Sony a6300 vs. Sony a7S II Image Quality – How Good is it Really?

Sony a6300 Review

The Sony Alpha a6300 is a new pocket-sized mirrorless camera that has some serious video potential on a budget. Johnnie reviewed the camera a few days ago and earlier today Nino published a lowlight test video.  We’re currently looking at the strengths and weaknesses of the camera in our test lab and have decided to compare the Sony a6300 vs. Sony a7S II.

For less than $1,000, we definitely weren’t sure what to expect from this camera. For the price range, decent 4K recording and an acceptable low light performance would have been great. However, numerous reviewers—ourselves included—have actually found that the Sony a6300 is performing brilliantly; in fact, it plays in the realm of cameras like the a7S II!

Comparison: Sony a6300 vs. Sony a7S II

Of course, no camera is without its flaws. That’s why we decided it is time to take a look at what the tradeoffs are when choosing to use the a6300, in an attempt to get an idea of just how good it is. For that, we needed a comparison point. Time for an exclusive a6300 vs. Sony a7S II article!

Dynamic Range

An often overlooked and a difficult attribute to quantify, I’ve decided to start by looking at the dynamic ranges at play in the a6300 vs. Sony a7S II debate. More often than not, we find that this is where many camera sensors fail to amaze—after all, a good dynamic range rating allows us to capture more shadows and highlights in hgh-contrast scenes.
We’re testing with a DSC labs XYLA-21 transmissive test chart (more on how we test HERE).

a6300 vs. Sony a7S II dynamic range

Our software measured about 11 stops on the Sony a6300, compared to about 12 stops on the Sony a7S II. Above you can observe the two shots subjectively. 11 stops is a good rating for a camera. Most professional cinema cameras nowadays get between 10-13 stops in our tests.

Additionally, we see that the two cameras have very different noise characteristics. The Sony a6300 was shot at iso 800 (native) and there a stronger base noise than on the very clean A7S II. In this a6300 vs. Sony a7S II test, it is apparent just how clean the A7s II is, giving it the edge over the a6300. [Update:] However, the noise at base ISO on the Sony a6300 is no reason for concern. You should simply know, that you have less room for pushing the dark areas during grading.

Another point to note is that, unlike the A7S II, the Sony a6300 has no difference in dynamic range between S-log2 and S-log3. However, the a6300 uses an 8-bit codec so we’d recommend avoiding S-log3 altogether; use S-log2.

Lowlight and Noise

Before we go any further, I have top say that we were very impressed during this stage of the test. So far, the a7S II is the camera which has shown the best low light capabilities of any camera that we have tested—and the Sony a6300 gets surprisingly close!

The shots below are 100% crops from a dark area in our subjective test chart. We can see that both cameras retain detail at high ISOs. While the Sony a6300 is a bit grainy and has some minimal noise reduction artefacts, there is actually very little noise in the traditional sense—especially when the price is taken into consideration!

a6300 vs. Sony a7S II low light performance

Left: Sony a6300 Slog 2 | Right: Sony a7S II Slog 3

It seems as though there is intense noise reduction going on in the Sony a6300. Maybe this is how they managed to get such good lowlight results with this camera, even though the super35mm sensor used is much smaller than the Sony a7S II full-frame sensor and should be much more noisy.

When we look at a moving image, the noise reminds me of the results of temporal noise reduction, which can be found in software like DaVinci Resolve. This algorithm calculates the difference in noise between adjacent frames. I’m not saying this is what’s happening here, but lowlight images show a kind of unnaturally slow moving noise, which might be an issue for some. Overall the lowlight behaviour is really impressive on this camera. It gets close to the performance of the Sony a7S II, though at ISO 25600 the Sony a7S II clearly retains more detail than the Sony a6300.

Keep in mind that due to the sensor size you can use a Metabones Speed Booster and a full-frame lens with the Sony a6300 and win another stop in lowlight. This is what Nino did during his Sony a6300 lowlight test.

Image Quality

a6300 vs. Sony a7S II image quality

Here is a blown up shot of a tube test chart. On this chart fine lines get closer and closer together. This way we can see when aliasing kicks in or, in other words, when detail can no longer be correctly resolved on the vertical axis. What we see is that the Sony a6300 resolves similar fine detail as the Sony a7S II. The Sony FS7 obviously produces a cleaner image in terms of aliasing but that is to be expected.

a6300 vs. Sony a7S II resolution

Codec Compression Artefacts on the Sony a7S II

What we also noticed in this chart, however, is that the codec compression on the Sony a6300 is much better than on the Sony a7S II which eventually leads to a much cleaner image on the a6300 (look at the number “25” above).

The Sony a7S II image falls apart and doesn’t resolve contrast details very well. Images like the one above look mushy and clouded due to some problem in the compression algorithm of the camera. The Sony a6300 doesn’t have this problem and is the winner in the a6300 vs. Sony a7S II comparison in this regard.

Sony a6300 image quality

One thing to note though is that there is a slight in-camera sharpening on the Sony a6300 even though “detail” was set all the way to the lowest number and there is a slight magenta tint in all shots.

Rolling Shutter

As mentioned in our initial review, unfortunately the rolling shutter effect (also referred to as “jello”) is quite terrible on the Sony a6300. In fact, with a readout speed of about 34 milliseconds from top to bottom, it is the most severe rolling shutter we have ever measured on a camera! Even worse than the Samsung NX1’s 30ms. In comparison, the Sony a7S II has about 25 milliseconds and the Sony FS7 has 14. Less is better.

HD Images and Slow Motion

a6300-hd

100% crop | Image Resolution in Full HD

Sadly, this is another point where the Sony a6300 fails. The camera can shoot in full HD resolution, but the image is very soft and dirty in terms of aliasing. The Sony a7S II is much closer to the quality of the original a7S.

The Sony a6300 can shoot slow motion up to 120fps in full HD. A crop of about 80% of the sensor is used in this mode. Unfortunately, the quality is almost identical to the one observed in HD mode at normal recording speeds—and in both modes, low light performance isn’t great.

Sony a6300 vs. Sony a7S II Conclusion

Sony-a6300-front

All in all, the Sony a6300 is a truly surprising camera. Who would have thought that a budget camera would perform so well when compared to the quality of the highly recommended Sony A7S II?

When we compare the Sony a6300 vs. Sony a7S II, we see that the latter has slightly better quality in terms of dynamic range and low light capabilities, but the Sony a6300 certainly excels when it comes to fine image details and sharpness.

Only the rolling shutter of this camera is below expectations and the HD quality is, for all intents and purposes, not recommended which makes the camera less suited for broadcast use.

Overall, we’d say: Stay away from this camera if you are looking for a good HD mode and if you do lots of fast handheld shots, as the rolling shutter may become too apparent.

