• 35mm 847.3mm2
  • 12.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 102,400
  • APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Sony A7S II advantages over Sony A6300

  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 8.40 vs 3.92 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Higher effective ISO
    2,993 vs 1,437 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/250 vs 1/160 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.78x vs 0.70x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    409600 vs 51200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Sony A6300 advantages over Sony A7S II

  • Less expensive
    $848 vs $1998*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Fast startup
    ~1.40 vs 2.9 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • More pixels
    24.2 vs 12.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    11.1 fps vs 5.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    11.1 fps vs 5.0 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Shoot 4K video
    Both provide
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • 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
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Slow-motion videos
    Both provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • 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

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Comfortable and surprisingly compact camera body; Improved low light performance; Built-in image stabilization; Wide range of usable ISOs; More sophisticated autofocus performance; Excellent video capabilities.

  • Relatively low resolution; Mediocre continuous shooting performance; No built-in flash; No losslessly compressed RAW option.

  • 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 Sony A7S

Sony A7S II
Sony A7S
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO
Sony A6300
Sony A7S
  • $823
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Samsung NX500

Sony A7S II
Samsung NX500
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $999
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
Sony A6300
Samsung NX500
  • $823
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $999
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Built-in Bluetooth

Compared to Leica M (Typ 262)

Sony A7S II
Leica M (Typ 262)
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $4475
  • 35mm
  • Thinner
  • More pixels
Sony A6300
Leica M (Typ 262)
  • $823
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $4475
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Sony A6500

Sony A7S II
Sony A6500
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $798
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
Sony A6300
Sony A6500
  • $823
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • $798
  • APS-C
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Sony A9

Sony A7S II
Sony A9
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $3498
  • 35mm
  • Touchscreen
  • Fast startup
Sony A6300
Sony A9
  • $823
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $3498
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
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