300 camera features 1-stop more ISO range compared to PEN-F camera (51200 vs 25600), not only more ISO the Sony A6300 also features more bigger sensor compared to the Olympus PEN-F camera that clearly means the Sony sensor have more bigger photodiodes to capture light despite of slight increase in the resolution.

At the end of the day Sony will sure perform better in-terms of low-light performance compared to Olympus PEN-F camera.

The Olympus PEN-F uses traditional contrast detect AF system for acquiring AF, so without doubt we are confirmed that Sony A6300 will do faster AF compared to the Olympus PEN – F Mirrorless camera

Built-in Image Stabilization – The Olympus PEN-F features built-in 5-axis image stabilization that prevents camera shake upto 5 stops even when any type of lens used with the camera. The image stabilization is very useful while shooting tele-shots and macro images with the camera.

No built-in image stabilization is available inside the camera, users have to by OSS lenses to compensate camera shake and its a price investment.

Introduction of 4K: The  Sony A6300 camera features 4K video recording on the other hand the Olmypus PEN-F limited to Full HD video recording .

The Sony A6300 offers 4K video recording at 30 frames per second, Support is available for the S-Gamut3.Cine/S-Log-3 and S-Gamut3/S-Log3 profiles that enable up to a 1300% wider dynamic range for smoother tonal and color gradations, along with enhanced sensitivity and clarity in shadows and mid-tones.

The Sony A6300 features larger APS-C sensor that will sure give you more dynamic range compared to Olympus PEN-F with 4/3 sensor and not only sensor size the Sony also offers advance AF system that combines Phase and Contrast based AF system, fast continuous shooting speed and a option to record 4K videos under same price tag.

We recommend you to get the Sony A6300 camera over Olympus PEN-F.

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Sony A6300 vs Sony A6000

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Sony A6300 vs Sony A6000 specification comparison review. From the table below we can clearly see that what Sony has actually upgraded its camera core specification ta a next level, take a look  below

Features/ Models Sony A6300 Sony A6000
Megapixel 24.2MP APS-C Exmor CMOS Sensor 24.2MP APS-C Exmor CMOS Sensor
Sensor size 23.5 x 15.6 mm 23.5 x 15.6 mm
Sensor Type Hybrid CMOS AF Hybrid CMOS AF
Low pass filter Yes Yes
Image processor BIONZ X Image Processor BIONZ X Image Processor
AF system 425 Phase-Detect Points 179 Phase-Detect Points
 ISO 100-51200 100-25600
Shutter Type Electronic & Mechanical Electronic & Mechanical
 Shutter Min/ mix 30 Р1/4000 30 Р1/4000
 Continuous shooting speed 11 fps 11 fps
 Video Internal UHD 4K30 & 1080p120 Recording Full HD 1080p XAVC S Video at 24/60 fps
Display 3.0″ 921.6k-Dot Tilting LCD Monitor 3.0″ 921k-Dot Xtra Fine Tilting LCD
Viewfinder XGA Tru-Finder 2.36m-Dot OLED EVF Tru-Finder 0.39″ 1,440k-Dot OLED EVF
Hot shoe Yes Yes
Wireless WiFi + NFC WiFi + NFC
Environmentally sealed Yes No
Battery life 400 420
Dimensions 120.0 x 66.9 x 48.8 mm (66.7 x 30.2 mm
Weight  404 g 116 g

Although both the camera have same resolution

Sony finally introduced the new A6300 camera along with new sensor and 4D focus.
Let’s talk about the sensor: Both camera features same resolution but both of them are very different.
The new sensor ISO range can be further expanded upto 51200 and features 4D focusing technology supported by 425 Phase AF points as well as 169 contrast based AF points. The Bionz X process the information in no-time and as a result the camera gets AF lock speed of 0.05sec (world fastest).
The Sony also features improved AF tracking compared to its predecessor, the high speed AF also works very well while recording 4K video.

The Sony A6000 was also a excellent camera and its AF points was less in comparison to the current A6300 and 4D AF was also missing.
Overall, the A6300 has done a excellent improvement over the cores specification of the camera.

4K video also introduced in the A6300 camera, the camera can flawlessly record 4K videos on go @ 30fps and Full HD video can be recorded in 120fps and both resolutions utilize the 100 Mbps XAVC S format

Conclusion — At the end we don’t expect any major difference in the image quality of the camera since we got 1-stop ISO increment in Sony A6300. the AF section has a lot of improvement and will give you a very noticable performance compared to the Sony A6000.

The overall core specification of the camera is unmatchable, but the Sony A6300 users can wait for A6400 or A7000 to see a noticable difference in the image quality of the camera.

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