The Sony A6400 is the BEST Camera of the Year, And Here’s Why!

by birtanpublished on February 7, 2021

So many darn good cameras came out in 2019 I mean honestly we're at a point where the limiting factor of content creation cinematography photography everything everything is at the point where it's not the tools problem if you can't make what you want on any budget I'm not gonna say whose fault it is you know but enough of me calling out some whiners today we're gonna find out what the single best camera released in 2019 was and why I think it's the king like why did it come out on top despite pretty darn stiff competition so what clawed its way to the top across the competition let's find out what's up

Everyone I'm the everyday dead and if I can figure it out you can figure it out and you know let's be honest you already know what the best camera was do you know how I know you know I assumed you looked at the thumbnail but that doesn't exactly help it mean I could have easily said some $5.00 camera that I got at Walmart was the best what matters is the context of what do i prioritize in a camera that makes its features more important than others to me I mean there could be anything like anything could have been the best camera this is the camera that won the year as far as I'm

Concerned drum roll you already know yeah it's the sony a6000 you've seen me make so many videos about this camera and honestly there's a reason for that I've checked out a metric and not standard metric crap ton of cameras this year and in no particular order the cameras that were considered for this listing of the best of the year was all of these look at these scroll by so many cameras this was a great year 2019 was a fantastic year for cameras so we've seen all of those but really quickly I want to mention for a camera to win overall best camera it has to be something that

I've personally used so onto the rationale so there were absolutely cameras that came out with better specs in the a 6400 for example the XT 30 has way way better video codec options then this guy the EOS 90d has a much more robust by and as a more convenient flip out screen as opposed to the a 6400 flip up screen but but for the price point on display here there isn't another I'm out there that does what this tiny camera can do this stands alone and here's why now this isn't gonna be longer in depth as I've made several

Videos covering the a 6,400 which you can find right here I think it's it's right over here right I think it's over here what we're gonna do today is we're gonna compare the weaknesses of this cameras against some of the other cameras that we've already seemed strengths so you can see why even though it's not perfect it is the single best competitors it takes like it takes the weaknesses and makes them the strengths oh yeah the a 6400 is applying to the job of being your personal camera and has lame answers for the interview that you conduct with it the a 6400 is

Basically the successor to the a 6300 it's got the exact same body down to the number of customizable buttons and the battery size and that incredible 24 megapixel sensor where it physically differs from the a 6400 is that flip up screen that we already mentioned pretty darn useful right yes the answer to that question is yes it's it's actually very useful now unlike the new a 6600 and lit can we pause can we just let's pause for just a second to reflect on how bad Sony's camera naming convention is it's terrible the a 6400 is still rocking the older

Sony NPF W 50 battery I mean it's tiny but don't let that dissuade you the a 6400 has some kind of magic under the hood giving it better overall battery life then the previously mentioned a 6300 the biggest physical weakness of the a 6400 in my opinion is the flip up screen not that it flips up I've come to terms with that and honestly it's not that big of an handicap there are plenty of workarounds to getting a microphone attached to the camera that doesn't go right here and some of those options are free the biggest weakness with this flip up screen is it's only touch enabled for

Focusing which actually sucks a lot the thing I hate most about touchscreens on cameras is when I'm trying to like change the setting and I can't see what I'm doing or I'm trying to like I'm trying to change something that's going on with the camera and I accidentally mess up the focus I start tracking something in the background screws everything up so only having focus on the screen is actually like the worst way to implement touch controls take the yes 90d NRP for example they both have full touch enabled screens and let you change the settings while in front of

The camera super-easy actually it's probably my second favorite way to change my camera settings next to the Lumix app which is controlled on this iPad over here next up let's talk image quality the a6 400 can recorded up to 4k 30 frames per second in a hundred megabits per second as long as the battery and memory holds out which honestly that's one of the best features of this camera really puts it into a special class of cameras that can record forever without some kind of external support the Lumix g95 that was released this year can also

Record forever much like its predecessor the g 85 and the g 95 is much more expensive than the a 6400 really only the lower end camcorders or that used g 85 from a few years ago could match the a 6400 in this regard one comes to both price and unlimited recording speaking back to that actual image quality though it's fantastic I know Sony to this day gets beaten up on its color science but I don't actually have a problem with it you're seeing it right now I actually think their color side looks perfectly fine now I did used to have real trouble with my a 6300 back in the

Day I mean my skin tones did turn out on the greenish side but since the third generation of a7 cameras I don't have to do anything in post to make the footage look good it just looks good this is a six case sensor that down samples to 4k I record everything at 4k the 4k hmm I've even stopped recording in any of the picture profiles because I really like what comes out of the camera standard but those picture profiles are one of the things that the a 6400 has over its sibling the a 6100 which doesn't have any of them the biggest weakness here is that the 100 megabit

