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Sony A6400 vs Canon RP Which Should You Get?


what’s up guys segi here and welcome to another tech gear talk today we’re gonna compare the sony a 64 hundred to the canon RP and see which option is right for you the a 6400 is an impressive and very affordable aps-c sensor camera from sony with fast autofocus very good low-light performance up to 4k 30 and full HD 120 frames per second and a ton of other features were going to discuss in this comparison the Canon RP on the other hand is canons entry-level full-frame mirrorless camera which uses the new RF mount it offers 4k video a fully articulating touchscreen built in 4k time lapse and the proven dual pixel autofocus system we’re gonna talk about the strengths and weaknesses of both cameras when it comes to photography and video and hopefully I can help you decide which option is best for you my goal with every camera comparison is to give you a detailed overview of the cameras and then compare them in a way that relates to real life use okay let’s get going I’m gonna get into the details of each aspect of the two cameras but I

want to first quickly go over some overall 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 and it has a 24 megapixel aps-c CMOS sensor and the BIONZ X image processor it can shoot up to 4k 30 and then 1080p or Full HD at up to 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 point 6000 flip LCD screen and can internally record 4k 30 frames per second for 200 or externally a 4 to 2 it has a nice two point three six million dot OLED electronic viewfinder it can shoot continuously it up to 11 frames per second and has an expandable ISO of up to 100 and 2400 moving on the RP has a twenty six point two megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor and it uses the new digit eight image processor it shoots 4k at 24 or 25 frames per second and 1080p or full HD at 25 30 50 and 60 frames per second the RP uses canons awesome dual pixel autofocus system and can shoot photos continuously at up to 5 frames per second it has a 3-inch 1.04 million dot fully articulating or very angled touchscreen and at 2.36 million dot OLED electronic viewfinder it

can shoot in body time-lapse movies at Full HD and 4k and it can also record for 2 to 8 v video externally via clean HDMI out and then finally it can be fully controlled with the Canon camera connected I want to start out by talking about the sensor and the processor the a 6400 comes with a 24 megapixel aps-c CMOS sensor the a 6400 sensor is BSI or backside illuminated meaning that some of the elements were moved to the back of the sensor with the goal being better low-light performance and I think that Sony did a good job with the sensor and for the price it performed very well in low-light the Canon RP comes with a 26 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor with good JPEG performance and excellent color in terms of strict resolution there’s a slight advantage to the RP with two additional megapixels moving on the Sony aps-c sensor has a crop of 1.5 accent of course the RP having a full-frame sensor has no crop that means that if I put a 50 millimeter lens on the a 6400 and apply the 1.5 x crop it gives me a 35 millimeter equivalent field of view of

a 75 millimeter lens on the other hand if I put the same lens on the RP I’m actually getting a 50 millimeter field of view this means that the Canon provides a significantly wider angle of view when using the same focal length lenses to put this in real world terms here’s the same shot using the same lens at the same focal length on the a 6400 and then the RP and you can see that the a 6400 produces a much more cropped final image this is gonna give the advantage to the RP when we’re using wide-angle lenses because we’re actually getting the full field of view of the focal length that we’re using on the other end of the spectrum the 6400 will have the advantage when we’re using telephoto lenses in this case when I use a 200 millimeter lens the RP gives me a true 200 millimeter field of view whereas the a 6400 now gives me a 300 millimeter field of view so effectively bringing the subject in closer and filling more of the frame with it so again to show you a real world example here is the same shot with both cameras placed in the exact same spot at 200 millimeter and you can very clearly see the difference if you’re someone who uses a lot of wide-angle lenses for example for landscape or architecture photography you might prefer the RP on the other hand if you’re shooting wildlife or subjects that are farther away from you you

may like the additional effective focal length of the a 6400 now a full-frame sensor also gives you a shallower depth of field to help you separate the subject from the background there are advantages and disadvantages to each sensor so I’m not going to give an inherent advantage to one over the other but I did want to outline the differences the a 6400 has an ISO range of up to a hundred and 2400 whereas the RP has a range going up to 40,000 and lower ISO values both sensors did very well but as the ISO numbers began to rise I would give the advantage to the a 6400 because of the outstanding low-light performance and JPEG noise reduction as far as processors the a 6400 uses the BIONZ X processor and the RP uses the digit 8 processor and the combination of sensor and processor on both cameras produced very nice images and video for me on top of that basic menu operation was fast for both cameras both have very fast startup and things like image preview and video playback and going back and forth was very fast

