Sony a6400 Quick Review + GIVEAWAY: Best entry-level camera!

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We do an early review of the Sony a6400, about $900 for the body or $1,000 for the kit. It isn’t the camera we were hoping for, but it’s a good camera, and it’ll definitely be popular. This is now Sony’s entry-level camera, and it’s very capable.

If you’re familiar with Sony’s camera lineup, it’s basically an a6500 with a screen that flips up. However, the a6500 has sensor stabilization, which this camera lacks. We LOVE sensor stabilization for both stills and video, so that missing feature was disappointing, but we can’t complain too much at the $900 price.

Sony has also improved eye autofocus and subject tracking, but both are still less-than-perfect.

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Comments

Battlemind says:

Would like to know if this camera overheats when taking video for longer than 15 minutes. My a6000 does.

Richard Crowe says:

I was very excited about this camera and right off the bat I thought that I would add the A6400 to my A6500 as a 2 camera outfit. The size and the price are great and since I photograph hundreds of dogs each year, the animal Eye-AF seemed like a great addition. HOWEVER and a BIG HOWEVER, the lack of IBIS is the reason that I will not get this camera. I will wait and see if Sony ever comes out with the successor to the A6500 (A6700 or A7000) and, if this has not come down the pike by this summer when the firmware for animal Eye-AF is introduced for the A7iii, I will pick up the A7iii to use as my main camera with the A6500 as my second camera. Honestly, except for protecting the sales of the A6500, I cannot understand why Sony would have neglected to include IBIS in this camera.

Creative Films says:

Wack release from Sony ..smh

Scott's reviews says:

Disappointment Flip up screen. Really.

Catherine RodaRoda says:

The full package from a5 to a3

Larry Kay says:

The A6000 is Sony’s APSC entry level camera, correct?

joerg hartmann says:

A7III internal timelapse as an update! Now I can finally buy the thing over the XT3

Wojciech Piasecki says:

What about overheating during video recording? Is there video time limitation?

Arno Kruiver says:

I bought the a6000.
That’s really a good price for a better camera.
Dont see it in this one, i mean 900!!!
I am willing to get it as your giveaway do. 😉

Deep Blue says:

Why do they invite camera snobs to the announcement? Instead of fans

brute910 says:

@Chelsea, in the battery compartment is a small screwdriver used to pry open the flash 🙂 SMH

cosmogang says:

Not impressed.

Ripley says:

Feeling a little underwhelmed by this release. I can’t believe Sony designers can still make basic errors by not allowing an external mic to be connected to the horse shoe, of course there are workarounds but that’s not really the point, is it so difficult to get a flip out screen like you see on camcorders that cost a few hundred dollars less? And what’s with the battery? Have we not moved on in the two years since the A6500 was released. I hope the rumoured A7000 doesn’t come with inherent design issues.

Gabriela Lamberti says:

iJustine had a better almost full review of this camera. She was much more thorough than you guys

El Criticon says:

You’ve reviewed the A6000, A6300, A6500 and now the A6400, and you still don’t know how to release the pop-up flash?… Really? Maybe Sony should have invited me instead.

Frank Mark999 says:

Good review. The skin tones in the video does look nice in this camera

John Steinbeck says:

No IBIS = not interested. Also, screen should flip out to the side. Not buying-

Domingo Santiago says:

Supposedly Sony isn’t offering some of the software features on the A6500. How is this okay?! Sony FAIL!!!

Shiddard Mankala says:

One of best camera
With a best review

Mon Salas says:

The A6400 is a nice “entry-level” mirrorless camera, but It would be great if it has in-body image stabilization.

STANCANADMAPLELEAF says:

never win I dont believe in winning it seems to be fake for every giveaway that’s just for getting likes and subs I participated but lasttime

Sanjay Patel says:

I turned off when they said no IBIS

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