Side by Side Comparison: The Sony a6300 Versus Fujifilm X-Pro2

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The Sony a6300 and Fujifilm X-Pro2 are two mirrorless cameras that debuted very recently as updated versions of their popular and beloved predecessors. Both cameras are comparable in technical specs and appeal, but how does each fare when compared side-by-side? Find out below!

Fujifilm X-Pro2 versus Sony a6300 6

Technical Specs: Main Similarities

Camera Sensors and Format

Both the a6300 and X-Pro2 are APC-C crop sensor bodies with a 1.5x crop factor. Each has a CMOS sensor with 24-megapixel resolution and is capable of shooting in both JPG and RAW on SD memory cards.

Solid, Weather-Resistant Body

Perhaps the biggest cosmetic upgrade that Sony made to the a63000 was including a tougher, more weather-resistant body. Like the X-Pro2, the a6300 is composed of magnesium alloy promises to be dust and moisture resistant.

Fujifilm X-Pro2 versus Sony a6300 6

In-Camera Wi-Fi

Like most modern digital cameras, both the X-Pro2 and a6300 have built-in Wi-Fi, making it a snap to transfer photos from your camera to your mobile phone, or shoot remotely via a mobile app.

Technical Specs: Main Differences

Price

The a6300 can be purchased body-only for $998.00, while the X-Pro2 is quite a bit more expensive at $1,699.00. Accompanying Fujifilm lenses also tend to be pricier than Sony equivalents.

Size and Weight

The X-Pro2 is quite a bit bulkier and heavier, weighing in at 15.70 ounces (445 g) body-only compared to the a6300’s 14.25 ounces (404 g). In terms of dimensions, the X-Pro2 is also slightly bigger with dimensions of 5.5 x 3.3 x 1.8″ (141 x 83 x 56 mm), compared to the a6300’s dimensions of 4.7 x 2.6 x 1.9″ (120 x 67 x 49 mm). Accompanying Fujifilm lenses are also heavier and larger than Sony equivalents.

Sony a6300

Sony a6300

Fuji X-Pro2

Fuji X-Pro2

Both shot with the same settings. Images are straight from the camera, unedited.

Video

The a6300 can record 4K video, while the X-Pro2 can only record video at 1080p. Interestingly, the Fujifilm offers two SD-card slots compared to the Sony’s single SD-card slot. You’d think Sony would squeeze in another slot to accommodate their higher-quality video formats.

Viewfinders

Among the unique features of Fujifilm’s digital cameras is their signature hybrid viewfinder which really shines on the X-Pro2. For those unfamiliar, the hybrid viewfinder offers the ability to switch between optical (rangefinder style) and electronic viewfinders , which can be a huge advantage for photographers who dislike shooting with electronic viewfinders only, which is what you get with the a6300.

Focus Tracking

Besides the inclusion of 4K video, the main selling point of the a6300 was its brand new sensor, and what Sony claims is the world’s fastest autofocus (dubbed “4D focus”) with 425 phase detection autofocus points. Combined with the Sony’s ability to shoot at up to 11 frames per second and accurate lock-on AF, the a6300 is a beast for shooting sports and action photography.

Comparatively, the X-Pro2 sports a total of 273 AF points including 169 embedded phase-detect AF points, plus a maximum burst rate of 8 frames per second.

Sony a6300

Sony a6300

Fuji X-Pro2

Fuji X-Pro2

Display Screen

While both cameras have a 3-inch rear LCD screen, the a6300 has a pop-out tilting screen, while the Fujifilm’s screen is melded to the camera body.

Built-in Flash

The a6300 offers a small pop-up flash that can be angled to bounce off the ceiling, in addition to a hot-shoe mount, while the X-Pro2 does not have a built-in flash (only a hot-shoe mount).

In Practice

Given the technical similarities and differences above, how did it actually feel to handle both cameras? The Fujfilm’s weight and size were definite factors, especially while switching between the smaller, lighter-weight Sony. With that being said, one could definitely argue that Fujifilm’s heavier, more solid camera and lenses felt like a higher-quality investment compared to some of Sony’s lightweight, plastic-based lenses.

Sony’s newly engineered 4D focus tracking was incredibly spot-on and accurate, especially compared to the Fuji. However, unless you’re shooting a ton of action scenes, Sony’s ultra-fast autofocus is a luxury that isn’t a make or break feature. One feature on the Sony that did come in handy was the flexible pop-up flash that would have been nice to have on the Fuji.

Fujifilm X-Pro2 versus Sony a6300 6

Sony a6300 photo on the left; Fujifilm X-Pro2 photo on the right. Both shot with the same settings. Images are straight from the camera, unedited.

The X-Pro2 has a clear vintage, rangefinder look and feel to it, which some photographers may prefer. Personally, I preferred the feel and overall button placement of the Sony, and was ultimately able to customize buttons and settings to operate it similarly to my Canon 5D Mark III.

On both cameras, the built-in Wi-Fi was a little tricky to set up, but from then on was incredibly intuitive and easy to wirelessly transfer images straight from the cameras to cell phones.

