Sony alpha 6400

Ekkart Kleinod  • 

Shooting Menu 1-1 (Quality/Image Size 1)

Setting Value Remark
File Format JPEG or RAR/JPEG
JPEG Quality Extra fine jpeg compression, not sensor resolution
JPEG Image Size L: 24M
Aspect Ratio 3:2 3:2 = 6000x4000; 16:9 = 6000x3375; 1:1 = 4000x4000
Panorama Size → Wide
Panorama Direction → Right select in panorama mode directly with wheel

Shooting Menu 1-2 (Quality/Image Size 2)

Setting Value Remark
Long Exposure NR Off kicks in with exposure above 1 second
High ISO NR Normal
Color Space sRGB
Lens Comp. → Shading Comp. Auto
Lens Comp. → Chromatic Aberratio... Auto
Lens Comp. → Distortion Comp. Off

Shooting Menu 1 (Page 3, Shoot Mode/Drive1)

Setting Value Remark
Auto Mode Default (-), grayed out and only visible when switching to “Auto” mode on the top dial
Scene Selection Default (-), grayed out, but will show a bunch of scenes when in Scene mode
S. Auto Img. Extract. grayed out in Aperture Priorty. Only works in Superior Auto mode
Drive Mode Single Shooting

Bracket Settings: | Selftimer during Brkt | 2 Sec | | | Bracket order | – → 0 → + | | | Interval Shoot Func. | built-in intervalometer, configure as needed | |

Shooting Menu 1 (Page 4, Shoot Mode/Drive2

Setting Value Remark
Memory Recall (1 and 2) only available when when MR 1 or MR 2 mode is selected on the top of the camera.
Memory (1 and 2) going here will save all the current settings in one of the selected presets. I usually toggle between two presets – for Landscapes and People. For landscapes, I set camera mode to Aperture Priority, Manual Focus, ISO to 100, turn Auto ISO off and turn off other irrelevant settings such as face registration. For portraits, I set the camera to AF-A focus mode, ISO to Auto, and tweak other relevant settings.
Reg. Custom Shoot Set default

Shooting Menu 1 (Page 5, AF1)

Setting Value Remark
Focus Mode Automatic AF (AF-A)
Priority Set in AF-S Balanced Emphasis
Priority Set in AF-C Balanced Emphasis
Focus Area Flexible Spot
Focus Area Limit Default
Switch V/H AF Area Off

Shooting Menu 1 (Page 6, AF2)

Setting Value Remark
AF Illuminator Auto

Face/Eye AF Set.: | Face Priority in AF | On | | | Right/Left Eye Select | Auto | | | Face Detect. Frame Disp. | On | | | AF w/ shutter | On – if you want to use the rear focus button and focus and recompose, set it to Off and use the button on the AF/MF dial on the back of the camera, as explained earlier. | | | Pre-AF | Off | | | Eye-Start AF | Off – do not enable this, as it could drain the battery. This setting will automatically detect if you are using the viewfinder and try to focus. And if you put it against your body, the camera will indefinitely try to acquire focus. | | | AF Area Registration | Off | |

Shooting Menu 1 (Page 7, AF3)

Setting Value Remark
Del. Registr. AF Area
AF Area Auto Clear Off
Disp. cont. AF area On
Circ. of Focus Point Does Not Circulate
AF Micro Adj Off, don’t do this unless you want to calibrate a lens

Shooting Menu 1 (Page 8, Exposure1)

Setting Value Remark
Exposure Comp 0.0

ISO Setting: | ISO | ISO AUTO | | | ISO Range Limit | 100-12800 | | | ISO AUTO Min. SS | Standard, but you can change it to “Fast” or “Faster” if you have shaky hands | | | Metering Mode | Multi | | | Face Priority in Multi… | On | | | Spot Metering Point | Focus Point Link | | | Exposure Step | 0.3EV | |

Shooting Menu 1 (Page 9, Exposure2)

