In this article, we compare two cameras that are closely matched in specs, performance, and even the level of expertise they cater to. Just to be clear, this is a Sony a6300 vs Nikon D7100 comparison.
Now, how do we know they are closely matched? It’s because we’ve gone through the features of each camera. We’ve put together our findings in this article and have even pointed out what we consider the bright spots and the not so bright spots of each camera.
The idea is to help you decide which camera is better suited for you based on your needs. However, if you need to make a really quick decision, consider perusing the comparison overview and comparison table sections.
Nonetheless, we advise that you go through the entire article to get as much information as you can. We also recommend that you check out some other Sony-Nikon comparisons like the Sony a68 vs Nikon D3300.
Sony a6300 vs Nikon D7100 – Comparison Overview
Here is a quick rundown of the facts:
Both cameras are really good cameras. They both have a decent sensor resolution that allows them to take really good pictures. And while the Sony a6300 has a better video resolution and so will record better quality videos, they both record decent videos.
Rating of The Features Of The Sony a6300 vs Nikon D7100
Both the Sony a6300 and the Nikon D7100 have some really decent features. They both have their own viewfinder; the Sony a6300 with an electronic one and the Nikon D7100 with an optical one.
They also both have a 24-megapixel sensor resolution, a microphone port, an inbuilt flash, and an external flash port and they are both weather sealed.
However, there are a number of features that are unique to each camera and some others where one camera does better than the other.
For the Sony a6300, you get an inbuilt wireless connection and Near Field Communication connection for wireless transfer of files to an off-camera location.
You also get a tilting screen with which you can shoot a subject from interesting angles. Then there is the video resolution; 3840 by 2160 is sure to give you really good video quality.
As for the Nikon D7100, you get a 3.2-inch screen size and a 1229k dot screen resolution. You also get 2 storage slots so that you can take shots for longer. Then there are 950 shots of battery life and a top-level LCD screen with which you can make settings-changes real quick.
Finally, while we mentioned the features that they both have in common, we have to also point out the feature that they are both missing and that is the in-body image stabilization. If preventive measures are not put in place, photos taken with either camera could come out looking blurry.
Price Value Ratio – Sony a6300 vs Nikon D7100
Which is more expensive: Sony a6300 or Nikon D7100?
The Nikon D7100 is more expensive than the Sony a6300. However, both cameras are affordable with their features justifying their price tags.
We consider both cameras decently priced and believe that you’ll be getting value for your money whichever camera you choose.
About The Brands
Like a good number of camera manufacturers, Sony is a Japanese brand. It happens to have its fingers in a number of different ventures. However, we are more concerned with its camera producing arm.
One of the greatest strengths of Sony cameras is its sensor. Sony camera sensors are some of the best in the market. However, just like they are popular for having good sensors, they are also quite infamous for having a not so good battery life.
Nikon is also a Japanese brand and we could say that its strength lies in how long it has been around. Nikon has been in the business of producing cameras since 1948. As a result, you are sure to have a wider selection of lenses and other accessories with Nikon cameras than with Sony cameras.
Sony a6300 vs Nikon D7100 – Comparison Table
|Weight||0.9 pounds||1.7 pounds|
|Dimensions||4.7 by 2.6 by 1.9 inches||5.4 by 4.2 by 2.99 inches|
|Screen Resolution||922k dots||1229k dots|
|Screen Size||3 inches||3.2 inches|
|Video Resolution||3840 by 2160||1920 by 1080|
|Continuous Shooting||11 frames per second||6 frames per second|
|Battery Life||400 shots per charge||950 shots per charge|
|Number of Storage Slots||1||2|
|ISO Range||100 to 25600 and can expand to 51200||100 to 6400 and can be expanded to 50 to 25600|
Sony a6300 vs Nikon D7100 – Circumstances They Are Best Suited For
|If you’ll be doing wildlife photography or sports photography or you’ll generally be shooting in places where there is a lot of movement (including children parties), consider getting this camera. It has a better continuous shooting rate and more focus points.||On the other hand, consider getting this camera if you know you’ll be taking a lot of photos. This is because not only does it have the longest battery life, it also has two storage slots.|
|Also, if you’ll be doing a lot of traveling with your camera, this is the one we recommend. It is significantly lighter than the Nikon D7100.||You probably also want to consider the fact that this camera has a longer flash range than the Sony a6300.|
Common Features Of The Sony a6300 vs Nikon D7100
The following features are common to both the Sony a6300 and the Nikon D7100:
1. Sensor Resolution
3. Microphone Port
4. Weather Sealing
5. RAW Support
6. Face Detection
Here, we see how similar these two cameras are to each other. This section contains those features that you’ll find in both cameras; some exactly the same and others have slight differences.
