Sony Alpha a6400 compact mirrorless camera is designed for vloggers

Brittany A. Roston - Jan 15, 2019, 3:32 pm CDT
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Sony Alpha a6400 compact mirrorless camera is designed for vloggers

Sony has unveiled its new Alpha a6400, a mirrorless camera targeted at creators and vloggers who need something more substantial than their phone, but who may not be ready for a large, complicated camera. The new a6400 caters to its target customers with the inclusion of a 180-degree rotating LCD, making it possible for users to record themselves manually while also viewing the built-in display.

The new Sony mirrorless camera features a 24.2-megapixel APS-C Exmor CMOS sensor joined by the BIONZ X image processor, a 180-degree touch LCD, and what Sony calls the fastest ever auto focus acquisition speed of 0.02 seconds. As well, the a6400 features 425 phase detection and contrast detection auto focus points that span across 84-percent of the camera’s image area.

The model’s focusing abilities are rounded out by advanced real-time Eye AF, plus there’s real-time object tracking for ensuring the subject of the video or images remains in focus at all times. In addition to supporting 4K Ultra HD video recording and an advanced level of focusing speed, the Sony a6400 also supports continuous shooting at 11fps with the mechnical shutter and 8fps when using continuous AF/AE tracking.

According to Sony, this new Alpha camera brings some of the maker’s most advanced offerings from its full-frame camera lineup to its lighter, more compact mirrorless products. In addition to its notable AF and recording abilities is an ISO range expandable by up to ISO 102400 for still images (32000 for movies), noise suppression involving image processing algorithms from the maker’s full-frame cameras, and support for HDR/HLG compatible TVs.

Other features include an XGA OLED Tru-finder viewfinder, which joins the 3-inch hinted, tiltable rear LCD, plus 8 custom keys that can be assigned uses from among 89 functions and improvements to the camera’s menu system. Sony plans to launch the model next month for $900 USD, and with different bundled lens options ranging from $1000 to $1300 USD.


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