Setting Value Remark
AEL w/ shutter Auto
Exposure Std. Adjust Don’t touch this unless you know what you are doing

Shooting Menu 1 (Page 10, Flash)

Setting Value Remark
Flash Mode Fill-flash

Flash Comp. 0.0 | Exp.comp.set | Ambient&flash | | | Wireless Flash | Off | | | Red Eye Reduction | Off | |

Shooting Menu 1 (Page 11, Color/WB/Img.Processing1)

Setting Value Remark
White Balance Auto
Priority Set in AWB Standard
DRO / Auto HDR Off
Creative Style Standard
Picture Effect Off (grayed out in RAW mode)
Picture Profile Off

Shooting Menu 1 (Page 12, Color/WB/Img.Processing2)

Setting Value Remark
Soft Skin Effect Off (grayed out in RAW mode)
Shutter AWB Lock Cont. Shooting

Shooting Menu 1 (Page 13, Focus Assist)

Setting Value Remark
Focus Magnifier Used for zooming in while focusing. I set my “C1” button to do this, as explained above.
Focus Magnif. Time No Limit
Initial Focus Mag. x1.0
AF in Focus Mag. On
MF Assist On – a great feature that automatically zooms in when you move the focus ring in manual focus mode.
Peaking Setting focus peaking only works in MF mode
Level Mid
Color Red

Shooting Menu 1 (Page 14, Shooting Assist)

Setting Value Remark
Face Registration Access this to register people’s faces
Regist. Faces Priority On
Smile Shutter Off
Auto Object Framing Off (grayed out in RAW mode)
Self-portrait/ -timer On

Shooting Menu 2 (Page 1, Movie1)

Setting Value Remark
Movie Exposure Mode Aperture Priority (only available in Movie Mode)
S&Q Exposure Mode
File Format XAVC S 4K
Record Setting 24p 50M

S&Q Settings: | Record Setting | 24p | | | Frame Rate | 120 fps | | | Proxy Recording | Off | |

Shooting Menu 2 (Page 2, Movie2)

Setting Value Remark
AF Drive Speed Normal
AF Tracking Sens Standard
Auto Slow Shut. On
Initial Focus Mag. x1.0
Audio Recording On
Audio Rec Level 25 (change depending on needs)

Shooting Menu 2 (Page 3, Movie3)

Setting Value Remark
Audio Level Display On
Wind Noise Reduct. Off
Marker Display On
Marker Settings All Off (depending on your video shooting needs)
Movie w/ shutter On

Shooting Menu 2 (Page 4, Shutter/SteadyShot)

Setting Value Remark
Silent Shooting Off
e-Front Curtain Shut. On. Good idea to keep Electronic Front Curtain Shutter turned On to avoid shutter shock.
Release w/o Lens Enable
Release w/o Card Disable
SteadyShot On. By default I would recommend to keep this setting On, but if you shoot from a tripod, you should turn SteadyShot Off.

Shooting Menu 2 (Page 5, Zoom)

Setting Value Remark
Zoom Default (-), grayed out in RAW
Zoom Setting Optical zoom only
Zoom Ring Rotate Default, only available with some lenses

Shooting Menu 2 (Page 6, Display/Auto Review1)

Setting Value Remark

DISP Button: | Monitor | “No Disp Info”, “Histogram”, “Level” and “For viewfinder” checked. Display All Info is too cluttered and Graphic Display occupies too much of the screen. | | | Finder | “No Disp. Info”, “Histogram” and “Level” checked. | | | FINDER/MONITOR | Auto – will automatically switch between viewfinder and LCD. | | | Finder Frame Rate | Standard | | Zebra Setting: | Zebra Display | Off | | | Zebra Level | — | | | Grid Line | Rule of 3rds Grid | | | Exposure Set. Guide | On | |

Shooting Menu 2 (Page 7, Display/Auto Review2)

Setting Value Remark
Live View Display Setting Effect ON
Auto Review 2 Sec

Shooting Menu 2 (Page 8, Custom Operation1)