Which has a viewfinder: Sony a6300 or Nikon D7100?
Both the Sony a6300 and the Nikon D7100 have a viewfinder. It’s easier to compose photos when you look through an electronic viewfinder because it’s shaded enough to help you view your subject better.
That said, while you’d be hard-pressed to find a DSLR camera without a viewfinder, there are a number of mirrorless cameras that do not have a viewfinder. So, the fact that the Sony a6300 has a viewfinder is good enough for this feature to make it to our common features section.
Now, what exactly is the difference between an optical and an electronic viewfinder? First off, you are more likely to find an optical viewfinder on a DSLR and an electronic viewfinder on a mirrorless.
Looking through an optical viewfinder is kinda like through a window. The image appears like it would to the naked eye. Now, while this technique is battery conserving, it doesn’t exactly represent what your sensor sees, seeing as your sensor sees in digital.
On the other hand, looking through an electronic viewfinder is like looking at an LCD screen; well, it basically is a miniature LCD screen. So, images you see on the electronic viewfinder are digital images and a close representation of what your sensor sees.
However, aside from the fact that the electronic viewfinder uses up a bit of battery life, it tends to a bit slower in response than the optical viewfinder.
That said, whichever kind of viewfinder your camera has, it is always a better idea than the LCD; which is what you would have been stuck with if your camera didn’t have a viewfinder.
2. Sensor Resolution
What is the sensor resolution of the Sony a6300 and the Nikon D7100?
Both the Sony a6300 and the Nikon D7100 have a 24-megapixel sensor resolution. This is one of the factors that are directly responsible for how your photos turn out in terms of quality.
The strength of a camera’s sensor resolution is represented in megapixels. So, the higher the megapixels, the better the quality of photos you’ll get with the camera.
To be more specific, a good sensor resolution will be able to offer you photos that can be cropped to fine detail and can be printed in large prints.
That said, both the Sony a6300 and the Nikon D7100 have a really good sensor resolution. With 24 megapixels, you’ll be able to do all those we mentioned.
Which has a built-in flash: Sony a6300 or Nikon D7100?
Both the Sony a6300 and the Nikon D7100 have a built-in flash. The built-in flash is basically a quick source of light for places where there isn’t enough light.
In addition to having the inbuilt flash, both cameras have a flash shoe. This is a provision for you to attach an external flash. In our opinion, an external flash is usually better at providing that extra light source than the inbuilt flash.
This one has to do with light so is indirectly responsible for how your photos turn out. If you’ve ever tried taking photos in the dark, you must be familiar with how the flash works. It is basically a quick source of light for places where there isn’t enough light.
That said, a good number of cameras come with an inbuilt flash. And while this isn’t exactly the answer to all your bad light problems, it sure helps to have this quick fix handy all the time, like the Sony a6300 and the Nikon D7100.
In fact, if you do a lot of flash photography, or you intend to, you’ll definitely need an external flash.
4. Microphone Port
Which has a microphone port: Sony a6300 or Nikon D7100?
Both the Sony a6300 and the Nikon D7100 have an inbuilt microphone and a microphone port. The inbuilt microphone suffices when you have to record random videos.
However, if you are doing a more serious or professional video recording, we are certain that the inbuilt microphone will not suffice. The inbuilt microphone is has a habit of recording surrounding noise.
This is the reason a number of cameras have a microphone port. An external microphone is ideal for recording videos. It’ll afford you better audio quality.
5. Weather Sealing
Which has a weather-sealing: Sony a6300 or Nikon D7100?
Both the Sony a6300 and the Nikon D7100 have a weather-sealing. While the weather-sealing doesn’t necessarily affect the quality of images you take, it sure will determine when and where you can use your camera.
