The landscape of the camera world has changed a lot over the last few years. There are a lot more choices. When looking for a new camera, there was much to think about. The A7III had not been announced at the time and my Sony A7 was wearing a bit thin. At the time of purchase, I had specific needs and the Sony A6300 was the only thing out that fit them.
Despite that, I have received this question more than I thought. “Why did you get THAT camera?”
Here are my primary reasons.
The Silent Shutter
My work is demanding at times, and sometimes I find myself shooting video and taking pics at the same time or I am in an environment where silence is required due to safety concerns. The A6300 is also nice when I do not want to be noticed. In those instances, amongst other situations, the silent shutter on the Sony A6300 really comes in handy.
Low light capabilities.
Simply put, the A6300 works well in low light much better than my Sony A7. The camera had been out long enough where many people had tested and I had little to think about. As I have used this camera I have had no regret shooting in poorly lit areas.
While the A7 is not a big camera. the A6300 is even smaller. Its size is more convenient than I thought it would be. When I travel to some awkward areas, it’s easy to put the camera away. When working big events, where I just need the basics, it’s now nice to have a smaller bag. Having a camera that is a lot less noticed than my DSLR is also nice.
The Sony A6300 is decently priced at the moment. Out of all the Sony cameras, with a silent shutter ( again I did get this camera before the A7III was announced), this one had the best price. I work in an environment, where the optics of price matters. My company gets complaints about how money is spent, even if its money I spent myself. Having a camera that works well while not looking like I broke the bank means a lot.
Even with the recent announcement of the Sony A7III, I still have no regrets about getting the Sony A6300. It’s Served me very well so far and it’s really helped my conversion to a Sony system go more smoothly.