moving on because of how I shoot one of the features that I look at with every camera that I test is continuous or burst shooting and you can just point the camera at a subject hold down the shutter and the camera will just keep firing and this is a nice feature if you’re photographing sports pets kids running around or any fast-moving subject now of course the more frames you get per second the more exposures you’ll have to pick from later on and the a 6400 can shoot it up to 11 frames per second in burst mode and the RP can only shoot up to 5 frames per second now when we look at buffer memory we can see that Sony reports 99 JPEG and 46 RAW images for the a 6400 versus unlimited JPEG and 50 RAW images for the RP so as far as continuous shooting the a 6400 definitely has the advantage when it comes to speed with more than double the number of frames per second when it comes to buffer size the RP has the edge with unlimited JPEGs and only a slight edge when shooting raw for me the a 6400 fits with how I shoot because I value having more exposure over a larger buffer and I don’t ever shoot more than 99 JPEGs in burst mode I do know that some users definitely take advantage of large buffer sizes so it comes down to what you plan to do with the

camera moving on one of the most important things for me with any tool that I use is ergonomic in terms of both handling and functionality as far as size goes both cameras are relatively small which makes them both great options when it comes to Portability and travel I always consider the camera size in terms of performance ergonomics and portability so although the RP is small for full-frame sensor camera it’s quite a bit bigger than the a 6400 it was more comfortable for me to hold especially with larger lenses and it had a deeper and more secure grip on the other hand the a 6400 while slightly less comfortable is noticeably smaller and lighter so if you’re looking for something that’s small and light you want to just put in your pocket and go you might like the a 6400 if you’re looking for a bigger body that might be more comfortable to hold and use for longer shoots or for longer periods of time especially with larger lenses then you might prefer the RP I like the build quality on both cameras but the a 6400 has some weather sealing to make a dust and moisture resistant which is something that isn’t mentioned with the RP as far as battery life the a 6400 uses the older MP fw 50 battery it’s rated for 360 shots using the viewfinder and 410 shots using the LCD the RP uses the LPE 17 and it’s rated for about 250 shots if you’ve seen my detailed

review of the canon RP you doe heard me mentioned that the LP e 17 seems under sized and I’m definitely giving the advantage to the a 6400 one feature that I really like about the a 6400 is that it can be used while plugged in so if you record long video sessions or if you’re streaming you don’t have to worry about the battery life the RP does have a similar feature but you have to use a coupler and I’ll put a link in the description to the one that I use I’m giving the edge here to the a 6400 because it doesn’t require me to buy another item and take out the battery every time I want this functionality when it comes to charging the a 6400 doesn’t come with a battery charger so you have to charge the battery in the camera or you have to buy an additional charger the RP also allows you to charge the battery in camera but in addition to that it comes with a dedicated battery charger so again if you end up buying extra batteries for the a 6400 just remember that you’ll also need to pick up a charger so that you can charge the additional batteries while you’re using the camera let’s talk a little bit about the viewfinder um because of the a 64 hundreds rangefinder style design the viewfinder doesn’t protrude from the body and it contributes to a much more compact design on the other hand the RP has a nice and bright EVF which was more comfortable for me to use because of the cameras overall larger body the a 6400 does have the advantage of a higher selectable refresh rate of 120 frames per second which can lead to a smoother viewing experience when panning or whenever you’re following a subject next I want to discuss the buttons

