About the Sony Alpha a6400 Kit
Great performance from a compact camera
Great performance from a compact camera
The Sony a6400 is a small camera with huge imaging power. It's light and compact enough to go with you anywhere, plus it's weather-sealed and tough enough to use in just about any outdoor conditions. A 24.2-megapixel image sensor and Sony's latest processing engine give you crisp, clear images with natural colors, even in low light.
The power of touch
The a6400's tilting touchscreen allows easy composition and intuitive shooting. Touch anywhere on the screen to focus, even when you're looking through the viewfinder. You can shift focus smoothly by swiping your finger across the touchscreen.
Keep up with subjects on the move
The a6400's responsive Fast Hybrid autofocus system has 425 phase detection points for capturing great action shots. This system can lock focus in as little as .02 seconds and track moving subjects throughout the entire frame for pinpoint accuracy in still images and movies. This camera can capture sharp action sequences at up to 11 frames per second.
Advanced features for videographers
The a6400 records video in Full HD and 4K. In Super 35mm format, data is processed from every pixel for extra sharp footage. S-Gamut and S-Log shooting let you adjust color, gradation, and dynamic range for richly detailed movies, even in low light. A clean HDMI output sends uncompressed movie data to an external recorder or monitor. You can keep recording internally to the camera even when using this function.
A great walk-around lens
The included 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS retractable zoom lens has an equivalent focal length of 24-75mm on the a6400, making it useful in a variety of situations, from wide-angle landscape and architecture photography to detailed close-ups and portraits. Sony's Optical SteadyShot image stabilization helps minimize the appearance of camera shake when working in low-light conditions and with higher zoom magnifications.
This lens's slim design retracts down to 29.9mm, barely adding any bulk to the a6400's already low-profile body. The electronically driven zoom mechanism has silent, smooth operation so it's great for video. A dual-function control ring on the lens barrel handles zoom in autofocus mode, and manual control in manual focus mode.
- 24.2-megapixel Exmor™ APS-C sensor for highly detailed images
- upgraded BIONZ X™ image processor for high-resolution, low-noise photos and fast autofocus performance
- includes 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS zoom lens (35mm equivalent focal length: 24-75mm)
- uses Sony E-mount lenses
- Sony LA-EA4 adapter allows you to use Sony A-mount lenses
- Wi-Fi lets you transfer photos and video to smartphones and tablets for easy image sharing
- Location Information Link via Bluetooth allows the camera to record location information through the free PlayMemories Mobile app
- NFC touch pairing with compatible Android™ devices
- dust- and moisture-resistant tough magnesium alloy body
- ISO sensitivity range from ISO 100-32000, expandable to ISO 102400, for superior low-light imaging
- ISO Auto minimum shutter speed lets you set a shutter speed at which ISO sensitivity starts changing to prevent image blur (while in P or A mode, or in Multi Frame NR)
- 3" high-resolution (921,000-dot) LCD touchscreen tilts up to 180° upward for easy self-portrait framing
- 2.36-million-dot Organic LED (OLED) super high-resolution electronic viewfinder for easy eye-level composition
- Bright Monitoring boosts image brightness by changing shutter speed
- 4K Ultra HD video recording with 100 Mbps maximum bit rate
- full HD 1080/60p video
- supports line input from professional audio devices with XLR terminal, with use of XLR adapter kit (sold separately)
- Gamma Display Assist lets you view video with natural contrast while recording in S-Log gamma setting
- Zebra function reliably warns you to avoid blown-out highlights when shooting video
- 425 phase-detecting AF points for more accurate focus throughout the frame
- enhanced Fast Hybrid AF system for precise movie AF; focuses in 0.02 seconds
- adjustable AF Tracking Sensitivity for extra stability or responsiveness, depending on the scene
- Touch Tracking lets you track moving subjects by touching the LCD screen.
