Sony A6400, all the information and details about the new mirrorless APS-C sensor and the world’s fastest autofocus
As was in the rumors of a possible Sony A6700 or Sony A7000’s speech, the Japanese company surprised with the announcement of the new Sony A6400, a new mirrorless model with shut-off sensor, which presents itself as the fastest AF camera on the market and integrates technologies that based on artificial intelligence and of some of their high-end sisters with a full-frame sensor (z. B. Sony A7R III and Sony A7 and Sony A9 III) were inherited.
The truth is that, though expected to be a relay of the A6500, after the name of the new model it would be between the Sony A6400 and the Sony A6300, which was its predecessor. So it seems that we can not rule out that Sony would later announce that A7000 would open a new series of higher cameras (for advanced users) with a different design (similar to the FF of the house) and this Sony A6400 would rather be the replacement of the Sony A5100 who keeps the design of the current A6XXX family for entry-level cameras, and has the fans in general and especially the Vloggers and YouTubers in mind.
However, since Sony has announced the Sony A6400 as a model, it offers superb image quality and advanced technologies in a compact and lightweight design. His “strength” would be based mainly on a renewal of the APS-C Exmor CMOS sensor 24.2 megapixels and the image processor BIONZ X, an AF system, the number of only 0.02 seconds and 425 focus points and the integration of Technologies such as real-time eye AF and real-time tracking, which have just been announced and will soon show the full-format cameras from Sony.
Externally, it has another noteworthy novelty: its three-inch screen that can be rotated 180 degrees to allow for selfies or video capturing. A way to make video creators, especially vloggers and YouTubers, more interesting, for which it is also interesting to know that it offers 4K video recording with full pixel reading.
Focus and shooting speed
As I said, the speed of the autofocus is the most noticeable detail, with a sharpness of 0.02 seconds. Thanks to a system that inherits many technologies from its older sisters and offers up to 425 AF phase detection and other contrast detection points spanning the entire photo surface, covering an approximate area of 84%.
This high-performance and high-speed AF system will be combined with the new generation of the processor to provide additional features that enhance object tracking. Of course, the integration of eye-tracking technology (real-time eye AF) into a model of this category is good news.
Another similar (and complementary) real-time tracking (real-time tracking) for real-time tracking of artificial intelligence based on artificial intelligence that Sony has announced will be available (via update) in its full format models.
Of course, the speed does not just affect the focus field, as the new camera promises a burst of 11 photos per second (the same number as the Sony A6500) with full AF / AE tracking and up to eight shots in silent mode. So the number of photos you can take continuously remains at 116 Standard JPEG / 46 in compressed RAW.
New rotating screen
Another innovation, which we have already pointed out, is the insertion of a rear LCD (3 inch and 921,000 resolution dots) that is now fully rotated to allow selfies or self-recorded video. Undoubtedly a novelty that makes the model more attractive to the general public and especially to online video creators looking for a lightweight, attractive and capable camera.
For them, it’s possible to capture 4K (QFHD: 3840 x 2160) video at full pixel readout without grouping pixels and promise a consistently sharp image thanks to Fast Hybrid AF technology and the ability to focus. On the other hand, and also a novelty in a camera of this kind, it incorporates the HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) image profile, an HDR video recording standard, along with advanced motion picture recording capabilities that convert the new camera into more attractive for videographers (for which it is certainly aligned).
In addition, the camera has a sensitivity range between 100 and 32000 ISO (expandable to 102,400 in photo mode), improved image processing algorithms (to avoid typical high-sensitivity noise), a new way to create time-lapse, a high-quality XGA OLED Tru-Finder viewfinder, Up to eight customizable function buttons and a magnesium alloy body resistant to the elements.
Price and availability
The new Sony A6400 will go on sale next February with an estimated price of 1,050 euros (body only) and two kits with a 16-50 mm lens or 18-135mm for 1,150 and 1,450 euros (respectively).
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