Per second 4k is 8 bit for 200 internal if you can expose everything properly that's fine but if you need to slap on a heavy grade the footage will fall apart now that's something that the previously-mentioned xt 30 definitely Trump's the a 6400 on the xt 30 can record it up to 200 megabits per second 4k internal to the camera and can even externally record 10 bit 4 to 2 that's impressed me all darn year this is a Sony video but seriously good job on that food to the XT 30 is a beast however I mentioned this all the time but technical image quality isn't the

I'll be all for overall video quality especially when it comes to online video production audio quality matters far more in the grand scheme of things if you don't agree with me that's fine but you're wrong and the a 6400 has surprisingly good internal preamps okay and you know I was talking for a while about the audio capabilities the vlogging capabilities of the a 6400 and I felt like hey maybe we should actually you know show them so I'm currently on the a 6400 with the 16 to 50 kit lens I've got a rode videomicro on top of the camera and that's it I've gotten nothing

Else it's currently set to 4k 30 frames per second and I'm just holding it I don't have a tripod I don't have anything like that so if you were just to take this camera put a microphone on and get going this is what you could get I think this camera and it's raining also can you guys see that can you guys see the rain that's what we got to do for the YouTube videos right and we're back to my backyard so hooray oh yeah this I think this camera would be a terrific vlogging camera I think this camera would be a terrific it's just the best camera

Released this year and there's probably the reason why this video was titled at sea yeah this is what it would look like this is what you could get for like not that crazy of an investment and I'm gonna go back inside because I hate getting rained on unlike all the other contenders on this list you can lower the internal preamps here to the lowest that you can get and the audio you can get out of the a 6400 is some of the best I've ever seen or heard I guess I don't see audio and there isn't like in this category there isn't a weakness here this is the best camera preamp I've

Seen so far this year I mean the Lumix G 95 sounded pretty good too but this is the best now video quality is great but what matters most to me on a camera is ease of use image quality is good enough in just about every camera from the bottom of the budget to the top of mean heck even the iPhone 11 is phenomenal getting an easy-to-use camera to efficiently get your content out is far more important to me than technical image quality and where the Aces 400 wins on ease-of-use is it as the absolute best autofocus I've seen all year yes the a 6600 the rx100 mark 7 and

The a7 r4 all have I autofocus while recording and video but there's no real measurable difference between just the face tracking and the eye-tracking maybe it matters for stills but it doesn't really matter for video and video matters still doesn't sorry photographers but the a6 400 autofocus is fantastic I've rarely rarely had a problem with it it's always focused on what I want there is no focus wobbling because it's unsure of itself it doesn't matter if you're using native lenses or third-party lenses that autofocus it's like it's like the new

Terminator or those new creepy Boston robotics robots that will just it'll never stop chasing you and it will always keep you locked on technologies it's actually scary and again no weaknesses here apart from the Canon cameras nothing else on market comes close to what Sony's got going on we already talked about the problem with the touchscreen so I won't dwell on that here but for ease of use the only other real big weakness besides that touch screen is there is no internal stabilization there is an even Sony's electronic image stabilization all

You've got is lens stabilization which which is fine if you like stand still but it's terrible if you move around even slightly mentioning those lumix cameras because I do like lumix cameras the g95 crushes the a 6404 stabilization I mean it should right it's a standard it's got the standard lumix in body image stabilization much like my beloved GH 5 here and other lumix cameras they did that stabilization makes for some fantastically versatile cameras we've talked about how it has a very robust image quality great audio amazing autofocus and can record forever but

That's just the body that's just this thing that matters not very much at all because you know you got to put a lens on that camera to make it work right I mentioned this all the time but I consider cameras not to be like bodies their systems that you buy into and the goodness the a 6400 has is the sony e-mount look I mainly use a JH 5 for all of my video work but I'm always envious of the e-mount lenses not only do the 1st party lenses have some amazing mojo that new 16 255 2.8 is one of the best crop censored lenses ever but you also have access to the Sigma mirrorless

Lenses the 16 30 and 50 6 millimeter 1.4 primes which the 90 D doesn't have access to and you can use the full-frame lenses on the camera if you really wanted to for example this whole video we've been tammer around 17 to 28 which is probably one of my favorite lenses ever made and it basically is permanently affixed to my a 73 I do like email lenses and this is not a weakness I would argue that the sony e-mount has the strongest mirrorless lens lineup ever I do like micro four-thirds lenses nothing comes close to email whoo so we've spent 1800

Ish words talking about the a 6400 again I think this is the best camera released in 2019 it's priced right has amazing features and it just works and that's the thing that matters the most it just works if you get one of these it will serve you amazingly well to create your own online content but you know what there wasn't a bad camera releases there wasn't a bad camera release this year so if you really want to keep buying the dinosaurs of the camera world go out and get you a DSLR it will probably actually work great if you like this video I bet you'd like the one

Where I talk about what I consider to be the perfect gear to make travel videos as I just spent the last two months traveling for work so click here to be amazed at what high quality like production value you can get in like a carry-on suitcase and you don't need to cart around a bunch of heavy crap click here click click click click click click click click quickly click thanks for watching

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