- AF in Focus Magnifier lets you use AF while enlarging a selected image on the viewfinder or LCD screen, for finer adjustment of focus
- Expanded Flexible Spot function automatically detects surrounding AF points to restore focus instantly on moving subjects
- Eye AF (available in AF-C mode) automatically focuses on and tracks focus on a subjects eye as the face moves
- High-density Tracking AF technology for reliable focus accuracy and tracking stability
- Silent Shooting mode uses an electronic shutter that cuts out shake caused by mechanical shutter movement
- built-in flash
- compatible with Sony's Imaging Edge™ desktop and mobile apps for shooting, editing, and sharing images
- high-speed continuous shooting up to 11 frames per second
- uncompressed, clean HDMI output (cable not included) supports 4K and full HD
- power supply via USB connection to PC or mobile battery conserves camera battery
- 3.5mm microphone input
- Includes NP-FW50 battery, AC adapter, power cord, shoulder strap, and Micro-USB cable
- 4-3/4"W x 2-11/16"H x 2-3/8"D
- weight: 14.3 oz. (with battery and memory card)
- warranty: 1 year parts and labor
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- MFR # ILCE6400L/B
What's in the box:
- Digital camera body (black)
- Rubber eyepiece cup
- E-PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens (installed)
- 40.5mm Lens cap (installed on lens)
- NP-FW50 Lithium-Ion battery (7.2V 1020mAh 7.3Wh)
- 23" USB cable (Type A USB on one end and Micro-B USB on other end)
- AC-UUD12 AC adapter (DC output: 5V 1.5A)
- Neck strap
- Startup Guide (English)
- Startup Guide (French)
- Limited Warranty (US and Canada)
- Online Product Registration sheet
- Lenses & Accessories brochure
- Reference Guide
- Lens spec sheet
Sony Alpha a6400 Kit reviews
I'm still learning the menu system - it is vast and not all that intuitive to me, but it seems like the camera can do a lot. The few photos and videos that I have taken were pretty amazing. Comparing online, there were there were no cameras that produced sharper images, even at many times the price, so that was the overiding selling point for me. f3.5 lens produces some decent control over depth of field and 16mm is wider zoom than most kit lenses. On the negative side, the camera is too small and boxy to be entirely ergonomic for me. The battery life at the highest video setting is only about 1:15 hours, but the overheat indicator typically comes on before that, so probably not the best choice for long videos. Optical steady shot is considerably less effective than my inexpensive Sony HDR-CX440 HandyCam. Seems ironic that a camera that is arguably so superior struggles with the basics like ergomomics, record time and stabilization. Zoom range too, although I realize that's physics. Perhaps worth saying that the camcorder seems like a better form factor for self-photagraphy. The abillity to make the LCD face forward is a step in the right direction, but it is mechanically complex and less useful than the simple flip screen on the camcorder. I think it's also worth mentioning that while I was finally able to get the mobile app working after calls to both Crutchfield and Sony, it leaves a lot to be desired, both in terms of intuitive simplicity and usabi
Pros: Vast array of features, small form factor, front-facing LCD option, decent wide angle zoom kit lens, least overheating issues of any 6000-series camera, amazing auto-focus prowess, impressive enthusiast support, class-leading image quality, under $1000
Cons: Unintuitive menu structure, too small to be entirely ergonomic, complex LCD articulation that still doesn't serve as well as a flip-sideways design, no real documentation (not even to the point of explaining the meaning of the many icons), awkward power zoom control, lingering heat issues, short battery life, extra batteries are over-priced by Sony, weak mobile app.
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More details on the Sony Alpha a6400 Kit
Features & specs
|LCD Screen Size||3"|
|Lens 35mm Equivalent||24-75mm|
|Image Stabilization||With included lens|
|Highest Resolution||6000 x 4000|
|Video Resolution||3840 x 2160|
|Weight With Battery (ounces)||14.3|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
Play And Print Functions
Overview: The Sony α6400 (ILCE-6400M) Alpha-series interchangeable camera kit contains the α6400 camera body and the E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS power zoom lens (SELP1650), along with a rechargeable battery, adjustable neck strap, and USB cable. The α6400 has built-in Wi-Fi, an APS-C-sized image sensor, and is compatible with Sony E-mount lenses. With the optional LA-EA4 Mount Adapter, the camera can also use Sony A-mount lenses, and select Minolta/Konica lenses.
3" Tiltable LCD Screen: The α6400 uses a 3" LCD screen with 921,600 dots. You can tilt the LCD up approximately 180° for low angle shots and self-portraits, or approximately 74° for high angle photography. The brightness of the LCD monitor can be adjusted in 5 steps from -2 to +2.
