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@vadimsIt’s still a bad idea: good UI means you have sensible defaults to begin with, so that little or no configuration is required for most users. Plus I have many "pro" or "top amateur" lenses in my arsenal. Which one is right for you? Just because you can get used to and learn to live with something, doesn't mean that you're comfortable eith it. Owning both Fujis and Sonys, I can’t say I’m enjoying both.That said, the Fuji has much better tactile controls. It either works or it doesn't. On top of that, Canon EF-M lenses are is totally incompatible with Canon RF lenses, so there is zero cross-compatibility with Canon's own APS-C and FF mirrorless lenses. So pour a tall cold one and get ready to treat yourself, 2020 style. Sony does not seal its boxes in any way, s… Again, very different strategies! Bad/dumb Sony. Add a lens and that number goes up, such as the 12-ounce 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 7.5x zoom use… The a6400 offers a lot for videographers. Two dials are located behind them. who can explain why A6400 has a better rating than A6600 ?! I always like nature shooting.,birds, insects.,crawlies etc. Depending on which system you're in and what your needs are, they might just be the compact, well-priced and impressively sharp little primes you've been looking for. At lower settings there's not much difference in detail between JPGs and Raw images—Lightroom's default output even appears a little bit less sharp, but a slight bump in contrast will satisfy photographers who prefer a punchier look to images. But AF, especially AF-C needs a lot of improvement. The CIPA rating is 410 shots for the A6400 compared to 400 for the A6300, so I would expect the battery life to be more or less the same. sigh! It's rated by CIPA for 360 shots using the EVF or 410 using the rear LCD. Looking at the image quality section, I'm quite impressed how the A6000 still provides matching imagery. Some cameras will simply switch to M focus for one shot. It is a perfect match for 5x7", 8x10", 8.5 x 11" 11 x 14" and 16 x 20" with no cropping. A trailblazer. All about tech, not IQ. What focal length are you looking for? I mean, I was told to expect approx 300 shots per charge with the A6000. It’s intriguing that that older model with a similar 24 MP sensor and on-chip phase detection autofocus has slightly better dynamic range and has significantly better color sensitivity throughout the sensitivity range". The 55-210 I tested was absolute garbage compared to a Canon 55-250mm IS STM. old school DSLR shooters are the most stubborn people on the planet. We've broken down the differences and how they compare to their rivals. Sony had often been criticized for being "an electronics company" rather than "a photography company". yeah, who cares if your x-h1 photos are blurry because the af is weak sauce. And would a full frame lens be okay? If I wanted a 4:3 format camera I would go with Oly for stills and Panny for video/stills. The big news is that it has a new processor based on that used in Sony's sports-shooting flagship a9 which enables 'Real-Time Tracking' autofocus, which is one of the most effective autofocus implementations we've yet seen. A big part of their business is in selling lenses too. You'd be hard-pressed to ever encounter a situation where you'd see a difference between lossless and uncompressed RAW. It's joined by the Menu button just to its right, and the AF/MF and AEL control, which is a two-function button with operation changed by a toggle switch that surrounds it. May be because the Nikon Z6 is a FF big and expensive system, very few original lenses available and no compatible with screw AF old Nikon lenses using the adapter? I've tried every trick to fix it but nothing works. A great pleasure to use if you don't need connectivity, fast subject tracking or animal eye-focus. Both Sony A6400 and Sony A6000 cameras have 24.0MP APS-C sensors. Cool? Sensors is early dSLRs were extremely expensive requiring cost cutting to make the cameras affordable.] With this setup, you can move the Flexible Spot around using the touchscreen, and once you half-press, the camera will begin tracking whatever is underneath it. Well, I can't see the detail on the fig leaf. People who want a joystick should be able to re-program the four back wheel presses to act as up/right/down/left movement of the focus point. FW updates must be OTA (WLAN), available with a single press of a button. With the tracking, you're focusing-while-recomposing. The A6500 and A7 II can´t! At least two button presses are required to cancel tracking or initiate tracking because it automatically changes to tracking in Continuous Focus mode. Sigma's new primes promise very good performance and light weight, when paired with L-mount and Sony E-mount mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. I own the 18-135, but I have used the 18-105. Perhaps you are forgetting that this is only an intermediate range camera. I just realized that the camera has only an SD UHS-I slot and lossy compressed Raws with no option for lossless or uncompressed Raws. I picked up a Canon 7D MkII and I had to figure out where stuff was.. there is no magic... and honestly the menus looked paged in quite similar fashion to my A9.. (and the a6400 is basically the same).. so.. yeah. The Sony Zeus’s APC 24 f1.8 is plenty fast and very sharp. The flip-up screen just screams vlogging, but doesn't do you much good if you rely on an on-camera shotgun microphone for audio. Clearing the full buffer can be a matter of minutes, or an excruciating eternity.