Sony a6400 Release
Current Pricing and Product Info
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While not necessarily the anticipated successor to the popular Sony a6500 camera (a7000?), the a6400 has officially been announced and seems to be geared at the vlogging crowd with a 180º flip up screen so you can see yourself while filming or taking selfies.
Much like Canon’s 7D lineup, the a6400 is the flashier younger brother of the a6500 released at an awkward time when big brother is due for an upgrade, besting it in some areas, but lacking in others that the a6500 shines.
A new “eye AF” autofocus system that can focus on a subject’s eyes at speed is one of the hallmark new features. Like it’s big brother it also can shoot stills up to 11fps or 8 fps in silent mode. Video is 4K at 24 or 30fps, and up to 120fps in 1080p, much like the a6500.
It also uses (unfortunately) the same battery as the a6500 and does not have a headphone jack to monitor audio from the 3.5mm microphone input. At about $900 USD it is a couple of hundred dollars more than the Fuji X-T20, but can also record video for longer than 10 minutes. In fact, the Sony a6400 does not have a video recording time limit at all. The camera might overheat, but there is no time limit otherwise, and much like it’s older brother the a6400 has the same ability as the a6500 to allow for potential overheating by selecting the option in the menu that turns off the auto-shutoff. Video autofocus is also supposed to be very quick as is the autofocus in still photo mode which brings autofocus performance to an all new speed of 0.02 seconds for subject acquisition.
The Sony a6400 will be available around February 2019. Vloggers everywhere rejoice!