The Sony a6300 is a VERY interesting camera, not the least because it’s been on my mind constantly since it was announced.
For me the Super 35mm, 6K equivalent, 4K video ability featuring full pixel readout without pixel binning (yes, I know that’s a mouthful) is really a HUGE deciding factor. I’ve seen the light ages ago regarding 4K, and I don’t want a new camera that won’t shoot it. Of course, the a6300 does MORE than JUST shoot 4K. It shoots a 6K equivalent from a 20MP area of the sensor, and it does it via a full pixel readout with NO pixel binning!
That’s HUGE! (What does it all mean? Think very detailed, clean video that you can shoot at fairly high ISO settings).
BUT, what about the Cons?
For me, I’m disappointed that the Sony a6300 does NOT have a touch screen LCD. I LOVE the touch screen LCD on my Panasonic G7, and I’m not sure I’m willing to go back to a camera that doesn’t have one. If you haven’t shot a camera that has a touch screen, you probably won’t understand.
And while we’re on the subject of the LCD screen, I also don’t want to go back to a non-fully articulated LCD screen. Yes, the a6300’s LCD screen flips up, but it’s just not the same.
In-camera image stabilization would’ve been nice too. I guess they didn’t want the a6300 cannibalizing sales from it’s big brothers in the Sony a7 line, but I still would’ve liked to see the Sony a6300 get in-camera image stabilization. Having just shot with the Sony a7s II, I can tell you first hand how nice it is to have that 5 axis IBIS.
Those are really my two BIG cons that didn’t get addressed with the update to the Sony a6000. I really, really, really, would’ve like to have seen the a6300 get a fully articulated, touch screen LCD, as well as in-camera image stabilization. REALLY. 🙂
There’s a few other little things like better battery life and bluetooth connectivity, but those are relatively minor compared to a fully articulated, touch screen LCD and in-camera image stabilization. I could certainly live without the first two quite happily if we’d got the second two in the Sony a6300.
There’s more Pros too besides the video! That was just the BIGGEST one for me. As I noted in my previous article, Will the Sony a6300 Be Sony’s Mythical Unicorn?, there’s also a new 425-point on-sensor phase-detection AF system which is compatible with A-mount lenses via LA-EA4 adapter, 8fps continuous shooting in live view, and a bump to a new max ISO of 51,200. These are all fantastic new features, and they all certainly are helping to push me off the virtual G.A.S. wagon, although it’s definitely the 4K video that is the BIGGEST draw (for me anyway).
In any case, today, and for the last few days since the announcement, I’m leaning towards ponying up to purchase one of these new Sony a6300 bad boys, although likely just a body as I don’t much care for the Sony 16-50mm kit lens, nor do I want to spend the extra on the other kit lens being offered, the Sony 16-70mm f4. I’ve already got a couple of adapters, so I’m good for glass, albeit manual focus and not auto focus. I’ve also preemptively ordered the Wasabi Power Battery (2-Pack) and Charger for Sony NP-FW50 ONLY $26.99 on Amazon so batteries will NOT be an issue.
Perhaps it’s time to consider a Metabones adapter along with some Canon or Sigma lenses. The Sigma 17-50mm f2.8 on the a6300 is a thought.
But I’m curious… for those of you who are also pondering the purchase of a new Sony a6300, where do you lean on the issue of its Pros and Cons?
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