Besides those two points, if you are looking for a camera that shoots great 4K with a quality that matches the Sony a7S II, at a much lower price-point and the form-factor of a small pocket camera, then the a6300 is a great pick. In combination with a Metabones Speed Booster, this is probably the best affordable 4K camera on the market right now—highly recommended!

[UPDATE:] Note that we have not tested NTSC 30p mode. Other testers report that in 30p the camera will crop the image and give you more noise and worse lowlight performance, but better rolling shutter. If you require 30p we recommend you test the camera before you buy.

 
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Rephael Catap Reply
Rephael Catap March 7, 2016

Looks like I’ll be sticking with my GH4 for a while.

Marc-Ferdinand Körner Reply
Marc-Ferdinand Körner March 7, 2016

I guess the GH4 looses in every part of that test. But it was my awesome A-Cam for 2 Years now. Only really big GH4 issue: Reliability. Hadnt had that much freezes on ANY other camera before.

Sebastian Wöber Reply
Sebastian Wöber March 7, 2016

Actually I think the GH4 wouldn’t do so bad. It has good image quality and very good rolling shutter performance. It’s only weak in lowlight and dynamic range. Considering the price I think the GH4 is not a bad option.

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Erwin Hart March 7, 2016

Well, VLOG on the GH4 does add 1 stop, doesn’t it?

Sebastian Wöber Reply
Sebastian Wöber March 7, 2016

I guess that leaves it in the range of 11-12 (EDITED) stops then :) We haven’t tested V-Log yet, but should do soon.

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Steven Galvano March 10, 2016

I think the GH4 is an incredible camera — especially with VLOG. The images that we get honestly rival our Epic.
For the right circumstances (ie professionally lit sound stage/set shooting) it is an ideal camera.

 Becca Sat Reply
Becca Sat March 18, 2016

Hi Steven, do you record to 10-bit external with VLOG? Do you overexpose for it also?

Thanks,

Bec

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AlexAdrian Adrian April 2, 2016

Maybe I’m not underderstanding something but on July 18, 2014, you stated and I quote: “I confirm 10.9 stops after a re-test. cine D -5, -5, -5 (master pedestral +15, highlights shadows +2,-2)”.

So the Gh4 w Cinelike D gets about 10.9 but now you estimate it might get 8-9 stops with Vlog? I know you guys are using a different system but I think thats quite a stretch.

Sebastian Wöber Reply
Sebastian Wöber April 6, 2016

Hi AlexAdrian,
You’re absolutely right. I mixed something up there. Just edited the comment. Re-checking the GH4 charts 10.9 is more accurate. Will get Vlog also in our system and when time comes we should have an overview page with all the results. Sorry for the confusion there

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AlexAdrian Adrian April 13, 2016

Thanks for the clarification Sebastian. If you can, also please review the Blackmagic 4.6k’s dynamic range. The company claims that it has 15 stops of usable dynamic range. A lot of us are curious to see how much of that is accurate. Thanks again.

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Erwin Hart March 7, 2016

I have shot with the GH4 for two years (4K and 2K) and I never had any “freeze-ups”. This could be caused by your SD memory cards by the way. Never had any reliability issues.

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Yves Soglo March 8, 2016

Same here Marc-Ferdinand. It happened to me too many times. Hoping the GH5 will be better later this year. This makes me want to stop using DSLRs or mirrorless cameras and just go back to video cameras.

George Bruce Wilson Reply
George Bruce Wilson March 7, 2016

yeah. i have the a7s and for the last few shoots i’ve had i borrowed a GH4 for a B cam and I basically hate it. sucks in low light. Its soft and freezes up a ton.

Rephael Catap Reply
Rephael Catap March 8, 2016

What kind of freeze? What d you do to trigger it or does it just happen randomly?

 Kenneth Chan Reply
Kenneth Chan March 8, 2016

I’ve also experienced this with a couple GH4s in the past. It’s so annoying, every system has their drawbacks. Canon not doing 4K/slowmo, GH4 I call them more lags and hiccups rather than full on freezing. Mainly delays with stopping recording. These were on fast cards as well so it can’t be a card issue. Have seen overheating on long outdoor shoots, it isn’t as robust as Canon or Sony. My A7Sii interface definitely sucks and lags worse than either GH4 or 5D3. I’m hoping in the next generation Sony will improve their interface and it will almost be perfect.

Marc-Ferdinand Körner Reply
Marc-Ferdinand Körner March 8, 2016

it happens randomly. But mostly during focusing – or zooming.

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Steven Galvano March 7, 2016

Very interesting. We’ve really been loving our A7sii cameras. These will be a valuable addition for us given their size. I love the a6000 form factor.
It seems, on typical gimbal work at 4K on a well lit set, the a6300 image will be at least on par with the a7sii
My one concern is your comment on noise at its naive ISO. Looking at Johnnie’s native footage from a few days ago… it does not seem like a huge problem. Can you clarify?

Sebastian Wöber Reply
Sebastian Wöber March 7, 2016

Hi Steven,
Thanks for asking. I see how the way I wrote this isn’t clear. I updated the article. There is some noise in the darker areas of the image, but it’s not as severe and doesn’t go as far up into the midtones as on the original a7S. I think it’s safe to say, that if you don’t push your image in post there is no reason for concern. Especially when you downconvert to HD in post, you will get a really crisp image. When matching with the a7S II, note the slight magenta shift on the a6300. It’s not a scientific Slog2 on this one, but I think it can easily be matched as soon as you do it once and save the preset.

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Steven Galvano March 7, 2016

Thanks for the article. Nicely done as always

Sebastian Wöber Reply
Sebastian Wöber March 7, 2016

Thanks Steven, appreciated as always.

Ram Sarup Reply
Ram Sarup March 7, 2016

Ermm, so the A6300 resolves better 4K images than A7SII, and both have similar dynamic range and low light capabilities? April is next month….

Sebastian Wöber Reply
Sebastian Wöber March 7, 2016

Yes, something like that.

Marc-Ferdinand Körner Reply
Marc-Ferdinand Körner March 7, 2016

Why does it cost 300€ more in freakin europe…that doesnt add up in my mind.

Sebastian Wöber Reply
Sebastian Wöber March 7, 2016

You mean 172€ more. Electronics are usually cheaper in the US. Maybe because they sell more.

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Erwin Hart March 7, 2016

Sales tax is low in the US (around 7%), in Europe you have to add 20% VAT or more to the base price (excluding tax)

Sebastian Wöber Reply
Sebastian Wöber March 7, 2016

Prices above (our B&H, CVP links) are before tax.

João Rosa Reply
João Rosa March 8, 2016

tax issues, I suffer from the same :(

 Kenneth Chan Reply
Kenneth Chan March 8, 2016

At least you guys have health care, so not too bad of a trade off…

Sebastian Wöber Reply
Sebastian Wöber March 8, 2016

I don’t think health care is in the product price, but rather in the 20% tax on top.