That said, when we say a camera is weather-sealed, it could be dustproof, water-resistant, waterproof, a combination of two or all three. However, in the case of both the Sony a6300 and the Nikon D7100, we are looking at the dust proofing and water-resistance of the cameras.
Be careful to note that a camera being water-resistant is very different from a camera being waterproof. A camera that is waterproof can be used underwater basically while a water-resistant camera can only survive a few accidental water splashes and maybe rain drizzles.
So, if you decide to go for either of the cameras, please do not take it diving or even swimming. And also do not try to check out its water resistance by dunking it and you’ll be fine.
6. RAW Support
Which has the RAW support feature: Sony a6300 or Nikon D7100?
Both the Sony a6300 and the Nikon D7100 have the RAW support feature and can take photos in RAW. RAW photos are usually large files but the quality is enough reason for people to find a solution for the storage issue.
The reason we have pointed out the RAW kind is that not every camera can take RAW photos.
On the other hand, jpeg photos are usually not of as good a quality as RAW photos. However, some people still stick with this format because jpeg photos do not take up so much space in storage and the quality is not exactly terrible.
Nonetheless, if you’ll be doing some professional or even semi-professional client work, you’ll find that the RAW format is an asset.
7. Face Detection
Which has the face detection feature: Sony a6300 or Nikon D7100?
Both the Sony a6300 and the Nikon D7100 are able to detect faces and focus on them. This singular feature helps the sensor focus when taking portraits, thereby reducing the possibility of having blurry photos.
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Sony a6300 vs Nikon D7100 – What Are The Unique Features?
Here, we get to see how different the cameras are from each other. This section contains those features that you’ll find in one camera but not the other. It also contains those features that are in both cameras but are very different.
1. Mirrorless vs DSLR
Which is a mirrorless camera: Sony a6300 or Nikon D7100?
The Sony a6300 is a mirrorless camera while the Nikon D7100 is a DSLR camera. The basic difference between a mirrorless camera and a DSLR is the absence/presence of a mirror and an optical viewfinder. And just to be clear, a mirrorless camera usually comes without a viewfinder.
Now how do they work? For a DSLR, the light that passes through the lens goes on to hit the mirror. The light from the mirror then splits; part of it going to the autofocus sensor and the other going to the optical viewfinder, allowing you to see what you are focusing on.
On the other hand, because a mirrorless camera does not have a mirror, light passes through the lens and hits the sensor immediately. Now, instead of light, the sensor sends a digital image that you see on the electronic viewfinder or the LCD screen, whichever applies.
Now, the absence of a mirror makes it possible for a mirrorless camera to be lighter than a DSLR camera with the same features and functions.
What is the weight of the Sony a6300 and the Nikon D7100?
The Sony a6300 weighs 0.9 pounds while the Nikon D7100 weighs 1.7 pounds. The Sony a6300 is obviously a lightweight camera. On the other hand, we wouldn’t exactly call the Nikon D7100 a lightweight camera.
It isn’t the heaviest camera out there but it does weigh something. In addition to being lighter, the Sony a6300 is also smaller and more compact.
Furthermore, in discussing the comparative or relative weight of these cameras, we also have to factor in the weight of the lenses, seeing as you will definitely use a lens when you shoot.
Now, because we are comparing features, all we need to know is which camera would be heavier if lenses were added. And to know this, we look to the sensor. The camera with the bigger sensor will need bigger lenses which would make the camera heavier than what we already mentioned.
That said, both cameras have an APS-C size sensor. The implication of this is that they’ll both require lenses of the same weight and size for a similar aperture and focal length. So, while the lenses will definitely affect the individual weight of the cameras, they do not affect their relative weight.
3. Wireless Connection
Which has a wireless connection feature: Sony a6300 or Nikon D7100?
The Sony a6300 has the wireless connection feature while the Nikon D7100 lacks this feature. The implication of this is that you can only gain access to the internet with the Sony a6300.
Via this connection, you’ll be able to download apps off the internet and even send your photos to an online location.
Furthermore, the Sony a6300 has the Near Field Communication (NFC) connection feature. As a result, the Sony a6300 can connect with other devices that are also NFC enabled. And via this connection, files can be transferred.
Finally, only the Sony a6300 can be controlled using a smartphone which is really convenient. However, you’ll have to download the right app to be able to establish a connection between the smartphone and the camera.
