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(Pocket-lint) - With CES 2019 out of the way and Sony lacking many new core products, the Japanese company has followed up just days after that show's closure with a dedicated launch conference fot its new APS-C mirrorless camera: the Sony A6400.

But hold up a minute: isn't there already an A6500 available? Yep, that model launched in 2017, just a year after the A6300. The A6400, therefore, slots in in-between those two.

It doesn't scrimp on the features front though. With the company's top-end Alpha A9 full-frame camera receiving a forthcoming firmware update in April 2019, the A6400 will receive many of those software boosts too.

Among them are two core autofocus technologies: real-time tracking, said to follow even fast-moving subjects; and real-time Eye AF (including for animals) which focuses on an auto-recognised subject's eye.

Elsewhere the A6400 will feature a 24MP APS-C sensor with the latest Bionz X processor (as adapted from the A9). That will see this little snapper capable of shooting up to 20 frames per second (20fps), or 11fps when the real-time tracking modes are enabled.

As is likely to become a wider trend in 2019, the A6400 can shoot HLG Photo - something Panasonic announced at CES regarding its S1 and S1R cameras - for adjusting high dynamic range (HDR) in post for still images.

Sound good? There's not long to wait if you want one. The Sony A6400 will be available from February 2019, priced $900 / €1050. That'll see it as a little cheaper than the existing A6500, hence the naming convention.

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Writing by Mike Lowe. Originally published on 15 January 2019.