Sony is making a revolution in the camera world with its mirrorless cameras. The Japanese tech giant has already astounded many with the features packed in its cameras. And it does not seem to stop any time soon. Sony recently unveiled the Sony Alpha A6400 mirrorless camera with an impressive list of features and specs. Despite being a mid-range device, the camera features real-time eye autofocus, real-time tracking, and the world’s fastest autofocus. But what more does the camera offers? Let’s find out here.
Sony Alpha a6400 Overview
As the name suggests, the Sony Alpha A6400 is not the direct successor the fan-loved A6500. The mirrorless camera is here to replace the popular A6300 with a plentiful of amazing features.
The camera is provided with a latest and powerful Bionz X processor, which is also present in Sony’s top-of-the-line Alpha A9 and the fan-loved Alpha A7 III & A7R III devices. So the image processing here will be 1.8x times faster than that on the A6300. That’s not all, Sony also claims to have improved the color accuracy. Not just the image processing, the autofocus on this device is also equally snappy. The Sony Alpha A6400 flaunts an autofocus speed of 0.02 seconds, which is the fastest autofocus in the world in today’s date.
Furthermore, Sony has also introduced Real-Time Eye AF with AI-based subject recognition, which is the first time on any Sony devices. With this new autofocus technology, the A6400 promises to deliver even more accurate and faster autofocusing than the previous generation of its Eye AF system. Moreover, Sony has now increased the versatility of the device with the inclusion of priority mode to set autofocusing on left or on the right eye. For best better autofocusing, Sony has also incorporated 425 PDAF and 425 CDAF point, which makes 84% coverage on the image area.
“In all autofocus modes, the camera now automatically detects the eyes of the subject and activates Eye AF with a half press of the shutter button, and when in AF-C or AF-A mode, the preferred eye (left or right) of your subject can be selected as the focus point,” Sony says. “Choices include Auto / Right Eye / Left Eye, and a Switch Right / Left Eye function is able to be assigned to a custom function as well.”
Talking about the sensor, the camera features a 24MP Sony Exmor Sensor. And like all of the Sony Alpha A6000 series devices, the sensor on the A6400 is also an APS-C one. So you should also consider the crop factor while looking for the camera lenses.
On the display front, the Sony A6400 comes with a 3-inch TFT display. The display here is an articulating one, you can capture selfies as well. The tilting display (180-degrees) here is also expected to lure the videographers and vloggers.
For video, the a6400 can shoot internal UHD 4K with full pixel readout and no pixel binning. The camera collects “about 2.4x the amount of data required for 4K movies, and then oversamples it to produce high-quality 4K footage with exceptional detail and depth,” Sony says. 1080p Full HD can be shot at 120fps and up to 100Mbps.
Despite being a midrange device, the camera is capable of recording 4K movies as well. However, the 4K videos can be recorded only on 30fps. But on scaling the resolution down to Full-HD, users can record videos up to 120fps. So you can capture Full-HD slo-mo videos on 4x @ 30fps and 5x @ 24fps as well.
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Sony Alpha a6400 Specifications:
- Camera Weight: 453 grams
- Image Sensor: 23.5 x 15.6 mm, 24.2MP, Exmor CMOS, APS-C
- Pixel Size (Approx.): 3.92 microns
- Image processor: Bionz X
- Screen: 3-inch TFT, 921,600 dots, Touch Screen, Flip-up touchscreen
- Viewfinder: Electronic, 100% coverage, 2,359,296 dots
- Stabilization: No built-in stabilization
- AF System: 425 CDAF + 425 PDAF points; 84% of image area; 0.02 seconds of AF acquisition
- ISO Range: 100-32000
- Shutter Speed: 1/4000 – 30 seconds
- Continuous Shoot: 11 frames/sec; 8 frames/sec (silent shooting with AF?AE tracking)
- Video Resolution: 3840 x 2160 pixels, 1920 x 1080 pixels, 1280 x 720 pixels
- Video Frame Rate: 3840 x 2160 pixels (30p, 25p, 24p), 1920 x 1080 pixels (120p, 100p, 60p, 60i, 50p, 50i, 30p, 25p, 24p)
- Built-in flash: Yes; External Flash support: Yes
- Compatible Lenses: Sony AP-S, Sony AP-C, Sony MF lenses
- Environmental Shielding: Yes
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, Type C Mini HDMI Connector, Micro USB 2.0, 3.5mm Headphone Jack
- Battery Type: Li-ion, Rechargeable
- Battery Life (Approx.): 410 shots
- Price – $899 (Body Only)
Sony Alpha A6400 Price and Availability in Nepal
Soon after the launch the device in the international market, we had a conversation with an official of the Nepa Hima Trade Link (authorized distributor of Sony products in Nepal). And on asking about the potential launch of the device, he said that the device will launch in Nepal in April of 2019.
We also had a brief discussion regarding its probable price in Nepal. He explicitly disclosed the price to be some 5 to 10 thousand more after the direct international translation. So considering the fluctuations in dollar rates, we can expect the device to cost somewhere around Rs. 1, 00,000 to Rs. 1, 20,000 when it hits the Nepali market. So are you guys excited for the Sony Alpha A6400? Please let us know in the comment section.