Once that connection has been established, you can take mock shots from the phone just to know how things will turn out.
Now, just to put things in perspective, both cameras do not have the Bluetooth feature. As a result, it is practically impossible to do a wireless transfer with the Nikon D7100 because it doesn’t have any kind of wireless connection.
4. Articulating Screen
Which has an articulating screen: Sony a6300 or Nikon D7100?
The Sony has an articulating screen while the Nikon D7100 has a fixed screen. An articulating screen is that kind of screen that can be moved, turned, or angled in different directions independent of the camera body. This kind of screen will allow you to take shots from different interesting angles; angles that you wouldn’t reach with a fixed screen.
That said, there are two kinds of articulating screens. A tilting screen can only be moved upward and then back down. On the other hand, a full-flex screen can be rotated.
Since we are on the topic of the screen, let us point out that the Nikon D7100 tries to redeem itself with its slightly larger screen and slightly better screen resolution.
So, while the Sony a6300 has a 3-inch screen, it has a 3.2-inch screen. And while the Sony a6300 has a 922k dot screen resolution, it has a 1229k dot screen resolution.
5. ISO Range
What is the ISO range of the Sony a6300 and Nikon D7100?
With the Sony a6300, you get an ISO range that is between 100 and 25600 and can be expanded to 51200. On the other hand, with the Nikon D7100 you get an ISO range that is between 100 and 6400. However, if you expand it, it can go from 50 to 25600.
One of the ‘tenets’ of good photography is lighting. To take the right picture, the lighting has to be just right; too much light or not enough light could negatively affect the quality of photos you take.
This is why a number of features in a camera are dedicated to making the lighting right. We’ve talked about the flash which serves as an improvisation light source. The ISO, on the other hand, basically tells the camera how much light to let in.
Here’s what we mean. The ISO exists in a spectrum or a range. Now, if you set your camera to any of the high ISO numbers, what happens is that your camera lets in as much light as the ISO allows.
Because of this, it makes sense to use a high ISO when you are in a place where there isn’t enough light. The darker the place you’re shooting, the higher the ISO you choose, so that the camera can compensate for the lack of light.
Automatically, it’ll mean that a low ISO is better for places where there is just too much light like out in the sun. The camera, in this setting, only lets in as little light as is necessary.
Now, having known that either end of the ISO spectrum could be of use, you’ll agree with us that a wide ISO is a nice idea as it affords the photographer room to breathe and maneuver.
6. Battery Life
What is the battery life of the Sony a6300 and the Nikon D7100?
The Sony a6300 can take 400 shots per full charge while with the Nikon D7100, you are looking at 950 shots per charge. However, whether or not either battery life will be sufficient for you is greatly dependent on what you need the camera for.
If you just need a camera for random family gatherings or you are looking for a backup camera, you might actually be content with 400 shots per charge. It’s your shot, though.
While it can’t be said for all, we cannot deny that a good number of mirrorless cameras do not have very impressive battery life. In addition, Sony isn’t exactly known for getting it right in the area of batteries.
7. Continuous Shooting
What is the continuous shooting mode of the Sony a6300 or Nikon D7100?
With the Nikon D7100 you can get a decent 6 frames per second while with the Sony a6300, you can get an impressive 11 frames per second.
This basically tells us how fast the camera can get. That is, how many shots the camera can get in one second and with just one click of the shutter button.
This is a model that you’ll find very useful if you do wildlife shooting, sports photography, or basically any kind of photography where there is a lot of movement. You’ll also help if you have a short frame of time to shoot your subjects.
8. Video Resolution
If you are sure that you will not be using your camera to record videos, you might not need to concern yourself with this feature. However, if you are in the market for a camera you can use in recording videos for saying your vlog, you’ll need to consider this.
The Nikon D7100 has 1920 by 1080 video resolution while the Sony a6300 has a 3840 by 2160 video resolution. What this means is that the Sony a6300 can take 4K videos.
4K videos are so named because they are shot with sensors that have approximately 4000 pixels horizontally. As a result, 4K videos are sharper and more detailed than 1080p videos. And this singular factor makes the Sony a6300 the better camera for recording videos.
9. Available Lenses
What are the available lenses for the Sony a6300 and the Nikon D7100?
The Sony a6300 has 102 lenses available to it while the Nikon D7100 has 302 lenses available with it.
