Sony a6400 vs Fuji X-T30 | WHICH IS BETTER FOR YOU?

what’s up guys segi here and welcome to another tech gear talk today we’re gonna compare two excellent cameras the sony a 64 hundred and the fuji xt 30 on the one side we have the a 6400 which is a very good 24 megapixel aps-c sensor camera from sony on the other side we have the xt 30 which is a very capable 26 megapixel aps-c sensor camera from fuji both cameras were released in February of 2019 and are currently priced at 900 bucks I’ve used both cameras extensively and I’ve already published dedicated reviews so if you’re interested I’ll leave links in a description and at the end of the video there are things that I liked and things that I disliked about each camera and I’m gonna talk about their strengths and weaknesses when it comes to photography and video and hopefully I can help you decide which option is best for you my goal with every product comparison is to give you a detailed overview of the product and then compare them in a way that relates to real life use and my reviews and comparisons tend to be on the longer side because I do my best to share actual user experience with you rather than just the specs ok let’s get started I’m gonna get into the details for each aspect of the two cameras but I want to first very quickly go over some key features in case you’re just starting your research the a 6400 has a really

nice magnesium alloy body with sealed buttons and dials it has a 24 megapixel aps-c CMOS sensor and the BIONZ X image processor it can shoot up to 4k 30 and 1080p or Full HD at 120 frames per second the a 6400 uses a hybrid autofocus system with 425 phase and contrast detection points it has a 3-inch 921,000 dot flip LCD screen and can internally record 4k 30 frames per second for 200 or externally of four to two it has a nice two point three six million dot OLED electronic viewfinder it can shoot continuously at up to 11 frames per second and has an expandable ISO of up to a hundred and 2400 the Fuji XT 30 features a twenty six point one megapixel aps-c CMOS sensor and the X processor four it uses a hybrid autofocus system with 425 phase detection points that cover nearly the entire sensor it has a 3-inch 1.04 million dot 2-way tilting LCD touchscreen and a high-resolution OLED electronic viewfinder it can internally record 4k 30 frames per second at up to 200 megabits per second and has superfast continuous shooting at up to 30 frames per second it can shoot Full HD or 1080p at up to 120 frames per second for great slow motion and has integrated Bluetooth 4.2 which allows you to wirelessly share images to mobile device or to

use the device to remotely control the xt 30 i want to start out by talking about the sensor and the processor and i do my best to answer every question that i can so if you have any comments or questions go ahead and put them in the comment section below the a 6400 comes with a 24 megapixel aps-c CMOS sensor and the xt 30 comes with a 26 megapixel aps-c CMOS sensor both sensors are BSI or backside illuminated meaning that some of the elements removed to the back of the sensor with the gold being better low-light performance sony did an excellent job with their sensor and in my experience the a 6400 has very good low-light performance and the xt 30 actually uses the same sensor as the more expensive xt 3 and i was incredibly impressed with its performance both sensors have a crop factor of 1.5 x meaning that when you’re looking at lenses if you want to know to 35 millimeter or a full frame sensor equivalent field of view you take the number of the lens and you multiply by one point five that means that if i put a 50 millimeter lens on either camera and apply 1.5 crop factor it will give me the 35 millimeter equivalent field of view of a 75 millimeter lens as far as dynamic range the a 6400 is reported to capture ten point six stops of dynamic range at iso 100 and the xt 30 delivers nine point five stops of dynamic range at iso 160 we’re seeing a little over a full stop higher on the a 6400 and at a lower ISO so when you’re shooting in situations where there’s a

significant discrepancy between the brightest and the darkest parts of your scene a camera with a higher dynamic range is going to be able to maintain detail in both the shadows and the highlights a lot better than a camera with a more limited dynamic range Fuji does offer three different dynamic range options which allowed me to bring out more detail out of the shadows as long as I didn’t mind increasing the minimum ISO we’ll get into image quality later on in the video but I felt that both cameras produced very pleasing images in bright daylight and in low-light situations I was extremely happy with the performance of both sensors and for the price I think these represent two of the best options on the market right now I’ll also include additional images and footage at the end of this video so make sure you watch to the end as far as processors the a 6400 uses the baiance ax processor and the xt 30 uses the X processor for the combination of a good sensor and powerful processor on both cameras produced very nice images and video for me as far as actually using the camera’s general menu operation is fast for both both have quick start up and things like image preview and video playback are nice and fast because of how I shoot one of the features that I look at for every camera that I test is continuous or burst shooting I can just point

