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Sony α6400 E-mount compact mirrorless camera body (APS-C Sensor, fast Auto Focus, Real-time Eye AF and Real-time Tracking, 4K HDR movie-shooting)
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- World's Fastest 0.02 seconds AF acquisition speed plus 425 phase-detection and contrast-detection AF points covering approximately 84% of image area
- Advanced Real-time Eye AF and New Real-time Tracking with Sony's original Artificial Intelligence-based object recognition
- High-speed continuous shooting at up to 11 fps mechanical shutter/ 8 fps silent shooting with continuous AF/AE tracking
- 24.2MP APS-C Exmor CMOS image sensor and latest-generation BIONZ X image processor
- Ideal for Vloggers and Content creators - with high-resolution 4K HDR movie recording, Fast Hybrid AF for movie and 180-degree fully tiltable LCD touch screen.
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The next generation mirrorless camera with the world’s fastest Auto Focus
The ILCE-6400 combines the compact size and light weight of a mirrorless camera with the fast performance and some advanced features of a pro-level model. Stills or movies, creative compositions or everyday selfies – whatever your style, you can now capture beautiful images on the go.
Keep life in sharp focus with the world’s fastest auto focus
No more worrying about soft edges and motion blur. This camera detects your subject in a world’s fastest time of just 0.02 seconds, and because it uses 425 phase-detection and 425-contrast-detection points, you can be sure it’s as accurate as it is lightning quick.
You’ll also benefit from Real-time Tracking, which locks the focus onto your subject and tracks it’s movement, even speed. Perfect for capturing rapid motion in street, sports or live event photography.
Take perfect portraits with Real-time Auto Focus
Shooting a portrait? Real-time AF uses new AI-based technology to consistently pick out the human faces in your frame and capture the eyes with tack-sharp focus.
Plus, with AF-C mode on, the camera will track your subject’s face as they move, even if it’s partially hidden, backlit or facing slightly away.
Take your content to the next level
Featuring a 180-degree tilting 3” LCD screen, the camera lets you frame your own shot as you perform. And with the built-in mic, you’re always ready to record. Alternatively, you can use the external mic jack – or even the XLR adaptor if it’s time to step up to a pro-level mic.
If you’re getting creative behind the camera, you’ll enjoy flawless 4K video and advanced colour grading that renders your masterpieces in beautifully vivid colour. You can also create breathtaking time-lapse videos using continuous shooting with a pause of one to 60 seconds between shots, before bringing it all together on your PC.
With Enhanced Fast Hybrid AF, you can capture the same brilliantly sharp focus for your motion pictures as your stills. Knowing that smooth, stable AF tracks your subject as they move, you can give your full attention to composing the perfect shot.
Capture all the action with continuous shooting at up to 11fps
You’ll never miss a moment with continuous shooting at up to 11fps (after view) or 8fps (live view) for bursts of up to 116 shots in JPEG and 46 in RAW. All this comes with the option of silent shooting – ideal for taking subtle street snaps or capturing live performances.
See your images in stunning detail with the 24.2MP sensor
Intimate portraits, expansive cityscapes, sporting action – you can capture it all in remarkable detail, thanks to the large APS-C Exmor™ CMOS image sensor and new image processing engine. Enjoy beautifully crisp images, life-like colours and a more natural reproduction of textures and skin tones.
With a new maximum ISO of 32,000 (up to 102,400 for stills) and enhanced noise reduction, this same flawless image-making even extends to darker scenes that require high-sensitivity shooting.
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α6400 E-mount camera with APS-C Sensor
Grab the best of life
Despite a compact size & light weight, the α6400 delivers speedy performance & a range of features you'd expect from a professional model. Whether you're taking still shots or movies, creative compositions or everyday selfie shots, you'll enjoy beautiful images that you'll want to share, on the go.
Innovation in service to your creativity
Speedy, reliable autofocus
Incredible Image Quality, Real-time Eye AF & Real-time Tracking
High-resolution 4K video, advanced colour grading & fast Hybrid AF for movies
If you're shooting vlogs, the 180-degree tiltable LCD monitor is useful for framing your own shots. For sound recording, in addition to the external microphone jack there is also an optional XLR adaptor to facilitate the use of pro-level microphones to give you better audio quality.
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The A6400 is a compact interchangeable lens camera which features a whole variety of features, such as a large 24.2MP APS-C sized sensor, 4K HDR compatibility, Upto 120fps 1080p video recording, a 180° flip-up screen and an incredible auto-focus system.
