Both the Sony a6000 and a6300 have a lot in common. However, there are still some significant differences. We will discuss what these are so that you can decide if the a6300 is a worthy predecessor to the a6000 or simply a minor upgrade.

We will assess each camera across the most important categories. We will then award points when one model trumps the other. Then at the end, we will tally up the scores and let you know which is the best purchase depending on your requirements and budget.

Sensor

Both cameras have an APS-C, 15.60 x 23.50mm sensor. This sensor is 24.2 megapixels and has an ISO range of 100-25600.

What this means is that there is little difference when it comes to image quality. Both sensors perform pretty much the same in both low light and bright settings.

Burst Mode

Both cameras incorporate burst mode, which enables operators to take a rapid sequence of photos. This feature is handy for when taking actions, sports, or wildlife photography.

Both cameras can shoot 11fps when in burst mode. What this simply means is that they can take up to 11 photos per second.

Auto Focus

This category is where we see some noticeable differences come into effect. A camera’s autofocus capabilities determine how effectively it can lock on to a subject. The a6300 has 425 AF (autofocus) points while the a6000 has 179. This difference means that the a6300 is better at honing in on and tracking subjects.

+1 for the a6300

Lens Mount

Both cameras use the Sony E lens mount with approximately 83 lenses available. Regardless of their needs, most photographers should be able to find the perfect lens for the job.

Video Quality

The a6000 can shoot high-definition 720p and 1080p video. The a6300 goes a big step further and allows its operators to record 4K video. Now, 4K is ultra-high definition footage, which is almost professional standard. Just remember, to edit 4K footage you will need a powerful computer.

Furthermore, the a6300 can record slow-motion videos while the a6000 can’t.

+1 for the a6300

Battery Life

The a6000 can take approximately 360 shots on a single charge. The a6300 can take approximately 400 shots.

Photographers who think they may be taking a large number of photos at once may want to consider purchasing a spare battery. They can keep it fully charged and then swap it around. Amazon sometimes has camera bundle deals that include an additional battery.

+1 for the a6300

Screen

Both cameras have 3″ articulating screens with resolutions of 922k dots. Neither camera has a touchscreen, which would have been handy. Navigating menus by clunking on buttons can feel a bit old-school, especially considering the prevalence of smartphone touchscreens.

Viewfinder Resolution

The a6000 has a viewfinder resolution of 1440k dots. The a6300’s viewfinder resolution is 2359k dots. The a6500 has a 63% higher viewfinder resolution.

+1 for the a6300

Environmental Sealing

The a6300 is environmentally sealed. What this means is that it is more resistant to moisture and dirt seeping in. Photographers will be able to shoot in harsher conditions with a lower likelihood of damage occurring.

+1 for the a6300

Microphone Jack

The a6300 has a microphone port, which allows the user to record high-quality audio for their video footage. Unfortunately, the a6000 misses out on this feature.

+1 for the a6300

Portability

The a6000 takes the scale to 404 grams while the a6300 is 60 grams lighter with a weight of 344 grams. On the other hand, the a6000 is slightly narrower with dimensions of 120 x 67 x 45 mm compared to 120 x 67 x 49 mm.

Overall there is no clear winner in this category. Both cameras are very similar in size and weight.

Price

A new a6000 costs around $650 on Amazon. Bundle deals that include two lenses, a tripod, an SD card, and other accessories cost approximately $850 on Amazon.

A new a6300 cost approximately $1,000 on Amazon. A bundle deal with two lenses, a tripod, an SD card, and other accessories costs around $1,250 on Amazon.

Check Amazon yourself to see the latest prices.

It’s clear that the a6000 is the more affordable model.

+1 for the a6000

Further Common Strengths

Both cameras still have a lot more strengths in common.

  • Both incorporate focus peaking which highlights what’s in focus.
  • Both can take panoramic shots.
  • Both have built-in Wi-Fi, which makes it easy to backup and share photos.
  • Both have internal and off-camera flashes.
  • Both have HDMI-out to view images on an external screen.
  • Both allow users to hold the shutter open for long exposures manually.

Further Common Weaknesses

Now let’s look at the common weaknesses.

  • Neither camera has image stabilization technology.
  • Neither camera has built-in GPS or Bluetooth.
  • Neither camera has a headphone port.
  • Each camera only has a single SD card slot.

Total Scores

We have tallied up the scores below.

Sony a6000: 1

  • Price

Sony a6300: 6

  • Autofocus
  • Video Quality
  • Battery Life
  • Environmental Sealing
  • Viewfinder Resolution
  • Microphone Jack

You can also compare each camera easily using the table below.

Sony a6000Sony a6300
Photography:
Megapixels24.224.2
ISO Range100 – 25600100 – 25600
Sensor Size366.6mm2366.6mm2
AF Points179425
Burst Mode11fps11fps
Focus PeakingYesYes
Panoramic ShotsYesYes
Lens MountSony ESony E
Built-in FlashYesYes
Viewfinder Resolution1440k dots2359k dots
Video:
Max Frame Rate60fps in 720p and 1080p mode30fps in 4K mode

120fps in 720p and 1080p mode

Slow Motion VideoNoYes
Microphone JackNoYes
Headphone JackNoNo
Build:
Weight404 grams344 grams
Dimensions120 x 67 x 45 mm120 x 67 x 49mm
Screen:
Size3”3”
ArticulatingYesYes
TouchscreenNoNo
Resolution922k dot922k dots
Other Features:
Wi-FiYesYes
HDMI OutYesYes
Blub ShutterYesYes
Image StabilizationNoNo
BluetoothNoNo
GPSNoNo
Dual SD Card SlotsNoNo
Approximate Amazon Price:
Standalone$650$1,000
Bundle Deal$850$1,250

Which Camera is Best and Which Camera Should You Get?

It’s clear that the Sony a6300 is the superior camera and a worthy predecessor. Its ability to record 4K video is especially impressive, among its other advantages. Of course, it costs roughly $350 more. For those that want to record the highest quality video, and audio for their video, then this extra cost seems worth it.

Photographers who only care about still-shots won’t get as big a benefit from buying the Sony a6300. The additional autofocus points and viewfinder resolution will be handy. However, they may be better off saving some cash or putting it towards extra lenses for the Sony a6000.