the camera to subject hold down the shutter and the camera will just keep firing and this is a nice feature if you’re photographing sports pads kids running around or any fast-moving subjects of course the more frames you have per second the more exposures you’ll have to pick from later on the a 6400 can shoot it up to 11 frames per second burst mode and the XT 30 can shoot it up to 30 frames per second if you’re willing to use the electronic shutter this fast burst shooting in the XT 30 comes at the cost of a 1.25 x crop but you can get rid of the crop if you’re willing to step down to 20 frames per second which is still extremely fast if you want to switch over to a mechanical shutter now we’re looking at 8 frames per second on the XT 30 and I talked about the difference between using mechanical shutter versus electronic shutter in my detailed review when we look at buffer memory we see that Sony reports 99 JPEGs or 46 RAW images for the a 6400 versus 26 jpgs and 17 RAW images for the xt 30 and this means that you’ll need to decide what’s more important to you if you want the fastest burst shooting giving you the most options to choose from for a short period of time you’re gonna want to go with the xt 30 if on the other hand you want to hold down the shutter and shoot for a few seconds giving you more choices overall then the a 6400 is a better option for you I’m not going to give the edge to either one in terms of burst shooting because it comes down to how you

shoot and what’s important to you moving on one of the most important things for me with any tool that I use is ergonomic and I look at it in terms of both handling and functionality as far as size goes both cameras are small which makes them great options when it comes to portability the a 6400 is a tiny bit wider and heavier but the XT 30 is taller because the viewfinder extends towards the top both cameras feel like they have very good build quality but the a 6400 is the only one that mentions some weather sealing to make a dust and moisture resistant in terms of handling because the xt 30 is taller i could get more of my right hand on the side of the camera but the grip is very small and i found it less comfortable to hold the a 6400 is shorter but the grip is deeper which i preferred as far as battery life the a 6400 uses the NP FW 50 battery and it’s rated for 360 shots using the viewfinder and 410 shots using the LCD on the other hand the xt 30 uses the npw 126s lithium ion battery which gives it a rating of 380 shots neither cameras came with a battery charger so the batteries must be charged in the camera unless you buy a charger Sony uses a microUSB and Fuji uses USBC so I’m gonna get a slight edge here to Fuji because I prefer USB see let’s talk a little bit about the viewfinders because of the a 6400 rangefinder style design the viewfinder doesn’t protrude from the body which contributes to an overall more compact design both view finders use 0.3 9 inch panel with

two point three six million dots but the a 6400 has a larger magnify at 0.7 vs.0.62 and a faster refresh rate of 120 frames per second versus a hundred frames per second on the xt 30 the higher selectable refresh rate of 120 on the a 6400 can lead to a slightly smoother viewing experience when panning or when following moving subjects but it wasn’t something that was very noticeable to me in real life next I want to discuss the buttons and dials on these cameras I think that if you’re buying a camera and you’re just using it with the factory settings then you’re really missing out part of what you get when you’re buying a higher-end camera is the ability to customize it to work for exactly how you shoot the a 6400 uses the top dial and the control wheel on the back for aperture and shutter speed and it has two custom buttons that you can use to get quick access to frequently used features the XT 30 has a shutter speed dial at the top as well as one for exposure compensation there is a front command dial and a rear command dial for dedicated and more precise control on the left side of the XT 30 you’ll find the drive dial which lets you very quickly go from movie mode to single shooting continuous shooting and bracketing options I also like the fact that Fuji implemented a focus stick which is this little joystick that you can use to move the focus point around this joystick is also used instead of the four-way arrow controls that we often see on other models I don’t ever use the shutter speed dial on the top of the xt 30 but I really like having the two

dials on the front and on the back on the a 6400 I have to readjust my thumb position and grip everytime I want to adjust shutter speed or aperture whichever one I have programmed to the back wheel in concept I like having the exposure compensation dial at the top of the xt 30 because of how easy it is to access but I do find that I sometimes inadvertently hit it because there’s really no way to lock it in place moving on both cameras have quick menu options the a 6400 has a programmable menu with 12 options while the XT 30 has a fixed quick menu on the one hand I like the fact that I can customize the a 6400 menu but on the other hand I like that the xt 30 menu lets me make changes using the touchscreen and i’ll talk more about this later far as ease-of-use I probably like the Fuji controls better and I slightly prefer the menu system to that of the Sony next I want to talk about resolution frame rates and image quality for photography the a 6400 offers a six thousand by four thousand pixel image and the XT 30 offers a 60 to 40 by 40 160 image so as far as strict resolution goes the slight edge goes to the XT 30 both cameras can shoot in both JPEG and RAW so you can decide how much information you want to capture depending on what

