Introduction

I’m not reviewing and comparing these two cameras only because they’re popular, but also because many of you have requested this. You’ve seen me compare other Mirrorless cameras before, well, I don’t really know if I should describe what a mirrorless camera is, because I’ve done that before, but I’m going to briefly explain how a mirrorless camera works.

As the name suggests, a mirrorless camera doesn’t use a mirror-like DSLRs, but because they came second in line, they’re called mirrorless and not DSLRs. Basically, the light passes through the lens right onto the image sensor, which is able to capture a preview of the image to display on the rear screen.

But there are some models which include an electronic viewfinder inside, that’s to enhance your user experience while using the camera, because then, you can put your eye to that electronic viewfinder.

Mirrorless cameras are also very popular due to their construction and design, pretty much, these cameras are widely used by vloggers, travelers, and people who want to take their camera with them everywhere they go. They mainly boast a lightweight construction with an ease-of-use button layout and design, so to cut it short, these cameras are going to be a top-option even in the years to come.

From these two cameras, I’ve had the chance to use the Sony A6300 for quite some time, and even though I haven’t started reviewing the Fuji, I expect the Sony A6300 to be the winner of this comparison, but still, we’re about to see in just a bit.

Head To Head Comparison

Fujifilm X-T20

Just as I said in the beginning, this type of cameras have been popular for travelers worldwide, now, don’t make a mistake, it’s not only the compact and lightweight construction that makes this ideal for traveling but the combination of the design with a plethora of premium and impressive features.

To start off, we will first point out some interesting facts about the design, since the design is a very impactful area of this camera. This particular camera boasts a retro styling, it looks premium, while it also has a dedicated movie position on the mode dial that removes the need for a video record button. It has a decent grip, so you won’t have any problems while holding it or whatsoever. I mostly like how the buttons and the settings on the body are placed, they are pretty easy to reach, but I also like the textured spots on the body, they do not only deliver comfort, but they also give a great look to the overall aesthetics.

As we move on, let’s also say somethings about the LCD screen, shall we?

If you’ve read my previews reviews before, then you might know already that I’m a really big fan of touchscreen LCD’s, and in this case, I’m really happy that the Fujifilm X-T20 has a touchscreen LCD, which means that you can customize your settings easily, while you can also scroll through images with only a swipe of a finger. But that’s not all, you can also set the focus point using the touchscreen, trip the shutter, and so on.

Okay, enough said about the design, now, let’s see the specifics and how does this camera truly perform.

For starters, let’s just say that the 24-megapixel X-Trans CMOS III sensor is amazing, it delivers stunning images with vibrancy, sharp details, and without any blur on the subject or whatsoever. Other than that, this camera has one of the best autofocus systems in the market, boasting an impressive 325-point autofocus system, this means you’ll get the most of the performance that you can out of this camera, while if you compare it with most other mirrorless or DSLR cameras in the market, the Fuji X-T20 is definitely better.

In addition, the Fuji X-T20 uses the same X Processor image processor as its predecessor, which is great, since, with the help of these specifications, the camera also features 4K video recording, which can be rarely found in many DSLR cameras at this price range, as well as many other 4K cameras. You know, there is really nothing to complain about when it comes to Fuji X-T20’s performance, it’s simply top-notch with the latest technologies and combining everything into one affordable and reasonably priced package.

Let’s also not forget that the ISO range stretches from 100-12800, while thanks to the pixel array, the sensor will cut out moire and false colors without needing an optical low-pass filter, and on top of all of this, the ISO helps with the noise reduction. So, as you can see, you will be well equipped with everything indeed.

One of my favorite features of these cameras is the AF-C custom settings. Basically, this camera provides the user with AF-C presets for a variety of different subjects to make it easier to accurately track a moving subject. Thus, the Fuji X-T20 offers five presets with optimized parameters, including ignoring obstacles and accelerating and decelerating subjects.

Overall, this camera is simply amazing, it has an affordable price, it’s great for photography, videography, as well as for people with travel a lot, due to its unique design.

