Sony A6400 VS Sony A7SII! What Happens When the Past and Future Collide!

by birtanpublished on April 17, 2021

Two cameras separated by four years and $1,000 the Sony age sixty four hundred recently released and in my opinion is one of the best if not the best options out there for people wanting to create online content this guy great 4k image has an unlimited recording time and it's very reasonably priced it's it's a pretty enticing package the e7 s2 however is still a widely popular full-frame mirrorless camera that has no equal when it comes to low-light video recording today we're gonna answer the big question is the sony a7s – the main camera today were three times more than the a 6400 the B cam for today let's

Find out what's up everyone I'm the everyday dad and if I can figure it out you can figure it out so I straight-up love the a 6400 it's one of my all-time favorite cameras and is absolutely the best camera released so far in 2019 I mean I know that's probably not a popular opinion but as somebody that doesn't just talk about cameras all day but actually uses them on a constant daily basis to create all of this online content I mean it checks just about every single darn box you could want and some that you don't even realize you want but it just works the a7s2 though

Still does a great job despite having way older technology in both autofocus color science and user interface so let's figuratively smash these two together and see what comparisons fallout and spoilers like I already mentioned we've been recording with these two cameras the whole time the a7s2 has the Tamron 2275 on it and the B Kim has the 16 to 50 kit lens at the a 6400 comes with there are three main things that I look for in a camera if I'm going to use it for creating online content or if I'm going to recommend it for you to create your own online

Content from commentary to tech to cats to each their own and one of these crushes each of those while the other does kind of struggle a bit I mean that tension is probably not fooling anybody if you've seen any of my videos first up video quality now both of these cameras can record in up to 4k 30 frames per second and 1080p it up to 120 frames per second for slow-motion the a 6400 is a 24 megapixel aps-c size sensor while the a7s2 has a 12 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor now if you are new to cameras don't just think that more megapixels

Equals better because in the video world sometimes the opposite is the truth like in video sometimes you want less megapixels now one of the bigger generational differences between the two is the a7s2 has a 169 point contrast based autofocus system and while those kind of systems generally don't do too well I mean think of the Panasonic line of cameras and I love those cameras here it surprised me over the last few weeks and how well it actually does hold focus like this video is not in manual focus we are currently using the autofocus on the a7s2

The a 6400 on the other hand has Sony's cutting edge phase detection autofocus with both face and eye detection that just I mean it locks on and it does not let go seriously as nice as canons dual pixel autofocus can be and I my main camera right now is an EOS R I find that if you really want rock-solid autofocus disowning the a 6400 has it unlock like it is the best I've ever used period both cameras also have access to Sony's s log 2 & 3 picture profiles with the a 6400 additionally having h LG g2 or a hybrid log gamma for quicker grading and turnaround though both are rocking and

The one we're using right now my favorite that's picture profile one the a7s2 has a huge advantage though in the low-light capability Department I mean the darn thing practically sees in the dark now I don't normally push cameras past 800 ISO I light all of my stuff so I don't need to do that but the s2 can easily easily make it to 5000 ISO without any noise issues or problems I mean it's it's crazy honestly the two biggest differences you'll find here are color science and ISO sensitivity the a 6400 again has Sony's newest version of their consumer color sights that I

Actually like quite a lot if you can nail the white balance it's gonna look pretty darn good the a7s2 has the older colors but despite what the internet says you just turn the hue down a little bit to take the green edge out it takes like 5 seconds worth of work which is what we did for this particular video yeah I think it looks perfectly fine too but that's the thing about this series of videos right yes both look absolutely decent but I don't know that the a7s2 looks three times as good like that three

Times I mean that's a significant amount of money but but image quality aside what's most important for video of any type I mean I really only care about online video but that's audio quality and these two are pretty lockstep for audio recording capabilities they both have microphone imports and manual audio controls letting you dial the internal gain of the camera all the way down allowing the microphone to do the heavy lifting hint this is what you want like you want to be able to turn the internal preamps of a camera down as far as possible

Let the microphone or the audio recorder do all of the work but let's put all of this jabbering to the actual test and hop outside for a quick video slash vlogging test and welcome to the vlogging test of the Sony a 64 hundred and the sony a7s 2 now this is actually as I set this up I realized this is gonna be a really cool kind of test because the a7s2 actually has in body image stabilization but the lens I have the 2275 Tamron does not have stabilization whereas the a 6400 does not have any kind of in body image stabilization but the sixteen to fifty

