Hands on with the Sony A6400

Earlier today Sony introduced the successor to the A6300 (yes we said A63000, not A6500). The new mid-level APS-C mirrorless camera brings with it a number of interesting improvements including a top flip screen and a significantly more advanced AF system. Sony also announced an upcoming set of firmware for the A9 and A7RIII/A7III with dozens of significant improvements.

We will start with the A6400. This camera looks almost identical externally to the A6300 (same button layout) but it has a touch flip screen which turns 180 degrees into a selfie mode – the first interchangeable lens camera with one on the Sony E-mount line since the A5100.

Apart from the screen the A6400 most of the changes are internal including a new processor which comes directly from the powerful A9 along with some other improvements that it provides such as better sensitivity and a host of new fast AF features.

Here is a list of some of the main features of the A6400:

  • 24MP APS-C sensor.
  • 2.36m-Dot OLED EVF and a 3.0″ 921.6k-dot touch display with 180° top tilting.
  • Video: 4K 30p with S-Log3 Gamma.
  • Slow and Quick (S&Q Motion) video shooting from 1-120 fps (@1080p).
  • Built-In Wi-Fi with NFC
  • New Real-Time Eye AF (including eye selection and animal eye) & Real-Time Tracking.
  • 425 Phase- & Contrast-Detect AF Points (including “world’s fastest” 0.02 seconds AF acquisition).
  • Up to 11 fps Shooting.
  • Improved sensativity – 32,00 native (and ISO 102,400 expended).
  • Price: $800 (or $900 with the kit lens).

iJustine on the A6400

Update – Chris Niccolls, Carey Rose and Jordan Drake from DPR on the A6400

As for the upcoming A9 firmware update (the A7III/A7RIII will get most of these as well):

  • Real-time tracking
  • Real-time Eye AF by half-pressing the shutter buttons.
  • Right/Left eye selection.
  • Advanced AF speed and stability for videos.
  • Touch AF tracking.
  • Timelapse option.
  • Improved white balance.
  • Rating and image protect functions.
  • Blue color for peaking.
  • 1:1 shooting aspect ratio.
  • Improved Wi-Fi remote control with the new Imaging Edge Mobile app.

Max Yuryev on the Sony A6400 

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