Should You Buy Sony’s New A6400 Mirrorless Camera?
Sony has announced a new mirrorless camera, the A6400, and it's biggest feature is an LCD touch display that can rotate 180 degrees. This allows vloggers and ambitious selfie-takers to easily frame a shot while standing in front of the camera.
But what else does the A6400 have to offer, and how does this model, available in February for $900, compare to Sony's other mirrorless cameras? Here's how it stacks up.
Sony Mirrorless Cameras Compared
|Price (body only)||$548||$748||$900||$1,198|
|Sensor/MP||24.3 APS-C||24.2 APS-C||24.2 APS-C||24.2 APS-C|
|Autofocus||179 phase detection points||425 phase detection||425 phase/contrast detection points||425 phase detection|
|Shooting Speed||11 fps||11 fps||11 fps||11 fps|
|Video Resolution||1080p||4K||4K ||4K|
|Image Stabilization||None||None||None||5-axis in-body|
|Size (inches)||4.7 x 2.6 x 1.8||4.7 x 2.6 x 1.9||4.8 x 2.8 x 2.4||4.8 x 2.6 x 2.4|
|Weight||12.1 ounces||14.3 ounces||14.3 ounces||16 ounces|
Price and specs-wise, the A6400 slots in between the A6300 and the A6500, which makes sense given its name. Like the A6300 and A6500, the A6400 has 425 phase detection points, along with 425 overlapping contrast detection points as well. However, the A6400 lacks in-body stabilization—helpful when doing hand-held shooting in low-light situations—which is only found on the A6500.
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All four cameras have a tilting, 3-inch LCD touchscreen, but only the A6400's can rotate 180 degrees, so that you can see it if you're holding the camera so that its lens is facing you.
Other new features of the A6400 include an improved Eye autofocus feature, in which the camera will focus on a subject's eye (left or right) with a half-press of the shutter button. This works with both humans and animals. The camera also has a HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma) picture profile, which will let owners record and show HDR video on compatible TVs.
The α6400 will ship in February 2019 for an estimated $900 (body only), $1,000 with a 16-50mm F3.5 – 5.6 lens, and $1,300 with an 18-135mm F3.5 – 5.6 lens. We're looking forward to seeing how useful the new flip-up display will be in every day situations.