Sony a6400 review: A quality mirrorless camera with amazing autofocus
Great autofocus features • Selfie mode • Video and still shooting options
Some button and design layout issues • No built-in stabilization
If you’re in the market for a new standalone camera, the Sony a6400 has a range of features that’ll make almost any photographer happy.
Back in the day, there were distinct tiers of photography. Your cellphone camera was good for a few photos. Point-and-shoots were a great stopgap, and DSLRs were mostly for professionals.
Mirrorless cameras have all the joy of a DSLR and none of the bulk. They’re versatile and light, which make them ideal for everyday shooting. And they can take selfies like your smartphone.
Sony’s new a6400 mirrorless camera costs less than $1,000, and has enough bells and whistles that you’ll want to sling it over your shoulder wherever you go. Will it replace your smartphone as your camera of choice? That depends on what you want to do.
Always in focus
What you’ll notice right away when taking a photo is the incredibly responsive focus. The Sony a6400 snaps quickly into place regardless of subject. Switching from near to far, and vice versa, is handled seamlessly. You’ll never miss a beat even when you’re trying to capture everything. The continuous focus feature helps consolidate the focal points on a moving subject to make even uncooperative subjects, such as dogs or babies, easier to capture.