• APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 32,000
  • APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Sony A6400 advantages over Canon SL3

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.70x vs 0.54x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • Wider angle kit lens
    24 mm vs 29 mm
    Capture more of the scene with the included lens
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    11.0 fps vs 5.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    11.1 fps vs 5.0 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    42 vs 15 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Higher extended ISO
    102400 vs 51200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Canon SL3 advantages over Sony A6400

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Less expensive
    $649 vs $998
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs tilt-only
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Fast startup
    ~0.50 vs 1.8 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 1070 vs 410 shots
    Capture more photos
  • More telephoto lens reach
    88 mm vs 75 mm
    Capture objects farther away with the kit lens
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 87 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Shoot 4K video
    Both provide
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Both provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Both provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

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The Competition

Compared to Canon SL2

Sony A6400
Canon SL2
  • $898
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $449
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
Canon SL3
Canon SL2
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $449
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • NFC

Compared to Canon EOS M50

Sony A6400
Canon EOS M50
  • $898
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $629
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Canon SL3
Canon EOS M50
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $629
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • NFC

Compared to Fujifilm X-T100

Sony A6400
Fujifilm X-T100
  • $898
  • APS-C
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Fast startup
  • $409
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Canon SL3
Fujifilm X-T100
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $409
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Nikon D3500

Sony A6400
Nikon D3500
  • $898
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $397
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
Canon SL3
Nikon D3500
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $397
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Sony A6100

Sony A6400
Sony A6100
  • $898
  • APS-C
  • Higher extended ISO
  • $748
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
Canon SL3
Sony A6100
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $748
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
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