Sony’s latest mirrorless camera shows the limits of an aging platform

If you need to troubleshoot CAPTCHA every time you open an app on your phone, do you want to continue using it? So I felt like I used Sony's new a6400. If you look at the settings page and submenus to change important settings, it is difficult to use a non-solid mirrorless camera.

The Sony a6400 shares some features with the more expensive a6500 as a follow-up to the a6300 three years ago. There are many things such as stable image quality and fast hybrid AF systems. However, these positive features are buried under convoluted menus and awkward ergonomics. Everything about this camera is hidden under the menu, hidden by a warning, or not at all.

The main notable elements are real-time eye AF and tracking auto focus, updated image processor and 180 degree flip touch screen. With $ 899 for the body only, $ 999 for the 16-50mm kit lens or $ 1299 for the 18-135mm zoom lens, the a6400 has parts that can be an ideal small powerhouse for photo enthusiasts or video bloggers, It's easy.

Over the last few weeks using the a6400, I noticed that I have a good quality camera, not a compact mirrorless camera that changes in the game. “/>

Good stuff

  • Intelligent and versatile auto focus system
  • Excellent image quality

    Small size Body

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  • No IBIS
  • Sony's menu system is still messing The tiltable display is not clear and does not work in the menu
  • Shortened battery life [19659017] Most of the improved parts of the a6400 include updated hybrid autofocus systems with more focus points; A total of 425 contrast and 425 phase detection points are provided to keep the 169 contrast points of the a6300 and a6500 at their best. You can attach candles to Sony's top full-frame camera, which can account for 84% of the image area and 93% of the Alpha A9.

    Sony claims a 0.02 second focus and is quick to auto focus on the a6400, reacting instantly to half-pressing the shutter button and accurately identifying the target for most of the time.

    The real meat of the new AF system of the a6400 is Sony's new real-time eye AF and tracking AF function. Real-time tracking of the a6400 uses Sony's algorithms and artificial intelligence to recognize and follow your subjects.

    Similarly, "Real-time Eye AF" uses artificial intelligence to track the eyes and body of the subject and is updated to support the animal at the end of the year. Both of these features are useful for portraits where the model can be moved gradually or completely to other areas of the frame.

    If you enable Real-time Eye AF, you can customize your photo as you follow your subject with the camera. If your subject is out of position, you can focus again and adjust settings each time.

    But before you can do either of these, you really need to turn it on and it is not enabled by default. It should not be that hard, is it? 14 still picture settings ( using the navigation buttons alone [14459023] added 14 pages for video ) enabled continuous autofocus, eye and subject tracking enabled. In March 2019, Sony does not allow Alpha camera touchscreens to work in the system menus for unknown or unintelligible reasons.


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    When you do: It is solid. That did not change late in Sony's alpha camera. The a6400 is no exception and uses the same image sensor as the a6500. If color pop-ups, objects, and topics are clearly visible, ISO can be set between 100 and 32,000 in native mode, and ISO can be scaled up to 102,400 for dimmer scenarios. Most shots look great on the test scene, but the quality around ISO 12,800 falls noticeably and the details look stained. This effect is reduced in RAW images compared to JPEG (RAW is always better to edit). Expected due to additional data available in the file.