-This camera would really benefit from one more physical dial.-Menu gripes are overblown for still shooters, as a user shouldn't ever enter the menu after setting up the function screen, custom menu, and custom buttons. That more than makes up for a slightly smaller sensor and makes it better for video. The A6400 is absolutely a beast in this direction; but, if you don't need stellar AF, no (unlimited) 4K video, NEX 7 is absolutely a brilliant camera. It's at ISO 12800 where images start to suffer—details are noticeably smudged. Same with high speed video shooting. M43 forum ♥ to brag about Olympus IBIS, while never addressing Olympus weakness in (1) poor lowlight (2) poor dynamic range (3) poor Continuous AF (4) inferior video specs. Form factor in the 6 series remains a big put-off for me. Sony spent the last couple of years focusing on FF MILC. The ISO Invariance and Exposure Latitude jpeg previews of the raw files are processed differently than from other cameras. Length and filter thread are *exactly* the same. Sleeping on this review I thought I'd share a few other ideas from my own A6000->A6400 upgrade:-You really have to use this camera to understand why it hit 85%. I went for "Clear" jpeg setting, turning up the saturation +2 contrast +1 and sharpness -2 + WB shift of two steps to the right then one down on the auto WB. The camera does include an in-body pop-up flash, an EVF, and a hot shoe. So now A6400 is out of my options. After all, camera companies don't *just* make money from selling cameras. Excellent Review, Good work. Maybe that is this lens? Nevertheless, Canon follows a similar strategy by not supplying new lenses for their woebegotten EOS-M models. The point is that camera menus should not be further cluttered by all these customization options. Can someone tell me if the A6400 has phase detection AF, which would enable its use with the TechArt Pro autofocus adapter? Now they are going to return their focus to APS-C. And Sony made the right move. Perfect! This also seemed to be the only way to lock focus and recompose (that works reliably, so far). The a6400 ($898.00 at Amazon) looks a lot like the a6300 ($1,398.00 at Amazon) . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C37Y6C4AImI, https://www.smallrig.com/smallrig-cold-shoe-relocation-plate-for-sony-a6300-a6400-buc2317.html. This is a camera where a spare battery is something you'll want to buy, especially when you're on a vacation or the like. (DPR have failed to change that spec. Meaning two more button presses to lock focus and recompose.- Setting ‘Focus Tracking’ to custom button doesn’t seem to work in most modes.- A ‘Cancel Tracking’ message pops up in EVF sometimes after shooting but it’s difficult to actually make it happen. Press and release to focus then recompose. No question about that. although being notified of that several times. Ergonomics is quite subjective otherwise since i am good with sony's ergo everyone else has to be. Sony states the a6400 is only protected from the elements, with the caveat that it is "not guaranteed to be 100 percent dust and moisture proof." The camera eschews front buttons, aside from the one used to unlock and unmount the lens. I don't think so. Besides, LCD screens are already articulating. This camera is truly extraordinary. I am using the a6400 as a second body to my A9 to get even more reach (1200 mm with 100-400 mm + 2x telconverter) So there's that. It supports Bluetooth, NFC, and Wi-Fi. But then, if someone walks into a static scene and you quickly want to track them, you have to use a custom button set to Focus Mode and change it back to Continuous, and then use another custom button to initiate Face Priority. There is a signficant amount of time required to clear the buffer to memory—41.7 seconds for Raw+JPG, 26.7 seconds for Raw, and 41 seconds for JPG. Those seem like good estimates after two full days of using the camera in the field—I managed around 450 shots using about two-thirds of a charge, but the figure benefits from a liberal use of burst shooting. I would hope that the a6400 would overwrite the exercise of having to manually switch. It's an OLED panel with 0.7x magnification and 2,365k dots squeezed into its small frame. Sony A6400 was introduced to market in January 2019 and Sony A6000 was launched in April 2014. I don't know how it works but that doesn't sound right. The full-frame e-mount lenses work beautifully on the A6400 and other APS-C bodies, and some are sufficiently small-sized. What’s the best camera for less than $1000? We've not had a chance to full evaluate the X-T30—Fujifilm says we can expect a production sample to test soon. The rear command dial is flat, but turns comfortably. It can be that you are looking at the screen more then normal (I take a picture, look at the screen just to see if it is right and I switch of the camera). Since then there have been improvements around the edges, like BSI, readout speed, OSPDAF, and so on, but relatively tiny improvements in IQ. And so on, and so forth. (I do not like to use the screen to initiate tracking. You might ask what the heck was I doing in the menu for so long, but hey, times flies when you're having fun - well in most case it does...Anyway, that's enough about this from me. The a6500 has been out for ages, so why just consider Sony now? Much better bokeh, too. There are a lot of photo/video cameras that have found a role as B-cameras on professional