Sony just announced the a6400, a refreshed compact mirrorless camera ideal for creators

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CES is at the back of us but that doesn’t stop Sony to spill a few news! these days the japanese organization unveiled their cutting-edge APC-C mirrorless camera: the Sony Alpha a6400. Wait, what? It’s neither the long predicted a7000 (rumored name), nor the even more eagerly awaited a7S III. It’s more of a mid-variety workhorse for vloggers. Selfie display all and sundry?

Sony a6400 Mirrorless Camera Features

Like its predecessors, the a6400 inherits the equal hybrid autofocus system Sony additionally makes use of in its bigger, greater highly-priced Alpha cameras (just like the A7 III), to accomplish what the agency claims is the “international’s fastest 0.02 2nd AF acquisition speed,” admittedly slightly quicker than the 0.05 second speed Sony’s A-collection cams claimed before.

Quick subject acquisition is another of the a6400’s headlining features. Aided by 425 autofocus points (for both contrast and phase detection), it’s what (on paper) should make the a6400 ideal for quick-reaction scenarios (like action or sports photography). Sony also says its “Eye AF” system, which uses computer vision to identify people and focus on their eyes, is now fast enough to operate in real time and will even support animal eyes with a software update.

The bulk of the a6400’s specs revolve around a familiar 24.2MP APS-C Exmor CMOS image sensor, once again paired with an Bionz X image processor. Sony’s latest follows the last two camera generations by including a hot shoe mount and a microphone jack, as well as 4K video recording at 24 or 30 fps.

The a6400 also still sports continuous shooting up to 11 fps using its mechanical shutter, or 8 fps in its silent shooting mode, with continuous AF / AE tracking. If you’re wondering about the math, that would be 116 frames of JPEG Standard or 46 frames of RAW compressed images.

Sony a6400 Mirrorless Camera Price

Regarding pricing and availability, the body-only a6400 package will ship in February for $900 or $1,250 CAD. It will also come as a starter kit version, with a 16-50mm F3.5 – 5.6 lens for $1,000 or $1,350 CAD. Or you can opt for an even better kit lens package, with the 18-135mm F3.5 – 5.6 lens, which will retail for $1,300. All versions will go on sale in North America this month.