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Sony A6400 vs Sony A6500

We have compared the Sony A6400 camera with Sony A6500 camera. There are lot of difference between them and to know the major difference between the two you have to go through our comparison table that clearly tells you the Major common features and differences between the two camera.

Sony A6400 vs Sony A6500 Sensor, Memory Card and IBIS

Imaging  
Lens Mount Sony E-Mount Sony E-Mount
Camera Format APS-C (1.5x Crop Factor) APS-C (1.5x Crop Factor)
Pixels Actual: 25 Megapixel
Effective: 24.2 Megapixel
Actual: 25 Megapixel
Effective: 24.2 Megapixel
Max Resolution 24 MP: 6000 x 4000 24 MP: 6000 x 4000
File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
Movies: AVCHD 2.0, MP4, XAVC S
Audio: AC3, Dolby Digital 2ch, Linear PCM
  Still Images: JPEG, RAW
Movies: AVCHD 2.0, MP4, XAVC S
Audio: AAC LC, AC3, Dolby Digital 2ch, Linear PCM (Stereo)
Bit Depth 14-Bit 14-Bit
Dust Reduction System Yes Yes
Memory Card Type SD
SDHC
SDXC
microSD
microSDHC
microSDXC
Memory Stick Pro Duo
Memory Stick PRO HG-Duo
Memory Stick Micro (M2)
SD
SDHC
SDXC
Memory Stick Pro Duo
Memory Stick PRO HG-Duo
Image Stabilization None   Sensor-Shift, 5-Way

 No built-in image stabilization inside Sony A6400, and that’s a major drawback of Sony A6400 camera. Since, Sony may want to keep the features limited in that price zone.

Sony A6400 vs Sony A6500 – Video Recording Capabilities

AV Recording  
Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL Yes, NTSC/PAL
Video Format 3840 x 2160p at 24/25/30 fps (100 Mb/s XAVC S)
1920 x 1080p at 100/120 fps (
1280 x 720 at 100/120 fps (50 Mb/s XAVC S)
1440 x 1080 at 25/30 fps (MP4)
1280 x 720p at 25/30 fps (6 Mb/s MP4)
640 x 480 at 25/30 fps
3840 x 2160p at 24/25/30 fps (100 Mb/s XAVC S)
1920 x 1080p at 100/120 fps (100 Mb/s XAVC S)
1920 x 1080i at 50/60 fps (17 Mb/s AVCHD)
1920 x 1080p at 50/60 fps (28 Mb/s MP4)
Video Clip Length Up to 29 Minutes Up to 29 Minutes 59 Seconds
Audio Recording Built-In Mic: With Video (Stereo)
Optional External Mic: With Video (Stereo)
Built-In Mic: With Video (Stereo)
Optional External Mic: With Video (Stereo)

The video recording capabilities of both the camera almost same. But, due to new enhanced AF system (algorithms) used inside the Sony A6400 camera, AF system in video mode works amazingly well compared to previous generation of Sony cameras.

 

Sony A6400 – Sony A6500 Auto-Focus System Comparison

Focus Control  
Autofocus Points Phase Detection: 425
Contrast Detection: 425
Phase Detection: 425
Contrast Detection: 169

As you can the the specs of the camera, the contrast detect AF points of the camera is increased to 425 and hence the AF accuracy and lock time of the camera is more improved.

Sony A6400 vs Sony A6500 Display Comparison

Viewfinder/Display  
Viewfinder Type Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder Size 0.39″ 0.39″
Viewfinder Pixel Count 2,359,296 2,359,296
Display Screen 3″ Rear Screen 3-Way Tilting Touchscreen LCD (921,600) 3″ Rear Screen Tilting Touchscreen LCD (921,600)

As you can see the Sony A6400 camera features 3 way tilting touch-screen which make this camera a perfect vlogging tool for professional vloggers.

Sony A6400 vs Sony A6500 ISO, shutter and Exposure Modes  Comparison

Exposure Control  
ISO Sensitivity 100 to 32000 (Extended Mode:100 to 102400) Auto, 100 to 25600 (Extended Mode:100 to 51200)
Shutter Type: Electronic & Mechanical
Speed: 30 to 1/4000 Second , Bulb Mode
Type: Electronic & Mechanical
Speed: 30 to 1/4000 Second , Bulb Mode

 

Metering Method

Average Metering, Center-Weighted Average Metering, Multi-Zone

Metering, Spot Metering, Highlight Weighted

Center-Weighted Average Metering, Multi-Zone Metering, Spot Metering
Exposure Modes

