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.
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.
The Sony A7 III was special when it was released, but since then several more mirrorless cameras using similar or identical sensors have been released. We prefer the A7R III and we hope that Sony will release a A7R II. But for those that have the A7 III, you can still produce capable things with it, of course.
We are keeping our eyes on the Sony PXW-Z280. It’s good to finally see a proper camcorder with decent dynamic range. We do feel it’s priced a bit higher than it should be but that seems to be the new trend with electronics.
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.