When comparing Sony RX100 IV vs Sony Alpha a6300, the Slant community recommends Sony Alpha a6300 for most people. In the question“What are the best cameras for photography under $1000?” Sony Alpha a6300 is ranked 1st while Sony RX100 IV is ranked 3rd. The most important reason people chose Sony Alpha a6300 is:
The camera captures detailed 24MP images with neutral colors. Detailed, interactive studio tests can be seen [here](http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/sony-a6300/9).
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Pro Amazing image quality for a compact camera
There's lots of detail due to the 20.1MP sensor, the images are sharp, offer a reasonable tonal range with S-Log's color profile allowing you to recover more dynamic range in post and the 24-70mm equivalent lens is sharp throughout the available focal length with all aperture settings.
Pro Great viewfinder
The camera has a popout electronics viewfinder with a high quality OLED display. It's 800x600, offers 100% coverage and 0.59x magnification.
Pro Helps with composing self-shots with a screen that flips 180 degrees
Pro 3-stop ND filter
Pro Flat color profile for video
A flat color profile captures footage in low contrast and higher dynamic range allowing for easier color grading in post-production.
Pro Good video capabilities
The camera can shoot 2160p30 and 1080p120 video at a max video bit rate of 100Mbps. It can go up to 960fps at the expense of resolution. The high speed video is later upscaled to 1080p.
Pro Up to 40x slow-mo factor
At the expense of resolution, the camera can capture video at up to 1000 frames per second for 2 to 4 seconds. Those videos will then be upscaled to 1080p. The camera can also capture 1080p video at 120 frames per second without any limitations.
Pro Smart Auto ISO system
Auto ISO includes rate-of-change control.
Pro Quiet shutter
Pro Great image stabilization
Pro Good image quality
The camera captures detailed 24MP images with neutral colors. Detailed, interactive studio tests can be seen here.
Pro Excellent low-light performance for an APS-C camera
High-ISO retains a good amount of detail and has a well balanced, context-sensitive noise reduction. Saturation is accurate up to ISO 12800.
Pro Great continuous autofocus
The autofocus is fast. It uses a hybrid phase-detection and contrast detection autofocusing system.
Pro Good dynamic range
Pro Weather sealed
Pro Offers excellent control over video
The camera allows manually setting and adjusting during shooting shutter speed, aperture and ISO, supports Auto ISO in movie mode, allows turning subject tracking on and off during filming, supports live autofocus with control over focus drive speed and subject tracking persistence.
Pro The viewfinder can be run at 120fps
Unlike most other viewfinders in this camera class, a6300's can be set to run at 120fps instead of 60fps.
Pro Lots of video-friendly features
The camera supports a flat color profiles (S-Log2 & S-Log3) for improved dynamic range that can then be used when color grading in post, it can record time code in order to help you sync audio and video when you record them separately, it allows for an external mic allowing you to record higher quality audio in-camera, and includes focus peaking and zebras that help make sure the subject is in focus and no areas are over or under exposed.
Pro A flat color profile for video is available
a6300 supports a flat color profiles (S-Log2 & S-Log3) for improved dynamic range that can then be used when color grading in post. It can also preview how a graded footage would look.
Pro Excellent video quality
The camera can capture video at up to 4K30 and 1080p120 resolutions and is capable of saving footage in XAVC S at up to 100 Mbps. Captured footage provides impressive levels of detail. It's important to note that 4K30 capture is from a smaller crop of the sensor while 4K24/25 is from the full width of the sensor.
Pro Great subject tracking
a6300 is among the most capable cameras in its class in identifying and tracking subjects.
Pro Reasonable battery life
The cameras is CIPA rated for 400 shots per charge using the rear screen, and 350 using the EVF.
Pro Excellent AF point coverage
The camera has 425 phase detection AF points spread across the frame.
Pro Good Auto ISO
Auto ISO changes ISO based on user-defined rules. a6300 allows setting ISO ceiling and floor, minimum shutter speed and additionally has 5 automatic rules (from Slower to Faster) for controlling shutter speed based on focal length.
Con Lens range can be limiting
The camera has a 24-70mm equivalent lens. Other compact point and shoot cameras often have between 24-100mm and 24-120mm equivalent focal length lenses.
Con The depth of interface options can be overwhelming at first
The menu has 6 tabs of up to 9 pages of settings for each tab. Going through all of that, learning where everything is tucked away can take some time.
Con No touchscreen
Con Battery life could be better
The camera is CIPA rated 280 shots per charge.
Con No touchscreen or joystick for setting the AF point
The quickest way to set the AF point is by pressing the middle button of the four-way controller to enter AF point selection, then using the controller to set the point which is considerably slower than using a touchscreen or a joystick.
Con Accessing second dial requires reposition the hand from shooting grip
The second dial that's among other things is used for changing the AF point is positioned at the bottom-right side of the camera and it can't be accessed using the shooting grip.
Con The amount of settings available can be overwhelming
The menu is grouped in 5 categories and each category has up to 9 pages of settings. Remembering the location of all those settings can be a time-consuming task. You can, however, assign 8 of the buttons on the camera custom functions as well as create a custom functions menu with 6 or 12 settings that can then be accessed with the Fn button.
Con Lens availability might be an issue
There are some APS-C specific prime lenses from Sony, but not many, and zoom lenses are few and far between.