Modes: Aperture Priority, Auto, Intelligent Auto, Manual, Movie,

Program, Scene Selection, Shutter Priority, Superior Auto, Sweep Panorama
Metering Range: EV -2.0 to EV 20.0
Compensation: -5 EV to +5 EV (in 1/3, 1/2 EV Steps)

Modes: Aperture Priority, Auto, Intelligent Auto, Manual, Movie,

Program, Scene Selection, Shutter Priority, Superior Auto, Sweep Panorama
Metering Range: EV -2.0 to EV 20.0
Compensation: -5 EV to +5 EV (in 1/3, 1/2 EV Steps)

White Balance Modes

Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Color Temperature Filter,

Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Daylight),

Fluorescent (Warm White), Incandescent, Shade, Underwater

Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Custom, Daylight, Flash,

Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent

(Daylight), Fluorescent (Warm White), Incandescent, Shade, Underwater

Buffer/Continuous Shooting Up to 11 fps at 24.2 MP for up to 46 Frames in Raw Format
Up to 11 fps at 24.2 MP for up to 116 Frames in JPEG Format
Up to 11 fps at 24.2 MP for up to 115 Frames in JPEG Format
Up to 11 fps at 24.2 MP for up to 99 Frames in JPEG Format
Up to 11 fps at 24.2 MP for up to 233 Frames in JPEG Format
Up to 11 fps at 24.2 MP for up to 301 Frames in JPEG Format
Up to 11 fps at 24.2 MP for up to 107 Frames in Raw Format
Up to 8 fps at 24.2 MP
Up to 6 fps at 24.2 MP
Up to 3 fps at 24.2 MP

Sony a6400 camera features 1-stop more ISO range than Sony A6500 camera, in both standard and expandable ISO range. You are getting more metering modes compared to Sony and most important thing, the buffer memory  of Sony A6400 camera is less compared to Sony A6500.

Sony A6400 vs Sony A6500 Connectivity Modes

Performance  
Self Timer 2, 5, 10 Seconds 2, 5, 10 Seconds
Connectivity 1/8″ Microphone, HDMI D (Micro), USB 2.0 Micro-B, Wired Remote Port 1/8″ Microphone, HDMI D (Micro), USB 2.0 Micro-B, USB 2.0
Wi-Fi Capable Yes Yes

With Sony A6400 you are also getting a optional wired remote control port, no such option available with Sony A6500 camera,

Sony A6400 Power Sources

Power
Battery 1 x NP-FW50 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.2 VDC, 1080 mAh 1 x NP-FW50 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.2 VDC, 1080 mAh
AC Power Adapter AC-UUE12 (Included) AC-PW20 (Not Included)
Operating Temperature 32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C 32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C

Battery of both the camera remains same.

Sony A6400 vs A6500 Dimension

Physical
Dimensions (W x H x D) 4.7 x 2.6 x 2.4″ / 120.0 x 66.9 x 59.7 mm 6.2 x 5.7 x 5.2″
Weight 14.22 oz / 403 g (with battery and memory card) 1.9 lb

 Conclusion

The Sony A6400 camera does arrived with a better AF system and lot’s of improvement we have mentioned above, but at the same time the Sony A6400 camera doesn’t have built-in image stabilization system and smaller buffer compared to Sony A6500 camera. So, if you are a still shooter go with Sony A6500 camera and if you are a youtuber or content creator go with Sony A6400 camera.

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7 comments to Sony A6400 vs Sony A6500

  • Nice facts, but a bit confusing with the pics of the 6500 to the left, and below and abowe it the text about the 6400 😉

  • Hanh N.

    Photos show A6500 on Left and A6400 on Right.
    Data columns show A6400 on Left and A6500 on Right.
    Kinda confusing no?

  • admin

    Ok, we have fixed it. The sides are now changed.

  • Hanh N.

    Thanks for reversing the photos. At almost half the weight, A6400 definitely has an advantage for v-logging.

  • admin

    Welcome, the only thing I hate is absence of IBIS in the camera.

  • Xclusive7

    1. Sony A6400 doesn’t have video record limit !!! – fix this bug in your info
    2. Sony A6400 has new image processor = no overheat, better AF and longer batery life about 1h30 work on single batery
    3. Sony A6400 has got Time Lapse build in camera
    4. Sony A6400 has got better build in microphones

  • George S

    IBIS is a great advantage of A6500 over A6400.
    AF seems to be a bit better on A6400.
    When Sony announces 6500’s replacement hope they will keep it under 0.5kg body.
    My suggestions:
    IBIS further improved
    AF at least as good as 6400
    Battery life improved
    EVF similar to Fujifilm T3
    Brighter screen (rear display)
    1/250 sec synch
    And general improvements for brand new camera.
    I am not interested in video at all so I don’t comment on it.

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