Lens has stabilization built into it so this way we're gonna test out Ibis versus OSS so which one do you actually like which do you think it looks a little bit Stabler we just got hit with that we add there are two big things that differentiate these cameras between each other and the first one as you can see it's the flip screen like on the aged 6400 I can actually see what I'm doing I can see what's going on and that it you know is properly exposed and it just works like that's a very big benefit if you're gonna use a camera to film yourself I think maybe we'll stop

Calling these vlogging tests because it's more about filming yourself and the other one that the aged 6400 also has is the best autofocus that Sony has ever come up with so you never really have to worry about being in focus if you've got that face tracking on cuz it's just fantastic it's so good but I think the a7s2 though as I've been using it the last few weeks it's actually been impressed me with both its colors that generally get maligned pretty badly and the autofocus it actually probably the best contrast based autofocus system I've ever used so yeah

This has been the vlogging test I can tell you which one that I'm already sick of carrying probably this big guy okay back to the video and we're back now I like carrying around the lighter cameras I mean as I get older my shoulders just don't enjoy the big cameras as much anymore like whoo so the image quality on all modern cameras is great technical image quality alone should not be something that you obsess over because you can get that just about anywhere including cellphones like technical image quality it bores me is no longer relevant that much so what

Matters most to me and what drives my purchasing decisions and recommendations is ease of use now how easy can you replicate that good enough image to keep those uploads are rolling because that's what you gotta do if you've never made YouTube videos guess what you're gonna be making a lot of them now these two really approach ease-of-use in different ways the a7s2 has more physical buttons and it's got three scroll wheels allowing for quicker exposure changes on the fly but again it has a worse autofocus system and the older menu interface that isn't laid out as

Intuitively as the new kid on the block the a 6400 does have less physical buttons but you never need to really worry about your subject being in focus and you can even tap on the screen to start focused tracking from the limited touchscreen capabilities on the back of the camera now I will say that the tap to focus on the a6 margin is the best I've ever used it's better than Panasonic it's better than Canon it is the best not only that but the biggest thing the Asics 400 has going for it is its flippable screen this lets you monitor your video without needing an

Additional screen like right now I'm using the a7s2 plugged into a big screen next to me to make sure that everything is good but the a 6400 is just using itself which is so much more convenient and convenience gets my dollars all of the time if you are convenient that's a big selling point for me something that sounds like it should be similar but it's pretty darn different in use is both of these cameras do use the same type of battery they both use the Sony NP 50 I mean it's a tiny little source of energy now this ends up being different is the a

6400 is much smaller and it has a smaller power requirement but even then it drains the battery at an almost visible rate but the a7s2 drains even faster like 45 minutes of recording per battery which means you need to bring a whole boatload of batteries if you're gonna record with this darn thing like it's that's a legitimate issue so let's say you've decided to purchase one of these in their own time game-changing cameras so what does the ecosystem slash upgrade path look like that's another thing besides ease of use that's really going to drive a purchasing decision for

Me and this part of the video is really easy because they both use Sony's email system meaning whatever lens you buy for one could be used for the other and if you buy a new Sony camera it will also use the same lens smart right I mean Sony has not been creating new mounts for their mirrorless systems recently they did a few years ago whereas everybody else is now playing catch-up now I do wish there were more dedicated Sony aps-c lenses their current offering is pretty anemic and why you can use full-frame lenses on the aps-c bodies I mean it kind of takes away from the

Small light package when you attach like a huge lens to it I'm not give me some give me more aps-c lenses Sony but at the end of the day is the a7s2 worth three times the price of the a 6400 well to be frank I don't think the a7 3 was worth twice the price so I definitely don't think the s2 is worth three times unless you specifically need that crazy low light capability I mean look straight up the a6 400 is a darn near perfect camera for making youtube videos it's reasonably priced its inconspicuous it's easy to use it has a great image and I mean it is absolutely

One of my favorite cameras of the year for a reason and I recommend it to a lot of people for that reason it is the best value for the price you're gonna find thanks for watching

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