 Geoff Baker Reply
Geoff Baker March 9, 2016

Any economy that has more social benefits requires that everything be priced higher before tax to accommodate the additional cost of living associated with such an economy. Canada vs US is proof of this — taxes may pay health benefits in Canada, but the higher minimum wage required to ensure that even low earners can participate in the economy results in higher retail pricing across the board. Not intended as a complaint, but as an observation.

John Ta Reply
John Ta March 8, 2016

Move then

 Phil Bautista Reply
Phil Bautista March 10, 2016

Can’t. Trump wants to close the borders.

Tommy Price Reply
Tommy Price March 8, 2016

Europe and Australia have /s awesome /s tax systems for electronics :(

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Larry Templeton IV March 8, 2016

I’ve been told that part of it has to do with EU warranty protections. In the US Sony usually gives you 90 days and that’s it. I’ve heard that in EU countries you sometimes get 1 or 2 years warranty? That would be a really dramatic difference and potentially worth a lot (depending on who you are I guess). I think 90 days is pretty short myself.

Sebastian Wöber Reply
Sebastian Wöber March 8, 2016

Yes, there’s always 1 year warranty, some companies give you 2.

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Luke Richardson March 9, 2016

Second that. $1000 is only about £700.

Joshooa Jernigan Reply
Joshooa Jernigan March 9, 2016

Grey Market?

 Phil Bautista Reply
Phil Bautista March 10, 2016

The problem with buying grey is that warranties may not be honored unless it’s bought in their markets.

Marc-Ferdinand Körner Reply
Marc-Ferdinand Körner March 10, 2016

Joshooa Jernigan I like warranty very much. Especially with sony devices.

Nick Lam Reply
Nick Lam March 7, 2016

WOW CINEMA5D ROCKS. THANKS SO MUCH FOR DOING THESE TESTS SO QUICKLY!!!

Sebastian Wöber Reply
Sebastian Wöber March 7, 2016

Thanks Nick! We appreciate that.

Nick Lam Reply
Nick Lam March 7, 2016

Does the rolling shutter improve in HD or 120fps?

Sebastian Wöber Reply
Sebastian Wöber March 7, 2016

Yes. In HD and 120p there is very little rolling shutter.

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Esteban Proano March 7, 2016

So when you say Full HD you mean 4k and HD is 1080p? so in 1080p the rolling shutter is good then?

Sebastian Wöber Reply
Sebastian Wöber March 7, 2016

No, HD is 1080p for me, Full HD is also 1080p. 4K can also be referred to as UHD. The camera shoots UHD in fact, which has a different aspect ratio than true 4K.
In 1080p the shutter is good. In 4K it’s bad.

 James Davis Reply
James Davis March 7, 2016

HD = 1280×720
FullHD = 1920×1080
2K = 2048×1080
UHD = 3840×2160
4K = 4096×2160

Nick Lam Reply
Nick Lam March 7, 2016

Would the A6300’s 120fps mode be an upgrade from the Original A7S 120fps mode?

Sebastian Wöber Reply
Sebastian Wöber March 7, 2016

Haven’t tested that, but I doubt it.

Nick Lam Reply
Nick Lam March 7, 2016

Really? Even if the Original A7S’ 120fps is in 720p mode with aliasing/moire?

Is the A6300’s 120fps that bad?

Sebastian Wöber Reply
Sebastian Wöber March 7, 2016

It’s bad, but I couldn’t say for sure. I’ll try to remember to include the a7S and check the next time I’m running the lab.

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Ken Klein April 27, 2016

I have both the a7S and the a6300. In my opinion, the 120fps in the a7S was just about unusable for my purposes. Not just because it was 720p but also because it just looked like crap. 120fps in the a6300 at 1080p is a tremendous improvement – and, for my purposes, useable as long as you’re shooting int good light.

 Andrés Montañez Reply
Andrés Montañez March 7, 2016

Can you upload some footage testing the rolling shutter and the HD issues?
Also could you test how it works with the Atomos Ninja Assassin?
Many thanks!

Sebastian Wöber Reply
Sebastian Wöber March 7, 2016

You can see some HD / slow motion shots in this video (watch it in 4K):
https://www.cinema5d.com/sony-a6300-review-real-world-video-first-impressions/

And I think you’ll be able to see some rolling shutter (or how it affects handheld shots) here:
https://www.cinema5d.com/sony-a6300-low-light-test-video-a-mini-a7s-ii-for-much-less/

PiDicus Rex Reply
PiDicus Rex March 8, 2016

Like Andres, I’d love to see some footage recorded by a Ninja Assassin or Shogun – I have the Shogun and it’s great with an A7s, but the a6300 fits my existing rigs better.

 Andrés Montañez Reply
Andrés Montañez March 9, 2016

Much appreciated!

 Jesse Dacri Reply
Jesse Dacri March 7, 2016

So HD at 24fps is super soft too or just the 60p / 120p?

Can you shoot a quick video at 1080p24 in Slog2? This is rough news because I rely on 1080p modes for reduced handheld rolling shutter on the A7sII and if we’ve got an extra 10ms of delay on this camera at 4K it could really limit what I can rely on the camera for.

Thanks and great post!

Sebastian Wöber Reply
Sebastian Wöber March 7, 2016

Hey Jesse,
Unfortunately yes. It’s also very soft and has lots of aliasing at 24p. I don’t think this camera is ideal for newsgathering. The a7S II would serve you better. Hope that helps.

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Jaakko Rinne March 7, 2016

Any chance you might do a comparison of in-camera 4K and external recorder image quality with the a6300?

Sebastian Wöber Reply
Sebastian Wöber March 7, 2016

I don’t think you’ll see a difference unless you’re working on something color critical. The benefit of using an external recorder on this one is that you could monitor audio and you could downconvert to HD directly.

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Jaakko Rinne March 7, 2016

Thanks for the reply. I was mostly thinking if there’s any difference in noise profile with the internal XAVC-S vs the HDMI out. And I was also wondering if the small amount of sharpening that was visible on the a6300 might be an encoding optimization for sharpness – would be interesting to know if the sharpening is also visible on the HDMI out.

Sebastian Wöber Reply
Sebastian Wöber March 7, 2016

Well, all other Sony cameras I know do the processing before both the encoding and hdmi out. I don’t think this camera will be any different. On the a7S II we get the same compression artefacts on hdmi out.

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Jaakko Rinne March 7, 2016

Oh wow, I didn’t realize the a7S II had the artefacts on HDMI out, too. Thanks for the info!

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Joe Womble March 7, 2016

Thanks for the doing these tests so quickly, Sebastian. Nicely done as always.

Sebastian Wöber Reply
Sebastian Wöber March 7, 2016

Thanks Joe

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Anonymous March 7, 2016

How would the HD 24p compare to the HD 24p on the A6000? Is it that soft? Also, how high can one go on the ISO in HD before it becomes unusable?

