Sony Alpha a6400 APS-C Mirrorless Camera is Official

A welcome upgrade for the mid-range

After a slew of rumors surrounding this specific camera, Sony has officially announced the a6400. As the name implies, it is not successor to the a6500 but rather the rest of the a6000-series and the older a5000-series.

The a6400 sports a 24.2MP APS-C Exmor CMOS sensor with a front-end LSI and the same BIONZ X Image processor found in their full-frame lineup like the A9, A7RIII and A7III giving it an expandable ISO Sensitivity up to 102,400 (32,000 for video), 1.8x faster processing speeds and improved colour reproduction.

The sensor for the a6400 features a 425-point phase-detect and contrast-detect autofocus (AF) system with 84% coverage of the frame. Sony claims that the autofocusing speed of the a6400 is fastest in the world at 0.02 second. This impressive AF speed is paired with the newly introduced Real-Time Eye AF with AI-based subject recognition that promises even more accuracy to their current, already amazing, Eye AF system.

If the AF is as good as Sony claims, which is totally believable, this would go well with the 11fps of shooting with the mechanical shutter and 8fps with silent shooting.

The body is designed similarly to the a6000-series but with the added feature of the 180-degree flip out screen from the a5000-series which may be a big draw for vloggers. Video enthusiasts and professional filmmakers alike can also find use of the a6400 with 4K recording (using 6K oversampling) at 100Mbps, S-log3 and S-log2 support, as well as 4K HDR (HLG) recording.

The a6400 also has a microphone jack and is compatible with XLR adapters - though missing a headphone jack; a high-res XGA OLED electronic viewfinder; and finally a magnesium body with protective seals against dust and moisture.

Sony plans to launch the a6400 in early February at USD900 (~MYR3700) for the body only and bundles with different lenses with the prices that range from USD 1000 to USD 1300 (~MYR4100 - MYR5300).