you plan on doing with these images and post-production the photos I got from both cameras were clean and crisp and I was super impressed with the overall image quality the XT 30 gave me super sharp images with very good low-light performance and while I mostly shoot in RAW the Fuji color processing is amazing and their outstanding film simulation modes the a 6400 also produced excellent results for me but I think that the XG 30 has a slight advantage in terms of low-light performance I can do a more detailed image quality comparison in another video so if that’s something you’re interested in let me know in the comment section and make sure that you’re subscribed and then you have notifications turned on over all one’s shooting JPEGs I love the image quality and color that I got from the XT 30 and when shooting raw I may have noticed better dynamic range on the a 6400 but lower noise on the xt 3 at higher ISO and I think I’m gonna call it a draw for now because for 900 bucks it’s pretty amazing what both of these cameras can do moving on to video the a 6400 can record 4k at 24 and 30 frames per second and Full HD or 1080p at 24 30 60 and 120 frames per second the a 6400 can also recorded up to 4k 34 – 2 8-bit via a clean HDMI out and that’s at a hundred megabits per second the XT 30 can record 4k video at 24 and 30 frames per second and Full HD at 24 30 and 60 frames per second the XT 30 internally records up to 4k 30 at 4200 10-bit as well as up to 4k 34

to 210 bit VI clean HDMI out and at 200 megabits per second overall 4k footage from both cameras is absolutely beautiful without standing color and detail the XT 30 has the edge here with a higher bitrate and the ability to shoot 4k 30 with no crop for 1080p I’m happy with the footage I get from both cameras at 24 30 and 60 frames per second but again the sony has the option for 120 frames per second which gives it a slight edge now both cameras offer additional enhanced recording speed options the a 6400 offers a video option called snq which if you’re not familiar with allows you to select a frame rate ranging from one frame per second all the way up to 120 frames per second the camera will then either slow it down or speed it up to 24 30 or 60 frames per second if you’re using snq 120 frames per second you watch the clip in the camera or on your computer it’s already slowed down versus shooting regular 1080p 120 frames per second which means you’ll have to slow it down in post-production the fuji xt 30 has a high-speed movie mode which lets you capture Full HD or 1080p at 100 or 120 frames per second and then play it back at 24 25 50 or 60 frames per second for slow motion and there are advantages to both the a 6400 offers more frame rate options while the XT 30 offers face detection auto focus when shooting slow

motion but there’s a little more to the story here when we’re comparing the two cameras for video the a 6400 has no recording time limit and 4k or in 1080p while the XT 30 has a 10 minute recording limit in 4k and then the standard 30 minute recording limit and 1080p not everyone needs to shoot longer clips but if you’re looking to record things like long interviews or lectures and want to record internally the a 6400 is going to be a better option if you’re gonna record it to an external recorder because both cameras have a clean HDMI out then this isn’t really an issue and you can essentially record until you run out of space and in addition to the clean HDMI out both cameras can be used for live streaming with continuous autofocus and face tracking move to time-lapse both cameras offer interval shooting which lets you have full control over your time-lapse you can drag your shutter and you can get the exact results that you want once you’re done shooting you will need to take the individual photos and compile a time-lapse video using software so to recap these two for video there are advantages to each camera we have a higher bitrate for both internal and external recording with the XT 30 no crop in 4k 30 face detection in slow-motion and I like to film simulation options for video better than those on the a 6400 if I don’t plan on doing much in post and at the same time the a 6400 has no recording time limit additional framerate options and I mostly shoot an s log 2 or HL G which means that I plan on doing color correcting and grading in post alright moving on next let’s talk about autofocus and

before I get into the numbers and the specs I’m gonna tell you that the auto focus on both cameras is fantastic the a 6400 has 425 phase and 425 contrast detection points covering 84% of the sensor the xt 30 uses a hundred and seventeen hybrid points that cover 99% of the surface of the sensor and then are subdivided into 425 points in modes like single point autofocus I also really like that I can use the joystick on the back to move the autofocus point around rather than having to touch the screen for photography both were extremely fast and accurate for both single and continuous autofocus the a 6400 might be slightly faster but both are so good that you can’t really go wrong the eye autofocus has been really good with both cameras and I absolutely love that when I’m shooting portraits I don’t have to worry about getting the focus point exactly on the subjects eye and I can just concentrate on framing if eyes are not detected both cameras will revert back to face tracking the a 6400 also offers Annamalai autofocus which is really important to me because I take a lot of photos of my dogs and traditional zone autofocus usually focuses on their nose because it’s closer to the camera for video I really

like the a 6400 autofocus and I find that it’s fast accurate and it doesn’t hunt now some older Fuji models gave me trouble without a focus for video but Fugees definitely made some significant upgrades and I’ve been very impressed with the XT 30 both cameras also offer face and eye detection for video but the xt 30 eye autofocus didn’t work for me when the person was wearing glasses an advantage of the a 6400 is that it offers subject tracking in addition to face and eye detection meaning that I can click on any subject on the frame and the a 6400 will keep it in focus even as it moves through the frame the xt 30 can do that but only with faces but there’s another twist here because when shooting at 120 frames per second for slow motion the XD 30 still has face detection while the a 6400 loses face and subjects tracking so to recap both autofocus systems are fantastic the xt 30 autofocus points cover a larger portion of the sensor and we still have face detection when shooting in slow motion but the sony is slightly faster has more versatile eye detection subject tracking for video and animal eye autofocus moving on I think that a lot of people forget to consider lens options when choosing between cameras from different brands in terms of sheer number of lenses there are more options for sony e-mount than there are for Fugees x month but this isn’t how I choose to evaluate the two systems Fuji has