Sebastian Wöber Reply
Sebastian Wöber March 7, 2016

Haven’t tested the a6000. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I think there’s no Slog on the a6000, so overall the look will probably be less rounded are more videoish. This would put me off personally, but it depends on what you’re after.
As this question comes up a lot here: I wouldn’t recommend the a6300 to shoot 1080p HD direct from camera. If you are not ready to go the 4K –> HD downconversion way, then I’d skip this camera and wait for the next one. I’m sure you don’t have to wait too long.

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Ankur Kapoor March 7, 2016

Thanks for the reply. The A6000 has no slog but the HD video quality is quite decent. I have an A7s and RX100IV so I was holding back on buying a B-camera that gives me a headphone jack, better AF and slog in HD. My post workflow is not ready for 4K yet. I was hoping the HD on A6300 will be at least as sharp and moire free as A6000. I’ll wait for some more tests before buying I think or as you said, just wait for the next gen Alphas.

 Narek Avetisyan Reply
Narek Avetisyan March 7, 2016

I think I heard somewhere that the a6300 can also record proxies. A second lower res copy of the video you are recording to use in HD productions.

But I’m not sure if that could work out for you.

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Al Dolega March 7, 2016

How would you say the a6300’s 1080p modes stack up against the GH4’s? In terms of detail, moire/aliasing, and rolling shutter?

Sebastian Wöber Reply
Sebastian Wöber March 7, 2016

The GH4 1080p mode is not perfect, but better than the a6300’s 1080p mode. In terms of rolling shutter, without measuring they look on par.

 Mark Arica Reply
Mark Arica March 7, 2016

With the original A7S price going down, is it better to just go with the A6300? How do the two cameras compare?

Sebastian Wöber Reply
Sebastian Wöber March 7, 2016

The a6300 has in-camera 4K. The a7S has better audio and much better 1080p. In lowlight the a6300 will probably give you a cleaner image after downconverting 4K to 1080p. Rolling shutter is less severe on the a7S.

 Mitri Häkkinen Reply
Mitri Häkkinen March 7, 2016

So for the slow motion (60p and even 120p) you would recommend even A7S (1) than a6300 ?

Sebastian Wöber Reply
Sebastian Wöber March 7, 2016

It probably doesn’t make a big difference. Don’t know about 60p. But the a7s has audio monitoring, if you need that.

 Mitri Häkkinen Reply
Mitri Häkkinen March 7, 2016

Ok thanks. Your image 7 is from the 24fps/25fps ? Would be interesting to see the same comparison image from the 50/60/120 fps. For the 24/25 it is always possible to use the 4K but for others not.

 Pascal Garnier Reply
Pascal Garnier March 7, 2016

Any chance you could do a direct comparison between the 1080p of the A6300 and the 1080p of the A6000 (with XAVC-S) ? I’m asking because I’m guessing plenty of A6000 users are considering upgrading to the A6300. The 1080p on the A6000 looks great, so knowing whether the A6300 does as good in 1080p is pretty crucial.

Sebastian Wöber Reply
Sebastian Wöber March 7, 2016

If the 1080p on the a6000 looks great then I think you can only go wrong on the a6300. At the moment we don’t have an a6000 here. If more people are interested in it we could get one and do the test.

 Dave Sowerby Reply
Dave Sowerby March 8, 2016

I’d definitely be interested in that test and a closer comparison with the original A7s too. The info you have already highlighted in this test is very enlightening particularly regarding the HD image. I’m sure many people will be looking to this camera for 4K and as a partner to the A7sii but I am an A7s and a6000 owner so I am very interested as to how the a6300 stacks up against those as a potential upgrade. And how the HD in all frame rates compares too. Any further analysis of this would be greatly appreciated.

The a6300 seems a bargain 4K camera but your notes on the HD image and rolling shutter may have put me off it for my needs as a B camera for HD and high frame rates as well as occasional 4K.

Thanks for the great posts and thorough reviewing as always and kudos still goes out to Sony for continuing to raise the bar.

Philippe Claes Reply
Philippe Claes March 16, 2016

Gordon Laing on Camera Labs Says “Judging from the crops above, I’d say the A6300’s 1080 / 24p output is resolving fractionally greater detail than the A6000, but there’s very little in it.”
http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Sony_Alpha_A6300/

 Rui Monteiro Reply
Rui Monteiro March 7, 2016

So, if i want a “cheap” Full HD B-cam to make some extra shots and slow motion in weddings, the a6300 is not my cam?

Sebastian Wöber Reply
Sebastian Wöber March 7, 2016

You could use it in 4K mode and downconvert in your post workflow. I think for that the camera is a brilliant B-cam. Slow motion effect shots will also work, especially considering the low price, but those will be soft. Check out Johnnie’s review, there are some slow motion shots and I actually think they blend in nicely: https://www.cinema5d.com/sony-a6300-review-real-world-video-first-impressions/

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Ian Swarbrick March 7, 2016

So the A6300 only had 11 stops dr but claims 14. I`m inclined to withhold my money on the basis of that one piece of misinformation alone. :-(

 Jesse Dacri Reply
Jesse Dacri March 8, 2016

Different rating scale. Look where the A7s lands, which also claims 14. The a6300 is right on par.

PiDicus Rex Reply
PiDicus Rex March 8, 2016

Cinema5D’s rating do vary from the manufacturers quite a lot.
That’s because of the methodology used being different to most manufacturers.

Look at the Cion tests for example – 12 stops claimed (same as the BMD4K, which uses the same sensor) but 8+ stops on Cinema5D’s scale. I love the Cion btw, with the a6300 being a potential fill in till I buy the Aja, after having used one on #TryCion, and found just how much further you can push the footage in Edius or Resolve, compared to that of the A7s.

The advantage of Cinema5D’s process for measuring dynamic range, is that it is applied equally to ALL manufacturers. So even if you were to argue against the techniques in the process, it is still useful in comparing cameras between manufacturers.

Sebastian Wöber Reply
Sebastian Wöber March 8, 2016

Yes, the Cion, BM4K, URSA Mini 4K all use the same sensor and are all rated at about 8 stops by us. The manufacturers use the same technique that we use (Canon is), but they usually include the noise and detail-less dark to black areas of the image as well, because there is no standard in the industry.

PiDicus Rex Reply
PiDicus Rex April 28, 2016

Would love to see what you get with Aja latest firmware update – might be well worth the retest.

And don’t be afraid of using the ‘Disabled’ setting for the gamma, and grading up. :)

 Ahmed Reda Reply
Ahmed Reda March 26, 2016

Haha, dude… Do you really believe it has the fastest autofocus?! Use it for what it is, not what it says it is. Advertising.

