July 13th, 2016
Wayne Capili and so many others have been reporting great things about all the new Sony mirrorless cameras I decided I needed to get with it and try one out. The only reason I decided to go with the A6300 over the A6000 is it just became available and I wanted to be able to shoot 4K video which the A6000 can’t do. Another motivation for the purchase was the size of the body and glass compared to my historic old Canon 5DMkII.
I’ve not used the A6300 for real estate yet mostly because I’m still trying to get my mind around the features like the Electronic View Finder and focus peaking. Here are some of my initial impressions:
- The small size is amazing! So far it feels like the quality of the images are every bit as good as my 5DMkII yet, I can stick the A6300 with it’s 24mm to 75mm equivalent lens in a large pocket.
- I could put my Canon glass on the A6300 but my Canon 16-35mm lens by itself weighs about as much as the A6300 with a lens. And my favorite lens (Canon 24-70mm zoom) dwarfs the A6300! I’m going to stick with small lenses made for mirrorless cameras. So far I have a Sony 16-50mm and a Rokinon 12mm f/2. Not as good as Canon glass but I can live with it.
- The A6300 goes through batteries at an amazing rate. I have three batteries for it and you always need to have a spare battery in your pocket. One 15 min time-lapse will suck most of the life out of a battery. The first few times this happened I was so surprised I was caught off guard. One battery can’t even make it through my grandson’s baseball game while shooting 4K video.
- I find the controls far less intuitive than my Canon bodies. This is partly because there are so many and partly because they are crammed in a much smaller space. I hate the tiny little video record button on the A6300 that I can never find quickly.
- Sony’s time-lapse App is great! Sony has apps that can be downloaded to the camera. The Sony time-lapse app allows you to shoot time-lapses where you control everything and get both a finished video file and a set of RAW images that you can adjust yourself.
While the build quality, the 4K video features, and the world-class autofocus on the A6300 (see the dpreview.com review for details) is wonderful, for standard real estate photography the A6000 delivers everything you need for $500 less. Wayne Capili’s post lists everything you need for A6000 real estate shooting.
I love the size of the A6300 and the quality of images and video it produces. I must admit, I’m a convert to Sony mirrorless cameras! Sony still needs work on the design of the controls and interface and better glass but nowadays I use my A6300 more than my Canon 5DMkII just because of the size.