I love my Sony camera and over the past few years, I have gotten to know it much better. I’m hoping to get a few more lenses to take the camera to be all it can be. So needless to say I am invested in the Sony Alpha camera system.
My camera is the Sony α5000 which is the lowest in the line, but it works perfectly for my needs. If I were to recommend a new Sony A-series to a new photographer just getting into mirrorless it would be the 4-year-old Sony α6000. It’s compact, has the minimum features that you would need, plus much more. Stepping up in the game you have the 6300 and then the 6500.
The Sony α6400 effectively is replacing the 6300. In its press release, Sony claims that it has a touch screen that can be moved around for ‘selfies’ and video blogging, an eye and movement tracking system for an exact focus of rapidly moving people and objects, and a much higher ISO range than the 6300. It comes with a higher price tag too.
What’s missing is the 5-axis stabilization available in the Sony α6500. Having that stabilization can allow you to take shots in much darker conditions. Something a foodie like me would really appreciate. So is it worth it?
If I was in the market I might not go for it. Yes, I do love the increased ISO range but I can shoot photos without a camera tracking my subject – that’s my job after all. Additionally, with rumours of a new Sony α7000, I’d still wait. At least for the prices to fall just a little bit. Of course, if Sony wanted to ‘lend me’ one…
*images used in this article are from the Sony website – I’m low budget here.
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