an exceptional range of lenses particularly fast primes which will cover what most users are going to need I also like how small and light their primes are because we’re talking about putting them on a small body on the other hand Sony’s aps-c mount lineup has less appealing selection in my opinion with some good primes but most soon’s offer an F for maximum constant aperture or slower but because I also own the a7 3 I end up getting full-frame lenses that I can use with both cameras and in addition Sigma makes some really nice and affordable F 1.4 primes for Sony’s aps-c cameras I’ll put links in the description to some of my favorite lenses for each camera and those links will always be updated with the lowest prices let’s talk a little bit about the screen the 6400 has a three-inch 920 mm dot LCD tilting flip screen while the XT 30 has a one point zero 4 million dot 3 inch tilting LCD in terms of positioning both can tilt down and up but the a 6400 is more versatile because it flips 180 degrees to face the front so you can see yourself when you’re in front of the camera the front facing or selfie mode isn’t gonna be important for everyone but it’s a nice option to have especially for creators working alone in terms of image quality both screens were crisp and sharp which worked in essentially any environment and of course both cameras have

view finders if you’re in extremely bright conditions Sony and Fuji refer to their screens as touch screens but there are definitely limitations both cameras allow you to use this screen for focus but neither camera lets you use the touch screen functionality for the main menu an advantage of the XT 30 is that you can use the touch screen to navigate the quick menu which has most of the functions that I use on a regular basis it’s still strange to me that both companies have an extended the touch functionality to the entire operation but as far as the touch screen functionality I’m gonna give the edge to the XG 30 when evaluating the entire screen the a 6400 has the advantage because it can face the front but the xt 30 has a slightly higher resolution and added touch functionality so you have to decide what’s important to you next I want to talk about other features that both of these cameras have that may help you make a buying decision and first I want to talk about image stabilization neither the a 6400 nor the XT 30 offer Ibis or embody image stabilization so you’ll have to rely on lens based stabilization Sony calls

this OSS and Fuji calls it o is so make sure to look for that on the lenses that you buy if this is something that you’re interested in the next thing I want to talk about is the apps the a 6400 uses the imaging edge app and the XT 30 uses the Fuji camera mode app I go into more detail in the full review but the biggest problem with these apps is that you can’t which autofocus mode is selected and you can’t change modes you also can’t see where the focus point is or select a different focus point which makes the app almost useless for me for video unless I’m only using them to frame myself and to start and stop recording what’s nice is you are able to preview and transfer images and video to your mobile device from both apps the last thing I want to talk about has to do with audio while both cameras offer an external mic input the a 6400 uses a traditional 3.5 millimeter input while the XT 30 uses a two point five millimeter input I have no idea why Fuji did this and it will mean that you’re almost guaranteed to need an adapter for your microphone and it’s not the end of the world but it seems like a very strange choice by Fuji alright so which camera is a better value and which one should you get in order to make a decision we need to discuss the cost at the time that I’m making this video both cameras cost 900 bucks so price isn’t gonna be a factor and in my opinion both are fantastic values the a 6400 has an extra stop

of dynamic range a larger buffer for continuous shooting a deeper grip which is more comfortable to hold no record time limit of 4k or 1080p more frame rate options in s and Q faster autofocus more versatile iaf with Annamalai out of focus subject tracking for video a flip screen and a standard sized external mic input the xt 30 has a higher resolution for stills better low-light performance faster continuous shooting a higher bitrate fantastic film simulations more buttons and dials add a touch functionality and autofocus point manipulation excellent JPEG color processing face tracking and slow-motion and outstanding fast Prime’s I always say that you can’t have everything in any camera so it comes down to what’s important to you I do my best to answer every question so if you have any questions for me just fire away I’ll put links in the description to where you can get the a 6400 and the XT 30 as well as some popular kits and accessories there are always holiday specials and discounts so the links will be updated with the lowest price if you end up ordering anything using those links you can help support my channel for free and help me create more content for you so thank you in advance I also have links in the description to the more detailed video about each camera in case you want a more in-depth review I really hope this video gave you a good comparison between the Sony a 64 hundred and the Fuji XD 30 and I would love to hear in the comments section which option is best for you or if you have any other comments or question if this video was helpful please let me know by giving it a thumbs up tweet it share it and if you haven’t yet joined the community by hitting the subscribe and notification buttons you can always find me on Instagram Twitter and Facebook at Tech your talk and you know what I always say bye nice or bye twice good luck and see you soon

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