This camera is great for those who want the potential of capturing quality images whilst still maintaining a rather compact and lightweight system. This camera is also ideal for those who want a decent secondary camera or vloggers.
- A6400 Main Features:
• 24.4 Megapixels.
• ISO Range of 100-32,000.
• 11 FPS.
• 425 Phase detection AF points.
• Real-time eye AF & tracking.
• Silent Shooting.
• Touch screen for focus & shutter.
For those debating which one is more suited: A6000, A6400 or A6500, here is a quick run-down:
• A6000: Is the oldest camera, being released back in 2014! However, just because it's the oldest, doesn't mean it should be shunned away, especially if you are on a budget. Whilst it may be slightly outdated, it's still a very good camera that can be picked up for a reasonable cost.
• A6400: Released in 2019, this is the latest model of the three. The A6400 is most up to date and has a 180° flip-up screen which the other two models do not have. It also has real-time eye auto-focus which at the time of review, the other models don't have either.
• A6500: Although released in 2016, this is still regarded as the flagship camera out of the three. It boasts impressive auto-focus, continuous Eye-AF capabilities and IBIS (In Body Image Stabilisation) which greatly reduces handshake.
There is a A6300 model available, however that model was renowned for some issues, such as over-heating.
♦ Box Contents & Recommended Accessories ♦
- Box Contents:
• A6400 camera.
• 16-50mm lens (vary depending on whether you chose 'Body Only' or '18-135mm' kit.
• Micro USB cable.
• AC Adaptor.
• Camera strap.
• Manual & warranty paperwork.
- Recommended Accessories:
• Memory card (SDHC, though a SDXC is advised, especially if you plan on shooting RAW or 4K video).
- Optional Extras:
• Spare battery (NP-FW50).
• Manfrotto PIXI Mini Tripod (ideal for vlogging or placing on tabletop).
• E-mount Lens & Body cap (If you plan on storing the lens separately from camera).
- Optional lenses.
* Note: You can use normal E-mount lenses or the FE variant of E-mount lenses, it's just the FE are made for the full-frame cameras in mind and are typically heavier.
• 18-105mm F/4 - SELP18105G (Good all round lens with internal moving optics and consistent aperture; very ideal for video).
• 20mm f/2.8 Prime - SEL20F28 (A wide-angle prime lens, ideal for landscapes).
• 30mm f/3.5 Macro - SEL30M35 (Good for general photos and great for close-ups).
• 50mm f/1.8 Prime - SEL50F18 (Great for portraits and low-light situations).
• 55-210mm Telephoto - SEL55210 (For shots where you need that extra zoom).
♦ First Impressions, Ergonomics & User-Interface ♦
- Build quality:
The camera body has an incredibly robust construction and feels solid when in your hands which give a good sense of quality. Despite the camera being small, it doesn't lack in grip as the handle sticks out a fair amount allowing ease of grip when holding with just one hand.
The pop-up flash like many Sony models, can be manually bent backwards and pointed directly up which is very useful indoors if you want to bounce the flash off the ceiling and diffuse the light for a more balanced-lit photo.
- Screen (180° flip feature):
Despite it being pointless if you decide to mount anything on the multi-interface shoe, it's a really nice feature to have and to be honest, long overdue. The screen can also be tilted up and down.
- Screen (Touchscreen):
I personally have never been a fan of touch-screen on cameras and typically disable it, however if touchscreen is of major importance, then you may be disappointed as it's very basic; it allows you to focus on a subject by touch or zoom in on a photo taken, but navigating around the menu system by touch is not one of the features unfortunately. That said, it would be easier and quicker to navigate the normal way.
- OLED Viewfinder:
The viewfinder automatically turns on when your eye goes up against it to ensure no unnecessary battery is used when not in use. The viewfinder is easy to use even with wearing glasses, it's clear and seems to for the most part, accurately represent of what's being taken.
- Button placement:
Whilst not a deal-breaker, the record button could have been more appropriately placed, such as near the view-finder which the Sony A7M3 has; however, the grip does have a groove for your thumb to fit in to help prevent accidental recording; furthermore, you can set the button to only work when in movie mode (located on second tab, page 9). Record button aside, I'm a big fan of the layout of everything else and there are some well placed customisable buttons that can be changed within the settings to your own desire.