Sony a6300

Sony a6300

Fuji X-Pro2

Fuji X-Pro2

One last consideration – lens availability

Since both the a6300 and X-Pro2 are interchangeable lens cameras, compatible lens selection is another crucial difference between the two brands. Fujifilm lenses, while more solid and often more expensive, are contained to primes with a rather limited selection of zoom lenses, most of which have variable maximum apertures. In comparison, Sony offers a slightly more varied selection of lenses from primes and wides to mid-range and telephoto zooms.

Which is better for you?

Both the X-Pro2 and a6300 are feature-packed, brand new cameras that will appeal to different types of photographers.

Go Sony: If you value wicked fast autofocus, enhanced video recording capabilities, and/or are on a bit of a budget, the Sony a6300 is probably best for you.

Go Fuji: If you love the look and feel of a rangefinder camera, value Fuji’s unique hybrid viewfinder, and/or have a larger budget, the X-Pro2 will be your new favorite camera.

Sony a6300

Sony a6300

Fuji X-Pro2

Fuji X-Pro2

Have you tried either or both of these cameras? What are your thoughts?

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Suzi Pratt is an internationally published Seattle event and food photographer. Her photos appear regularly in Eater and Getty Images. She is also a blogger who teaches others how to run a successful photography business.

  • I must be missing something. If you are using the same size sensor and focal lengths then why is the fish composition different for each camera.

    I am not sure where the statement calling Sony lenses lighter than Fuji lenses. I have shot with both systems and there is no way that Fuji is heavier than Sony lenses. As a matter of fact the Fuji primes and kit type zooms are much lighter and better on the Fuji.

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  • Ja Brown

    I thought the sensor was designated APS-C…

  • Yes, both are crop sensor cameras.

  • All comparison shots were not taken at the same focal lengths; the intent was to show the differences between colors and quality of image. Sorry for the misunderstanding.

    As for lens weight, I suppose it depends on which primes and kit lenses are being compared. In the case of the Sony a6300, its kit lens (16-50mm F3.5-5.6 ) is almost the same size as the Sony pancake lens, which is pretty crazy for a zoom.

  • Leslie

    Note: Sony will reduce quality to burst images. An important consideration is the ability to push your images later in software. Try to bring the highlights down and the shadows up in a Fuji Raw image, then try the same with Sony… Fuji, winner. Automatic white balance accuracy… Fuji winner. Sony likes slight green, Fuji likes slight red/pink. I’d rather look slight pinkish. Fuji glass, hands down winner. Try to take a shot with a long telephoto zoom (200+ mm) on a Sony, then try the same shot with Fuji glass… Fuji, winner. Look at the transitions from dark to light in the dark areas, Fuji is smooth, Sony is more clipped. I love all the extra features of Sony but image quality is King/Queen. I would tolerate the horrific Sony menus if they would improve the clarity of Sony mid priced glass, and bring the high priced glass into a competitive price range. Ergonomics… depends on how big your hands are. My finger gets sore trying to squeeze into the small space of the a6300. You are not going to fit either camera in your pocket… , so it’s nice to have more stability for holding with the Fuji (steadier shots). OK, I’m tired. Happy snapping.

  • walwit

    What Ja Brown is saying is that there is a mistake above: “APC-C” crop sensor.

  • Mary Lee Dereske

    This article reads strongly biased towards Sony and many of the comparisons are flawed. Different focal lengths are used in the images, no technical information is given on the settings used, no information is given on the lenses used in the comparison, no information is given on the JPEG settings (Fuji has many different ‘film’ settings, not sure about Sony), blanket statements are made about lens weights (no prime to prime comparison), writer does not seem aware of the multiple zooms available for Fuji.
    I am quite surprised this article made it past the editing room of DPS.

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  • Eduardo Regueiro

    Sony fanboys everywhere!!!! (including who wrote the article and take the photos…)

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    Flawed is a nice word 🙂 to describe the article. You are right as to how did this get published in the first place.

  • Agin Arianti Arianti

    I do not think the writer has any favor for Sony. back to personal taste

  • aldo

    comments are a bit a joke here and I even think the author overvalues the fuji camera. There is simply no comparison here. The sony’s sensor is much ahead of the fuji’s one. The fuji is using the old sony 24Mpix. The image differences you see are due to the in-camera jpeg processing, indeed better on the fuji but as most of us work with raw files this point has no value. I don’t agree with the conclusion of the article either. If I had more money I wouldnt buy the fuji just for the better look and better feel. I would buy the sony with a zeiss lens!! Agree though that the fuji has better lenses and that the sony’e kit lens is a joke.

  • paddy

    The article invites discussion,a combination of both camera’s would be interesting.

  • Jase1125

    Dont be a fanboy and actually post facts with supporting links.

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  • Gabriel

    Sony fanboys or people that can actually think and see that sony is delivering superior products? Looks to me like the only blind fanboy here is you, mate….grow up

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