Sony A6400 v Sony A6500: 8 Key Differences

Sony’s A6400 has already proved popular with photographers keen to make the most of the big features and small, lightweight body. But how exactly does the A6400 stack up against its supposed big brother, the Sony A6500?

Well, to help you make an informed decision, we’re drilling deep into the specifications of both models to find out which camera is best suited to your photography needs. Both cameras offer a 24-megapixel APS-C sensor, and can capture a burst rate of 11 frames per second, but there are a number of differences so let’s get started…

One – Battery life:

Battery life is an important factor when purchasing a camera. A higher capacity battery will mean photographers can shoot for longer an worry less about running out of power. The Sony A6500 offers up a decent battery rating of 350 (LCD use), but the newer A6400 performs more efficiently, enabling photographers to get 410 shots (LCD use) from a single charge, giving it the edge over the higher-spec model.

Two – Weight:

The A6400 and A6500 are both mirrorless cameras, which are generally favoured by photographers search for a camera (or lens range) that won’t weigh them down or take up too much space in their kit bag. The two cameras are fairly close in weight, but there is a difference as the newer A6400 is 50g lighter at 403g than the A6500, which tips the scales at 453g.

The a6400 is a slight bit lighter, but both cameras won’t weigh you down.

Three – Timelapse shooting:

Timelapse shooting has become more and more popular and, technically, both cameras can shoot timelapse. However, wait up a second, because there is a difference between the two cameras. While the A6400 has Timelapse built-in to the body, the A6500 captures timelapse via one of Sony’s smart device app.

Four – LCD screen:

Both cameras offer a 3-inch LCD with the same 921k-dot resolution and both LCDs are touch-sensitive, enabling photographers tap on the screen to either establish focus or trigger the shutter. While both LCD feature a tilting design that is especially useful for awkward high/low compositions, only the Sony A6400’s LCD can flip up 180-degrees to be ‘self-friendly’. This feature will be appreciated by Vloggers who self-shoot footage and want to check that they are in the frame properly.

The a6400 has a selfie-friendly screen that flips up 180-degrees.

Five – Image stabilisation:

Image stabilisation technology helps photographers keep images sharp and free from shake, especially when photographers are working in low light conditions that demand longer shutter speeds. The newer a6400 has no In Body Image Stabilisation (IBIS), but it is present on the A6500 – in fact, the older camera boasts a 5-axis IBIS system that corrects for yaw, pitch and raw that offers up to five-stops of compensation.

Only the a6500 features In Built Image Stabilisation (IBIS).

Six – Fast autofocus:

Both Sony models feature advanced autofocus systems, with both cameras offering 425 phase detection points. However, the newer A6400 has more contrast detection points (425v169). The A6400 can also establish focus a tiny bit quicker than the A6500, locking on to subjects in as little as 0.02 seconds, compared to the the A6500, which takes 0.05seconds. Lastly on autofocus, the A6400 can focus better in lower light, with the newer camera rated at -2EV, while the A6500 is rated at -1EV.

Seven – Buffer:

A larger buffer capacity enables a camera to shoot for longer in burst mode, which is especially useful when shooting action photography like wildlife or sports. In this area, the A6500 has the upper hand, enabling photographers to capture 233 JPEGs or 107 RAW images, while the A6400 can manage 99 JPEGs or 46 RAW files.

Both cameras feature 24-megapixel APS-C sensors.

Eight – ISO:

A higher ISO ceiling enables photographers to shoot in lower light and there is a slight difference between the two cameras in this area. The newer A6400 has a higher native ISO range (ISO 100-32000), than the A6500 (ISO 100-25600). The expandable ISO is different too, once again with the a6400 offering the higher number (ISO 102400 compared to ISO 51200).