Philippe Claes Reply
Philippe Claes March 7, 2016

IS the A6300 in HD less good than the A6000 in HD ?

Sebastian Wöber Reply
Sebastian Wöber March 7, 2016

I think so, because users report that the a6000 HD is good, but we haven’t tested it.

Philippe Claes Reply
Philippe Claes March 8, 2016

Thanks Sebastian, will you make some tests to compare these ones ?

Sebastian Wöber Reply
Sebastian Wöber March 8, 2016

As soon as we get our hands on the a6000, we will.

Philippe Claes Reply
Philippe Claes March 16, 2016

Gordon Laing on Camera Labs Says “Judging from the crops above, I’d say the A6300’s 1080 / 24p output is resolving fractionally greater detail than the A6000, but there’s very little in it.”
http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Sony_Alpha_A6300/

Philippe Claes Reply
Philippe Claes March 16, 2016

Another one test : https://youtu.be/_mhFrk2AOTw

Sebastian Wöber Reply
Sebastian Wöber March 16, 2016

Thanks, very interesting and informative. I guess this answers the question that many have asked here…

 Gregg Styles Reply
Gregg Styles March 7, 2016

Nice article, when are we going to see the FS seven verses that FS5 comparison, please and thank you Greg styles, at rolling reflections Studios

Sebastian Wöber Reply
Sebastian Wöber March 7, 2016

Maybe Sony doesn’t want us to find any more issues on the FS5. Understandable, as there are some unfortunate things users have reported about that still need to be ironed out via firmware. Next I’d be interested in a comparison between the RED Dragon and Blackmagic 4.6K. But the latter is very hard to come by.

Derrick Lytle Reply
Derrick Lytle March 7, 2016

But stills. I want to see stills.

George Bruce Wilson Reply
George Bruce Wilson March 7, 2016

there r stills in that article. Sharpness, DR, High ISO etc.

Derrick Lytle Reply
Derrick Lytle March 7, 2016

Aren’t they just pulled from video?

George Bruce Wilson Reply
George Bruce Wilson March 7, 2016

maybe…..i donno, either way if its even comparing or beating that a7s ii in some areas its gunna be pretty dope.

 Patrick Brazier Reply
Patrick Brazier March 7, 2016

How come there’s no rolling shutter issue at 4K?

Nick Lam Reply
Nick Lam March 8, 2016

Yes there is, Cinema5D is reporting 34ms in 4K mode. You can see the rolling shutter sku in all of the test footage.

It looks like a slight wave, very jarring. Almost as if warp stabilization was applied.

The rolling shutter, according to Cinema5D, in all HD modes is very good. Possibly 14ms as Sebastian says it is on par with the GH4’s HD rolling shutter to the eye.

 Jesse Dacri Reply
Jesse Dacri March 8, 2016

Was warp stabilization NOT applied in the Cinema5D a6300 low light test? It looks like the editor went a little too heavy on it to try and potentially reduce the rolling shutter effect, but in my eyes it was worse. Especially towards the beginning – the shots of the wet pavement.

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Danny Taillon March 8, 2016

It surely looked like it was warp stabilized to me aswell. Can Cinema5D confirm this?

George Bruce Wilson Reply
George Bruce Wilson March 7, 2016

I’m buying one this week so we’ll see

Derrick Lytle Reply
Derrick Lytle March 7, 2016

Nice man. Let me know how you like it

George Bruce Wilson Reply
George Bruce Wilson March 7, 2016

for sure!

Brandon Freeman Reply
Brandon Freeman March 8, 2016

Rolling shutter report is very, very sad. Still going to sell my GH4, but I’m going to wait for a bit before buying a replacement.

PiDicus Rex Reply
PiDicus Rex March 10, 2016

Dammit,… that’s a deal breaker.

Brandon Freeman Reply
Brandon Freeman March 8, 2016

Ugh. The slightest pan will set it off…

Nick Lam Reply
Nick Lam March 8, 2016

I still need to know about overheating.

If there is no overheating then this would be a great interview camera.

Other than that, I would have no other use for it due to the horrendous rolling shutter.

I’m still waiting for Sony to combine ALL of their superb technologies into a single A7-Style camera.

 Jesse Dacri Reply
Jesse Dacri March 8, 2016

I wish Sony would put in a “turbo” mode or something that allowed us to crank up the sensor refresh rate in exchange for decreased clip length before overheating.

It’s not too insane of a possibility because the RX100IV shoots 4K only in 5 minute max clip lengths, and Sony has talked about having to dial in rolling shutter refresh rate vs heat production very precisely on their cameras. Having a tradeoff between rolling shutter and no overheating vs reduced rolling shutter and shorter clip length would be insanely amazing.

Scot Land Reply
Scot Land March 9, 2016

Meh that is really disappointing because it is one of the biggest issues that I have with Canon.

 Erich Haubrich Reply
Erich Haubrich March 8, 2016

Nicely done. I’m glad you had access to a pre-release unit. This pretty much seals the deal for me. Sony just sold another unit. :)

Elias Plagianos Reply
Elias Plagianos March 8, 2016

Wow. Super anxious to get my hands on this and do some tests. Let me know if you want to check it out. I think BH said it ships next week

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Alex Ocean March 8, 2016

How is 4K at 30p? As far as I understand there is an additional crop, is it the same as 120fps mode? What about quality, does it also drops a lot in terms of details/noise/DR?

Sebastian Wöber Reply
Sebastian Wöber March 8, 2016

Hi Alex,
We haven’t tested NTSC mode. I don’t know why the camera should crop in 30p though. Would be strange. Where did you get this information?

Sebastian Wöber Reply
Sebastian Wöber March 8, 2016

I just confirmed this. Strange, but true: The camera IS cropping in 30p mode. Also there is more noise, worse lowlight, but better rolling shutter.
We don’t have this mode in the lab unfortunately and the camera is returned now, so we cannot give you more details for another week.

Taylor Burns Reply
Taylor Burns March 8, 2016

Keep in mind they are using a speed booster as this is not a full frame camera..

Mux Neumeier Reply
Mux Neumeier March 8, 2016

They didn’t use one for the test in this article.

Jean Brosseau Reply
Jean Brosseau March 9, 2016

Speed booster or not they shot at 3200 and 6400 ISO with very decent results so beats anything in that price range or even double that price range.

Taylor Burns Reply
Taylor Burns March 9, 2016

Yes but the speedboster adds $900 to the price

Mark Shirley Reply
Mark Shirley March 9, 2016

I bought a fotodiox speedbooster for a Sony NEX it was about £150 – worked brilliantly

PiDicus Rex Reply
PiDicus Rex March 10, 2016

Which version? They did a buy-back because of how bad the first one was.

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Erwin Hart March 10, 2016

Did you use Canon EF-lenses with the fotodiox adapter? Which lenses were they?

