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  • Recommended Settings for Sony A6400 Master Settings

    Posted by Satya Rout on July 15, 2023 at 2:40 pm

    After I bought the camera and before I received it, I spent many hours reading the manual and watching YouTube videos on settings. I find videos from Jason Vong and Maarten Heilbron on a6400 settings helpful, but not comprehensive.

    As with my previous cameras, I note down my camera settings in Apple Notes. This way, I have access on my iPhone, iPad, Mac. I always try to keep my settings consistent.

    FYI. Below is what I use for my camera setting. Some are just personal preference; some are due to the way I shoot. So it might not work for everyone.

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    Camera Settings1

    Quality/Image Size1 (1/14)
    File Format = RAW
    JPEG Quality = Extra fine
    JPEG Image Size = L: 24M
    Aspect Ratio = 3:2
    Panorama: Size = Standard
    Panorama: Direction = Right

    Quality/Image Size2 (2/14)
    Long Exposure NR = On
    High ISO NR = Normal
    Color Space = sRGB
    Lens Comp.
    Shading Comp. = Auto
    Chromatic Aberration Comp. = Auto
    Distortion Comp. = Auto

    Shoot Mode/Drive1 (3/14)
    Auto Mode = Intelligent Auto
    Scene Selection = N/A
    Superior Auto Img. Extract. = Off
    Drive Mode = Single Shooting
    Continuous Shooting = Lo
    Self-timer(Single) = 2 sec
    Self-timer(Cont.) = 10 sec. 3 Img.
    Cont. Bracket = 0.5EV 3 Image
    Single Bracket = 0.5EV 3 Image
    White Balance Bracket = Lo
    DRO Bracket = Lo
    Bracket Settings
    Selftimer during Bracket = Off
    Bracket Order = – → 0 → +
    Interval Shoot Func.
    Interval Shooting = Off
    Shooting Start Time = 1 sec
    Shooting Interval = 1 sec
    Number of Shots = 240
    AE Tracking Sensitivity = Mid
    Silent Shoot. in Interval = On
    Shoot Interval Priority = On

    Shoot Mode/Drive2 (4/14)
    Recall (Camera Setting 1/Camera Settings 2)
    Memory (Camera Setting 1/Camera Settings 2)
    Reg. Custom Shoot Set = N/A

    AF1 (5/14)
    Focus Mode = AF-C
    Priority Set in AF-S = AF
    Priority Set in AF-C = AF
    Focus Area = Tracking: Center
    Focus Area Limit
    Wide
    Center
    Tracking: Center
    Switch V/H AF Area = Off

    AF2 (6/14)
    AF Illuminator = Off
    Face/Eye AF Set.
    Face Priority in AF = On
    Subject Detection = Human
    Right/Left Eye Select = Auto
    Face Test. Fram Disp. = On
    Animal Eye Display = On
    AF w/ Shutter = Off (for Back Button Focus)
    Pre-AF = Off
    Eye-Start AF = Off
    AF Area Registration = Off

    AF3 (7/14)
    Del. Regis. AF Area = N/A
    AF Area Auto Clear = Off
    Disp. cont. AF area = On
    Circ. of Focus Point = Does Not Circulate
    AF Micro Adj. = N/A

    Exposure1 (8/14)
    Exposure Comp. = 0.0
    ISO Setting
    ISO = Auto (100 – 6400)
    ISO Range Limit = 100 – 6400
    ISO AUTO Min. SS = Standard
    Metering Mode = Multi
    Face Priority in Multi Metering = On (Only in Multi Metering Mode)
    Spot Metering Point = Focus Point Link (Only when Focus Area is Flexible Spot or Expand Flexible Spot)
    Exposure step = 0.3EV

    Exposure2 (9/14)
    AEL w/ shutter = On
    Exposure Std. Adjust = N/A

    Flash (10/14)
    Flash Mode = Fill-flash
    Flash Comp. = 0.0
    Exp. comp. set = Ambient only
    Wireless Flash = Off
    Red Eye Reduction = On

    Color/WB/Img. Processing1 (11/14)
    White Balance = Auto (AWB)
    Priority Set in AWB = Standard
    DRO/Auto HDR
    D-Range Optimiser = Off
    Auto HDR = Exposure Diff. Auto
    Creative Style (for Photo) = Standard
    Picture Effect = Off
    Picture Profile (for Movie) = Off

    Color/WB/Img. Processing2 (12/14)
    Soft Skin Effect = Off
    Shutter AWB Lock = Shut. Halfway Down

