Review of the Sony A6400 as 4K VLOG Camera

Sony’s A6500 replacement is coming, maybe not right away, but it’s around the corner.  Thus we caution against buying the A6400 right now if you don’t need something right away.  The A6400 is definitely an improvement over the A6300, but compared to the innovation we’re seeing from the likes of Fuji and Panasonic we’re still disappointed with the overall experience of this camera for video use.

An Uncivil Discourse on the Sony A6400

We try to keep things civil here at 4K Rumors, but it’s really hard to hold back about how disappointed we are with the Sony A6400.

The Sony A6300 was released in February of 2016.  The Sony A6000 was released in April of 2014.

And now we get this very, very disappointing camera that still has:

  • horrible rolling shutter
  • marketed as a selfie camera/video camera yet it has no IBIS
  • very poor 1080p mode
  • no new Sony ASP-C lenses have been produced in a long time
  • battery life and overheating is in question at this point
  • No 4K 60P
  • No 10-bit video

Now, of course, this is still a nice photography camera and a careful user can still produce usable video from it.  But damn Sony, this is Canon level disappointing.

Key features:

  • AF is supposed to be faster (425 points)
  • 24MP Sensor
  • 180 degree selfie LCH tocuh screen
  • 11 FPS (8 FPS silent)
  • 4K 30p @ 100Mbps

Sony Z280 Hands on Overview

ProAV TV has released their overview of the Sony Z280. We like ProAV TV overviews and reviews as they tend to be balanced and informative. We do like this camera and it will be interesting to compare it to the Canon XF705. We heard some early reports of possible concerns with the auto-focus on Sony Z280 so we look forward to seeing more videos on that subject.

Sony A7500

I am hesitant to post this, but one of our sources who has significantly partially right before regarding a Sony product has reported the following:

  • 26MP BSI sensor
  • 4K 60P (4:2:0 internal and 4:2:2 HDMI)
  • IBIS
  • 18FPS and significantly improved buffer
  • dual card slot

We have nothing to confirm/corroborate this report yet so please take it with a grain of salt.

Sony Z280 and Sony Z190

Sony PXW-Z280

  • $7000
  • 3 X 1/2″ Sensors
  • 4K 60P
  • 17X Optical zoom
  • Variable ND filter
  • HLG
  • S-Log 3
  • SDI Out


Sony PXW-Z190

  • $3750
  • 3 X 1/3″ Sensors
  • 4K 60P
  • 25X Optical zoom
  • Variable ND filter
  • HLG


These are interesting cameras.  Do not discount what 3 1/2″ sensors can produce for low light quality (it may be comparable or better than a single 1″ sensor).  The Z280 in particular may be a better match for some people who are using a DSLR or mirrorless style camera to shoot with.  The ENG world will love this.  We do feel the Z280 is a bit overpriced but for the time being it doesn’t really have an equivalent on the market.