 

Sony A6300

This one comes with a relatively higher price than the Fujifilm X-T20, however, it does pay off in specs and features, probably, we’re about to see. Okay, the Fuji X-T20 was a great budget-oriented mirrorless camera with some impressive features, such as the 4K, the impressive LCD, etc, whereas this one, the Sony A6300, comes with all of that, plus the extra features and the upgraded performance, so let’s first start with the design as I always do, then jump to the performance.

Design-wise, this particular camera boasts a magnesium alloy body which gives the camera great durability, while it measures 4.7 x 2.6 x 1.9-inches, it still has a deep handgrip just like the previous models, but it’s a good thing since you’ll be provided with great comfort. Other than that, it still has the popup flash for fill lighting and a hot shoe for a more powerful strobe.

The electronic viewfinder is better, featuring an impressive 1024 x 768 pixels (XGA), while you are also given an option to bump the screen refresh from 60 to 120 frames per second.

To move on to the LCD screen, it’s important to mention that there’s no change in terms of size, it still has 3-inches, with a 640×480 rear LCD that tilts due to the flip-out design, I can safely say that you’ll have a great time using this camera. I really like flip-out LCD screens because it allows you to take shots from different angles and viewing positions, while it also gives the camera extra credit in terms of versatility. Also, there is a sensor that automatically switches the preview from LCD to EVF when you place the camera to your eye. However, these features can also be turned off and set one of the camera’s buttons to toggle between screens, since the buttons are also customizable to whatever action you want them to perform.

It’s important to mention that the LCD screen doesn’t have touchscreen capabilities, so the Fujifilm X-T20 has an advantage in this area.

Okay, but what about the performance?

The Sony A6300 is great for people who want a second camera, semi-professionals, and professionals, due to the impressive specs that it has, and the way that it performs. The 24-megapixel resolution which is the same as Fuji’s X-T20 allows for dazzling image quality with improved photo quality in low light. For those who are after 4K, you’ll be happy to know that 4K is also available, and as far as I’ve tested it, it’s great.

Other than that, the upgraded APS-C CMOS sensor provides a higher max ISO of 51,200.

Now, when it comes to the autofocus system, this is an area where the Sony A6300 outperforms and outmatches every other mirrorless or DSLR camera out there. It is on top of the line with its 425-phase detection AF points which are densely positioned over the entire image area, and with the help of this, you will have the chance to shoot images at up to 11 frames per second, and yes, with continuous autofocus and exposure tracking.

But that’s not all, since the A6300 takes full advantage of the enhanced fast hybrid AF for movies in both HD and 4K, but there are other features and enhancements as well, such as the silent shooting features with continuous autofocus and auto exposure, the ability to use AF in focus magnifier mode, expanded flexible spot AF, Eye AF in AF-C mode and more.

In terms of connections, you basically have everything, starting from Wi-Fi to NFC or QR. You can easily connect with NFC or QR code to smartphone devices or tablets with the built-in Wi-Fi and Sony’s PlayMemories Mobile application available for Android and iOS platforms.

Simply put, this is a high-end mirrorless camera more oriented to semi-professionals and professionals, due to the plethora of premium features, and impressive performance.

Feature Comparison

Fujifilm X-T20 Sony A6300
Camera Type
Mirrorless
Mirrorless
Megapixels
24.3
24.2
ISO Range
100-12800
100-51200
Flip-Out Screen
Yes
Yes
AF Points
325 AF points
425 AF Points
Viewfinder
Yes
Yes
Touchscreen
Yes
No
Video Recording
Yes
Yes
Sensor Size
CMOS
CMOS

Conclusion

Well, there are quite some differences between these two cameras, such as the touchscreen available on the Fuji, and not available on the Sony A6300, the industry-leading autofocus system on the Sony A6300, and the impressive but not quite as good as Sony’s autofocus system on the Fuji.

These two cameras are two different categories in terms of usage.

For example, I would recommend the Fuji X-T20 to those looking for a second camera to go with, but affordable one though. The Fuji X-T20 is also the perfect addition for travelers, due to its compact and lightweight construction.

However, if you’re looking for a more high-end choice, with premium features and premium performance, then the Sony A6300 mirrorless is your answer.