• APS-C 357.3mm2
  • 20.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 16,000
  • APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Sony A5000 advantages over Sony A6300

  • Less expensive
    $379 vs $998
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Thinner
    35 mm vs 48 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    388g vs 520g
    Lighter weight

Sony A6300 advantages over Sony A5000

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Fast startup
    ~1.40 vs 2.0 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,437 vs 1,089 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Newer
    19 months vs 4 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Higher-res screen
    307k vs 154k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Less shutter lag
    0.16 vs 0.30 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • More pixels
    24.2 vs 20.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    11.1 fps vs 3.3 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    44 vs 15 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    11.1 fps vs 2.5 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    22 vs 9 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 16000 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-camera panoramas
    Both provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Both provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Excellent image quality; Improved high-ISO performance; Better JPEG quality; Fast autofocus; Very good subject tracking with real-time live view feature; All-magnesium body construction; 4K video.

  • Slow buffer clearing (no UHS-II support); No touchscreen, Clunky menus; Wi-Fi can be a bit frustrating to use.

The Competition

Compared to Samsung NX1100

Sony A5000
Samsung NX1100
  • $379
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $390
  • APS-C
  • Higher-res screen
  • Hot shoe
Sony A6300
Samsung NX1100
  • $898
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $390
  • APS-C
  • Thinner
  • Lighter weight

Compared to Sony NEX-5T

Sony A5000
Sony NEX-5T
  • $379
  • APS-C
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Internal flash
  • $299
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
Sony A6300
Sony NEX-5T
  • $898
  • APS-C
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $299
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Sony A5100

Sony A5000
Sony A5100
  • $379
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Higher effective ISO
Sony A6300
Sony A5100
  • $898
  • APS-C
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Sony A6500

Sony A5000
Sony A6500
  • $379
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $1398
  • APS-C
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Sony A6300
Sony A6500
  • $898
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • $1398
  • APS-C
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Canon EOS M6

Sony A5000
Canon EOS M6
  • $379
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $729
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Fast startup
Sony A6300
Canon EOS M6
  • $898
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $729
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
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