    Focus Assist (13/14)
    Focus Magnifier = N/A
    Focus Magnif. Time = 5 Sec
    Initial Focus Mag. = x5.9
    AF in Focus Mag. = On
    MF Assist = On
    Peaking Setting
    Peaking Display = On
    Peaking Level = Mid
    Peaking Color = Red

    Shooting Assist (14/14)
    Face Registration = N/A
    Registration. Faces Priority = On
    Smile Shutter = Off
    Auto Object Framing = Off
    Self-portrait/ -timer = On
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    Camera Settings2

    Movie1 (1/9)
    Exposure Mode = Shutter Priority (Use 1/45)
    S&Q Exposure Mode = Shutter Priority
    File Format = XAVC S 4K
    Record Setting = 24p 60M
    3840×2160 24p 100/60M: 1x video crop
    3840×2160 30p 100/60M: 1.22x video crop
    S&Q Setting
    (Time Lapse: 6x)
    S&Q Record Setting = 24p
    S&Q Frame Rate = 4fps
    Shutter speed = 1/8 (or 1/30 – 1/60)
    Proxy Recording = Off

    Movie2 (2/9)
    AF drive speed = Normal
    AF Tracking Sens. = Standard
    Auto Slow Shutter = On
    Initial Focus Mag. = x4.0
    Audio Recording = On
    Audio Rec Level = 26 (Default), 10 (Pop Voice lavalier mic)

    Movie3 (2/9)
    Audio Level Display = On
    Wind Noise Reduct. = Off
    Marker Display = On
    Marker Settings
    Center = On
    Aspect = Off
    Safety Zone = Off
    Guideframe = Off
    Movie w/ shutter = On

    Shutter/SteadyShot (4/9)
    Silent Shooting = Off
    e-Front Curtain Shutter = On
    Release w/o Lens = Disable
    Release w/o Card = Disable
    SteadyShot = On

    Zoom (5/9)
    Zoom Setting = Optical zoom Only
    Zoom Ring Rotate = Left(W)/Right(T)

    Display/Auto Review1 (6/9)
    DISP Button
    Monitor
    Graphic Display = Off
    Display All Info. = On
    No Display. Info. = On
    Histogram = Off
    Level = Off
    For viewfinder = Off
    Monitor Off = On
    Finder
    Graphic Display = Off
    Display All Info. = Off
    No Display. Info. = Off
    Histogram = On
    Level = Off
    FINDER/MONITOR = Auto
    Finder Frame Rate = Standard
    Zebra Setting
    Zebra Display = Off
    Zebra Level = 100+
    Grid Line = Rule of 3rds Grid
    Exposure Set. Guide = On

    Display/Auto Review2 (7/9)
    Live View Display = Setting Effect ON
    Auto Review = Off

    Custom Operation1 (8/9)
    Photo Custom Key
    (Rear 1)
    1. AF/MF Button = AF On
    2. AEL Button = Eye AF
    3. Custom Button 2 = AEL toggle
    (Rear 2)
    1. Center Button = Switch Right/Left Eye
    2. Left Button = Drive Mode (Default)
    3. Right Button = ISO (Default)
    4. Down Button = Exposure Comp. (Default)
    (Top)
    1. Custom Button 1 = Switch Focus Area
    (Lense)
    1. Focus Hold Button = Focus Hold (Default)

    Movie Custom Key
    (Default) Follow Custom (Photo)

    Playback Custom Key
    (Rear 1)
    1. Fn/Send Button = Image Index
    (Top)
    1. Custom Button 1 = Image Index

    Function Menu set.
    Shoot Mode
    Drive Mode = Single Shooting
    Focus Mode = AF-C
    Focus Area = Tracking: Center
    Metering Mode = Multi
    ISO Setting = AUTO
    White Balance = AWB
    Exposure Comp. = 0
    Flash Mode = Fill-flash
    Flash Comp. = 0
    Audio Signals = On
    Audio Rec Level = 26 (Default), 10 (Pop Voice lavalier mic)
    My Dial Settings = N/A
    Dial/Wheel Setup = Control wheel Tv, Control dial Av.

