A6300 in Low Light

Discussion in 'Sony Alpha E-Mount Cameras' started by -et-, Apr 20, 2016.

  1. -et-

    -et- TalkEmount Veteran

    Jan 26, 2013
    Southern California
    About 10 days ago I went to a music festival at which my granddaughter's high school String Symphony was performing. After I decided to use my NEX-6 and A6000 for video, I obviously needed to rent an A6300 for still photography, and here are some available light images taken with that camera and one of my old Minolta 70-210mm f:4.0 "beercan" lenses.

    When looking at the results later, I was quite surprised by the low noise of the A6300 images at ISO 6400. My very rough and unscientific estimate is that the A6300 is about 1.5 stops better in low light than my A6000. I have no idea what Sony is claiming for the camera, but that is what it looks like to my uncalibrated eyeball.

    BTW, it may be a real challenge, but guess which one is my granddaughter. :)

    FYI, all of these were shot with the lens wide open at f:4.0, which created the shallow depth of field, and my focus point was intentionally varied depending upon my goal.

    And finally - as a bit of irrelevant trivia - the piece they were performing at the time was Vivaldi's "Winter"

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  2. WNG

    WNG TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 12, 2014
    Arrid Zone-A, USA
    My first thought before scrolling down was, must be the little girl with the big bass! ;)
    I think your hands-on evaluation is about the same as several online reviews after receiving a production model.
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  3. Jefenator

    Jefenator TalkEmount Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Nov 23, 2012
    Oregon, USA
    Thanks for sharing your impression. (A small APS-C body roughly 2 stops better than my old NEX-7 would be a real temptation...)
    Your granddaughter chose instruments wisely, BTW. :cool:
  4. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    The low light abilities of modern sensors is quite remarkable.

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  5. -et-

    -et- TalkEmount Veteran

    Jan 26, 2013
    Southern California
    Give the man a prize!

    Although she is actually not so little - which is why the music director asked her to switch from violin to bass two years ago. At 5'9"+ (175cm+) with large hands, she is one of relatively few in the symphony whose hands are not challenged by spanning the double bass. (These images are of the Chamber Orchestra - a subset of the full String Symphony, which has about 70 members.)
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  6. slothead

    slothead TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Mar 1, 2015
    Here's one I got last weekend at the Maryland Medieval Times

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  7. slothead

    slothead TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Mar 1, 2015
    It's all about that bass, bout that bass, bout that bass....
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  8. soeren

    soeren TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Dec 12, 2014
    N├Žstved, Denmark


    Nice shots, that 6300 is becoming more and more tempting.
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