However, it is important to know that neither camera has an in-body image stabilization feature. As a result, you might have to be very steady with your hands or probably use a tripod stand when you take shots, if not, the photos could come out looking blurry.
There is a more effective solution to this, though, and that is the optical stabilization lens. This kind of lens will help stabilize your sensor so that it doesn’t shoot blurry pictures. That said, the Sony a6300 has 23 of this kind of lens while the Nikon D7100 has 88 of them.
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Sony a6300 – What Are The Unique Pros?
The following are the unique pros of the Sony a6300:
1. First off, this camera has an inbuilt wireless connection and so can be connected to the internet.
2. Sony a6300 has the Near Field Communication connection and so can wirelessly transfer files to an off-camera site.
3. This camera can be controlled from a smartphone.
4. The Sony a6300 has a tilting screen so you’ll be able to take shots from different interesting angles.
5. This camera has a better ISO range.
6. The Sony a6300 is able to record 4K videos.
7. The Sony a6300 has a faster continuous shooting rate than the Nikon D7100.
8. The Sony a6300 has more focus points (425) than the Nikon D7100 (51).
Finally, the Sony a6300 is significantly lighter than the Nikon D7100.
Nikon D7100 – What Are The Unique Pros?
The following are the unique pros of the Nikon D7100:
1. The shutter speed of the Nikon D7100 is faster (1/8000s) than that of the Sony a6300 (1/4000s).
2. This camera has a longer battery life than the Sony a6300.
3. This camera has a headphone port while the Sony a6300 doesn’t.
4. The Nikon D7100 has a better screen resolution than the Sony a6300.
5. The Nikon D7100 camera has a longer flash range (12 meters) than the Sony a6300.
6. Also, this camera has a top-level LCD screen with which you make easily make some settings changes.
Finally, this camera has 2 storage slots while the Sony a6300 has just 1.
Sony a6300 – What Are The Unique Cons?
- Sony a6300 doesn’t have a very impressive battery life. However, this is common with Sony cameras.
- Also, that a pair of headphones cannot be attached to this camera could be an issue for videographers.
Nikon D7100 – What Are The Unique Cons?
- First off, this camera does not have any form of wireless connection. AS a result, the transfer of photos will not be done wirelessly.
- Also, with the fixed screen, you won’t be able to take shots from some of those interesting angles.
- Finally, this camera cannot shoot 4K videos.
Common Pros Of The Sony a6300 And The Nikon D7100
|Viewfinder||The Sony a6300 comes with an electronic viewfinder which is better at helping you focus than the LCD screen.||Same as the Sony a6300. However, the Nikon D7100 has an optical viewfinder, not an electronic one.|
|Flash||The Sony a6300 has an inbuilt flash which could help solve some of your poor light issues. You can also attach an external flash to this camera which is an even better light source.||Same as the Sony a6300.|
|Sensor Resolution||24 megapixels is a pretty impressive sensor resolution. For a semi-pro camera, you can hardly do better.||Same as the Sony a6300.|
|Weather Sealing||The Sony a6300 is both dustproof and water resistant. As a result, you can this camera in a lot of different dusty places and even wet places. However, you do not want to dunk this camera or take it diving or swimming.||Same as the Sony a6300.|
|Microphone Port||An external microphone is better at recording good quality audio than an inbuilt microphone. Thankfully, this camera has a microphone port.||Same as the Sony a6300.|
|RAW Support||You can take RAW photos with this camera. And even if they are large files, the quality if the photos is enough to make you look the other way.||Same as the Sony a6300.|
|Face Detection||Finally, the Sony a6300 is able to detect and focus on faces making it a really good portrait camera.||Same as the Sony a6300.|
Common Cons Of The Sony a6300 And The Nikon D7100
|Image Stabilization||Due to the lack of the in-body image stabilization feature, photos taken with this camera could come out looking blurry if preventive measures are not put in place.||Same as the Sony a6300.|
Sony a6300 vs Nikon D7100 – What Do People Think About Both?
