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Choosing the right camera

Personally, I have experienced this problem many of times. It can be a tough decision deciding what camera fits your needs. And there is no definitive answer. It all depends on what you need and works best for you.

A question many ask is, DSLR or mirrorless? I did a blog post a while back about how mirrorless is the wave of the future. You can check it out here. But the question still stands; do I choose a DSLR or mirrorless camera? It all depends on what you want. A DSLR is going to offer reliability, speed, and a bigger form factor. They also provide a giant selection of lenses. A mirrorless camera is going to provide small form factor, 4K video, and easier use of manual lenses. I know many are questioning the 4K video. As of right now, mirrorless cameras are the only ones to offer 4K video (besides one or two higher end Canon and Nikon DSLRs) on a full frame body when comparing it to a DSLR.  However, there are some caveats to mirrorless cameras.

One caveat is the small form factor. Mirrorless cameras are smaller in comparison to DSLRs. However, the lenses are bigger and longer, which in turns makes the whole kit (body and lens) the same size as a DSLR and lens (picture below). Another caveat with mirrorless cameras is the amount of lenses. Yes, mirrorless cameras open the door to manual lenses with adapters and focus peaking. But if you want autofocus and electronic control of the lenses, you’re stuck. As of right now, Sony only has a handful of propriety lenses and these lenses are expensive. So it all depends on what you are looking for but there are some caveats to a DSLR as well.

Image from PetaPixel

Image from PetaPixel

DSLRs are quite a bit bigger than mirrorless cameras. This is due to the mirror and prism in a DSLR. But this allows for smaller lenses. Another caveat of DSLRs is the limited video options. I’m sure this will change soon but right now the only 4K offerings in DLSRs are the higher end models in which you are looking at dropping $6k plus. Sony offers 4K video on the Sony a6300 at about $1K. Mirrorless cameras do provide multiple cameras with 4K. However, how do you know what mirrorless camera to go with?

This was just a brief overview of choosing the right camera. There are more options to research but I chose these as most people will be looking for these features. In my opinion, mirrorless cameras are great for video right now. They have multiple 4K options but don’t have a good range of lenses for photography unless you like manually focusing. I would buy a DSLR if you are OK with just HD video but want the speed and reliability of a DSLR. Also, DSLRs have a huge selection of propriety lenses and third party lenses.

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3 reasons to upgrade to the Sony a6300

1.      4k video

The Sony a6300 isn’t the first Sony mirrorless camera to have 4k video. However, it is the first Sony APS-C sized sensor to feature 4k video. 4k video has been the talk of the town recently. More and more cameras have been making the leap to 4k video. This is due to future proofing. Companies want their products to be prepared for the future.

The 4k video is a giant leap for Sony. Sony has provided us with a compact interchangeable lens camera with 4k video. Now, I know Panasonic and other companies have done this before. However, this camera is under $1,000, a truly amazing feat.

The 4k video on the Sony a6300 allows photographers and video better dynamic range and better low light performance. 4k is four times the quality of HD (1920x1080). You can even downgrade the 4k to 1080p when exported and that provides a better picture while playing at 1080.

2.      Sensor

The 4k video allows for better dynamic range and low light performance. Another camera component that does this is the camera sensor. The Sony a6300 features a copper wiring layer. This copper wiring layer uses thinner and smaller copper walls that allows for better light gathering. Thus, allowing larger photodiodes that collects more light photons.

The new sensor provides 4D autofocusing, which is new in Sony mirrorless cameras. The a6300 also features 425 autofocus points that covers almost the entire sensor. The 4D autofocusing uses an advanced autofocus algorithm that “predicts” where the subject is going to move next. This allows for better and faster autofocus in single and continuous shooting modes.

3.      Lenses

When the Sony alpha line was released, the big concern was the available lenses. This isn’t a problem with Sony mirrorless now. Sony has recently released some up to date lenses, including a 24-70mm f/2.8 and a 70-200mm f/2.8 G-master lenses. However, the problem with these lenses is the price. You are looking at spending more than $2,000 for just one of these lenses. There are other options though.

With Sony’s new 4D autofocusing and the massive amount of autofocusing points, you are now able to used non-propriety lenses. When using the Metabones EF to E mount Mark IV and Sigma MC-11 smart adapters, the Sony a6300 uses phase detection autofocus points. This may not be the fastest autofocusing but it still usable. This allows Sony a6300 (also a7ii and a7Rii) to effectively use Canon and Sigma lenses. This provide the a6300 with better low light lenses and a cheaper alternative to the expensive Sony glass.

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