Sony Alpha 6300 (a6300) ILC Review

Preview posted 02/03/2016 by Michael Palmer
Full review posted 08/02/2016 by Josh Fate

Quick Take
  • Program and iAuto produce overall excellent quality images
  • Dedicated Video Capture Button is always ready to record
  • Outstanding video control provides many professional settings
  • Pop-up flash is always available
  • EVF with high refresh rate provides smooth, easy follow view for shooting and tracking
  • Nice, Bright 3.0-inch LCD tilts for tough shooting situations and reduce glare
  • Awesome shooting performance
  • Competitively priced
  • HDMI Output
  • Audio Input
  • Lack of optical image stabilization built into body (as we are seeing on many of the new Sony models)
  • Camera boosts ISO to keep images sharp
  • Battery Life is average for an ILC, way below a DSLR
  • USB power adapter leaves you charging your batteries in the camera
Bottom Line
The Sony a6300 is a very compact and very powerful consumer level ILC. Sporting the Sony E-mount system and powerful features, this camera has all the power and quality that you will find in a DSLR, packed into a compact frame. Read more in our Full Conclusion.

Sony's new Alpha Series ILC --- the a6300 --- picks up where the a6000 left off in 2014, turning an already formidable camera into a DSLR destroyer at this thousand dollar price point.

This Sony E-mount ILC system boasts a 24.2-megapixel Exmor CMOS image sensor coupled to the BIONZ X image processing engine for speed and enhanced ISO performance, but the two biggest features on this camera are its upgraded 4D FOCUS™ system and video recording capabilities.

4D FOCUS™ is a Fast Hybrid AF system that combines 425 phase detection AF points with contrast AF to lock onto static and moving subject in 0.05 seconds. Sony claims this is the world's fastest AutoFocus system. Whether or not that's true, overall speed promises to impress and we can't wait to test this feature out.

With cinemas and home televisions uprezzing to 4K, so do ILCs and DSLRs. The Alpha 6300, though, aims to be more than a consumer-level camera, perhaps thanks to Sony's developments in making professional movie cameras. It records 4K videos in the Super 35mm format at up to 100 Mbps using the XAVC S codec. According to Sony, in 4K recording "the camera uses full pixel readout without pixel binning to collect 20 megapixels of information - approximately 2.4x5 (6K equivalent) as many pixels as 4K UHD and then oversamples the information to produce high quality footage with exceptional detail and depth." The Alpha 6300 also shoots Full 1080p HD video at up to 120FPS, perfect for capturing in-camera slow motion. Pros and budding filmmakers will also enjoy the built-in microphone input (which can be used with an optional XLR adapter), adjustable picture profile settings, support for 14-stop wide dynamic range (S-Log gamma recording) and wider color space (S-Gamut).

Add in 11 FPS Continuous Shooting, an ISO sensitivity range of 100 - 51200, built-in WiFi & NFC, terrific ergonomics and customization options, and all of these things housed in a rugged, dust and moisture resistant magnesium alloy body and the Alpha 6300 looks to be one powerful and affordable camera. Sony has raised the bar, folks.


  • Sony E-Mount
  • 24.2 MP APS-C CMOS image sensor
  • BIONZ X image processing engine
  • XGA OLED Tru-Finder (2.4M dot)
  • 3.0" rear LCD Display
  • 4K movie recording in Super 35mm format
    • Up to 100 Mbps in the XAVC S codec
  • Full HD movie recording at up to 120FPS & 100Mbps
  • S-Log gamma recording
  • Supports S-Gamut
  • Microphone line input
  • compatible with optional Sony XLR adapter kit
  • Gamma Display Assist
  • enhanced Zebra functionality
  • Picture Profile Settings
  • Time Code
  • 4D FOCUS™ system
    • focus in 0.05 seconds
    • 425 phase detection AF points
  • 11 FPS Continuous Shooting with continuous AF & exposure tracking
    • 8 FPS via Live View True Finder or LCD
  • ISO sensitivity range ISO 100 - 51200
  • 9 Customizable buttons
  • Magnesium Alloy body
  • Dust & Moisture Resistant
  • Digital Level Gauge
  • Built-in WiFi & NFC
    • PlayMemories Camera Apps

Pricing and Availability

The Sony Alpha 6300 ILC is available now in two forms. The first is a $999 MSRP body-only. The second is a $1,149 MSPR kit that includes a 16-50mm F3.5 - F5.6 Powered Zoom lens (model SELP1650).

What's in the box?:
  • a6300 camera body
  • 16-50mm lens (with kit only)
  • Rechargeable Battery NP-FW50
  • Shoulder strap
  • Body cap
  • Accessory shoe cap
  • Eyepiece cup
  • Micro USB cable

Additional Product Images

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