Sony A6400 ($ 899.99, body only) is not the sexiest camera, most striking to come from the brand in recent years – most of the buzz comes from a full frame line of the company. But not everyone wants or needs a large sensor. APS-C format provides balance size, image quality, and depth of field control, and still as you find in most consumer cameras. Sony’s latest entry in the Mirror less APS-C line inherited several features of its more expensive brothers. This is a good successor for the A6300, and produces our editorial choice award.
EVF and Selfie Screen
The A6400 ($ 898.00 on Amazon) is very similar to A6300 ($ 888.55 on Amazon). Sony did not make a major design overhaul with this camera style in many years, although of course there are additional changes from the model to the model. The camera is only available in the basic black-silver edition of others in the series that comes to the market in the past, but is usually good after the initial announcement. It is compact, measuring 2.8 x 4.8 x 2.0 inches (HWD) and gives a tip at 14.3 ounces (both numbers without lenses).
The A6400 is sold as the body only for photographers who already have investments in compatible lenses. Sony also combines it with a compact zoom of 16-50mm f / 3.5-5.6 for $ 999.99, or with a longer 18-135mm f / 3.5-5.6 for $ 1,299.99. Both lens kits include optical stabilization, plus since the A6400 no.
Sony wants you to move to the A6500 ($ 1,299.99 on Amazon) to get the APS-C camera with image stabilization in-body (ibis). The A6500 is a few years now, and is not quite suitable with the A6400 advanced autofocus system in performance, but it remains a solid player, if not a leading class.
The camera is indeed including Flash pop-up in-built, EVF, and hot shoes. You don’t always get all three in a mirror less camera. Pro can scoff at a small pop-up strobe, but it is clearly a step of the flash that you will find in the Consumer SLR for simple reasons – it is installed on the hinge. This means you can pull it back with your finger and reflect light from the ceiling to be softer, more illumination.
Look at a comparison side by side on – the shot on the left was captured with the flash pointing forward, and the one on the right was shot with it pointing to the ceiling. It’s a little hack – there is no way to lock the flash in the position to rise – but if you find yourself using frequent features, some gaffer ribbons can point.
There are modicum weather protection. Sony said the A6400 was only protected from elements, with warnings that “not guaranteed to be 100 percent dust and proof of moisture.” In layman’s terms, do not take the A6400 in the monsoon or snowstorm, but you can feel comfortable shooting with less intense rainfall. It will also help if you use a full frame lens (Fe), because they offer weather sealing that standard APS-C (E) lenses are not.
If you reflect on the upgrade from the A6300, gladly know that physical control has not changed one iota. The camera avoids the front button, apart from being used to unlock and unmounts the lens. The top control is all on the right side. The on / off switch surrounds the release of the shutter, and above the handgrip, at a small corner. Next to it is the C1 button that can be programmed. The dials are located behind them. Dial mode changes between automatic, manual and other shooting modes. There are several changes here versus A6300. The A6400 offers access to MR, which allows you to remember one of the three stored bank settings, and it replaces two separate call positions for two custom A6300 profiles available. The new S & Q mode is Sony talking to slow and fast movements, which is a slow motion video, up to 120fps on 1080p quality.
Behind you find the release of a mechanical flash right behind the flash itself, towards the top of the body. It joins the menu button only for the right, and controls AF / MF and AEL, which is a two-function button with the operation changed by the switch switch that surrounds it.
Along the way, practically on the side of the camera, is the note button for the video. Awkward to reach, and hidden so you don’t trigger accidentally. I think his position makes sense if you are especially a photographer who occasionally tries video. If you often plan to use it, it’s in a no brew. Luckily you can reprogram another button to start the video – I find the C1 key to be perfect. Unfortunately there is no way to re-map the recording button function.
The other back control runs on the right side, between LCD and the tip of the body. You get a FN, which raises the menu on a customized screen that provides access to a dozen additional functions.
Dial the back command is flat, but changes comfortably. It’s another control that you can remap, but usually you will use it to adjust the F-stop, shutter speed, or EV compensation, depending on where you are. It has an OK / Enter button in the center, and directional. The suppressor adjusts ISO, EV, drive, and display of information overlay. One of the four press functions of this direction can be borne.
Finally you get rotating and delete / c2 button, located between the bottom edge of the wheel and the bottom of the camera itself. As you would expect, the Delete / C2 button function can be adjusted during shooting.
3 inch LCD is a touch screen, upgrade from A6300. It offers the same 921k-dot resolution, but the hinges have been redesigned. The screen not only utilizes up or down, as with another model in the A6000 family, but also flips forward for selfies and vlogging. The screen is sharp, and width with a 16: 9 aspect ratio. When taking selfies, the timer countdown is three seconds automatically moves, so you can make sure you are ready for shooting.
Touch input is not available everywhere. Especially you will use it to set the autofocus point – especially useful to put aside the selection of automatic focus points when needed – and you can tap the screen twice to punch and check the focus on playback mode. But you cannot use it to navigate the Sony menu system, which is better than before, but it is still quite dense.
There are several menu increases with this model. Help on the screen is available to tell you what functions are done, and you also get my menu page that can be adjusted and there is an illustration to make it easier to change the button function that can be programmed. Fans must arrange my menu – it will save you time in long-term family snap shooters – and most casual can get pretty good results without fiddling settings.
Connectivity and power
As you would expect, the A6400 includes wireless connectivity. It supports Bluetooth, NFC, and Wi-Fi. Thanks to the recent updates to iOS, Apple users can now pair the camera with the Sony Play memories cellular application with a knock, just like the Android owner can do it for centuries.
The A6300 is not hunched when it comes to taking action quickly, but also not the best out there – it can be understood at the price and position on the market. Sony claims the A6400 has the acquisition of the fastest focus in the world, and our tests show that it can lock the subject in less than 0.05 seconds, which scans with a claim of 0.02 seconds Sony. We are currently using analog style timer to check the focus speed, and it does not provide the necessary precision to measure the size of 0.02 seconds.