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Sony α6400 E-mount compact mirrorless camera with 16-50mm Power Zoom Lens (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 recognision
- 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.
Packaged with the 16-50mm Power Zoom Lens, the ILCE-6400 gives you the compact versatility to shoot your world your way – from candid street shots to close-up portraiture. Combined with the 180-degree flip screen on of the body, it’s also great for Vlogging & Selfies.
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
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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 stand out feature is the real time eye a/f and subject tracking. Most of my photography is people and portraits so this feature is a game changer. It nails the focus every time even when the subject is running. I have tried it with the 50mm, the 18-105 and the shots taken with my Batis 85mm have better subject isolation than any photograph I have ever taken. I took shots of my friend's son doing skate board tricks and it didn't miss once.
The colour and contrast of the jpegs out of the camera look great. I only use raw on more formal portraits that I have to spend some time on in post. Video works very well and, in video mode, you can customise the stop/start to the shutter button (or any other) instead of the awkward dedicated button.
Lot's of people on Youtube are moaning about the lack of IBIS and the flip screen being obstructed when using an external mic. I'm sure IBIS will be featured on the a6500's replacement later this year at a much bigger price tag.
There seems to be inexpensive work-arounds for the mic. position. I do my best to stay behind the camera, not in front of it so this does not effect me.
I am very happy with my purchase and it's good to see that Sony haven't ignored their aps-c customers. I was saving for an a7iii but this camera will do just fine.
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.
My opinion on the α5100 was always mixed at best. I found its daytime performance to be fairly middling, with blown out skies on sunny days and lots of grain in low light situations. It really needed a tripod to shoot at night as it would drop the shutter speed so much as to be completely unusable hand held. Video performance also unimpressed, with it maxing out at 1080p 60fps. Transferring images to an iPhone or iPad required an odd and cumbersome setup where the camera created its own wifi network which the iOS device then had to join so the PlayMemories iOS app could transfer the files. I always found it easier to simply insert the SD card into my PC and import directly.
Moving to the α6400 I was interested to see how it compared in like for like scenarios. To do this I visited a local National Trust location and shot the same photos on each camera. Some outside, some inside (which was mostly a very low light environment). I then pixel peeped in Photoshop when I got back home to gauge any differences. In short, there weren't any. Daytime shots still exhibited the same blown out sky, as the camera appeared to lack the ability to shoot HDR stills. After some research it turns out that it is possible to do this, albeit with some caveats - the camera cannot be in auto mode (it must be set to P (program mode)), and RAW must be turned off. This combination then unlocks a menu item buried very deep in the settings - DRO/Auto HDR which can then be turned on. Indoor shots had exactly the same level of grain as my old camera. From a picture quality standpoint, these cameras are identical.
It doesn't end here however as the 6400 has some tricks up its sleeve. The most obvious one is that it has a viewfinder. It's easy to forget how important viewfinders are, as we're all so used looking an an inevitably difficult to see screen on the back of the camera (or indeed a phone screen). The viewfinder on the 6400 includes a rubberised guard to make it more comfortable on the eye (it's also fine when wearing glasses) and is actually a tiny OLED display. The quality is excellent and it's immediately became my preferred way to shoot. The screen on the back of the camera can be hinged and moved to a variety of angles, which I can see being useful when holding the camera up over a crowd. There is also a new night time shooting mode which takes multiple shots in close succession to try and eliminate hand held shake. This works to a degree, but don't expect miracles. Perhaps the biggest difference I noticed though was how quickly the camera focuses, which is light years ahead of my 5100. This is especially noticeable in lower light situations, where the 5100 struggles to lock onto anything at all, but the 6400 is able to take a photo almost instantly.
When it comes to video, the 6400 is an upgrade but bizarrely still falls behind what my iPhone X can do. Video tops out at 4K 30fps. No 4K 60fps mode here, a truly bizarre omission. If you want 60fps, the camera limits video to 1080p. If you're expecting the sort of steady cam like video phones generate these days you won't find that here either, and in fact OIS (optical image stabilisation isn't present in this camera at all. Interestingly Sony have also included a real HDR video mode. HDR is something of a catch all word these days and HDR stills are unrelated to HDR video. When talking about stills, HDR means taking multiple shots at different exposures then combining the results, so avoiding blown out skies or dark areas disappearing into blackness entirely. When video HDR means using the new HDR modes on modern TVs which allow pixels to reach higher brightness levels than they normally would and so creating a higher dynamic range. How bright they can be depends on your TV and how the video was shot. I wasn't able to test this unfortunately for a few reasons - Sony don't supply a mini HDMI to HDMI 2.0 cable (and I don't already have one) so I couldn't plug the camera directly into my TV. I also wasn't able to copy the video onto my iPad Pro (which supports HDR) as the video format is incompatible. To compound the compatibility issues the HDR video is also in the rather obscure HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) format. If Sony had chosen a more common format, such as MP4 with HDR10 HDR that would have been more useful. The only video format which my iPad Pro would accept was the camera's XAVC HD format, which shoots 1080p at up to 60fps in SDR.
I mentioned earlier in my review on the oddball system Sony used with the 5100 for transferring photos to an iPhone or iPad much to my surprise remains largely unchanged here. The only difference is to join the custom Wi-Fi network the camera creates is now made a little easier as the camera shows a QR code which the phone can scan. I'm puzzled for as to why the camera cannot simply use a regular home Wi-Fi network (which my iPad/iPhone are already on) to send images. It's an inconvenient system to say the least and needs improvement.
A few other things of note - 1- The camera doesn't have GPS but if you want geo location on your images this can be done by linking the Play Memories app on your phone to the camera over bluetooth. The app must be running on the phone for this to work (it can be in the background, as long as it has permission to keep sharing your location). This works fine and the geo data is backed into the image metadata as expected, but it unfortunately doesn't last all that long (at least on iOS) and the app just be restarted. The Playmemories app itself is also pretty bare bones. 2 - The zoom lens cannot be operated from the camera body. This is something my 5100 could do, but the 6400 cannot. To change the zoom level you have to rotate the lens old school style, or use the slider on the side of the lens. 3 - The record button for video is tiny and inconveniently placed on the corner of the camera. It's difficult to reach and is the only way to start and stop video. Expect unsightly jerks at the end of each video as you fumble around for the tiny button. 4 - There is an included flash as well as a standard flash mount if you need something bigger. 5 - The rear screen is a touch screen, but only for selecting focus points, it cannot be used with any of the menus.
Overall I found myself somewhat mixed on this camera. The auto focus is amazingly quick and seriously impressive in the dark, the OLED viewfinder is fantastic, and the build quality (surprisingly the body is plastic) is very good. However the image quality was identical in all but extremely low light scenarios to my much cheaper 5100. The lack of HDR stills in RAW format is also disappointing, and the process for transferring photos to an iPhone is unwieldy and inconvenient. HDR video is an interesting addition but the obscure format chosen (I assume because HLG also works in SDR) limits compatibility. Battery life didn't blow me away either - shooting around 80 stills and a few videos over the course of a couple of hours dropped the battery from around 75% to around 45%. That said, this camera offers plenty of scope for enthusiasts with a vast array of options buried within its menus, including slow motion video a countless ways to control every aspect of how the camera takes stills. The lack of OIS in body is also a bit of a miss at this price point, although the included lens does I believe have some limited stabilisation. To conclude - this is a comprehensive bit of kit which is built to last and will satisfy the enthusiast and tinkerer, but for those who simply want great results without the hassle, - be that super stable video, easy to access HDR RAW stills, or an easy way to get photos onto other devices, this camera isn't perhaps the best choice.