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.
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.
Camera Gear & Accessories
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