In January 2019, the presentation of a new Sony with APS-C sensor and the appearance of the FF series was rumored. They surprised us, with the new Sony A6400. A camera that has the fastest AF on the market according to advertising. Share the design of its sisters of the 6000 series and, thanks to its movable screen, it is very much oriented towards the world of vloggers and youtubers. But this Sony A6400 offers many interesting things for amateur photographers. Let’s meet it.
The Sony A6400 has the same small body as its sisters. It is difficult to distinguish them. Of particular note is the articulated screen, which allows you to record easily. And it is always surprising that this model is far from the successful series of FF cameras and is not far from the professional sector, as the currently fastest autofocus. It has an APS-C Exmor 24.2 MP CMOS sensor, which together with the BIONZ X image processor allows focusing in 0.02 seconds.
You have to know all the virtues very well to see where we can place it. About the A6500 or further? Is it better than the A6300? Many questions to get you started, if we buy a new camera or replace it with a Sony that we have in our pockets. We will know its characteristics.
Sony A6400, main features
It is a light and compact camera, with own specifications of higher-end machines. One without mirror with type E mount and a 24.2 MP APS-C sensor.
The idea is to offer the photographer a quality product with the simplest possible body
I have always believed that these forced ISOS are nothing more than eye-catching advertising. It happens with all the cameras. They are not at all useable.
It’s a good AF system that stays a fair bit in a mid-range camera
It’s a good AF system that stays a good deal in a mid-range camera. It costs it to manage so much information. I do not dare to give that many percent of success, but I can say it’s preferable to work with a good uniform light in high-contrast situations or in low-light conditions if we want to get the best results. Of course it’s not surprising, but I expected more after reading all the specifications.
When recording video for Youtube or moderate use, the reliability of the autofocus in this camera is impressive for the area where the A6400 is located. And it opens the appetite when all the artificial intelligence it carries is integrated into the higher-level models. And is that the improvements attract much attention.
In addition to the already classic Sony Eye AF, the Sony A6400 has a new algorithm for detecting moving subjects, which processes the color, the distance of the subject, the brightness and the face and the eyes as well as the Real Time Tracking. Everything in real time. The camera is no longer an exam, a way to whet the appetite of those expected to drive from A7 or A9 …
And if we only work in AF-S the results, as always happens in the new generations, is perfect. Press and go, everything focused. In this sense it is perfect to take the mountain on our weekend excursions. Or for portraits. Or for street photography. In these contexts it is a highly recommended machine.
The Sony A6400 is a good mid-range camera. It contains the autofocus enhancements of the next generations. The 180 ° folding screen is an excellent option for vloggers. It is ideal for families who need a camera to document the growth of children and their activities. It’s very good for a photographer starting (I’d rather tell my story as a young man with this approach than with the EOS 300D).
But it is not a professional camera. There can be no misunderstandings. The photographer who wants to buy it has to see it as a camera that enhances earlier generations like the A6300. And you can confirm the disappearance of the brand 5xxx.
Little to add regarding the battery. It is the usual NP-FW50 model of the brand for these models. In the specifications, they speak of 360 to 410 shots per charge. And that has given me a burden. Therefore, as always, it is convenient to travel with a few charged batteries to avoid anxiety when taking frequent shots.
The lack of stabilization of the body is as conspicuous as the A6500. We have to be content with stabilizing the lenses, but if you try something that works very well, you do not want to go back. We therefore do not recommend it if you come from a camera with this feature, as you may be disappointed. And if you want it for videos, remember that you do not have a headphone jack.
The AF, which attracts the attention of this model most, has its lights and shadows. It’s a professional system that can unleash its full potential in superior models. With the Sony A6400, the average user will enjoy many pleasures. However, we can not expect more than 80% focus when working in sports, for example.
For an amateur photographer, it’s perfect. Perhaps in a future Sony 7000 , or in the updates that will come for the A7 / A9 will leave us open-mouthed if we start it in a game or a race. But on the Sony A6400 it will only surprise in a familiar environment. And this is his goal. We can not ask for more. The Sony A6400 is a good mid-range camera. Nothing more and nothing less.