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The Sony A6400 Experience Review! Fast, Small, Light & Priced RIGHT! – Steve Huff Photo

The Sony A6400 Experience Review! Fast, Small, Light & Priced RIGHT! – Steve Huff Photo

The Sony A6400 Palms On Experience! Quick, Small, Light & Priced RIGHT!

By Steve Huff

My Sony A6400 Experience Video Under! 

Typically being a one man present is hard in relation to reviewing cameras right here and on my Youtube channel. I’m the one who makes use of and consider the gear, writes concerning the gear, shoots movies concerning the gear and with the gear, edits all video and publishes every thing. It’s me myself and I so I’m not often first out of the gate with critiques nowadays, however in a means I type of like that.

It provides me extra time to consider the cameras, lenses or no matter I’m going to speak about on these pages and in my movies. There are various movies on the market on the a6400 already they usually began on the day of the announcement, many from those that haven’t even touched it and are repeating issues stated in boards, and a few from those that truly used the digital camera (that are those to take heed to and watch in case you are within the digital camera)!

As of now, there are a slew of movies displaying the a6400 specs, options and what it does. My video above is sort of totally different ; ) I don’t get technical, and by no means have. I want speaking concerning the expertise of utilizing the digital camera, and 11 years in the past I coined the time period “Real World Review” to match that. Nowadays I’ve modified this time period to “Experience Review” as a result of that’s precisely what it’s. Utilizing the digital camera is the one approach to share this expertise with you guys, and as an alternative of speaking about issues that don’t matter with images, I favor to speak concerning the issues that do. So take pleasure in! Oh and all photographs on the web page right here have been shot with the Sony A6400. You have to click on them for bigger variations.

Click on for bigger, sharper and higher model. Shot with the a6400 and 24-70 G Grasp lens.

Enjoyable within the Solar, and Rain

Over the previous few days I’ve been in San Diego testing the brand new Sony A6400 Digital camera, within the rain and solar and no, the A6400 isn’t climate sealed. I feel it is very important keep in mind the worth level right here of $899 as it isn’t going to have all the fancy options of a $2000 mannequin.

As for being in San Diego, I’ve been doing these media journeys for eight years and it’s a means for a few of us within the business to get to see a digital camera, contact it, use it after which relay our ideas to you. This advantages me, and it advantages you. I participate in these media excursions as I really like new gear and I really like sharing my ardour with you. (see some behind the scenes footage of those journeys within the video on the prime of the web page).

However let me be 100% clear, I’ve by no means been paid by any digital camera firm, I don’t take free gear in change for a evaluate and by no means have I lied in a evaluate or praised a product I didn’t really love with my coronary heart and soul. Typically my ardour will get the perfect of me and I launch my pleasure on this pages as if I have been a volcano erupting. I assume that’s a great factor however at the moment, with this digital camera..properly, it doesn’t excite me however I’ll say it’s a rattling good digital camera for $900.

Click on for bigger. All pictures on this web page are JPEGS from the digital camera. Some have been tweaked for colour, distinction or in a single case, a filter was used. However all are JPEG. 

The new Sony a6400 is an Entry Degree APS-C digital camera. There are some fantastic issues about it and a few common issues about it however at $900 for the physique solely it really does give some bang for the buck and does a variety of issues very nicely. Focus Velocity and Monitoring, picture high quality, good EVF, small and lightweight, flip up LCD, contact display and actual time full time monitoring functionality.


Once I arrived to San Diego I obtained to see some nice pals like Ted Forbes from The Artwork of Images. Ken Rockwell from KenRockwell.com, Jim Fisher from PC Magazine, Gordon Laing from CameraLabs.com and Leigh from The Snapchick (YouTube) in addition to many different superb individuals who assessment cameras.

Hanging out with the digital camera assessment crowd might be enjoyable, and all the time is… however as I become old I discover I not need to rush to get a assessment out, or a video. I not really feel the necessity for velocity or to be first out with a video so I can get views. Nowadays, with my extra laid again vibe (aka getting older) I like to consider the expertise I had with the digital camera for a day or so earlier than writing the phrases down, and it’s been a few day since I turned within the Sony a6400!

Keep in mind, I solely had it for 2 full days, after which needed to return it.


Often I’m not an enormous fan of the Sony APS-C line or come to think about it, ANY APS-C line of digital camera (the Fuji X-T3 was nice although, I admit). These cameras have all the time been nice however me, properly, I’m a full body sort of man and up to now would all the time both go full body or Micro four/three. Today there are a bunch of APS-C cameras that tempt me as I really feel cameras just like the Fuji X-T3 and Leica CL are excellent cameras on this sensor measurement market. That Leica CL is a magnificence that speaks to my coronary heart. Even so, this new Sony is one that may converse to the mind because it’s a a lot better purchase value sensible and is quicker than the others that value extra.

My Leica CL Evaluate

Sony has all the time had the a6000, a6300 and a6500 and now they’ve the a6400 that share the identical physique, similar battery, similar really feel and usefulness, similar sensor (I feel), and nicely, it looks like capturing an a6300 or a6500. It does have the updates just like the newer processor, the superb monitoring AF and EYE AF and shortly, Animal Eye AF.