and dials on both cameras I always say that if you’re buying a camera and you’re just using it with the factory settings you’re really missing out part of what you get when you’re buying a nice camera is the ability to customize it to work exactly how you want and the a 6400 uses the top dial and the control wheel on the back for aperture shutter speed and it has two custom buttons that you can use to get quick access to frequently used features and the RP has two dials on top one towards the back and one towards the front for basic operations I prefer the ergonomics of the RP because I can use two different fingers one to control sure speed and the other to control aperture whereas on the a 6400 I have to move my thumb from the top dial to the control wheel I also like that I can lock the top dial on the Canon RP so that I don’t accidentally change that setting and this was particularly useful when I was shooting video and I didn’t want to accidentally change my shutter speed on the other hand while both cameras can be customized I felt that the a 6400 gave me more options because it simply has more

buttons that I can assign dedicated functions to now this ties right into the next thing that I want to talk about and that’s ease of use where I’m gonna give the edge to the RP I found it to be easier to use both in terms of controls the menu and the ability to use the full touchscreen which I’ll get to later on in the video I understand of course that there’s a subjective component here and if you’ve used both I’m really curious to know what you think so let me know in the comment section 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 RP offers a 62 40 by 40 160 image so as far as strict head-to-head resolution the slight edge goes to the RP both cameras can shoot both JPEG and broths you can decide just how much information you want to capture and that will depend on what you plan on doing with these images and post-production I was super happy with the images I got from both cameras for the price and the photos were clean and crisp I really loved the color that I was getting from both now in terms of image quality both cameras produced an overall image that I was very happy with but I’m gonna give the advantage to the a 6400 because of the improved low-light performance of the sensor this allowed me to shoot at higher ISO values when I needed to and a JPEG noise reduction on the a 6400 is

excellent in my opinion I can do a more detailed image quality comparison in another video so if that’s something that you’re interested in let me know in the comment section and make sure that you’re subscribed and that you have notifications turned on for video the a 6400 can record 4k video at 24 and 30 frames per second and then Full HD or 1080p at 24 30 60 and 120 frames per second the RP can shoot 4k only at 24 frames per second or 1080p at 30 and 60 frames per second and it’s of course when you’re shooting in NTSC mode 4k on the RP is also limited by an additional crop of 1.7 X which is now more significant than the a 6400 s aps-c sensor and completely negates the wide-angle field of view advantage the full-frame sensor has for photography for kin the RP is also hampered by the lack of dual pixel autofocus which is replaced by contrast detection autofocus I want to mention that both cameras can record 42 8-bit via clean HDMI mounts putting all of this together the a 6400 has a significant edge here with a slightly smaller crop at 4k 24 4k 30 which the RP can’t do at all 120 frames per second in Full HD for great slow-motion and much better autofocus when shooting in 4k overall I just liked the 4k footage on the a 6400 better than what I got from the RP so if that’s a feature that you’re looking for I would suggest that you go with the Sony for 1080p I’m happy with the footage I got from both cameras at 30 and 60 frames per second but again sony has the

advantage because it can do 120 frames per second and 24 frames for a second which I have no idea why Canon removed from the RP the a 6400 also offers a video option called snq which if you’re not familiar with allows you to select frame rates 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 so if you’re using s and q 120 and you watch the clip in your camera or on your computer it’s already slowed down versus shooting regular 1080p 120 which you will need to slow down in your video editor next I want to talk about time-lapse and the a 6400 offers 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 stills and compile them into a time-lapse video using some sort of software the RP comes with in-body 1080p and 4k time lapse meaning that the RP will actually compile the time-lapse for you so that it’s ready to be viewed and used now this is where you’re

gonna have to choose the a 6400 gives you much more control over your time-lapse a higher resolution but it does mean that you have to do some work in post-production on the RP does that work for you but you’re more limited in terms of exposure and resolution and I’m not gonna pick a winner here because different users are gonna have different preferences based on what they want to accomplish and moving on because both cameras offer a clean HDMI out they’re both good options when it comes to live-streaming one of the features that I really appreciate about the a 6400 is that there is no longer a 30-minute recording limit for video this allows for continuous recording of longer clips and removes the hassle of having to keep track of the length of the current clip so you don’t accidentally reach the 30 minute mark and then have your camera automatically stop recording so if you’re using this for YouTube or to shoot an interview or record an event you’re gonna love the fact that you can record continuously for much much longer alright next lot to talk about autofocus and if you’ve watched my dedicated reviews