productions or A-camera for amateur and independent productions. Sony claims the a6400 has the world's fastest focus acquisition, and our tests show that it can lock on to a subject in less than 0.05-second, which scans with Sony's 0.02-second claim. I use custom Fn settings and reassign buttons too, and "My Menu" for the items that I sometimes use but not enough to put in Fn, and also for the items that are impossible to put in Fn, such as compressed/uncompressed raw. It houses a 24MP APS-C sensor, a class-leading autofocus system, and great video features. Telefunk, The A6000 has no big drainage of battery when switched off. In this video, Chris shows us how to set up this very useful feature. The a6400 includes many of the same focus functions as the a6300, but drops Sony's older Lock-On AF subject tracking for a new system, which is identified more simply as Tracking in the camera menus. For me 2 batteries is usually enough for a day outside and many times one is enough. The recomposed shot (across a large room) was completely out of focus. It's awkward to reach, and recessed so you don't trigger it accidentally. But as mgreenfield has suggested, you could always swap to back-button focus, but I find that AF button a bit fiddly myself. I can't recall ever getting less than 400 on any battery. thanks mgreen, I started with back button focus and it seemed to complicate everything. On my a7III/a7RIII with firmware 3.0 it doesn't. It should be editable (implicitly!) @captura - "Sony prefers to offer new FE lenses so an upgrade path to A7 & A9 bodies is clear for A6xxx owners.". Frankly, I think that the JPEGs coming out of the PEN F look better than this Sony up through ISO 3200. DPReview TV: How to set up real-time autofocus on Sony a6100, a6400, a6600, a9, a9 II, and a7r IV, DPReview TV: Mid-Range APS-C Mirrorless Shootout (Canon M6 Mk II, Sony a6400, Nikon Z50, Fuji X-T30), DPReview TV: Fujifilm X-T30 vs Sony a6400. "Sony is still the biggest sponsor of dpreview I see.". The Mode dial changes between automatic, manual, and other standard shooting modes. Sony's a6400 is a near-universally capable camera, with a market-leading autofocus implementation at a surprisingly modest price. If you click an affiliate link and buy a product or service, we may be paid a fee by that merchant. I read somewhere once the camera when you just turn it off with the switch some how is still connected on the battery, the extraction process really shuts it down. Thanks for your answers. The a6400 scored neck-and-neck with the X-T30 and both received the Gold Award. I will say, that's a -deep- menu system they have, haha. As a former A6000 fan, I'm so bored with the form factor of the A6X00 series I cannot get excited to go for the latest partially crippled variant (no IBIS etc. But you can't use it to navigate Sony's menu system, which is better than it used to be, but still pretty dense. When you're shooting that quickly, the camera's buffer can fill up fast. ), but passed on the 16mm behemoth. Sony a6400 may seem like a cheaper Sony α6500, but is it? Just a prediction; the A6300 was presented in Feb, 16 and the A6500 in Oct, 16, then if the A6400 was presented in Feb,19, the new A6700 should be presented in the next October... We have tested side by side the a6500 and the a6400. flips flippant remark calling fuji"crippled" prompted my remark... reading the whole thread is your friend. These companies just don't realise, that people look at this, torture themselves with this tough choice and finally decide that it's just better to buy Oly E-M1 mark ii or Pany G9. The Primoplan 75mm F1.9 II is a redesign of the original Primoplan 75mm F1.9 designed in 1936. Sony's Optical Steady Shot stabilization, which is included in many of its native E-mount lenses, works well for stills, but doesn't stabilize moving images as well as a camera that leverages both in-body and in-lens tech. That's not a bad thing for casual users, as they work pretty well. You simple want back button focusing, don’t you? I found that foreground subjects could throw the autofocus system off a bit. With a 1.8x squeeze, the lens produces a more pronounced anamorphic effect than the 1.33x lenses offered by Sirui, albeit at a much higher cost. Quick, accurate autofocus. However, despite the noise, the A6400 stills pulls out more details in the shadows anyway - https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/image-comparison/fullscreen?attr144_0=sony_a6400&attr144_1=sony_a6400&attr144_2=fujifilm_xt30&attr144_3=fujifilm_xt30&attr146_0=100_5&attr146_1=100_6&attr146_2=160_6&attr146_3=160_7&attr177_0=off&attr177_1=off&attr177_2=off&attr177_3=off&normalization=compare&widget=665&x=-1.0234575652074653&y=-0.5278862923540646. It measures 4.75 x 2.75 x 2 inches and weighs 14.3 ounces with the battery and card. :). One curiosity is if this button works with the 18-135 Sony lens as there is the AF/Manual button on the lens. the Olympus 75mm f/1.8 (it looks like a Sigma cosmetically). Then the light meter will mostly be fooled much more than 1/3 stop, compared to perfect raw file exposure. I don't need a dual SD slot on an sub 1000$ camera, but why not have an UHS-II for faster data transfer. Both cameras have APS-C sensors but Canon M6 MII has a 33.0 MP and Sony A6400 has a 24.0 MP resolution. Even using support and hands off. Our tests are done with a 300MBps memory card, but because the a6400 only supports UHS-I speeds, it's not taking full advantage of the latest, fastest media. As a current a6x00 fan, I have a6000, a6300 (bought for my son), and a6500. hardly... 