0.39" OLED Electronic Viewfinder: The 0.39" high-contrast, high-resolution OLED Tru-finder has 2,359,296 dots, and provides approximately 100% field of view. You can adjust the brightness in 5 steps. The built-in -4.0m to +3.0m diopter lets you adjust the viewfinder image to your individual eyesight. You can set the camera to switch between the LCD screen and viewfinder automatically when you look into the EVF, or choose one or the other in the camera's menu.
Display Options: You can choose how much information appears in the viewfinder and LCD monitor. There are five options each for the LCD screen and Viewfinder: Graphic Display, Display All Info, No Display Info, Level, and Histogram.
Live View: The α6400's Live View lets you use the LCD screen and Electronic Viewfinder to frame your photos as you shoot. When the Live View display is set to "Setting Effect On", the LCD or viewfinder will provide an accurate preview of your photo, including the white balance, exposure compensation, creative style or picture effect. With the "Setting Effect Off", you can check the image composition without the effects of the exposure settings.
Image Sensor/Image Processor: The α6400 features an APS-C-sized Exmor CMOS image sensor (23.5 x 15.6mm). It has approximately 25.0-million total pixels and 24.2-million effective pixels. The new-generation BIONZ X image processor achieves improved processing speeds up to 1.8 times as fast as the previous model (α6300).
Still Image Recording Formats: The α6400 can record still images JPEG file format in Standard, Fine, and Extra Fine compression rates. You can choose to shoot in 3:2 or 16:9 aspect ratio, and in large, medium, and small image sizes. You can also record still images using the RAW format, which is uncompressed with no processing performed in the camera. RAW images must be transferred to a computer for processing, editing, and printing using the downloadable Imaging Edge software. You can set the α6400 to record a RAW and a JPEG image (Large, Medium, or Small with compression set to Fine) at the same time. You can select the following image sizes:
|Large||6000 x 4000 |
|6000 x 3376 |
|4000 x 4000 |
|Medium||4240 x 2832 |
|4240 x 2400 |
|2832 x 2832 |
|Small||3008 x 2000 |
|3008 x 1688 |
|2000 x 2000 |
|RAW (L)||6000 x 4000 |
|6000 x 3376 |
|4000 x 4000 |
Panorama Photos: The Panorama mode lets you record panoramic images by holding down the shutter button as you pan across the scene. Panoramic photos can be taken in several different resolution settings:
- Vertical: 3872 x 2160 (8.4M)
- Horizontal: 8192 x 1856 (15M)
- Vertical: 5536 x 2160 (12M)
- Horizontal: 12416 x 1856 (23M)
Movie Recording Formats: The α6400 can record 16:9 4K in XAVC S format and a maximum 100Mbps bit rate, as well as Full High Definition movies at 50 Mbps. You can also record movies in AVCHD format. All of the formats use MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 video compression. Audio is recorded in 2-channel LPCM (XAVC S), or 2-channel Dolby Digital (AVCHD). Movies can be recorded in either NTSC or PAL. You can select from the following bit rates/image quality (NTSC):
|File Format||Resolution||Average Bit Rate||Recording Time |
(64 GB SDXC)
|XAVC S 4K||3840 x 2160||30p / 100 Mbps |
30p / 60 Mbps
24p / 100 Mbps
24p / 60 Mbps
|1h 15m |
|XAVC S HD||1920 x 1080||120p / 100 Mbps |
120p / 60 Mbps
60p / 50 Mbps
60p / 25 Mbps
30p / 50 Mbps
30p / 16 Mbps
24p / 50 Mbps
|1h 15m |
|AVCHD||1920 x 1080||60i / 24 Mbps (FX) |
60i / 17 Mbps (FH)
|6h 00m |
Dual Media Options: The α6400 camera accepts two types of media for capturing still images: Memory Stick (PRO Duo, PRO-HG Duo, XC-HG Duo) plus SD, SDHC, and SDXC Memory Cards. The maximum number of images that can be recorded on a memory card formatted with this camera varies slightly between the two types of media. There are a few restrictions regarding memory cards that can be used:
|Recording Format||Supported Memory Cards|
|Still Images||SD/SDHC/SDXC |
Memory Stick PRO Duo
Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo
|AVCHD||SD/SDHC/SDXC (Class 4 or faster, or U1 or faster) |
Memory Stick PRO Duo (Mark 2)
Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo
|XAVC S||4K 60 Mbps |
HD 50 Mbps or lower
HD 60 Mbps
|SD/SDHC/SDXC (Class 10, or U1 or faster) |
Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo
|4K 100 Mbps |
HD 100 Mbps
Clear Image Zoom: Clear Image Zoom increases the effective focal length of the lens by up to 2x (Large images), 2.8x (Medium images), or 4x (Small images) by digitally magnifying the center of the image. Combined with the camera's Digital Zoom and Optical Zoom, you can increase magnification up to 8x over the lens' maximum focal length.