So there isn’t any massive big dramatic evolution right here, however the auto focus efficiency is sort of particular. Beats my Canon EOS-R for face monitoring, and common monitoring. Beats the Nikon Z6 with AF velocity and monitoring. Beats the A7III and A7RIII in these areas as nicely. Huh, and for $900? yep.


What the A6400 provides over the others are issues just like the flip up LCD, the “NO LIMIT” video document time. Yep, now you can document for greater than 30 minutes.BTW, the brand new AF system  coming to the flagship A9 by way of a firmware replace this yr and sure it’s even quicker and higher than what we’ve got right here within the 6400.

Actual Time Monitoring and EYE AF is right here within the 6400 and in April, Animal Eye AF will come by way of a firmware replace. Animal Eye AF might sound foolish to some however that is big for the wildlife crowd or anybody who needs to shoot their cat or canine (and we all know what number of do that). However imaging being out within the wild capturing wildlife. With Animal EYE AF, you’ll be able to all the time nail the main target. Positive, we have now been doing it ourselves for years however for many who need it even simpler, right here ya go!

The Eyes…

My time with the 6400 was good.

I needed to check it as a vlogging digital camera, a photographic software, and I needed to check this new actual time face and eye monitoring as I used to be happy to listen to you not want to carry down a button to deliver EYE Af up and use it (which was all the time a ache IMO). Now you possibly can simply activate it within the digital camera by way of a spotlight mode and the digital camera will search for an eye fixed, and it’ll discover it. If the topic strikes or turns round it is going to default to regular monitoring however will maintain on the lookout for an eye fixed or face.

I used to be capable of check all of it (a lot extra within the video) and had a good time throughout these previous couple of days.

The Actual Time Monitoring. It really works. 

I used to be amazed when utilizing monitoring and it labored superb in some conditions (canine, volleyball) and good in others (basketball). As I exploit the digital camera I used to be being blown away by the velocity and stored telling myself “This is $900”! One factor to remember although, that is NOT an A9 and won’t focus as quick or precisely as an A9 however for the worth level, and the individual that is for consider me, the AF is beautiful. As I shot a canine flying into the air to catch a frisbee, the monitoring would lock on to the canine and stick. as he flew via the air. It was immediate. It by no means misplaced the monitoring which assured my shot can be in focus.

Fashions? Similar factor. The focus field locked onto the attention or face and bam, all the time in focus.

I’ve spoken of issues like this earlier than, and even stated that for me it was step in the direction of having the digital camera do all the be just right for you however I do understand some on the market love this. I admit, it should ensure you not often ever miss.

The physique is small, and once more, if in case you have used an A6000 or up then you realize this physique. It’s small, slender and lightweight. The flip up LCD is nice for vloggers however if you wish to use a microphone, you’ll need a deal with attachment so as to add it to the aspect. With that stated, the inbuilt mic is excellent (see the video). I might truthfully use it as a vlog digital camera with the inbuilt mic.

Typically the issues we expect are so necessary are usually not actually that necessary. What I imply is, for informal youtube vlogging, the inbuilt might be just right for you until you’re in a really noisy surroundings during which case a shotgun mic would all the time do higher as a result of you’ll not be choosing up all the outdoors noise.

I’m completely happy that Sony gave us a flip up LCD however I discover the implementation a bit awkward and odd. Perhaps I’m simply used to both not having them, or having them flip to the aspect. Unsure however I might have most popular the aspect swing out. Sony likes to be totally different, and right here they did it once more. It really works, and I’m glad to have it even when it isn’t as I might have designed it.

The LCD is good, and in addition has a contact focus function. When utilizing monitoring you’ll be able to allow contact and press the display to set who or what you need to monitor. I attempted this and it caught like glue to the topic I selected. Solely the capturing basketball video did the monitoring get confused for me. When a participant would run in entrance of the opposite the digital camera would change to the closest participant.

Even so, it was monitoring somebody always ; )

The Battery

The battery is the older W battery so it’s small, and won’t give anyplace close to the life as the brand new Z batteries used within the full body VIII fashions. Retains it small I assume. I used one battery over two days for all of my capturing and testing. By no means wanted to dip into battery #2 (however t was shut).

To sum it up…

My expertise with the A6400 was a lot better than I assumed it might be. Once they introduced it, and even earlier than that once I noticed the rumor websites I used to be a bit disenchanted. Then I used it and noticed the worth on this digital camera. It may well take beautiful photographs, can take incredible video (4K), can do 120 FPS at 30p, can be utilized as a vlog digital camera with the flip up LCD and has the perfect AF in any digital camera I’ve used underneath $3000.

The Sony A6400 just isn’t a professional digital camera in any approach. No climate sealing, inferior to full body in low mild, shouldn’t be constructed like a tank and a lot of the APS-C glass is sweet however not life altering good. Positive, you’ll be able to shoot full body glass on this digital camera however it’s actually designed to be a small digital camera, take anyplace and for private, household, trip, or vlog.

For this it bests cameras just like the Canon M50 (for AF velocity, video specs, EVF, velocity) and different cameras in that class.

The particular factor right here is the AF although. In a $900 digital camera it’s a lot better than it has a proper to be.

OH and one thing I simply remembered concerning the a6400. It now has an intervalometer inbuilt so you are able to do TIME LAPSE in digital camera, with out having to make use of the Play Reminiscences app! So there’s yet one more verify to the a6400 field ; )

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