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Sony A6400 vs Sony A6500

Portability
83
Imaging
71
Features
88
Overall
77
Sony Alpha a6400 front
 
Sony Alpha a6500 front
Portability
81
Imaging
69
Features
88
Overall
76

Sony A6400 vs Sony A6500 Key Specs

Sony A6400
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 32000 (Bump to 102400)
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 403g - 120 x 67 x 50mm
  • Announced January 2019
Sony A6500
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 25600 (Increase to 51200)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 453g - 120 x 67 x 53mm
  • Revealed October 2016
  • Replaced the Sony A6300
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Sony A6400 vs Sony A6500 Overview

Here, we will be analyzing the Sony A6400 vs Sony A6500, both Advanced Mirrorless cameras and both are offered by Sony. The sensor resolution of the A6400 (24MP) and the A6500 (24MP) is pretty close and both cameras boast the identical sensor sizing (APS-C).

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The A6400 was manufactured 2 years later than the A6500 and that is a fairly sizable difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Both of the cameras feature the same body design (Rangefinder-style mirrorless).

Before getting right into a in depth comparison, here is a concise summary of how the A6400 matches up vs the A6500 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Sony A6400 over the Sony A6500

 A6400 A6500 
RevealedJanuary 2019October 2016More recent by 28 months
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Reasons to pick Sony A6500 over the Sony A6400

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Common features in the Sony A6400 and Sony A6500

 A6400 A6500 
Manual focus Dial exact focusing
Screen typeTiltingTiltingTilting screen
Screen size3"3"Same screen measurement
Screen resolution922k922kThe same screen resolution
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Sony A6400 vs Sony A6500 Physical Comparison

If you are aiming to lug around your camera regularly, you're going to have to take into account its weight and dimensions. The Sony A6400 provides exterior measurements of 120mm x 67mm x 50mm (4.7" x 2.6" x 2.0") with a weight of 403 grams (0.89 lbs) and the Sony A6500 has dimensions of 120mm x 67mm x 53mm (4.7" x 2.6" x 2.1") accompanied by a weight of 453 grams (1.00 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an ILC will vary dependant on the lens you have attached at the time. The following is a front view sizing comparison of the A6400 compared to the A6500.

Sony A6400 vs Sony A6500 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the A6400 and A6500 is 83 and 81 respectively.

Sony A6400 vs Sony A6500 top view buttons comparison

Sony A6400 vs Sony A6500 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, its tough to see the gap in sensor measurements purely by researching a spec sheet. The photograph underneath might give you a far better sense of the sensor measurements in the A6400 and A6500.

As you can see, both of those cameras come with the identical sensor size and the identical megapixels therefore you can expect comparable quality of files however you should really consider the age of the cameras into account. The younger A6400 is going to have an advantage when it comes to sensor innovation.

Sony A6400 vs Sony A6500 sensor size comparison

Sony A6400 vs Sony A6500 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony A6400 vs Sony A6500 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony A6400 Portrait photography highlights
Sony A6500 Portrait photography highlights
82
focusing manually
good resolution (24MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
provides face detect autofocus
exports RAW formats
81
focusing manually
megapixel count decent (24MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
includes face detection focus
supports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Sony A6400 Street photography information
Sony A6500 Street photography information
81
screen tilts
nice sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
comes with focus via touch
weather sealing
great high ISO (32,000)
lack of image stabilization
85
screen tilts
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
includes focus via touch
weather proof
very good ISO range (25,600)
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Sports Comparison

Sony A6400 Sports photography highlights
Sony A6500 Sports photography highlights
78
good resolution (24 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
provides tracking focus
weather sealing
great battery power (410 per charge)
comes with phase detect autofocus
lack of image stabilization
84
silent shutter (1/32,000 seconds)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
megapixel count decent (24MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
includes tracking autofocus
weather proof
has phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Sony A6400 Travel photography factors
Sony A6500 Travel photography factors
87
great battery power (410 per charge)
weather sealing
has bluetooth
comes with focus via touch
good resolution (24 megapixels)
has built in flash
display is selfie friendly
79
weather proof
has bluetooth
includes focus via touch
megapixel count decent (24 megapixels)
has built in flash
does not have selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Sony A6400 Landscape photography factors
Sony A6500 Landscape photography factors
81
focusing manually
interchangeable lenses (Sony E mount)
screen size is good (3")
good resolution (24MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
great high ISO (32,000)
exports RAW formats
weather sealing
great battery power (410 per charge)
lack of image stabilization
85
focusing manually
swap lenses (Sony E mount)
screen is a decent size (3")
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
megapixel count decent (24MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
very good ISO range (25,600)
supports RAW files
weather proof
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony A6400 Vlogging info
Sony A6500 Vlogging info
80
display is selfie friendly
touchscreen capability
provides face detect autofocus
video resolution high (3840 x 2160 resolution)
does have mic support
lack of image stabilization
39
touchscreen capability
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
includes face detection focus
video resolution high (3840 x 2160 pxls)
has external microphone port
does not have selfie friendly screen
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Sony A6400 vs Sony A6500 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony A6400 and Sony A6500
 Sony Alpha a6400Sony Alpha a6500
General Information
Brand Name Sony Sony
Model Sony Alpha a6400 Sony Alpha a6500
Category Advanced Mirrorless Advanced Mirrorless
Announced 2019-01-15 2016-10-06
Body design Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Chip Bionz X Bionz X
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor measurements 23.5 x 15.6mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area 366.6mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 24MP 24MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 6000 x 4000 6000 x 4000
Maximum native ISO 32000 25600
Maximum enhanced ISO 102400 51200
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points 425 425
Lens
Lens mount Sony E Sony E
Amount of lenses 121 121
Crop factor 1.5 1.5
Screen
Screen type Tilting Tilting
Screen sizing 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 922k dot 922k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 2,359k dot 2,359k dot
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.7x 0.7x
Features
Min shutter speed 30s 30s
Max shutter speed 1/4000s 1/4000s
Max silent shutter speed - 1/32000s
Continuous shutter speed 11.0 frames/s 11.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 6.00 m (at ISO 100) 6.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash modes Off, auto, on, slow sync, rear sync, redeye reduction, wireless, hi-speed sync Flash off, Autoflash, Fill-flash, Rear Sync., Slow Sync., Red-eye reduction (On/Off selectable), Hi-speed sync, Wireless
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Max flash sync - 1/160s
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
Maximum video resolution 3840x2160 3840x2160
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264, XAVC-S MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
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
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 403g (0.89 lbs) 453g (1.00 lbs)
Physical dimensions 120 x 67 x 50mm (4.7" x 2.6" x 2.0") 120 x 67 x 53mm (4.7" x 2.6" x 2.1")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 83 85
DXO Color Depth score 24.0 24.5
DXO Dynamic range score 13.6 13.7
DXO Low light score 1431 1405
Other
Battery life 410 photographs 350 photographs
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model NP-FW50 NP-FW50
Self timer Yes Yes
Time lapse recording With downloadable app
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick DUO (UHS-I compliant) SD/SDHC/SDXC + Memory Stick Pro Duo
Storage slots 1 1
Price at release $898 $1,298