Focus Modes: The α6400's Fast Hybrid Focus system combines 425 phase-detection AF points with High-density Tracking AF Technology and the Bionz X image processor to achieve blazing fast auto focusing (0.02 seconds). The 425 phase-detection points are positioned over the entire image area to provide wide and dense AF coverage. The AF points are activated to follow moving subjects to precise detection and tracking of the subject. You can choose from the following Auto/Manual Focus Modes:
- AF-S (Single-shot Auto focus): The camera focuses and the focus is locked when you press the shutter button halfway down. Recommended for use with motionless subjects.
- AF-C (Continuous Auto focus): The camera continues to focus when you press and hold the shutter button halfway down. Recommended for use when the subject is in motion.
- AF-A (Automatic AF): Single-shot AF and Continuous AF are switched according to the movement of the subject.
- DMF (Direct Manual Focusing): After focusing automatically, you can make fine focusing adjustments manually.
- Manual Focus: When it is difficult to get the proper focus in auto focus mode, you can adjust the focus manually. This mode allows you to set the distance of a subject by rotating the focusing ring to achieve a sharp focus.
AF (Auto focus) Area: You can select between 4 settings:
- Wide: The camera focuses automatically on a subject in all ranges of the image.
- Zone: You can select a zone (consisting of 9 focus areas) on the monitor on which to focus.
- Center: The camera focuses automatically on a subject in the center of the image.
- Flexible Spot: You can change the size of and move the focusing area in order to focus on a small subject or narrow area.
- Expand Flexible Spot: If the product fails to focus on the single selected point, it uses the focus points around the flexible spot as the second priority area.
- Tracking: In this mode, when the shutter button is held halfway down, the camera tracks the subject within the selected autofocus area.
Focus Lock: If a subject is off-center and outside of the AF area, you can lock the focus of the camera.
AF Illuminator: When you press the shutter button halfway down, a red illuminator is emitted until the focus is locked. Under dark lighting conditions or when you shoot a low contrast subject, the AF illuminator allows the camera to focus more easily on the subject.
Drive Modes: The camera offers the following shooting modes:
- Single Shooting: Default setting for standard picture taking.
- Continuous Shooting: In Continuous Shooting mode, you can choose from several speeds: Hi+ (11 fps), Hi (8 fps), Mid (6 fps), and Lo (3 fps). The maximum number of recordable frames is 99 (Extra Fine L), 115 (Fine L), 116 (Standard L), 46 (RAW), and 44 (RAW+JPEG).
- Self-Timer: You can set the camera to three different self-timers:
- 10 Second: After you press the shutter button, the shutter will be released about 10 seconds later. This is convenient when the photographer wants to appear in a photo.
- 2 Second: After you press the shutter button, the shutter will be released about 2 seconds later. This is convenient to reduce camera-shake.
- 10 Seconds/3 or 5 Images: The camera records 3 or 5 images continuously after a 10, 5, or 2 second delay. You can choose the best shot from the shots taken.
- Bracket Shooting: Bracket shooting allows you to shoot 3, 5, or 9 images, each with different degrees of exposure (base exposure, under exposure, and over exposure). You can select the bracket step value from 0.3EV, 0.5EV, 0.7EV, 1.0EV, 2.0EV, or 3.0EV. After shooting, you can select an image that suits your intention.
Shooting Modes: The top-mounted Mode Dial lets you select from the following shooting modes:
- Auto: This mode allows you to shoot still images under any condition with good results. The settings are determined automatically by the camera. There are two selections: Intelligent Auto and Superior Auto.