2019 saw plenty of new cameras released, some of which were very important - and seriously impressive. You have issues with people wanting to capture memories of themselves in photos? Two of the 12 lenses have already been launched; the 24/1.4 and 135/1.8. It's only available in AF-C, so if you leave the camera set to the default AF-A mode you'll be limited to using the older focus modes. Alternative would be a cage with external screen or view ona an app on a smartphone, but this is so much easier in real life. Both in how it … This video is brought to you by SQUARESPACE! It is at these extreme settings where full-frame models pull away from cameras with APS-C image sensors. We compare the Canon EOS R6, Nikon Z6 II, Panasonic S5 and Sony a7 III. What would make me buy another Sony APS-C is a6400 (AF) with IBIS, GPS, Z battery (2x the juice), and great mobile integration -- current Imaging Edge is just as horrendously lame as Play Memories Mobile before it. I don't want to start anything that causes arguments. Take a look at the side-by-side comparison above—the shot on the left was captured with the flash pointed forward, and the one on the right was shot with it pointed to the ceiling. I do have cameras with "selfie" screen (both fully articulated and top-flip). The camera can still miss focus on occasion, but for the most part does a very good job keeping your subject in focus. To ask a company like Sony to produce perfect UI might be too much. But not everyone wants or needs a big sensor. In those articles, I made note of the insane ISO performance of the a6400 - it has a native ISO range of 100-3200 and is expandable to 102400. The next generation with IBIS and best in class AF (and maybe a 36MP sensor?) Er, 007Peter, surely IBIS is exactly what “M43” has done to address a major part of its “core weaknesses” ? In short, the a6000 is still an amazing camera. lets warn all the 12 year old girls out there of fujis selfie defect ! Testing out and reviewing the new Sony a6400 with a FLIP SCREEN! Sony doesn't include an external wall charger to replenish the battery outside the camera, but does bundle an AC adapter and micro USB cable for in-camera charging. Ergonomics: really, resorting to another myth. @captura - "Nevertheless, Canon follows a similar strategy by not supplying new lenses for their woebegotten EOS-M models.". A bit disappointing to see Sony lackluster results. Sony 50mm 1.8 was great surprise too. If the UI is sub-par *and* we cannot customize it to our liking, *then* it's a lost battle. I'm sure it will sell like the hot cakes though. Fujifilm's 3.00 firmware update adds a new Pixel Shift Mult-Shot mode to its GFX 100 camera that works alongside a new Pixel Shift Combiner program to output 400MP Raw images made up from 16 individual still images. As Rishi wrote, it becomes more of a point-and-shoot - and I do believe, actually, that that's a bad thing, at this price point. Should work just fine after a small period of get used to. As unscientific as it sounds, "unengaging photo experience" really is what bothered me the most about this camera. Not so much with the tracking but with initial acquisition. So, I default to wide-area, and if I want to pick a subject, I press the Multi-Selector to activate a Recall Custom Hold that switches to Lock-On Expand Flexible Spot. Sony wants you to move up to the a6500 ($1,499.00 at Amazon) to get an APS-C camera with in-body image stabilization (IBIS). Only full-frame lenses are weather sealed. Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for Sony Alpha a6400 Mirrorless Camera: Compact APS-C Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera with Real-Time Eye Auto Focus, 4K Video & Flip Up Touchscreen - E Mount Compatible Cameras - ILCE-6400/B Body at Amazon.com. Way too many options are difficult or poorly designed. The On/Off switch surrounds the shutter release, and is atop the handgrip, at a slight angle. How long can it continues shooting video without hit issue or the issue still exists. To ensure no mistake, I used a shallow DOF, initially focusing on a subject 5 feet away at 135mm/f5.6. I've had my A6000 for almost 3 years ( or is it 4) and it's next to brand new because I just could not handle the rate at which it chews through batteries so I just leave it in the cupboard, I mean "it's horrifying" to see those battery life percentage numbers tumble downward so fast. The other rear controls run down the right side, in between the LCD and the body's edge. And they'll eventually likely own the MILC market because they are the only ones doing this. Or maybe it will the other way round -- now that the market is in quite some turmoil... Until then, we'll just keep seeing that constant stream of bad market news, and constant moaning of how mobile phones eat everyone's cake. How can you still not find some comfortable familiarity with the controls? For bloggers, vloggers and independent content creators, the Sony A6400 is a dream. The a6400 is sold as a body only for photographers who already have an investment in compatible lenses. You don't always get all three in a mirrorless camera. There is a modicum of weather protection. Is there a price range you're thinking of? [For those that don’t know, aps-c is a sensor size smaller than “full frame,” which is equivalent to the size of old 35mm film. DPR, please correct the processing mistake:https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/62885059. Messing around in the menu system