 Takeshi Ichikawa Reply
Takeshi Ichikawa March 8, 2016

found this, rolling shutter issue :
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Pv08VNcE50

 Anthony Burokas Reply
Anthony Burokas March 8, 2016

I liked this comparison as it’s always interesting to rate a new entry to existing ones, as opposed to just say “it’s good” on its own with little to assess it against.

With the magenta cast in the white balance, can the white balance be manually tweaked in-camera to correct?

I’ve dealt with the low rolling shutter in my GH4 and find that rolling shutter of any kind is basically distortion of anything moving in any frame. I see it most in music videos where you see a drummer waving around wet noodles instead of sticks. So having the worst rolling shutter alone is a deal breaker for me.

You noted that the A6300’s HD sucks.
Then say it’s highly recommended?

It’s half a camera. Considering you can get a GH4 right now for $1300 or less, and it shoots DCI, UHD, HD, NTSC, PAL, and it looks incredible at every size and frame rate (yes, 96 fps FHD is a little softer), that trumps a 4K only camera ANY day. Got a client who wants HD and to hand over the media when done shooting? Not with the A6300.

Moreover, consider the GH4’s incredible battery life, fast menu navigation, mine has not crashed since a firmware update over a year ago, tilt swivel screen, 10-bit 4K/HD output, even better light gains with Speedbooster & M43 sensor, and more, there’s simply no reason to consider the A6300 at all, unless you have some prepubescent need to shoot video on a beach, at night, with available light. But why would anyone even think of doing that anyway.

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Sid Fox June 9, 2016

The GH4 has a lot going for it — battery life, codecs, shooting modes, 4k, 10 bit and long recording times. Moreover, it’s been doing this for the last 2 years! That’s impressive; all the other DSLRs should be really jealous especially of the nearly 3 hours continuous recording time. The GH4 is starting to show its age, however, and the low light performance will never get any better. Also M4/3 sensor is not getting any bigger. I have, though seen some beautiful moving images using a Voigtlander lens in low light situations. The GH4 is still 300 bucks more expensive although I have seen used for 800.

The a6300 in 4k mode shoots wonderful video. You will have an extra step in post to down convert to HD and you’ll get extra benefits such as cropping and stabilization. I do prefer the Sony’s slog2 look over the “videoy” GH4 — this preference is, of course, subjective. The a6300 makes a lot of comprises to get the terrific 4k performance; the GH4 does get most of these comprises right and is the reason it is considered such a work horse.

Matteo Bertoli Reply
Matteo Bertoli March 8, 2016

This camera is good and I will probably buy one but just because I quit my freelance activity and I’m looking for a VLog and stills camera. The REAL dynamic range is maybe 10. Color science sucks. Files are 8 bit 4:2:0… Mp4… Nothing comparing to my old BMPCC. Unfortunately Blackmagic is just a small company who can’t handle a real market. Again… Colors and dynamic range on sony cameras are terrible. I don’t even know why they’re still claming 14 stops of dr.

Sebastian Wöber Reply
Sebastian Wöber March 8, 2016

Not so fast. Blackmagic cameras have around 8-9 stops. But they handle light in a beautiful way and have some very good codecs. Personally I think the pocket can’t be compared to this one. You can do a lot with Slog2. Try it.

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Ian Swarbrick March 8, 2016

Sebastian, are all the manufacturers “at it” (gross exxageration of dr stops) or are your measrement criteria different? I`m confused. Maybe you could link to somewhere this has been addressed on Cinema5D before? Thanks

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Virani Kenya March 10, 2016

How have you rated ‘Blackmagic cameras have around 8-9 stops.’?? Even you know that their different cameras have different ratings. Have you done a test on your system?

Sebastian Wöber Reply
Sebastian Wöber March 15, 2016

I know the 4K has 8 stops and I presume the others have 9. Nothing I know for sure, so I wrote “around”.

Shezan Saleem Jo-g Reply
Shezan Saleem Jo-g March 9, 2016

$1000 4k give it upto it. No comparison with bmpcc for sure

Paul Scott Reply
Paul Scott March 9, 2016

Gotta Agree with you there Matteo Bertoli !
I hate looking through footage in the grading suite
and see it was shot on a Sony . . .

Yes in the hands of good DOP you get decent shots,
but its horrible to work with half the time…

Best footage still is fro the Arri’s nothing comes close
or is more a pleasure to work with than Arri stuff !!

Joshooa Jernigan Reply
Joshooa Jernigan March 9, 2016

Couldn’t it technically shoot RAW video? I’m moving to Sony soon. I run Magic Lantern on my Canon now. Would be awesome if something like that could run on Sony.

Matteo Bertoli Reply
Matteo Bertoli March 9, 2016

You can’t…

Billy Causey Reply
Billy Causey March 9, 2016

Joshooa Jernigan you can’t, but xavcs is still one of the better compression codecs (better than pro res in most situations).

Sony has a complicated history with raw format and only a few cameras have the option (as a paid upgrade).

Assuming this has an hdmi out, there may be a way to do raw using the odyssey.

Matteo Bertoli Reply
Matteo Bertoli March 9, 2016

Billy Causey better than prores? Don’t think so…

Paul Staniforth Reply
Paul Staniforth March 10, 2016

Was literally thinking of selling my bmpcc and all my primes for a more compact camera like the a7s

 Łukasz Boruta Reply
Łukasz Boruta March 8, 2016

Nice advert, nice nonsense, forget about Isos higher than 3200 with a6300. People like author of this article do tests in low light not for inform people how really camera behaves but to show false information. Why did you test this camera in low light with some small picture of the cat(whatever is this animal)…its measureless.

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Larry Tee March 8, 2016

Wow, way to contribute to the forum. Did you notice the other post they did with the 3 minute long test *showing* the camera performing well at high ISOs? Or did you just decide to throw a fit because you have the mind of a child?

If you knew anything about high ISO video on cameras in this class and with this sensor size, you’d know that even clean ISO 3200 is something relatively unseen until now– and very remarkable in its own right.

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Sid Fox June 9, 2016

I agree and even think that ISO 6400 is very useable if you need the legs. Often in real world situations you do. Also allows a sharper lens setting, if needed. The a6300 is only cam that comes even close to the A7S series in terms of low light (the 5D2/3 are pretty good, though). I go to ISO 1200 or 2500 in a heartbeat.

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Mika Puska March 8, 2016

Could you post video sample which is shot in HD and UHD?

Joachim Richter Reply
Joachim Richter March 8, 2016

Highly appreciated

Sebastian Wöber Reply
Sebastian Wöber March 8, 2016

Check out Johnnies test video: https://www.cinema5d.com/sony-a6300-review-real-world-video-first-impressions/
The slow motion sequences reflect HD quality. I hope that helps. Unfortunately the camera had to go back already.