The user-interface is well organised, but like anything, may take some time to get used to and remember where everything is if you're new to the brand. The menu system hasn't really changed that much over the last couple of years, probably because it works well. You have five main tabs which have multiple pages of relevant settings; the sixth is customisable to your own needs.
- Battery life:
Battery life is okay, but if you're planning on spending a whole day taking photos, get a spare battery and possible a battery pack, so when not in use, you can charge the camera on the go.
♦ Image & Video Quality ♦
With this camera having exceptional auto-focus, if it's one thing to be sure, a lot of photos will be in-focus. Of course if you want to be more accurate or specific, tweaking the focus area is always a good move.
One major feature of this camera is it's real-time eye-AF which works incredibly well; if for some reason it can't detect an eye, it will automatically find a face instead, but it's very rare where it couldn't find an eye. I also have the 'C1' set to eye-swap, so I can choose which eye I want to focus on and it will do just that, incredible...
Overall I'm very impressed with the image quality the camera can produce, even with the kit lens. Though for the best results, find a lens that is best suited for your needs to unlock even more potential.
Video quality is also impressive, especially when using it to film people or yourself as the face-tracking is truly fantastic.
♦ Final Thoughts ♦
Sony have truly outdone themselves with the A6400; I cannot stress how good the auto-focusing system is, especially the real-time focus which is so handy to have; plus the addition of a flip-up screen just makes for a great all-round package.
Yes, it doesn't have the In-Body Image Stabilisation which the A6500 has, but to keep the cost down, they had to make cuts. If you shake is going to be an issue, then you may want to go with the A6500.
I think for the price-point, the A6400 is a real contender.
✓ Decent build quality.
✓ Fantastic range of features.
✓ A variety of customisable buttons.
✓ Very good photo/video quality.
✓ Insanely good auto-focusing system.
✓ Love the 180° flip-screen.
✓ RAW Images (ARW format).
✓ Variety of lenses available for the camera (optional purchases).
- Average battery life.
- Record button placement.
✘ Touchscreen could have more potential.
I have uploaded some photos that were taken with the A6400 however with some alternate lenses. Photos were taken in RAW format and processed in Lightroom. These are more to show some examples of how it handled low-light situations and its auto-focus abilities.
Getting started with the camera was fairly quick. It comes with a printed instruction book that explains the key controls and contains a QR code to link to the website where a comprehensive, 648 page manual can be viewed or downloaded. The website and PDF contain many hotlinks so it is fairly easy to navigate through the manual.
The kit lens came attached to the camera inside the box, with no rear lens cap or body cap supplied. Body caps are useful when storing cameras but this would need to be purchased as an optional extra. The kit lens would also benefit from protection by a UV filter: fortunately 40.5 mm diameter filters are amongst the cheapest available, whichever brand is preferred.
The rear monitor position can be adjusted so that the monitor is either at 90 degrees when the camera is held down low or flipped up to provide a “selfie” view. By default, the camera has a 3 second timer in selfie mode when taking stills. However, it is also possible to enable a “Smile” shutter that worked really well.
I installed the Playmemories Mobile app onto my iPhone X, after scanning the QR code in the setup guide. I then was able to connect my iPhone X to the camera by scanning the QR displayed on the back of the camera. I then selected my photos using my iPhone and they were quickly transferred. The whole process was simple, reliable and fast.
I compared the A6400’s performance with my Canon M50. Both are of very similar sized and weight (559 vs 555 g, with battery, SD card and strap). They also both feature APS-C sized 24 MP sensors and are supplied with similar kit lenses.
The A6400 had better low light performance. Images taken at ISO 6400 and 12800 showed less noise on the A6400, with similar colour reproduction.
I was really impressed by the speed of autofocus and subject tracking with the A6400. Despite shooting at 11 fps, it was able to keep most of the shots in focus. This was a level of performance I would expect from a sports DSLR such as my Canon 7D Mark 2. The M50 wasn’t able to keep up.
It is really impressive that the A6400 can shoot 4K movies using the whole of its sensor, with no time limits on individual clip duration.
I found the rear touchscreen easy to use to select the appropriate focus point. The touchscreen does lack the ability to select menu items or to use multi-touch to zoom in or out, features that I have got used on my iPhone and Canon M50. However, the menu and combination of top and rear rotary controls work well. There is an incredible amount of customisation possible for keen users, with many screens of options to keep you busy as you get to know the camera.
In summary, this is a very impressive and capable camera that produces excellent images straight out of the box, which offers plenty of possibilities for advanced users to take full control of the camera and maximise their creativity.