Setting Value Remark

Stills Custom Key: | Custom Button 1 | Focus Mode. | | | Custom Button 2 | ISO AUTO Min. SS | | | Center Button | Focus Standard | | | Left Button | Drive Mode | | | Right Button | ISO | | | Down Button | Exposure Comp. | | | AEL Button | AEL hold | | | AF/MF Button | AF On | | | Focus Hold Button | Focus Hold | | | Movie Custom Key | Default | | | Custom Key (PB) | Default | | | Function Menu Set. | This is what controls what the menu looks like when you press the “Fn” button on the back of the camera. Function Upper and Lower – leave these at default, unless you know what you are doing | | | My Dial Settings | Default | | | Dial/Wheel Setup | This is to control what the dials do in Manual Mode. Rear Dial SS, Top Dial F/no. | |

Shooting Menu 2 (Page 9, Custom Operation2)

Setting Value Remark
Av/Tv Rotate Normal
Dial/Wheel Ev Comp Wheel – since the lens aperture is controlled with the top dial, I like to use the rear dial for exposure compensation.
Func. of Touch Oper… Touch Focus
MOVIE Button Always – will record movie any time without going into Movie Mode
Dial / Wheel Lock Unlock
Audio signals Off

Wireless 1 and 2

Setting Value Remark
I don’t care for or use these, but if you are planning to transfer images to your smartphone from the camera, this is where you would do it all from. If you are not planning to do that, it might be best to keep “Airplane Mode On” to save battery life.


I don’t usually use any applications, but you can use things like Smart Remote to remotely control the camera.

Playback 1 and 2

Setting Value Remark
Display Rotation Off – I don’t like it when the camera flips verticals and ends up with all that dead space – I would rather rotate the camera myself and see the whole image.

Other settings are used for accessing specific playback functions

Setup1 (Page 1)

Setting Value Remark
Monitor Brightness Manual
Viewfinder Brightness Auto works pretty well
Finder Color Temp. 0
Gamma Disp. Assist Off
Volume Settings 7
Tile Menu Off – you don’t want extra icons to access the menu

Setup 2

Setting Value Remark
Mode Dial Guide Off – won’t display the guide when changing camera modes
Delete confirm “Delete” first – don’t want to scroll when I need to delete something
Display Quality Standard
Pwr Save Start Time 1 Min
Auto Pwr OFF Temp. Standard
NTSC/PAL Selector Don’t touch unless you know what you are doing

Setup 3

Setting Value Remark
Cleaning Mode used for cleaning the camera sensor
Touch Operation On
Touch Panel/Pad Touch Panel+Pad (change depending on your requirements)

Touch Pad Settings: | Touch Pad Vertical | On | | | Touch Pad Area Set. | Right 1/2 Area | | | Demo Mode | Off, grayed out | | | TC/UB Settings | Don’t touch unless you know what you are doing | |

Setup 4

Setting Value Remark
Remote Ctrl Off (turn on for remote control via a smartphone / tablet)

HDMI Settings: | HDMI Resolution | Auto | | | 24p/60p Output | 60p | | | HDMI Info. Display | On | | | TC Output | Off | | | REC Control | – | | | CTRL FOR HDMI | On | | | 4K Output Sel. | Memory Card+HDMI | | | USB Connection | Auto | | | USB LUN Setting | Multi | | | USB Power Supply | On | |

Setup 5

Setting Value Remark
PC Remote Settings PC Only
Language English
Date/Time Setup Set up Date/Time
Area Setting Set up Timezone
Copyright Info For adding copyright info metadata to images
Format for formatting SD memory card

Setup 6

Setting Value Remark
File Number Series
Set File Name DSC
Select REC Folder Skip this
New Folder Skip this
Folder Name Standard Form
Recover Image DB Skip this

Setup 7

Setting Value Remark
Display Media Info. — (function, not setting)
Version — (function, not setting)
Setting reset — (function, not setting)