of these two cameras you know that for the most part I’ve been extremely impressed with the autofocus on both cameras the a 6400 has four hundred and twenty five phase and four hundred and twenty-five contrast detection points and they cover about 84% of this sensor the RP uses canons incredible dual pixel autofocus system and it has a reported 4000 779 autofocus points for photography both cameras performed well with probably a slight edge to the a 6400 in terms of speed in terms of low-light I’m gonna give the edge to the RP because it has a focus sensitivity range starting at minus five e V versus minus 2 e V on a 6400 and this could help you focus on underexposed areas of your image the eye autofocus has been good on both cameras and I love the fact that when I’m shooting portraits I don’t have to worry about the focus point and getting it exactly on the subject I and I can just concentrate on framing and let the camera take care of it for me in my experience the a 6400 IATA focus worked better it was able to pick up eyes on a subject that was farther away from the camera and it was quicker to track it and more precise the a 6400 also offers Annamalai autofocus which is really important to me because i take a lot of pictures of my dogs and the traditional zone-based autofocus options would always focus on the nose because it’s the closest thing to the camera for video and 1080 P I’ve always been a fan of canons dual pixel autofocus system and the RP does a great job I’m completely confident that when the camera is facing me my face is being identified it’s being tracked and there’ll be no

hunting on the other side the a 6400 also has face tracking which worked really well and I didn’t experience the type of hunting that I sometimes got from older Sony models both cameras also offer subject tracking which is great and it can be activated by using the touchscreen but in my opinion the RP was easier to use moving to autofocus and 4k the a 6400 is the clear winner because the RP loses the dual pixel autofocus system and instead uses a much slower and less reliable system so to recap in 1080p I’m happy with what I got from both cameras but when you move to 4k the a 6400 wins and it’s not even close so while the RP autofocus modes an interface using the touchscreen make it much easier to use for tracking if you plan on shooting in 4k you should definitely take the autofocus limitation into account if you don’t plan on using the manual focus let’s talk a little bit about the screen and the a 6400 has a 3-inch 920 mm LCD tilting flip screen so we can finally see ourselves we’re in front of the camera without using an external monitor it’s not the most

elegant implementation and if you want to know more about it check out my detailed review but it does work the RP has a fully articulating screen that can be tilted up down to both sides plus turned 180 degrees to face the front when I take into account two different types of photography that I do using the camera on a slider and on a gimbal there’s no question that the advantage here goes to the RP in terms of screen positioning moving on both companies refer to their screens as touchscreen but the RP has a full touch screen while the a 6400 only has a partial one so on the RP you can navigate the menu you can select options and features from the screen and you can touch and drag to focus on the a 6400 you can only use the touchscreen functionality for focus so once again I’m gonna give the advantage to the RP overall the screen on the RP is much more versatile and contributes to a much more streamlined and intuitive user interface experience moving on the next set of features that I want to bring up have to do with audio both the a 6400 and the RP have an external mic input so you can use an external microphone to get excellent audio right out of the camera a feature that I liked about both cameras is that the audio level display is always

available on the LCD when you’re in movie mode so if you’re preparing to record or even while you’re shooting you can see the levels and then you can also adjust them while recording part of my custom setup for the a 6400 included making this change more accessible without having to go into the menu and I’ll put links in the description to that video with the RP you can just click on the cue menu and then use the touch screen to make adjustments to the audio levels I also recently put out a video discussing the importance of audio for video and I’ll link to it up in the corner and in the description in addition to the external mic input the RP also has a headphone jack so I can plug in a set of headphones to monitor the audio I use this feature with every camera that I have that offers it because it has saved me so much work don’t get me wrong the levels display is great for setting gain or volume levels but there have been so many times when I put on a pair of headphones to monitor the audio and I realized that I can still hear a dehumidifier in the other room or any type of interference that I wouldn’t know about otherwise overall I’m gonna give the edge here to the RP when it comes to audio because I appreciate being able to monitor audio using the headphone jack next I want to talk about lens options the RP uses the new Canon RF mount this is a new mount that has a wide diameter and a 20 millimeter flange focal distance so it’s supposed to allow Canon to create lenses that are

