Adventures With The Sony A6400

Earlier this year, I decided to make the move to mirrorless and get my first mirrorless camera. After much consideration, I opted for the Sony A6400 as a good intermediary between my Sony RX100 VI and full-frame mirrorless cameras like the Sony A7R series. The Sony A6400 is an APS-C camera. Since this would be my first mirrorless camera, I wanted to be conservative in my choice rather than go big and bold. As for lenses, I opted for both kit lenses – the 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 and the 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6. I’ve taken and used this camera and both lenses on numerous trips this year and I am completely blown away by the quality of both photos and videos and the overall feature set on this camera.

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Photos and videos are extremely crisp & clear and the built-in audio is pretty good. While the Sony A6400 supports an external mic, I didn’t use one on any of my recent trips. I will be looking into getting one for the future. Battery life is also pretty good. Starting with a full charge in the morning, I was able to go through a full day taking pictures and recording video without having to switch batteries. Of course, individual results will vary depending on operating conditions, so I highly recommend getting spare batteries . . . and yes, I did carry a spare!

The Sony A6400 doesn’t have in-body image stabilization but both Sony lenses do have SteadyShot which worked fine. I did try filming while hiking on a trail (handheld only) and the footage was a bit shaky but still decent. Sony did recently announce the Sony A6600 which has similar specs to the Sony A6400 but adds on missing features like in-body image stabilization and other feature enhancements.

I briefly tested interval shooting on the Sony A6400 to try and capture a sunset but didn’t have a tripod to really get a stable shot so it’s still something that I want to work on. I also took the Sony A6400 on a Niagara Falls cruise to capture the Falls up close. I managed to get the Sony A6400 w/18-135mm lens soaked while in the Falls, which caused some technical issues. After turning off the camera, I had issues turning it back on. After drying it off, it did turn on, but I ran into sporadic errors with the lens when trying to zoom in or out. Once the camera fully dried off, it was up and running like normal so you might want to keep that in mind if you are using the Sony A6400 in extreme wet weather conditions.

I’m looking forward to taking more photos, filming more videos and getting more experience with this incredible mirrorless camera and who knows, I may eventually decide to step up again to a full-frame camera like the Sony A7R series. For now, I am happy with my choice of the Sony A6400.

If you want to see the Sony A6400 in action, check out these videos that I shot on the Sony A6400 using the 16-50mm and 18-135mm kit lenses.

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Camera Gear & Accessories

Sony RX100 VI - https://amzn.to/2HQLMyF

Sony A6400 with 16-50mm Kit Lens - https://amzn.to/2Ii6feP

Sony A6400 with 18-135mm Kit Lens - https://amzn.to/2Mzbgoq

Sony Shooting Grip - https://amzn.to/2W8Mnzq

Sony NP-BX1 Lithium Ion Battery for Sony RX100 VI - https://amzn.to/2QDvHPL

Sony BC-TRX Battery Charger for Sony RX100 VI - https://amzn.to/2WjHKaN

Sony Travel Battery Charger for Sony RX100 VI - https://amzn.to/2HQu3ao

Sony NP-FW50 Lithium Ion Battery for Sony A6400 - https://amzn.to/2EQUL0R

Sony BC-TRW Battery Charger for Sony A6400 - https://amzn.to/2JUP46j

JOBY GorillaPod 3K - https://amzn.to/312jPvo

JOBY GripTight ONE Mount for Smartphones - https://amzn.to/312omOr

Sandisk Extreme Pro SDXC 128GB - https://amzn.to/2EOxJaK

What Cameras Do You Use For Photography And Filming?

I currently use a combination of cameras for both photography and filming.

My always on-hand “camera” is my iPhone X. I always have it with me and it has a pretty good built-in camera for taking photos and recording video. It’s perfect for the spur of the moment situations when you have an opportunity to take a photo, record a video, capture an important or rare moment and don’t have a digital camera readily available. The iPhone X camera does have its limitations but in relatively ideal conditions, it does a pretty good job. I’ve taken some incredible photos while traveling and created videos using footage filmed entirely from the iPhone X.

Here are a few videos shot entirely on iPhone X:

A Trip To Hudson Yards - https://youtu.be/gU6VWXjaQbo

A Trip to Hoboken for the Waterfront View - https://youtu.be/dfKmGWakwmw

The Seaport District & New Pier 17 (NYC) - https://youtu.be/1AQWdXFUKdU

Sony RX100 VI

Sony RX100 VI

My small form factor camera of choice is the Sony RX100 VI. Previously, I was using the Canon PowerShot S120 for photos and videos, but it was time to really step up. The Sony RX100 VI has worked well. I like the quality of the photos and videos that come from this camera. The Sony RX100 VI supports both RAW and JPEG formats for still photography. The quality of recorded video on the Sony RX100 VI is crisper and cleaner even in low light situations with no adjustments to the camera settings. I did get the Sony Shooting Grip (sold separately) for the Sony RX100 VI which works great for filming and helps with stability. In addition, the grip doubles as a tripod. The flip screen is extremely useful when you’re trying to get a shot and need to position the camera in an awkward or inconvenient position yet still be able to see what your capturing or filming. The ability to flip the screen backwards for selfie-mode is great for those solo and group shots when you don’t have someone around to take a photo or video for you.

While the Sony RX100 VI has great features, there are some areas for improvement including better image stabilization, external mic support for improved audio, built-in support for interval shooting/time lapse videos and a longer-life battery (you should get spare batteries and an external battery charger).

Here are a few videos shot on the Sony RX100 VI:

2019 New York International Auto Show – Part 1 - https://youtu.be/1zcxuAWHsCA

2019 New York International Auto Show – Part 2 - https://youtu.be/uqO_quQV2Sw

Take Me Out To Cooperstown - https://youtu.be/jvHYm6GvyLY (includes iPhone X footage)

Sony A6400 with 18-135mm lens

Sony A6400 with 18-135mm lens

The most recent addition to my camera gear is the Sony A6400 mirrorless APS-C camera. I did extensive research into the various options and it came down to balancing size, features and price. I did get both kit lenses (the 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 and the 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6) which serve as a good starting point though I may eventually need to get additional lenses. The Sony A6400 has a lot of similar features to the Sony RX100 VI but also includes external mic support and interval shooting/time lapse videos. The A6400 does not have in body image stabilization but both lenses do have Optical Steadyshot. I do recommend getting spare batteries and an external battery charger for this camera. I’ve only begun to test the camera but so far, I’m happy with the investment. I’m looking forward to field testing the Sony A6400 over the next few months.

 

LINKS:

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Sony RX100 VI - https://amzn.to/2HQLMyF

Sony A6400 with 16-50mm Kit Lens - https://amzn.to/2Ii6feP

Sony A6400 with 18-135mm Kit Lens - https://amzn.to/2Mzbgoq

Sony Shooting Grip - https://amzn.to/2W8Mnzq

Sony NP-BX1 Lithium Ion Battery for Sony RX100 VI - https://amzn.to/2QDvHPL

Sony BC-TRX Battery Charger for Sony RX100 VI - https://amzn.to/2WjHKaN

Sony Travel Battery Charger for Sony RX100 VI - https://amzn.to/2HQu3ao

Sony NP-FW50 Lithium Ion Battery for Sony A6400 - https://amzn.to/2EQUL0R

Sony BC-TRW Battery Charger for Sony A6400 - https://amzn.to/2JUP46j

JOBY GorillaPod 3K - https://amzn.to/312jPvo

JOBY GripTight ONE Mount for Smartphones - https://amzn.to/312omOr

Sandisk Extreme Pro SDXC 128GB - https://amzn.to/2EOxJaK