    Custom Operation2 (9/9)
    Av/Tv Rotate = Reverse
    Dial/Wheel Ev Comp = Off
    Func. of Touch Operation = Touch Tracking
    Movie Button = Always
    Dial / Wheel Lock = Unlock
    Audio signals = On
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    Playback

    Playback1 (1/3)
    Protect = N/A
    Rotate = N/A
    Delete = N/A
    Rating = N/A
    Rating Set(Custom Key) = N/A
    Specify Printing = N/A

    Playback2 (2/3)
    Photo Capture = N/A
    Enlarge Image = N/A
    Enlarge Initial Mag. = Standard. Mag.
    Enlarge Initial Position = Focused Position
    Cont. PB for Interval = N/A
    PB Speed for Interval = 5

    Playback3 (2/3)
    Slide Show
    Repeat = Off
    Interval = 3 sec
    View Mode = Date View
    Image Index = N/A
    Display as Group = On
    Display Rotation = Auto
    Image Jump Setting
    Select Dial/Wheel = Wheel
    Image Jump Method = One by one
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    Setup

    Setup1 (1/7)
    Monitor Brightness = Manual 1
    Viewfinder Bright. = Auto
    Finder Color Temp. = 0
    Gamma Disp. Assist = Off
    Volume Settings = 3
    Tile Menu = Off

    Setup2 (2/7)
    Mode Dial Guide = Off
    Delete confirm. = “Cancel” first
    Display Quality = Standard
    Power Save Start Time = 2 Min
    Auto Power OFF Temp. = Standard
    NTSC/PAL Selector = NTSC

    Setup3 (3/7)
    Cleaning Mode = N/A
    Touch Operations = On
    Touch Panel/Pad = Touch PanelOnly
    Touch Pad Settings
    Operation in Vertical Orientation = Off
    Touch Position Mode = Relative Position
    Operation Area = Right 1/2
    Demo Mode = Off
    TC/UB Settings = N/A

    Setup4 (4/7)
    Remote Ctrl = Off
    HDMI Settings
    HDMI Resolution = Auto
    24p/60p Output = 60p
    HDMI Info. Display = On
    TC Output = Off
    REC Control = Off
    CTRL FOR HDMI = On
    4K Output Select = Memory Card+HDMI
    USB Connection = Mass Storage
    USB LUN Setting = Multi
    USB Power Supply = On

    Setup5 (5/7)
    PC Remote Settings
    Still Img. Save Dest. = PC Only
    RAW+J PC Save Img = RAW & JPEG
    Language = English
    Date/Time Setup = N/A
    Area Setting = N/A
    Copyright Info = N/A
    Format = N/A

    Setup6 (6/7)
    File Number = Series
    Set File Name = DSC
    Select REC Folder = N/A
    New Folder = N/A
    Folder Name = Standard Form
    Recover Image DB = N/A

    Setup7 (7/7)
    Display Media Info. = N/A
    Version = N/A
    Setting Reset = N/A
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    My Menu

    My Menu1 (1/3)
    Face/Eye AF Set. — AF2 (6/14)
    AF w/ shutter = Off — AF2 (6/14)
    Silent Shooting = Off — Shutter/SteadyShot (4/9)
    e-Front Curtain Shutter = On — Shutter/SteadyShot (4/9)
    SteadyShot = On — Shutter/SteadyShot (4/9)
    DISP Button — Display/Auto Review1 (6/9)

    My Menu2 (2/3)
    Monitor Brightness — Setup1 (1/7)
    Power Save Start Time = 2 Min — Setup2 (2/7)
    Touch Operations = On — Setup3 (3/7)
    Format — Setup5 (5/7)
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    Memory Modes

    Camera Setting 1: Landscape
    Aperture Priority
    A= F8, Auto ISO
    Focus Area = Center
    White Balance = Auto

    Camera Setting 2: Portrait
    Aperture Priority
    Aperture Priority
    A = F1.8, Auto ISO
    Focus Area = Tracking:Center
    White Balance = Auto

    Camera Setting 3: Movie
    Movie: Shutter Priority
    S = 1/50, Auto ISO
    Focus Area = Wide
    White Balance = Daylight
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    Link: https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/62887674

    Satya Rout replied 11 months ago 2 Members · 2 Replies
  • 2 Replies
  • Sudhir Shivaram

    Administrator
    July 16, 2023 at 8:26 am

    Honestly, as a photographer there is no need to write down the settings. Rather understand what those settings does and you need to keep changing certain settings depending on situation.

    I especially noticed that the AF-C priority setting is set to AF. This will lead to issues in low light situation. I also noticed that you have set colour profile to sRBG. If you shoot in jpg mode as well, then it should be Adobe RGB.

    Of course I did not go through the entire settings. Do go through the Sony camera course for A6600. It’s almost the same as your camera model. I explain everything about all the settings. Understand all the settings and arrive at your own settings.

    Rgds

    Sudhir

  • Satya Rout

    Member
    July 18, 2023 at 3:52 pm

    Appreciated your response. If you can paste the link for the Sony APSC course, would be of a quick help.

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