smaller and faster than their DSLR counterparts at the time that I’m making this video the RF lineup of lenses is limited and quite expensive so far there’s a 24 to 105 f/4 for $1,100 there’s a new 85 millimeter 1.2 for 2728 to 70 f/2 for 3035 1.8 macro for 550 and a 50 millimeter F 1 point 2 for $2,100 but we’re finally starting to see more affordable options coming out with the soon-to-be-released 24 to 240 f/4 26.3 image stabilized lens for 900 bucks if you want to use your EF or EFS mount lenses on the RP you can do that using an adapter and there are some limitations when using the EFS lenses but there are also some pretty cool and interesting options with drop-in filters I discussed this in more detail in my dedicated review but I want to mention that every time you have to use an adapter you’re adding another part that you have to buy and carry with you and you’re also increasing the size of your setup the a 6400 uses the e mount which offers you tons of options normally people complain about the cost of the high-end Sony lenses but if I compare them to the RF mount lenses then I’m either at the same ballpark or even lower there are also some amazing options from third-party providers and some non-professional options from Sony so this time I’m definitely giving the edge to the a 6400 because there are a lot more options that don’t require an adapter and if you buy full-frame

sensor lenses you can upgrade your body in the future and reuse them moving on I also want to talk about other features that these cameras have that could help you make a buying decision at first I want to talk about image stabilization the a 6400 does not have image stabilization so you’ll have to rely on lens based OSS the RP also doesn’t have sensor shifting in body image stabilization it does offer embodied digital image stabilization that can work together with lens based is now I normally don’t rely on it and I would rather use warp stabilizer in Premiere Pro but if that’s something that you plan on using that I would give the edge to the RP the next thing I want to talk about is the two apps a 6400 uses the imaging edge app which is okay you can control shooting modes shutter speed aperture ISO and white balance for both photography and video also for photography you can control the self-timer continuous shooting settings and there are some flash options available when it comes to video you can adjust your frame rate movie format and you can start and stop recording but as I said in my detailed review a huge problem is that you can’t see which autofocus mode is selected and you can’t change it you also can’t see where the focus point is or select a different point so that pretty much makes the app useless to me when it comes to video and I only use it for framing and to start and stop the video now the

canon camera connect app gives you full functionality for both photography and video so you can control everything that you can control with the imaging edge app plus you can see where the focus point is you can select a different focus point or a different focus mode and finally both apps do allow you to preview and transfer images and video to your mobile device now I’m going to give the edge to the RP because the Canon camera Connect app focus feature is just critical for how I use the camera okay so which camera is a better value and which one of these should you get in order to make that decision we need to discuss the cost at the time that I’m making this video the a 6400 costs in and the RP costs $1,300 so that’s a significant difference when you’re looking at this price point the a 6400 has more frame rate options in 4k 24 frames per second 1080p for a more cinematic look 120 frames per second at 1080p for excellent slow motion great video quality in 4k with better autofocus better low-light performance faster burst shooting more dials and custom buttons a better battery life no time recording limit and it’s less expensive overall I prefer the ergonomics on the RP it can do embody time-lapse has a fully articulating real touchscreen and easier to use interface offers digital image stabilization uses a better app and

offers audio monitoring using a headphone jack I always say that you can’t have everything in any camera so it comes down to which features are important to you for how you shoot I do my best to answer every question so if you have any additional questions for me just put them in the comment section I’ll put links in the description to where you can get the a 6400 and the canon RP as well as some popular kits and accessories there are always some holiday specials and discounts and the links are automatically updated with the lowest pricing and if you end up ordering anything using those links you can 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 videos about each camera if you want to see a more in-depth review I really hope this video gave you a good comparison between the Sony a 64 hundred and the Canon RP and I’d love to hear in the comment section which option is best for you and why if this video was helpful please let me know by giving it a thumbs up tweet it share it and for more camera reviews and tutorials join the community by hitting the subscribe and notification button you can always find me on Instagram Twitter and Facebook and Tek your talk and you know what I always say buy it nice or buy twice good luck and see you soon

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