After a month or two of intense speculation, Sony has made its first major announcement of the year: the a6400.
The first notable feature is the inclusion of a 180° tilting touchscreen that makes it suited for vloggers — or does it? Some are already pointing out that the way the screen flips vertically (rather than out to one side) means that it’s useless for vlogging if you plan to mount a microphone onto the hot shoe.
Another frustration to many will be the lack of in-body stabilization. For me, this is for two reasons: firstly, it justifies the incredibly competitive price point of just $898. The updates to this model aren’t huge but this is still quite a low figure considering that the a6500 had a suggested retail price of $1,400 when it began shipping in November 2016. Secondly, it will make a clear distinction between the a6400 and the rumored a7000, Sony’s other APS-C camera due to be announced in the coming weeks. Be sure to let me know in the comments if you think I’m right.
The rest of the features are incremental improvements on the a6xxx range, offering eye AF, 24 megapixels, 11 frames per second with continuous autofocus, a microphone input, and 4K video at 24 or 30 fps.
Confusingly, the a6400 will be the successor to the a6000, the a6300 and the 6500. Why Sony has chosen this illogical naming convention is not entirely clear. TechRadar suggest that this is because, lacking stabilization, the a6400 replaces the a6300 but not the a6500.
Sony has been keen to emphasize the speed of the a6400’s autofocus system (0.02 seconds acquisition over the A-series’ 0.05 seconds) and has promised that animal eye autofocus will arrive before long via an update to the firmware.
You can get your preorders in as of Thursday with stock expected to arrive in February. Will you be buying one?