Sony has released details of its latest E-mount camera, the α6400, which features many of the technologies introduced in the company’s full-frame line-up.
Front view of the α6400 camera. (Source: Sony.)
The APS-C sized sensor in the new camera has an effective resolution of 24.2 megapixels and is paired with an upgraded BIONZ X processor plus image processing algorithms from Sony’s newest full-frame cameras to deliver higher image quality. Standard ISO ranges up to ISO 32000 for both still and movie capture with expansion up to ISO 102400 available for still images. The new camera also provides excellent noise reduction at medium and high sensitivities.
The new camera boasts an improved AF system with 425 phase-detection AF points covering approximately 84% of the image area. Using the BIONZ X processor it claims AF acquisition at 0.02 seconds, along with new ‘Real-time Eye AF’ and ‘Real-time Tracking’ capabilities. In all AF modes, the camera automatically detects subjects’ eyes and activates Eye AF with a half press of the shutter button. In AF-C or AF-A mode, the preferred eye (left or right) of the subject can be selected as the focus point. Continuous shooting is supported at up to 11 frames/second with AF/AE tracking with the mechanical shutter, and up to 8 fps with full AF/AE tracking plus silent shooting. Buffer capacity is up to 116 frames JPEG Standard / 46 frames RAW compressed. 4K video recording is also available with full pixel readout and no pixel binning, plus advanced AF speed and stability. The camera also supports interval recording for time-lapse videos.
Overall build quality and functionality are improved. The camera body is built with a tough magnesium alloy design that is dust and moisture resistant. Its shutter is rated for approximately 200,000 cycles. The α6400 also boasts a 180-degree, fully tiltable, 3.0-type LCD flip screen with 921k-dots of resolution. Touch control functions include Touch Pad, Touch Focus, Touch Shutter and new Touch Tracking which quickly activates ‘Real-time Tracking’ through the touch screen. The camera also includes a high quality XGA OLED Tru-finder viewfinder, extensive customisation with 89 functions that are assignable to eight custom keys, the new My Dial and My Menu functionality, enhanced overall menu usability, a help screen for menus and star rating for images. It is also capable of seamlessly transferring files to a smartphone or tablet when connected to the brand-new ‘Imaging Edge Mobile’ application.
The α6400 will ship in Europe in February 2019 priced at approximately €1,050. It will also be offered as a kit with the SELP1650 lens priced at approximately €1150 or in a kit with the SEL18135 lens priced at approximately €1450. Local pricing and availability have yet to be disclosed. Click here for more information.