Sony A6400 video test: Color graded 4K footage

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The Alpha 6400 is Sony’s latest update to their popular A6000 series. While it’s very similar to the older A6500 we still wanted to see for ourselves how good the camera is for video work. We took the small mirrorless camera out on a sunny afternoon and filmed in Downtown Frankfurt. We mainly recorded the Ultra HD footage (3840×2160) in S-Log3 but some shots with an HLG picture profile. For us it was a good way to test the dynamic range because the light was very hard which meant: Extreme contrast!

We used the popular 70-200mm F/4 lens from Sony to get nice close shots as well as the Venus Laowa 9mm F/2.8 ultra-wide-angle lens which we will be including in an upcoming wide-angle comparison video very soon. Both lenses performed very well in combination with the A6400.

Even though I am personally not a big fan of grading S-Log2 and S-Log3 footage especially at low bitrates the result is better than what I originally expected. The footage was edited in Adobe Premiere Pro CC and graded using the Lumetri panel.

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Written by filmmaker Moritz Janisch on February 19, 2019

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