Sony has officially announced two mirrorless camera models of its APS-C sensor family, the Sony A6600 and A6100. These two models are upgraded versions of existing devices, adding to the 2019 product range (Sony A6400). Remarkably, the upgraded version of the A6000 camera, which has existed for nearly 5 years.
- 24.2MP Exmor CMOS image sensor with BIONZ X image processor, 1.8 times faster than A6500
- Fast autofocus acquisition time of 0.02 seconds, including 425 focal-plane + 425 contrast-detection focus points, Real-time Eye AF for both humans and animals as well as motion tracking subjects, including movie mode for Real-time Tracking AF.
- The NP-FZ100 battery, like the A7 III series, can capture up to 810 shots
The Sony A6600 is an upgraded version of the A6500, which is the flagship of Sony’s APS-C sensor mirrorless lineup. Still owning a 24.2 MP image sensor, the A6600 owns the new BIONZ X processor chip, which is 1.8 times faster than the A6500. Sony continues to apply AI technology to improve the focus for mirrorless cameras with two features Real-time Tracking AF and Real-time Eye AF from the A6400 series. Regarding the focus point system, the A6600 still has 425 phase-detection focus points, while the contrast-detection focus system has been upgraded from 169 points to 425 points, improving the ability to shoot continuously at 11 fps. AF / AE tracking mode.
The biggest upgrade of the A6600 series compared to the A6500 lies in changing the type of NP-FZ100 battery that is being used for the A7 III series, which has helped to increase the ability of the camera to 810 shots (CIPA) compared to 350 shots before. As a result, the grip increases with the heavier weight. The larger size of the device helps Sony add headphone ports to meet the demands of the user. The A6600 supports 4K video recording at 30 fps, 100 Mbps, including familiar color profiles such as S-log3, HLG (HDR). Expectations for a device that supports 4K dual-frame video recording are not yet present in this version.
The Sony A6600 will be available in November 2019, at a price of $1398.00 body-only, and has already been listed on Bhphotovideo.com with “Notify When Available” status.
- Upgraded from A6000, brings integrated A6400 focus system, supports 4K @ 30fps movie recording
- Additional mic port, new interface, touch screen display
The A6100, on the other hand, will be the replacement for the A6000, which has been around for nearly 5 years. To be segmented, the A6100 will not have the features that higher-end models have such as the A6300 and A6400, including the ability to record videos that support picture profiles such as S-log, HLG (HDR). However, the camera still owns hardware with the ability to continuously focus at the speed of 0.02 seconds, supporting Real-time Tracking AF and Real-time Eye AF. The lenses manufactured by Sony will be compatible with the improved focusing features.
What is missing on the A6000, of course, was added to the A6100 by Sony including the microphone port. The screen switches to a 180-degree flip-forward type similar to the A6400, including touch support for focus and capture. The new interface from the A6500 version is also synchronized on the A6100, giving the layout of the functions more logical and intuitive, more customizable.
The Sony A6100 has been priced at $748 body-only, $848 with a 16-50mm power zoom lens, and $1,098 with the 16-50 plus a 55-210mm lens. It is also listed on Bhphotovideo.com with “Notify When Available” status and will be available in October this year.
New Sony E 16-55mm F2.8 G and E 70-350mm F4.5-6.3 G OSS Lenses
The two new Sony E mount lenses have also been introduced in this launch are the E 16-55mm F2.8 G and E 70-350mm F4.5-6.3 G OSS.
Notably, the E 16-55mm F2.8 version possesses a large aperture throughout the zoom range. Compared to the E 16-70mm F4 ZA version, the E 16-55mm F2.8 G has 73 mm diameter, is only 7 mm longer, uses the same ø67 diameter filter, so it is still very compact compared to APS-C lenses. It has the same focal length and aperture available in the market. Of course, the lens has to trade for not incorporating anti-shake in the lens, so it will fit the A6500 and A6600 body better than the rest of the options.
It features a 9-blade diaphragm design, the XD linear motor delivers the same thrust and performance as high-end full-frame lenses. Advanced internal lens components include 2 advanced aspherical lenses, 3 ED low-dispersion lens elements, and AR nano-coating for anti-glare and ghosting.
The E 70-350mm provides a 105-525mm equivalent view, with stabilization built-in. It’s also relatively compact for a lens of its telezoom class. It measures 142mm and weighs 625 grams.
The Sony E 16-55mm F2.8 G Lens has been priced at $1,398 and listed on Bhphotovideo.com with “Notify When Available” status as well as will go on sale in October.
The Sony E 70-350mm F4.5-6.3 G OSS Lens price is slightly lower, costs $998 and its also listed on Bhphotovideo.com with “Notify When Available” status as well as will ship in November this year.