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Sony a5000 vs Sony A6400

Portability
89
Imaging
63
Features
62
Overall
62
Sony Alpha a5000 front
 
Sony Alpha a6400 front
Portability
83
Imaging
69
Features
88
Overall
76

Sony a5000 vs Sony A6400 Key Specs

Sony a5000
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 16000
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 269g - 110 x 63 x 36mm
  • Released January 2014
  • Replaced the Sony NEX-3N
  • Successor is Sony a5100
Sony A6400
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 32000 (Raise to 102400)
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 403g - 120 x 67 x 50mm
  • Revealed January 2019
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Sony a5000 vs Sony A6400 Overview

Lets look a bit more in depth at the Sony a5000 versus Sony A6400, one is a Entry-Level Mirrorless and the latter is a Advanced Mirrorless and both are designed by Sony. The sensor resolution of the a5000 (20MP) and the A6400 (24MP) is pretty close and they enjoy the same exact sensor size (APS-C).

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The a5000 was brought out 6 years prior to the A6400 which is a fairly large gap as far as camera tech is concerned. The two cameras offer the identical body type (Rangefinder-style mirrorless).

Before going in to a step-by-step comparison, below is a concise summary of how the a5000 grades against the A6400 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Sony a5000 over the Sony A6400

 a5000 A6400 

Reasons to pick Sony A6400 over the Sony a5000

 A6400 a5000 
RevealedJanuary 2019January 2014More modern by 61 months
Screen resolution922k461kClearer screen (+461k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Sony a5000 and Sony A6400

 a5000 A6400 
Manually focus More accurate focusing
Screen typeTiltingTiltingTilting screen
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen size

Sony a5000 vs Sony A6400 Physical Comparison

If you are intending to carry around your camera regularly, you should factor its weight and proportions. The Sony a5000 features physical measurements of 110mm x 63mm x 36mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.4") having a weight of 269 grams (0.59 lbs) while the Sony A6400 has measurements of 120mm x 67mm x 50mm (4.7" x 2.6" x 2.0") having a weight of 403 grams (0.89 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ dependant on the lens you have attached at that time. Following is the front view measurements comparison of the a5000 and the A6400.

Sony a5000 vs Sony A6400 size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability rating of the a5000 and A6400 is 89 and 83 respectively.

Sony a5000 vs Sony A6400 top view buttons comparison

Sony a5000 vs Sony A6400 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it's difficult to envision the gap in sensor sizes merely by researching a spec sheet. The pic here might give you a far better sense of the sensor sizing in the a5000 and A6400.

Clearly, both the cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing albeit not the same resolution. You should expect the Sony A6400 to provide you with more detail having its extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution will help you crop photographs far more aggressively. The more aged a5000 will be behind when it comes to sensor tech.

Sony a5000 vs Sony A6400 sensor size comparison

Sony a5000 vs Sony A6400 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony a5000 vs Sony A6400 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony a5000 Portrait photography highlights
Sony A6400 Portrait photography highlights
71
manual focus
megapixel count good (20MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
includes face detect focusing
delivers RAW formats
can't use external flash
81
manual focus
sensor resolution is decent (24 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
includes face detect autofocus
exports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Sony a5000 Street photography information
Sony A6400 Street photography information
78
screen tilts up and down
sensor size is good (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
does not have image stabilization
81
has a tilting screen
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
exports RAW files
boasts touch focus
environment proofing
great high ISO (32,000)
does not have image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Sony a5000
Sports photography with Sony A6400
60
megapixel count good (20MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
includes tracking focus
great battery life (420 CIPA)
slow continuous shooting (4.0 frames/s)
does not have image stabilization
doesn't have phase detect AF
76
sensor resolution is decent (24 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
includes tracking focus
environment proofing
sensor has phase detect autofocus
does not have image stabilization
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Travel Comparison

Sony a5000 as a Travel photography camera
Sony A6400 as a Travel photography camera
78
great battery life (420 per charge)
megapixel count good (20 megapixels)
flash built-in
does not offer selfie friendly display
87
environment proofing
has bluetooth
boasts touch focus
sensor resolution is decent (24MP)
flash built-in
selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Sony a5000
Landscape photography with Sony A6400
77
manual focus
switch lenses (Sony E mount)
nice screen size (3")
megapixel count good (20 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
great battery life (420 CIPA)
does not have image stabilization
80
manual focus
change lenses (Sony E mount)
decent sized screen (3")
sensor resolution is decent (24MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
great high ISO (32,000)
exports RAW files
environment proofing
does not have image stabilization
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony a5000 Vlogging factors
Sony A6400 Vlogging factors
32
includes face detect focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
does not offer selfie friendly display
does not have image stabilization
missing microphone socket
80
selfie friendly screen
touchscreen capability
includes face detect autofocus
great video quality (3840 x 2160 pxls)
includes mic support
does not have image stabilization
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Sony a5000 vs Sony A6400 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony a5000 and Sony A6400
 Sony Alpha a5000Sony Alpha a6400
General Information
Company Sony Sony
Model Sony Alpha a5000 Sony Alpha a6400
Category Entry-Level Mirrorless Advanced Mirrorless
Released 2014-01-07 2019-01-15
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor Bionz X Bionz X
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor dimensions 23.2 x 15.4mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area 357.3mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixel 24 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 5456 x 3632 6000 x 4000
Max native ISO 16000 32000
Max boosted ISO - 102400
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW support
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points 25 425
Lens
Lens mount Sony E Sony E
Available lenses 121 121
Focal length multiplier 1.6 1.5
Screen
Type of screen Tilting Tilting
Screen diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 461 thousand dots 922 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Screen technology TFT LCD with 180 upward tilt -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,359 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.7x
Features
Lowest shutter speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 4.0fps 11.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 4.00 m (at ISO 100) 6.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash settings Flash off, Autoflash, Fill-flash, Rear Sync., Slow Sync., Red-eye reduction Off, auto, on, slow sync, rear sync, redeye reduction, wireless, hi-speed sync
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Highest flash synchronize 1/160 seconds -
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60i/24p), 1440 x 1080 (25 fps), 640 x 480 (25 fps) 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
Max video resolution 1920x1080 3840x2160
Video format MPEG-4, AVCHD MPEG-4, H.264, XAVC-S
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 269 grams (0.59 lbs) 403 grams (0.89 lbs)
Dimensions 110 x 63 x 36mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.4") 120 x 67 x 50mm (4.7" x 2.6" x 2.0")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 79 83
DXO Color Depth score 23.8 24.0
DXO Dynamic range score 13.0 13.6
DXO Low light score 1089 1431
Other
Battery life 420 photographs 410 photographs
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model NP-FW50 NP-FW50
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom) Yes
Time lapse feature With downloadable app
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick DUO (UHS-I compliant)
Card slots 1 1
Cost at launch $448 $898