- Program Auto: For shooting with the exposure adjusted automatically (both the shutter speed and the aperture value), while allowing you to adjust other settings manually.
- Aperture Priority: This mode allows you to shoot after adjusting the aperture value manually, letting the camera set the appropriate shutter speed. This mode gives you greater control over the depth of field.
- Shutter Speed Priority: This mode allows you to shoot after adjusting the shutter speed manually, letting the camera set the appropriate aperture. With a high shutter speed, the moving subject appears as if it is frozen on the image. With a slow shutter speed, the moving subject appears as if it were flowing.
- Manual Exposure: This mode allows you to shoot after adjusting the exposure (shutter speed and aperture) manually. You can also perform Bulb shooting for extra long exposures, suitable for shooting fireworks or trails of light.
- Memory Recall (1/2): You can register often-used camera settings (including Shooting Mode, Aperture, Shutter speed) to the "1" and "2" positions on the Mode Dial for easy recall.
- Movies: You can record movies in Full HD or standard definition in 16:9 or 4:3 aspect ratio. When selected on the Mode Dial, you can select the desired movie settings, including Program Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, and Manual Exposure. You can also begin recording movies at any time by pressing the dedicated Movie button.
- S&Q Motion: You can select the exposure mode for slow-motion or quick-motion shooting. The setting and playback speed can be changed in the S&Q Setting s menu.
- Sweep Panorama: Shoot expansive scenery or high-rise buildings with dynamic composition.
- Scene Selection: You can select an appropriate mode for the subject or the shooting conditions to allow you to shoot the image with a suitable setting for the subject: Portrait, Sports Action, Macro, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Hand-held Twilight, Night Portrait, and Anti Motion Blur.
Picture Effect: You can select Picture Effect to get one the following effect filters to achieve more impressive and artistic expression: Toy Camera, Pop Color, Posterization, Retro Photo, Soft High-key, Partial Color (Red, Green, Blue, or Yellow), High Contrast Mono, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Mono, Miniature, Watercolor, and Illustration.
Creative Style: The Creative Style function lets you select the desired image processing. You can adjust exposure (shutter speed and aperture) as you like with Creative Style. You can choose from: Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn Leaves, Black & White, or Sepia. You can also adjust Contrast, Saturation, and Sharpness.
Exposure Compensation: Exposure compensation is used to alter the camera's standard exposure setting. You can make the image look lighter (increased exposure) or darker (decreased exposure) The exposure compensation amount can be set up to +/-5.0 EV in 1/3-step or 1/2-step increments. When shooting movies, the exposure can be adjusted in a range of +/-2.0 EV.
AE Lock: You can fix the exposure before deciding on the composition when taking a picture. This is effective when the metering object and focusing object are different or when you want to shoot continuously while keep the same exposure value.
Metering Mode: A 1200-zone evaluative metering system provides multi-pattern measuring for superior exposure control accuracy in a wide range of lighting conditions. You can select the method for measuring the brightness of a subject from the following five methods:
- Multi Segment: This method uses the whole screen divided into 1200 zones to measure light.
- Center Weighted: While emphasizing the central area of the screen, this method measure the average brightness of the entire screen.
- Spot: This method measure light only in the spot metering circle in the center of the frame.
- Entire Screen Average: Measures the average brightness of the entire screen, making the exposure stable, even if the composition or the position of the subject changes.
- Highlight: Measures the brightness while emphasizing the highlighted area on the screen to avoid overexposure.
White Balance: You can adjust the color tones according to the lighting conditions. You can choose from the following WB options, and adjust the +/- 3 to fine tune the colors: Auto WB, Auto WB (Ambience), Auto WB (White), Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent (Warm White), Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Daylight), Flash, Underwater Auto, Color Temperature, Color Compensation Filter, and Custom (1/2/3).
Color Temperature/Color Filter: You can adjust the white balance further by selecting Color Temperature or Color Filter in the Custom White Balance option. With Color Temperature, the higher the number, the more reddish the image, and the lower the number, the more bluish the image. Color Filter achieves the effect of Color Compensation filters for photography. Based on the set color temperature as the standard, the color can be compensated to Green (G) or Magenta (M).
