Although Sony had introduced its first high-end, compact mirrorless camera in 2010, it was is in the recent times of 2018 that saw the rise of the Alpha cameras a6400. From the significant upgrades in the newest models, impressive features and image stabilization and extreme low-light sensitivity.
For most of the uses, the original a6000, there are certain camera’s various successors that we’ve put together in this article that would help you choose the best.
|Sensor type, size, resolution||APS-C, crop sensor, 23.5 x 15.6 mm, 24.3 MP||APS-C, crop sensor, 23.5 x 15.6 mm, 24.2 MP||APS-C, crop sensor, 23.5 x 15.6 mm, 24.2 MP||APS-C, crop sensor, 23.5 x 15.6 mm, 24.2 MP|
|Image Stabilization||2-axis, with supporting lenses||2-axis, with supporting lenses||2-axis, with supporting lenses||5-axis, in body|
|External microphone||Hot shoe only||Stereo jack, hot shoe||Stereo jack, hot shoe||Stereo jack, hot shoe|
|Autofocus points||179 phase-detection / 25 contrast-detection||425 phase-detection / 169 contrast-detection||425 phase-detection / 425 contrast-detection||425 phase detection / 169 contrast-detection|
|LCD type||3 in. 640×480 LCD, tiltable 90 degrees up / 45 down||2.95 in. 640×480 LCD, tiltable 90 degrees up / 45 down||2.95 in. 640×480 LCD touch screen, tiltable 180 degrees up / 74 down||2.95 in. 640×480 LCD touch screen, tiltable 90 degrees up / 45 down|
|Viewfinder||0.39-in, 800 x 600 OLED||0.39-in, 1024×768 OLED||0.39-in, 1024×768 OLED||0.39-in, 1024×768 OLED|
|Battery life (CIPA standard)||At least 360 shots||At least 350 shots||At least 360 shots||At least 310 shots|
|Silent shooting mode||N/A||Up to 3 fps||Up to 8 fps||Up to 3 fps|
|Size||4.72 x 2.63 x 1.78 in.||2.63 x 4.72 x 1.92 in.||4.75 x 2.75 x 2 in.||4.75 x 2.75 x 2.13 in.|
|Weight||12.13 oz.||14.25 oz.||14.3 oz.||16 oz.|
Similar to the four Sony cameras, they are roughly the same shape, weight, compact size and middling battery life. They all could have a tilting, (more or less) 3 inch LCD screen, crisp 1-centimeter OLED viewfinder and the ability to capture 11 roughly 24-megapixel photos per second.
The differences can be clearly seen with the video. After the a6000, Sony upgraded later cameras to 4K (3840 x 2160p) resolution. The company also added an external line-in audio jack, greatly increasing the selection of possible microphones beyond the five made for Sony’s multi-interface hot shoe atop the camera.
The top-end a6500 adds 5-axis image stabilization, shifting the image sensor to compensate for movement straight up and down or side-to-side, tilting up and down or side-to-side, or rotating. Other models have two-axis stabilization when paired with image-stabilized E-mount lenses. This makes it much easier for the a6500 to shoot steady handheld video and still photo with slow shutter speeds in the low light or with the long telephoto lenses that can magnify shaking.
While Sony has kept the resolution the same, the models after the a6000 use a new sensor design with thinner copper wiring that would allow more light to reach the pixels, improving the quality of low-light images.
The a6400’s new image sensor features 425 contrast-detection autofocus points, combined with the latest image processor enables new focus performance and modes for both stills and video. Eye AF, a somewhat hidden option since the a6000. The users can even select which eye to track, a software upgrade planned for summer would add eye tracking of other animals.
Sony claims that faster autofocus and better subject tracking in stills and video for the a6400. The camera maker boosted the maximum ISO for stills another f-stop to 102400.
There are several significant video upgrades include high dynamic range capture. Another first day for this line in the a6400 is interval recording for the time-lapse video, with from a 1 to 60 seconds delay between frames. With an LCD touchscreen that now tips up 180 degrees, video bloggers can monitor footage while in front of the camera.
There are several advantages for the new shutter features – from silent shooting that has been increased to 8fps for continuous event photography. And Sony now guarantees 200,000 shutter flips, up from 100,000 – welcome for a camera that shoots so fast.