Features & Controls

Sony's newest consumer level ILC, the A6300 sports an APS-C sized 24.2-megapixel imaging sensor and BIONZ X processor to produce the highest possible image quality. This system also includes a new 425-point AF system that ranges to nearly every edge of the sensor. This goes way beyond anything that we have seen before, offering you AF options that you will not find on any other camera.

The A6300 features Sony's E-mount, accepting any of their E-mount lenses. This is one of the fastest growing lines of lenses available, for both consumer and professional models. The camera is available as the body only or in a kit with a 16-50mm power zoom lens. For those with Minolta or Sony A-mount lenses, Sony offers their optional LA-EA4 E-mount to A-mount adapter, further expanding the A6300's lens options.

The A6300 is shown here with the optional kit lens, the 16-50mm power zoom. This is a very compact lens, making it easy to carry, while offering a smooth, electronic zoom that is great for both still image and video capture.

Small but fairly powerful, the A6300 features a pop-up flash unit for use in low-light situations. With a range of approx. 6m (19.7ft.) at ISO 100, it can be very useful in close quarters to light your scene. It will also do well in bright shooting situations, such as direct sunlight, to add some fill light and reduce shadows. The A6300 is compatible with all of Sony's external flash units and even has wireless flash capabilities.

The sharpest option for composing your images is the XGA OLED; 1.0 cm, 2,359,296 dot Electronic Viewfinder. This offers the sharpness and color that you would expect from an optical viewfinder, with a few other great features. A fast refresh rate keeps the image clear, while the EVF shows you all of the shooting information that you would find on an LCD screen. It will also show you your exposure setting results in real-time, so there is no guessing at how your images will come out. Even when working with the new AF system, all 425 AF points are visible within the EVF.

Your other option for composing and viewing your images is the 3.0-inch, 921,600 dot LCD tilting LCD screen. With a high resolution and great image reproduction this is also a great option, but you will notice that it does not live up to the EVF. Tilting the screen allows you to shoot over or under objects, as well as avoid glare when shooting in direct lighting situations.

The top of the camera has been kept very simple, which is great for new users or anyone else that is used to a point-n-shoot camera. Here you can see the hot-shoe, pop-up flash, Mode dial, Command dial, Shutter release coupled by the power switch and the C1 (customizable button).

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The back the camera is a little more complicated, featuring a more complex set of controls. You can see the flash pop-up button, AF/MF - AEL lock switch, Fn button, the 4-way controller, and the Playback and the C2 buttons. Like the C1 button on the top, you can program C2 to perform a variety of tasks. The 4-way controller allows you to navigate the camera menus and make setting selections. Around the 4-way controller is a second command dial for faster navigation. Pressing "Up" on the 4-way controller will edit the display options, "Down" adjusts Exposure Compensation in record mode, "Right" changes the ISO, and "Left" toggles the drive mode.

This view of the right side of the camera shows the two zoom controls for the power zoom lens. Zoom can be controlled with either the lens ring around the front of the lens for the zoom lever on the side.


Also on the right side are the Input/Output ports. Here you will find a high-speed USB port for charging the camera and transferring images. A HDMI port lets you view your images and recorded videos on any HDTV, with an optional HDMI cable. At the bottom you have an audio input, allowing you to greatly increase the audio quality of your recorded videos.

Powering the A6300 is a 7.2V, 1020mAhrechargeable Li-Ion battery, the NP-FW50, This is the same battery that Sony uses in most of its other mirrorless cameras, making it easy to find additional batteries and portable chargers. This battery has enough power to allow the camera to capture up to 400 shots on a single charge. The shooting settings you choose will cause this number to vary. Also included with the camera is a USB cable and charging adapter to charge the batter in-camera.

Next to the battery is where you will find the SD card slot; instead of on the side of the camera where we have gotten used to them from Sony. The camera supports all SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards, but for the high speed functions and HD/4K video, you will need at least an USH-1 speed card and Sony recommends a SDXC capacity.

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