Were Sony pushed or did they jump? We were expecting the launch of the A7000 which Sony claim would be an APS-C version of their top of the range, full frame flagship the A9. Instead, they have given us the Sony a6400, which they describe as an entry level camera to replace the popular Sony a6300.
No doubt, Sony saw the launch of the excellent Fujifilm X-T3 and thought they just had to respond.
It is no wonder then, that the a6400 is a camera with an impressive specification. I must at this point declare an interest. I love the a6300. Most of the images on this site have been taken with it, but is the Sony a6400 a worthy replacement?
The Sony a6400 has a 24.0MP APS-C CMOS sensor coupled with the latest BIONZ X processor. The new processor is fast. Capable of shooting bursts at 11 fps with continuous AF. Furthermore, the camera’s buffer will now accommodate up to ninety nine JPEGs, and forty six RAW files in one go. Small buffers have for a long time, been the bugbear of small mirrorless cameras.
There is 4k video recording, but with no in body stabilization it could be a bumpy ride.
The autofocus system is all new. Featuring 425 phase detection points with ‘Real Time Tracking’ of moving subjects, and ‘Real Time Eye AF’, which will amazingly work with animals as well as humans. Does that mean all types of animal? Unfortunately, we will have to wait for a firmware upgrade later this year, before this feature is implemented and can be tested on tree frogs.
Most cameras these days claim the world’s fastest AF lock on. The a6400 is no exception. At 0.02 seconds, it is faster than the blink of an eye.
There is a neat new tilt screen which flips over the top of the camera so that vloggers and selfie fanatics can frame themselves. A touch of the screen moves the focus point.
This is a £1000 camera, described as entry level by Sony. If so then Sony are redefining what an entry level camera is in two ways.
Firstly, there are a ton of advanced features on this camera, so it is not entry level as we know it. What in reality Sony are doing, is setting up this camera as the base level for their new series of APS-C cameras.
Secondly, £1000 is a lot of money for your first step up from selfies on your smart phone. However, we should expect that as the new range of APS-C cameras are introduced and existing a6xxx cameras are withdrawn, the price of this camera will likely fall, creating an entry point to their new range of cameras.
What I say is bring it on.
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