Oscar M Reply
Oscar M March 8, 2016

Thx nice test.
Plenty of videos online now of 6300 footage.
Rolling shutter is pretty bad and the 120fps is like a gimmick looks worse than something from a phone cam. It´s not even prosumer quality it is OK for familiy fun.
The image looks pretty nice but if you are in the market for a SONY and your budget is around 1000 USD – I would look for a used A7S :)

 Phil Bautista Reply
Phil Bautista March 12, 2016

Really? You can get a used A7S for a grand? May I ask where you saw the ad?

 Dave Grant Reply
Dave Grant March 8, 2016

Hi Sabastian,

Would I be better off with the old a7 for video rather than the new a6300?

Dave G

Oscar M Reply
Oscar M March 8, 2016

A7S MK1 – In My opinion yes, no doubt

Sebastian Wöber Reply
Sebastian Wöber March 8, 2016

Depends on your shooting style. If you want 4K you should probably go with the a6300. If you want the nicest picture you can get with an HD end format and if you do handheld sometimes, I think you should look at the a7s.

 Mitri Häkkinen Reply
Mitri Häkkinen March 8, 2016

4K is usefully for the interviews because you can zoom/crop for different views. 4K is also usefully for the events because you can get 8M photos from the Video at same time. Also possible to use the USB charger with a6300.

I think a7s is better if need to use good Full HD quality for the faster editing etc. And seems for the very low light and slow motion (50/60fps) the a7s is better?

Ergonomic wise these two cameras feel very different on the hands. I recommend to try yourself. Also the back LCD screen and eye cup are better on a7s. With a7s it is also possible to use both full frame and crop mode which gives more possibilities with the same lenses.

Ron Soderlund Reply
Ron Soderlund March 8, 2016

Hi friends
First a big hand for your reviews which I have enjoyed and also have guided my directions when investing in expensive photo equipment. I also have a feeling that you are not biased of price tags and name of the gear, but rather what it performs.

Q: Being a consultant/broker in the marine business, I am mainly shooting on semi-professional basis, yachts and marine equipment as well as building processes in the very same industry. I travel a lot which in combination with an almost ever present lumbago forces me to travel light.

After reading your review of the Sony AX100 I purchased the camera, and I have really enjoyed working with it. After the introduction of the Sony A6300 I thought this is the camera I’ve been waiting for. 4K very important. A fairly big sensor. A focusing system which seems to be outstanding…and all this have the size of a couple of cigarette packages.

You have seen and tested both cameras…

Which of these two Sony cameras do you think have the best IQ in good/average light?

I am 90/10 into video. Would you say there is a noticeable difference with the cheap kit lens 16-50 and the more expensive kit with the 16-70 zoom?

My preferences regarding IQ is not to produce Gone with the Wind II, but to reproduce the a real life event as accurate as possible. Still the grading stuff is fun and of course an advantage..

Thanks very much and keep up the good work

Ron

Andrei Ernst Reply
Andrei Ernst March 8, 2016

Even checken! :D

Evan Fotis Georgoulakis Reply
Evan Fotis Georgoulakis March 8, 2016

How would the A6300 4K video compare to the A7RII 4K in crop mode which is cleaner?

Sebastian Wöber Reply
Sebastian Wöber March 8, 2016

You mean in terms of detail? The a7R II suffers from the same compression issue as the a7S II. The detail is resolved better on the a6300. But if you go for HD at the end you will not notice a difference.

Evan Fotis Georgoulakis Reply
Evan Fotis Georgoulakis March 9, 2016

thnx for the feedback.
In terms of low light performance & high ISO between A6300 4K/24p & A7RII crop mode 4K, which would be the choice?

Andrei Ernst Reply
Andrei Ernst March 8, 2016

Goeie shit, meteen bestellen! 😁

 Joseph Berg Reply
Joseph Berg March 8, 2016

How would the HD compare to a canon 7D mark ii or 5D mark iii?

Nick Lam Reply
Nick Lam March 8, 2016

I haven’t compared it, but if I had to describe the 1080p quality of the 7D Mark II, I’d use the word “murky”.

Tyson Banks Reply
Tyson Banks March 8, 2016

Interesting….rolling shutter sounds pretty bad unfortunately!

Kelvin Choi Reply
Kelvin Choi March 9, 2016

Na, more of a side-grade rather than an upgrade for me…

Kelvin Choi Reply
Kelvin Choi March 9, 2016

Plus no ff goodness

Eric Backman Reply
Eric Backman March 9, 2016

Sony is kicking ass these days.

Mark Shirley Reply
Mark Shirley March 9, 2016

I would have bought this camera in a heartbeat if it had image stabilisation built-in to the body

Joshooa Jernigan Reply
Joshooa Jernigan March 9, 2016

I’m holding out for whatever comes after the a7r II. Though not shooting too much video at the moment. It’s raw photos are out of this World.

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Bror Svensson March 9, 2016

Just a quick question, when doing the DR test shouldn’t you shoot at T5.6 and T4 not f5.6 and f4? Just curious

Sebastian Wöber Reply
Sebastian Wöber March 9, 2016

Hi Bror,
The image is exposed so the white fields just clip, regardless of the exact F-stop. The F-numbers are only for information as they give us interesting insights to see how each sensor reacts to light and when it clips.

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Luke Richardson March 9, 2016

If you were looking for a good HD camera with similar form factor in this price bracket, where would you look? What’s the G7 like?

Thanks for all your a6300 pieces so far. All the information that I want but haven’t found anywhere else.

Oscar M Reply
Oscar M March 9, 2016

I use the Sony A7S MK1 + Assassin when I need 4K so i know Sony
Besides that I use the Panasonic G7 for 4K and it is fantastic.

I use the A6000 for stills but hate the formfactor ogf the camera body and it is basically the same on the A6300 few minor changes.

I would never pay the price for the A6300 – Rolling shutter is severe even worse than on my trusty A7S Rolling thunder :)

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Luke Richardson March 10, 2016

Thanks Oscar. How’s the 1080 on the G7? Or is it best to downscale the 4k?

Oscar M Reply
Oscar M March 11, 2016

Its way better to downscale – 1080 is 28mbps but 4K is 200mbps bitrate.
I just keep it at UHD at all times :)

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Michal Klukan March 9, 2016

Do you think it is possible to fix the soft and dirty HD video with firmware?

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Michal Klukan March 9, 2016

I wonder how is that possible that 4K is better than fullHD. I mean less resolution less compression, right?

Oscar M Reply
Oscar M March 11, 2016

No :)
Read about Chroma subsampling and YCbCr
To long to explain here.

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Michal Klukan March 12, 2016

I know about these. But I do not get the fact that when camera does not have to deal with 4K resolution in 1080p, why then the high bitrate is not the same in 1080p as in 4k in order to make quality better. I assume that 2 times better bitrate should be 2 times better Chroma subsampling. Thanks for answer, I am just wondering why is this happening and why it is not avoided. I am sorry if I am talking nonsense, I do not even know if Chroma subsampling could be changed via firmware or higher bitrate or it is fixed in camera.