could see from 100% to as low as 55-60% in less than half to 3/4 of an hour. Welcome to the Sony merry-go-round. I believe this is a focus-by-wire lens. Sure, they could make the perfect camera, but it would be expensive. The rear camera (or cameras) on an iPhone has all the latest bells and whistles, but how do you use them to capture a selfie or record a video of yourself? I want a simple tracking on/tracking off toggle function (w/o using the touch screen). Sony has confirmed that more pro teles are coming and it seems likely that they will update the a6500 with a variation of the XT-3 sensor. The A7-lll & A9 has done the same for FF mirrorless world. The 65mm T2 completes Vazen's set of anamorphic lenses for the Micro Four Thirds system. I am happy with the Sony 20mm 2.8 and the only lenses I vaguely want are the 24mm 1.8, 35mm 1.8 and the 18-135; I don’t feel much limited in the lenses options as I don’t really need to have 20 of them. It's like dinging a camera for having annoying packaging. The Sony a6400 is a well-equipped camera with solid image quality and a great price considering its specs. Using remote on iPhone is a joke. Nikon rules. Thanks to a recent update to iOS, Apple users can now pair the camera with the Sony PlayMemories Mobile app with a tap, just as Android owners have been able to do for ages. My Nikon was pretty old, so I expected it to be a learning curve. Such a camera would be priced around £1400 and could justify an expensive and fast (perhaps G branded) 16-50 lens. Sony was much better. Take a look. The adapter will bring full autofocus, aperture control and EXIF data transfer capabilities to Pentax K-mount lenses when used on select Sony E-mount camera systems. It's also among the easiest to use, once you've gotten it set up. The display of third-party trademarks and trade names on this site does not necessarily indicate any affiliation or the endorsement of PCMag. It is also possible that your camera or battery is not well. Our expert industry analysis and practical solutions help you make better buying decisions and get more from technology. The 105/1.8 is the other. Not so much for crowded situations. And the a6000 before that. This newsletter may contain advertising, deals, or affiliate links. But nope, same old horrendous Play Memories Mobile, just re-branded. Well, the real liability of *all* current camera manufacturers is that they are not "software companies". It's a "tool", and a damned good one, too, but I never looked forward to picking it up and it did not inspire me to be creative and trying to make photographs instead of snapshots. Large, sharp EVF. Sure, the 18-135mm and 18-105mm are better options, but with M43 you get the very decent 12-60mm cheap as part of a kit. Fujifilm has announced a special version of its 100MP GFX 100 for infrared imaging. Noise is easier to clean up but lost details are harder to recover. Once I bought the Leica Q I discovered how nice to use a camera can be and that minute, I ceased to like the 6000 at all (even though I know the 6000 can take great pics). My guess is, if continuing with the brick design, it will be called an A6700. I've ordered the a6400 with the 18-135 zoom but also need a very sharp and fast fixed lens. are you condemning the fuji for not having a narcissism mode.... ? Yesterday did some testing in the local shop Sony 6400 vs Fujifilm xt30 and got lots of Out of focus photos with xt30. No, it's not really a similar strategy. It comes in several kit versions at Adorama, at Amazon, at B&H and at Crutchfield. Wish I never spent tue money. The reason is obvious: they would make money off of selling new APS-C lenses. The A6000 gave the mirrorless camera world a jolt of electricity right up the butt, just what it needed to become a mainstream line-up, full of potential. Our Verdict. I love my A7-lll, and woww, NO battery problems.. Go Sony..!! The a6400 is able to keep its top speed for 46 Raw+JPG, 49 Raw, or 114 JPG shots. Any recommendations? Want a decent telephoto? > External app is better in two respects <...>. The m4/3 and the APS sigma 16mm, 30mm and 60mm f/2.8 lenses are the exact same lenses, they just have different mounts. I don’t just recommend it on our recommendations page, but I actually use it! Sony's a6400 is a compact 24MP mirrorless interchangeable lens camera with an APS-C sensor that will serve plenty of photographers from family documentarians to pro shooters looking for a lightweight second body. Why to have this kind of discussion? The 18-135 kit also comes with a 100$ lower price than buying the camera and lens separately. If moving over to an A7 design style with central EVF, it will be named an A7000. Thankfully you can reprogram other buttons to start video—I found the C1 button to be just about perfect. It will continue to track the face once it moves outside that spot, yes. If you need an external app to configure a camera to your liking, you’ve already lost the battle. Why am I forced to choose between a6400 and a6500 with IBIS but worse autofocus? Does anyone know if the phase detection AF uses cross sensors, in order to focus on subjects with horizontal lines? 