Sony Announces New APS-C a6400 with Improved Autofocus and Flip Screen

Every street photographer want a lot of improvements in a small compact body.

The APS-C line of Sony cameras have been very popular among photographers. While we expecting the new high-end a7000 model (which is now expected to arrive in February) the company introduces a new mid-range, low budget camera, with world’s fastest 0.02 second AF acquisition speed.

The a6400 inherits the same hybrid autofocus system Sony also uses in its bigger alpha cameras like the a7 III, aided by 425 autofocus points (for both contrast and phase detection), make the a6400 ideal for quick-reaction scenarios.
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.
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.

While these specs are important the one feature that most people will be talking about is yes, it has an actual flip out screen.

The Sony a6400 has a full 180-degree tiltable, 3.0-type LCD flip screen with 921k-dots of resolution.
This will make vloggers very happy as well as solo shooters who just want to be able to frame up a shot while in front of a camera.

One thing that might be an issue is the screen flips out on top so if you have a microphone in the hot shoe as many vloggers do it will cover the screen. To get around this issue, it looks like Sony will also release a short T-bar which can be used to mount the camera & the microphone off to the side.

Besides the a6400 features a new XGA OLED Tru-finder™ viewfinder with extensive customisation and 89 functions that are assignable to 8 custom keys, the new My Dial and My Menu functionality, enhanced overall menu usability, a help screen for menus, star rating for images, and many other features that allow for a better shooting experience.

The body is made of tough and light magnesium alloy and has a durable shutter that is rated for approximately 200,000 cycles.
It also is capable of transferring files to a smartphone or tablet when connected to the brand new Imaging Edge Mobile application.

Regarding pricing and availability, the body-only a6400 package will ship in February for $900.
It will also come as a starter kit version, with a 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 lens for $1,000.
Or you can opt for an even better kit lens package, with the 18-135mm f/3.5–5.6 lens, which will retail for $1,300.

More info on Sony’s press release.

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