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Sid Fox June 9, 2016

It is my understanding that the a6300 is optimized for 6k sensor readout down sampled to 4k. As far as bitrates and color space — I think a lot of this has to do with marketing and protecting Sony’s “real” video cameras. Although, one can take an HDMI feed and get access to 4k, HD 4:2:2 video.

Shahed Uddin Reply
Shahed Uddin March 9, 2016

Have a read Shaf Noor

Shaf Noor Reply
Shaf Noor March 9, 2016

Tempted by the autofocus. This would be nice on my movi Shahed Uddin

Shahed Uddin Reply
Shahed Uddin March 9, 2016

Autofocus is insane on this thing! Tempted to buy one for personal use.

Shahed Uddin Reply
Shahed Uddin March 9, 2016

Also with mk4 metabones you get fantastic canon lens performance.

Shaf Noor Reply
Shaf Noor March 9, 2016

I don’t see why people are complaining about ibis. This cameras less then half the price of an a7sii.

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Virani Kenya March 9, 2016

I deliver at 1080p am interested how this camera would fair against gh4 on vlog via atomos and metabones speedbooster especially in 50 fps. Not much on the internet about this I wonder why?

Kevin Roche Reply
Kevin Roche March 10, 2016

Now if they’d ship it I’d be happy. It was supposed to here by today. Oh well.

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Francisco Gonzalez March 10, 2016

I have The Samsung NX1 and thinking of moving to the A6300 would i be doing a bad move. Is one better then the other ill be doing 4K video recording. I Know NX1 is a Dead system but i have 2 Nx lenses and 2 non NX lenses with manual adaptors. Thanks for the review.

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tont tont March 10, 2016

Why would you buy anything else if you are in the market for a crop sensor camera .

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Greg Latham March 10, 2016

Is this compression algorithm something that should/could be fixed in the A7S/R II? Sounds pretty big, and although I do like the image out of those two cameras, any improvement is always welcome.

 Steve Tristram Reply
Steve Tristram March 10, 2016

Why didn’t you compare it to the 24MP A7II?

Bgd Videography Reply
Bgd Videography March 11, 2016

I’m not really a Sony fan, but this camera is impressive for the price. Great stills, lovely UHD, small form factor. You can’t really expect anything more from it at this price point. But then there is the GH4. Why would you get this over the GH4. I think the GH4 offers so much more possibilities if you want to shoot video, although I hear it does fall short in low light.

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Jacob Fenn March 12, 2016

This review is spot on honest about the rolling shutter. That was the first thing I noticed when I picked up the camera. It’s so bad I did a little post largely dedicated to it here:
http://www.fennworld.com/sony-a6300-the-good-and-bad/

I also tested Canon lenses (which I talk briefly about above) with regards to video AF performance with the Metabones adapter. Not good news at all. You can’t even choose the autofocus option unless it’s a Sony lens. Here’s to hoping Sigma’s MC-11 solves that (at least for Sigma’s lenses).

 Luis Sampieri Reply
Luis Sampieri March 14, 2016

Hi, I’m in doubt between buying sony a7sll or A6300, I live in the mountains in Argentina and use the camera to make documentaries and low budget films, which I recommend, greetings and thanks, luis

 Luis Sampieri Reply
Luis Sampieri March 14, 2016

Hi, I’m in doubt between buying sony a7sll or A6300, I live in the mountains in Argentina and use the camera to make documentaries and low budget films, which I recommend, greetings and thanks, luis

Joachim Richter Reply
Joachim Richter March 16, 2016

At first it depends on how low the budget is.

If you need photos, that need to be printed larger than 30 x 40 cm, beside video, the a6300 is better.

If you need best low light quality and a handheld option for filming without a gimbal, the a7sII is better for you.

 Pablo Gallo Reply
Pablo Gallo March 20, 2016

Hi! Can you clarify on the aps-c sensor with 35mm mode? does it mean we have to forget about the crop factor? So as long as we use the 35mm option we will have the same field of view on any focal length as if we were using a 35mm sensor?

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Narek Avetisyan March 21, 2016

Great Tests.
Can you please also test Rolling shutter in 1080p mode?
Or find out what cobination of settings gives the best performance when it comes to rolling shutter on the a6300?
It’s really important for me.
Would really apreciate it.
thx

 Eric Swenson Reply
Eric Swenson April 4, 2016

Is this a surprise? Full sensor readout is almost 100% of the A7s /II advantage. It means no anti-aliasing blurring a la canon, and also means no line skipping for massive losses in low light. If you could get full sensor readout on a 6D the lowlight would be fairly similar to the A7s as well, barring small pixel size differences.

 Shaun Flannery Reply
Shaun Flannery April 29, 2016

I have to concur. I have had the camera for two weeks and think the HD video is pretty underwhelming. My old T2i shoots better HD. There is a considerable amount of noise that grading alone doesn’t get rid of either. TO be fair, I haven’t shot with native Sony lenses yet…just using the Metabones IV, but I have seen some great results with those.

Awesome autofocus! Not the video camera I had hoped it would be!

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Erwin Hart April 29, 2016

The reason to buy the A6300 (for video) is the very detailed and clear 4K video quality, not the full HD quality. My advice: shoot everything in 4K, and if you must have 1080p, just downscale the 4K to 1080 in your NLE. IMO it is a superior video camera to the GH4. It has more detail (4K), 3 stops better low light performance, SLOG2/3 and has a 1.5 crop in 4K, instead of 2.3 (GH4). After 3 weeks fo shooting with it, I sold my GH4.

Philippe Claes Reply
Philippe Claes April 29, 2016

of course downscale, but you don’t have 1080 50p, and in the 1080p you have better rolling shutter.

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Ken Klein April 30, 2016

This is exactly what I’ve been doing for several weeks now – with stunning results. I originally bought the 16300 as a travel camera for mostly personal use. It was like an upgraded new-7, as far as I was concerned. But when I saw the imagery I was getting shooting 4K (downscaling to HD) – I began introducing it into pro shoots with excellent results. The 4k video from this camera is jaw dropping good – especially at this price point. As a “B” camera, it has been blowing away “A” camera footage from my Canon – in terms of detail, dynamic range, and color accuracy. In fact, I really can’t use them together any more – the Canon’s picture now looks so soft that it has become distracting.

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Dee Gee October 4, 2016

Someone has a biased opinion on dynamic range of specific cameras.
Combined 2 screenshots of yours and increased the brightness.
Another article https://www.cinema5d.com/fujifilm-xt2-vs-sony-a7s-ii-best-mirrorless-video-camera/

the comparison screenshot:

http://take.ms/GKEfi