24MP APS-C image sensor. If your subject falls outside that area, autofocus isn't going to pick it up. I don't want to abanon M43, but so far M43 has DONE NOTHING to address its core weaknesses. The Sony a6400 isn't an absolutely perfect camera, but its flaws are more foibles than deal breakers, so we're naming it our Editors' Choice. Sony A6400 Review - A6400 Field Test Part I. It’s a valid concern for anyone who wants to use an external microphone while recording themselves. It also features nearly 150 wonderful images from past Olympics games. The Sony a6400 is a camera that straddles the line between consumer and enthusiast, delivering automatic operation for family snapshots with the image quality and speed aficionados love. Want the full list of specifications for the a6400? To fit those prints, you have to crop a 3:2 format APS to the point where the sensor is the same size as the 4:3 sensor cameras so all the sensor size advantage goes away. Unless you need better AF, better EVFs and faster operation, there isn't a whole lot of incentive to upgrade your camera. Seriously? The whole 6000 series is magnificent but I'd hate to think they were all spoiled by this one issue. Your comment makes no sense. If you want lots of zoom look at a Sony r100 or LX1000, etc. We're currently using an analog-style timer to check focus speed, and it doesn't deliver the precision required to measure durations as short as 0.02-second. Me too. There are some menu improvements with this model. The biggest feature is undoubtedly its autofocus system, which offers 425 phase-detect points, 'Real-time Eye AF' (that work on animals too, via a Summer firmware update) and … To be honest it's equally disappointing that Sony didn't give IBIS to a $1000 camera, A6400 is not a cheap camera at all. Not the best IBIS, blown away by M43, especially Olympus. by Jaron Schneider| Posted 06/24/2019 Even though it introduced Sony's most impressive autofocus technology in some time, the Sony A6400 is not an exciting camera. I am happy with Olympus for most things. I have 2 of them, I used to really love them but now I find them so boring I rarely bring them out. So Sony don't charge anything to other lens manufacturers, so they can develop and sell E-mount lenses? Now that they've established that they hold the advantage in FF MILC systems (bodies, lenses, technology), they can re-focus on APS-C. Reduces the usefulness of the flip up screen in that situation. They can then foster those APS-C users into more advanced APS-C cameras and lenses. Read honest and unbiased product reviews from our users. Built-in flash and hot shoe. I'm sure they know that there is pent-up demand for lenses such as APS-C f/2.8 zooms. Sony's a6x00 series (especially the most recent ones) are very good cameras. 5 years in technology is a long time, and there are many photographers who wouldn’t even consider a camera that’s 1 year old, let alone 5. As for having only one SD slot (as well as the lack of uncompressed RAW), this is still pretty much a consumer-level camera. A few months back, I took the Sony a6400 for a spin (you can read my a6400 review here) and was impressed with its features, ease of use, ergonomics, and performance.. Then I pitted the a6400 against the a6500 and a6300 to see which one was king.. That's reality. With 18-135 (bought two of these, for myself and my son), any of these bodies represent perfect walk-around combos, reminiscent of F717, with which I had love/hate relationship (great concept, but ISO100-only and no AF to speak of). I had both.The tamron 28-75 works also very fine with it... as does every other ff lens. Now Sony is simply applying that successful business model to the MILC world. Review: Does the Canon Rebel T8i DSLR make sense in an increasingly mirrorless world? It has a durable, but small body, with good ergonomics for the most part. Sony's habit of giving similar names to cameras that look the same can make it difficult to choose between them. 4K quality is lovely—sharp, colorful, and with the pop you expect from high-resolution video. If I wanted to have a 3:2 format crop sensor camera I would have to go with Fuji. This means you can pull it back with your finger and bounce light off the ceiling to get softer, more even illumination. Photokina has announced via a press release that after 70 years of shows in Cologne, Germany, it will be indefinitely suspended due to 'decreases in the imaging market’ that have ‘force[d] a hard cut.’. If you're seeing less than CIPA-reported battery life, that means you have various functions in the camera left on such as wifi, apps, and/or high sleep limits on the EVF or LCD keeping them on a long time...or you are doing a lot of viewing/playback, or taking long to line up and take shots. The Sony a6400 ($899.99, body only) isn't the sexiest, flashiest camera to come from the brand in recent years—most of the buzz comes from the company's full-frame line. It may be not a pixelpeepers dream but it gets you going and you could still take great images with it.The 18-135 is decent too and very compact, but in my opinion I would rather have the 16-70. Canon M6 MII was introduced to market in August 2019 and Sony A6400 was launched in … The a6400 takes some fantastic photographs, and in particular, has some welcome tweaks to its JPEG engine. There are plenty of people out there capturing themselves in video, whether it be for personal use or for creating your own Youtube channel. It arrives in an increasingly crowded field, though, with cameras like the X-T30 from Fujifilm and the EOS M50 from Canon being similarly priced and with similar sized sensors. They just hadn't gotten around to cashing in on that pent-up demand yet, because they've been working on their FF MILC system for the last few years. Personally, I think the camera world owes a lot to the A6000's appearance, because until then the direction of mirrorless