|Probably the best way to start is by pointing out that one customer referred to this camera as a jack of all trades. Apparently, this customer (and a lot of other customers too) believe that this camera has the right blend of photography and videography features. For photography, people usually point out the sensor resolution and the silent shutter. The high sensor resolution affords good quality photos while the silent shutter allows them to shoot in solemn gatherings. For videography, people point out the video resolution and the fact that this camera has a microphone port.||A good number of people happen to think that this camera does a lot for the price. Apparently, the weather sealing quality of this camera and the fact that it takes really good quality pictures are a lot. One other thing that people seem really excited about is the fact that this camera has 2 storage slots. This way, they take as many RAW shots as they need, knowing that there is a backup memory card in the camera.|
|However, there have been a few complaints about the absence of the in body image stabilization feature. Nonetheless, this doesn’t seem like a deal breaker seeing as you can make use of optical stabilization lenses.||A few people have complained about the absence of a wireless connection, though.|
Sony a6300 vs Nikon D7100 – Our Take
|There are a number of reasons we like Sony a6300. One of them is its impressive continuous shooting rate; 11 frames per second is pretty fast if you ask us. We also believe that this camera is the right weight and size for regular use. And despite all of these, this camera still manages to be pretty affordable.||One of the many things we love about this camera is its screen size and resolution; those two are pretty impressive. We are also pretty impressed with the sensor resolution of this camera. You are sure to get really good quality photos with it. The fact that it is weather-sealed and you can time-lapse record with it are some other reasons we like this camera.|
|Of course, there are a number of things we would have liked for this camera to come with as we already pointed out. However, if you do not consider those things the deal breaker, get the Sony a6300 now!||The missing features are things we believe we could manage without. If you agree with us and have decided on this camera, get the Nikon D7100 now!|
Sony a6300 vs Nikon D7100– Related FAQs
Is the Sony a6300 Good for Video?
The Sony a6300 is a good camera for recording video. The camera has a 4k shooting capacity which enables an amazing video quality. Additionally, it comes with an external microphone jack which gives an improved audio quality when you attach a microphone to the camera.
The Sony a6300 also comes with a remote-control function that allows recording of videos without having to hold the camera in your hands. Another interesting feature of this camera is the tilting screen which enables the user to record videos from varying angles.
Is the Sony a6300 Good for Photography?
The Sony a6300 is good for all kinds of photography due to its versatile composition and durability. The Sony a6300 is dubbed an outdoor photography camera because of its weather-sealed body which allows users to record videos under any weather condition without the risk of getting damaged.
The camera also has the face detection focus which makes it a good choice for portrait photography. In terms of weight, it is lightweight and can easily be carried around for any photography job the user embarks on.
Does the Sony a6300 Have a Touch Screen?
The Sony a6300 does not have a touch screen. The camera uses a non-touch sensitive LCD screen which users can only view while navigating the menu or viewing images with the navigational arrows.
Users of this camera know that navigating through the menu would have been easier if the screen was touch-sensitive, but the easy user interface makes up for this missing link. Other features that make the Sony a6300 a good camera for users include low light performance and wireless connectivity.
How Do I Connect My Nikon D7100 to WIFI?
To connect your Nikon D7100 to WiFi, you have to link the camera with the device that uses the Wireless Mobile Utility app. After the connection, you have to take the following steps:
- Enable the camera’s built-in Wi-Fi.
- Go to the smartphone’s Wi-Fi settings and select the camera in the list of networks displayed by the smart device.
- Initiate the Wireless Mobile Utility app on the smart device.
Your camera should be up and running after all the steps outlined above have been taken.
How Do I Connect My Nikon D7100 to the Computer?
To connect the Nikon D7100 to the computer, the following steps will come in handy:
- Run a proper check to ascertain the battery level.
- Switch on the computer and turn off your camera.
- Connect the shorter plug on the USB cord into the USB cable on the side of the camera.
- Connect the other end of the cord into a USB port of your computer.
- Now, turn on your camera.
If the contents of the memory card are not showing, repeat the same steps.
How Do I Change the Focus on My Nikon D7100?
To change the focus on the Nikon D7100, follow the steps below:
- Select the Autofocus mode (AF-S or AF-F). …
- Select the AF-area mode. You can do this by pressing the AF mode button while adjusting the Sub-command dial.
- Find the focus frame located in the Live View display.
- Using the Multi Selector, move the focusing frame over your subject.
Following these steps will certainly help you adjust the focus of your camera and you are sure to get the best from both portrait and landscape photography.