ISO Settings: ISO is a unit of measurement of sensitivity to light. The larger the number, the higher the sensitivity. The camera's ISO can be set manually or automatically, depending upon the exposure mode. The manual ISO range is 100 to 32000 in 1/3EV increments, plus Extended ISO to 102400. For movies, the ISO sensitivity is 100-32000, selectable in 1 EV steps.
Built-in Flash: The α6400 has a pop-up flash. When using the built-in or an optional external flash, the camera offers several Flash Modes: Autoflash, Fill-flash, Slow Sync, Rear Sync, High-Speed Sync, and Wireless. Red-eye Reduction can be turned on or off for each Flash Mode. You can adjust the amount of flash light in a range of -3.0 EV to +3.0 EV with the Flash Compensation feature. Flash Bracketing is also available.
Multi-Interface Shoe: The α6400 is equipped with the Multi-Interface Shoe, allowing you to use an external flash, such as the HVL-F20M, HVL-F45RM, or HVL-F60RM. The XLR-K2M microphone adapter kit is also compatible.
Connections: The camera has the following connections:
- Microphone Input: A 3.5mm microphone input is provided for connecting an external microphone.
- Micro HDMI: The Micro HDMI (Type D) connection outputs video and audio via a Micro HDMI-to-HDMI cable (not supplied). The HDMI Output Resolution can be set to Auto, 2160p/1080p, 1080p, or 1080i. When connecting to a Sony Bravia Sync-compatible TV via HDMI, you can operate the camera using the TV's remote control.
- Micro USB: The camera's Micro USB port lets you connect the camera to a computer for transferring photos and movies via the supplied USB cable. The camera also connects to the supplied AC adapter via the USB cable.
Wi-Fi Overview: The Sony α6400 has built-in Wi-Fi so you can interface the camera with your smartphone or Wi-Fi-enabled laptop computer and wirelessly perform various shooting and playback functions.
NFC (Near Field Communication): By touching an NFC-enabled Android smartphone or tablet to the "N" mark on the right side of the camera, the smartphone will be connected automatically via Wi-Fi, and the PlayMemories Mobile app will be launched. The two devices must touch for approximately 1-2 seconds to make the connection.
QR Code/SSID Connecting: In addition to NFC compatibility, the camera also lets you connect via QR Code or SSID with password. QR Code connecting works with both Apple iPhone/iPad/iPod touch, and Android devices. When you wish to transfer photos from the camera to your device, a QR Code appears on the camera LCD to be scanned by your phone. An SSID and password also appears on the screen to allow you to connect if the QR Code method is unsuccessful. Once connected, the QR Code or SSID/password are registered to your phone for connecting the devices in the future.
PlayMemories Mobile: To interface with the Sony α6400, your smartphone must have the PlayMemories Mobile application. The app is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, and requires iOS 10.3 or later. It is also compatible with Android smartphones and tablets with the Android 4.4 and up operating environment.
Wi-Fi Functions: The following wireless functions can be performed with the α6400:
- Remote Control via Smartphone: You can use a smartphone as a remote controller for the camera. Still images shot via remote control are automatically sent to the smartphone's memory. You can also change some of the camera's settings, including EV, Self-Timer, and Review Check.
- View on Smartphone: You can transfer still images to a smartphone for viewing. Images can be transferred in its original image size, or resized to 2M or VGA. RAW images are converted to JPEG format before being transferred.
- Send to Computer: You can transfer images stored on the camera's memory card to a computer connected to a wireless access point or wireless broadband router in order to easily make backup copies.
- View on TV: Images can be viewed on a network-enabled TV.
Lens Overview: The ILCE-6400L kit includes the E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS zoom lens (SELP1650).
Power Zoom (PZ): The 16-50mm lens features a powered zoom control. To zoom in and out, a spring-loaded slide control can be moved in one direction or the other. When the camera is turned off, the lens retracts to less than 1-1/2" in length.
Optical Steady Shot (OSS): When the SELP1650, or another "OSS" lens is mounted to the camera, you can activate the Optical SteadyShot image stabilizer in the menu. Optical SteadyShot compensates for camera shake without sacrificing image quality by internally shifting lens elements. OSS gives you more flexibility when shooting in low light situations, or when zooming in on distant objects.
