Sony a6300

The a6000, launched two years ago, has been one of Sony’s greatest hits in digital still photography. It remains one of the kings of continuous autofocus, particularly among mirrorless cameras. Sony’s long-awaited update, the a6300, has primarily been enhanced in one area: the autofocus. To an otherwise similar APS-C sensor, Sony increased the count of phase-detect autofocus points from 179 to 425, allowing more-accurate object tracking across nearly the entire frame.

Other notable improvements include dust and moisture resistance (similar to that in the a7 series), an AE/AFL switch and lever, 4k video at 30fps and a microphone input (but still no headphone out).

Doug (who traded in his own a6000 for the new camera) and Gordon (who spent a few days with the camera at a Sony event) are both impressed with the improved autofocus. In particular, they both appreciated the new 8fps continuous-shooting mode in which the EVF is updated in near real time and with very little inter-frame blackout, making it far easier to track moving objects. (The max 11fps mode suffers from the display lag usually found in mirrorless cameras.)

Doug, in particular, takes Sony to task for continuing to release cameras with one of the worst menu systems on the market, which is particularly important for small cameras like the a6300 that have so few dedicated controls or programmable buttons.

Read Gordon’s in-depth review at

Buy the Sony a6300 from, B&H or Adorama.


  1. I’m a Nikon shooter but I was intrigued by this episode because I know how much of an impact the a6000 has had on the photography world lately. The a6300 certainly does seem like an interesting, if not entirely compelling, follow-up though as you two said I do wish Sony would do something about its awful menus.

    Doug and Gordon, I am wondering though…when you talk to casual shooters who are used to DSLRs, are you seeing more of a shift in how they perceive mirrorless cameras like this one or other models from Fuji, Olympus, etc.? Gordon, you mentioned a story at the end where you were shooting the Tour de France next to someone with a D4 who ended up quite impressed with your little a6000 by the end. I’m wondering if that type of experience is becoming more normal or if you are still seeing a lot of resistance to mirrorless adoption among casual shooters because they see a smaller camera and think it’s not as serious or high-quality as a traditional DSLR.

  2. Hi Doug and Gordon – another great show.
    I recently had the option of purchasing either the A6000 or a Fuji Xt10. Video is not my thing, so I opted for the Fuji based on some research but also the review on this show. Answering the question is there too much info, I say no. Personally I find it informative and entertaining. This show and TWIP
    (Frederick is great ) are responsible for making the switch to mirrorless ( First Sony Rx 100-3 ) now the Fuji.
    Keep up the good work .

  3. Doug,

    In the show you mentioned the Sony 18-200 lens and said that you would list the exact lens in the show notes. Unfortunately, I did not see the listing for the exact lens. Will you please provide me with that information?

  4. Oooh, sorry John! And I just returned from Europe and am catching up with comments. The lens is the SEL18200LE. It’s the “LE” that makes the difference. A bit more compact than the other 18-200mm E-mounts, but I like it the best.

  5. Certainly more and more people are happily joining the mirrorless bandwagon. Still, even many first-time camera owners are seduced by the look and bulk of a DSLR. And the DSLRs seem to be pitched by most of the big-box retail stores here in the U.S. I think that body shape is simply easier to sell as a kit to someone who doesn’t yet know what’s what. After all, a DSLR still looks more like a “real” camera. 🙂