cameras was a path that might never have been fully explored. Purchase the Nikon Z6, and you're happy with it's ergonomics and fantastic IQ. I looked at the studio scene. … Shooting at top speed can make it difficult to track a moving subject, so Sony also includes an 8fps mode that allows for preview of changes in the scene from shot to shot, so you can better pan the camera to keep a moving target in frame. ", https://www.mirrorlessrumors.com/sony-says-ok-your-are-right-we-now-will-focus-on-aps-c-again/, https://www.diyphotography.net/sony-plans-triumphant-return-to-aps-c-camera-development/. That Sony 16-50mm is a disgrace. sony 6400 bagged both EISA and tips awards. Yongnuo, makers of lenses, cameras and other photo accessories, has filed a patent for a modular mirrorless camera system. Nikon doesn't have APS-C MILC, Fuji doesn't have FF MILC, and Canon doesn't have continuity between their APS-C/FF MILC systems. As a enthusiast A6000 user I like the way Sony keeps the new cameras have the same form factor, it makes switching so much easier!Think what many people will tell when the form factor changed, not the small "rangefinder" style any more.... many people love the small and good design of this little camera just for what it is, small and good... Sigma 16-30-56 trio is the best affordable compact prime combo you can get on any aps-c system today, > Sigma 16-30-56 trio is the best affordable compact prime combo. I actually purchased the M43 version 30/ 1.4 for my Olympus, for the spectacular bokeh. err screen ? For this reason I'm still hanging on to the a6300 as neither the 6500 nor the 6400 offer enough to upgrade. Hmm, X-H1 vs A6400, X-H1 seems to be an abandoned line by Fuji, Very disappointing that Fuji didn't add IBIS to X-T3, totally confusing what Fuji is doing. The A6400 shares Bluetooth with the A6500 and both can conveniently use it for GPS geotagging via your smartphone, but this isn't possible with the A6300 which only supports WiFi and NFC. As for me, I couldn't care less about tracking AF. Firstly, because the 1.4 aperture of the trifecta sigma primes becomes unusable for me in normal sunlit day and secondly and more importantly this omission just makes me feel as if I have to make a compromise in this cool posibility to shoot wide open in sunlit day for the sake of it, just because sony says so, as I see no reason for them to not include it. Sony has put real effort into improving its menu system, but I think there's some more room for refinement. The 'One Shot' documentary highlights the incredible amount of preparation and work involved in photographers capturing iconic moments in Olympic history. Wish I had bought the full frame now. I’ve lately been out shooting with the new Sony a6400 mirrorless camera, the latest in the smaller APS-C cropped mirrorless cameras in the Sony Alpha range (they also have full-frame cameras in the Alpha range, such as the a7r III and a7 iii). Heck companies even can't decide on single mount size. You should be able to check whether the manual focusing on this lens is focus-by-wire or direct mechanical focusing. The a6300 is no slouch when it comes to capturing fast action, but it's also not the best out there—perfectly understandable given its price and position in the market. I just checked, and it works as I described. Yeah that’s pretty f’ing fast. In this review, we will be comparing A6400 and A6000, two Advanced Mirrorless cameras by Sony. Sony's 'Real-Time' autofocus promises to track almost anything you throw at it, but it's not enabled by default. Check out our extensive samples gallery from the Sony a6400. So if you must have dual card slots (and uncompresssed RAW), I would just wait until Sony releases their "enthusiast" APS-C body. But they obviously want to make money from their own lens sales as well. It's available in Canon EF, Fuji X, Leica M, M42, MFT, Nikon F, Pentax K and Sony E mounts and the first units are expected to ship in January 2021. Animal Eye AF will be even cooler.-Now that this camera rocks burst-mode action tracking, Sony's ancient UHS-1 SD card interface is even more egregious. It is the Sony lenses that are either cheap and nasty, or expensive and nice. I guess Canon menus suck too... @cosinaphile - "are you condemning the fuji for not having a narcissism mode.... ? We can first see this in terms of detail capture throughout the scene. Pros may scoff at the small pop-up strobe, but it's definitely a step up from the flashes you'll find in consumer SLRs for a simple reason—it's mounted on a hinge. May be if Sony comes up with their premium APS-C model before I start reducing/switching I will consider it, but then IBIS and electronic shutter at least 1/16000 is a must, I don’t have 1.4 lenses (not a bokeh/one subject in a blurry background type of person) so I don’t really struggle with sunny days; nevertheless I usually take a circular polarizer and a 3x ND filter so shutter speed is not an issue even in the brightest of days (The 3x ND allows you to shot at 1/4000 what you would have needed 1/16000 and the 1/4000 is enough to freeze any moving subject outside particle physics labs). A good focusing system is not the only thing that makes a better camera. So why isn't a "objective" standard of menu, layouts etc for non-sony cameras. This 100% all-content, junk-free website's biggest source of support is when you use those or any of these links to my personally-approved sources when you get anything, regardless of the country in which you live. Assign "AF on" to a customizable