- Lens Type: Sony E-mount
- Focal Length: 16-50mm (24-75mm in 35mm format)
- Filter Diameter: 40.5mm
- Angle of View: 83° - 32°
- Minimum Focus Distance: 9.84" (W) - 12" (T)
- Maximum Aperture: f/3.5 (W) - f/5.6 (T)
- Minimum Aperture: f/22 (W) - f/36 (T)
- Maximum Magnification: 0.215x
- Aperture: 7-blade circular
- Lens Construction: 9 elements in 8 groups
- Dimensions: 2.549" (Diameter) x 1.402" (Length)
- Weight: 4.1 ounces
Playback Screen: You can view your photos back as a single image on the LCD monitor, as an Index View, or as a Slide Show. In the menu, you can set the camera to display 12 or 30 images at once in the Index View mode.
Auto Review: After an image is recorded, you can have the camera automatically display it on the LCD monitor for two, five or 10 seconds. You can also turn off auto review.
Image Rotation: Vertical shots can be rotated automatically so that they are displayed upright during playback. This can be done manually or automatically.
Slide Show: You can automatically play back still images continuously in a slide show. You can set the interval to 1, 3, 5, 10, or 30 seconds.
View Mode: There are six View Modes to choose from for playing back images and movies: Date View, Folder View (Still), AVCHD View, XAVC S HD View, and XAVC S 4K View.
D-Range Optimizer/Auto HDR: The camera allows you to correct the brightness and contrast of an image automatically, using the D-Range Optimizer (DRO) and Auto High Dynamic Range functions. The DRO optimizes the gradations of a recorded image in each area of the image; you select the optimal level from Lv1 (weak) and Lv5 (strong). When Auto HDR is selected, the camera shoots three images with different exposures, then overlays them to create one image with the correct exposure and an overlaid image.
Protect Images: You can protect all images on your memory card or select only certain images to be protected from accidental erasure.
Printing Options: The camera offers the following printing options.
- DPOF Compatible: Using the camera, you can specify the images and the number of images to print before you print images at a photo-shop or with your printer.
- Memory Card: You can print images with a Memory Stick or SD card compliant printer.
- Computer: You can copy images to a computer using the available downloadable software and print the images.
InfoLithium Battery: The α6400 is powered by the supplied NP-FW50 InfoLithium battery (7.2V, 1020mAh, 7.3Wh). The battery communicates data to the camera, so that the percentage of battery power remaining can be displayed. The number of images that can be recorded/played back are as follows:
|Screen Mode||Viewfinder Mode|
|410 shots||360 shots|
|75 minutes||70 minutes|
|125 minutes||125 minutes|
Charging: The NP-FW50 InfoLithium battery requires approximately 2 hours 30 minutes to reach a full charge, using the supplied AC-UUD12 AC adapter (5V 1.5A) and micro USB cable. You can also charge the battery by connecting the camera to a computer using the micro USB cable. Because the USB power output from computer to computer is different, the charging time will vary.
Power Save: You can set different time intervals for the camera to switch to Power Save mode. You can set the interval to 10 seconds, 1 minute, 2 minutes, 5 minutes, or 30 minutes. Once the camera goes into Power Save mode, you can return to the shooting mode by pressing the shutter button halfway.
Downloadable Software: The α6400 does not include software in the box. Instead, Sony offers software for Windows- and Mac-compatible computers for importing still images and movies recorded with the camera to your computer. You can download the software to your computer using the appropriate URL provided in the supplied Instruction Manual. The following downloadable software is compatible with the camera:
- PlayMemories Home: With PlayMemories Home, you can view your images, and use various convenient features to enhance the images you have shot. PlayMemories Home is required for importing XAVC S and AVCHD movies to your computer. PlayMemories Home is compatible with Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7 (SP1), and Mac OS X v10.10-10.11, macOS 10.12-10.13 operating systems.
- Imaging Edge: Imaging Edge (Remote/Viewer/Edit) software can be used for browsing images (creating time-lapse movies, filtering images by applying ratings), adjusting images (edit and adjusting for brightness, color, and tone), remote shooting, and saving images recorded in RAW format and converting them to JPEG or TIFF format. Imaging Edge is compatible with Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7 (SP1), and macOS 10.12-10.14.
Note: Sony's Image Data Converter and Remote Camera Control software was discontinued in September 2018, and replaced with Imaging Edge.
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