Sony's Best APS-C Sensor


While we prefer to shoot with full frame cameras,  and are very interested in the new Hasselblad, the best APS-C sensor in the latest Sony, the a6300, is their best to date. Sony’s sensor tech is how they’ve done so well in the market, and driven so much innovation. See our post about Sony’s success from last year.

Back to the sensor, DXO has released their review and the a6300 has the best score for a Sony APS-C camera to date, at 85. That’s better than the a6000 and the CanonEOS 80D, and a few points below theNikon 7200.

As the current flagship model in the range of Sony’s APS-C format mirrorless cameras, the Sony A6300 is fitted with a newly-developed 24-Mpix APS-C CMOS sensor and BIONZ XTM processor. With a native ISO range up to 25,600 and continuous shooting at up to 11 fps, along with 4K video, the A6300 offers a wide range of capabilities in a small package. Read on to find out how well this model’s new sensor performs.

Along with the 24-Mpix sensor for still shots, videographers will appreciate the UHD 4K video at up to 30 fps and the 3.0-inch 0.9m-dot tilting LCD monitor. The magnesium alloy body is weatherproof, and despite the small size, the camera has a tiny 2.3M-dot electronic viewfinder with 0.7x magnification

Key features and specifications

  • 24.2-Mpix APS-C Exmor CMOS sensor
  • BIONZ XTM image processor
  • 3.0-inch 0.9M-dot tilting LCD monitor
  • UHD 4K video at up to 30 fps, 1080p at 120 fps
  • 4D Focus with 425-point phase-detection system
  • ISO up to 25,600 (51,200 extended)
  • 11 fps shooting with 21 RAW frame buffer
  • Built-in Wi-Fi with NFC
  • Magnesium alloy, weather-sealed body

We’ve shot plenty with the a6300 and attended the launch. Great camera, crazy fast speed, but the best deal in mirrorless is still the a6000, at about $700.00.

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