button and set the camera to AF-C. Then, when you hold the customized button down the focus will track and when you release the button it will stop. I don't know what you mean by "lost of zoom range", but I do know that the 18-135 zoom range is quite popular, which is why practically every manufacturer makes that zoom range now. I love my 85mm f/1.8 on full frame, but it might be too long to be a useful focal length for you. None are stabilised though. since i dont own any sony cameras , i dont need to master their awful menus ,, the ones dpr have been mentioning since the sony Nex 7many years agoDPR in 2011: "The NEX-7's menus are based on the original NEX-5's, just adding more options on top. External app is better in two respects: a) would not further clutter already busy camera menu, b) would be simply more convenient: my phone has 7.2" inch screen with multi-touch support, polished UI primitives etc. Big mistake of dpreview on Specifications>videography modes.Video formats : delete MOV and replace it with Mp4.This camera does not export to MOV. Now, three months later, the company has confirmed in a statement that the personal information of past and current employees was taken from its servers. But the effect is quite different. Can anyone tell me why the A6400 has worse (viewfinder/screen rating) , (ergonomics and handling) and (movie/video mode) scoring than the old A6300 model?The A6400 has a touch and front articulated screen in the same body and no time/heat limit recording video!Perhaps you have assigned a 85% limit to these A6xxx cameras? When taking selfies, a three-second countdown timer automatically engages, so you can make sure you're ready for the shot. No price is given at this time, but the adapter is set to be available by the end of the year. I'll try it again, but it seems the only way to lock focus (and recompose) while avoiding it automatically changing to tracking (not only people but moving leaves, anything moving) is to toggle back and forth between Single Focus mode and Continuous which is an extra step. Sony's a6400 has an awful lot of refinements on the inside - take a look. He has a thing for old lenses, boneyards, and waterfowl. If you want to start a video clip after shooting a burst of images, you're out of luck—the camera displays a message indicating that it's unable to start recording until all files have written to the card. The a6400 is definitely a quantum leap in colors, detail produced and the much wider dynamic range. Technical Editor Richard Butler's pick was the unusual lens that gave him the opportunity to try something new. You don't need to spend a fortune to buy a camera that's designed for videography. Sign up for What's New Now to get our top stories delivered to your inbox every morning. As you'd expect, the a6400 includes wireless connectivity. I tend to turn off the power between shots and mercifully the switch continues to work and the camera (A6000) turns on reasonably fast to take almost any picture I want. "Default JPEG colors aren't our favorite"You guys are so kind, thanks for the excellent review! if no need 4k, no need sport shootingi bet stills IQ almost same as A6000, You loose about 1/3 of light through the mirror and the bsi sensors are a bit better at high iso anyway. I briefly had the rx100 va, and one thing I noticed was that the burst speeds were amazing, but then the camera would sit there for literally 30 seconds clearing the buffer, unusable. That said, I'm sure the a6500 successor will get the faster processor that's required for the improved AF. Or are professional videographers more narcisistic than consumers? Where is this information published? It's not DP's fault. The Sony Alpha A6400 is the newest edition in Sony’s midrange crop-sensor lineup. It aced our continuous focus test, keeping every image in focus as it shot a target moving toward and away from the lens, without dropping below 11fps. Touch input isn't available everywhere. Gone are the days when poor C-AF is acceptable in any mirrorless camera. 1/3 stop of light loss is not visible when you compare real world work, not even at ery high ISO (yes, tested, with large prints). This is a pain point I'd like to see Sony address in the future, but one big step would be supporting UHS-II transfer speeds. Will it be the same with the A6400? Right, because all pictures taken with cameras other than A6400 and A9 are blurry :)))). Are you claiming that its only you who gets it and everyone else in the business is just dumb. The Canon RF 800mm F11's unique combination of telephoto reach, affordability and light weight will likely enable even more people to do the same. The original NEX primes, 50/1,8 OSS and 35/1.8 OSS are very good, AF and stabilized. Only used A6300 so I may be completely off track, but maybe setting up back button focusing so that half-press shutter would not change focus? The smaller form factor and most of the technology changes are unimportant to me. I just bought the sigma dn 19mm f2.8 lens for $137, try finding a similar prime that cheap for x mount or fe mount. Serious question .. how do my "old" Sony A850 and A77 cameras compare for stills IQ? The new DJI Mavic Mini 2 includes several notable improvements over the original Mavic Mini, including 4K video, Raw photo capability, and DJI's robust OcuSync 2.0 transmission system. I turned the EVF off, time-out was 2 mins. The a6400 uses a 24MP APS-C image sensor, the same size and resolution as the a6300. 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