Sony a6600 and a6100 officially presented

Sony has just announced today two new mirrorless cameras with APS-C sensor: it is Sony a6600 e a6100 that introduce interesting new features for photographers and videomakers. Here are all the news, specifications and release date.

Sony a6600 and a6100 technical specifications and features

The two new cameras, Sony a6600 and a6100, have very similar characteristics but offer technical differences for those with specific needs on both the photo and video side. The latest additions to the range offer Sony's best technologies in a compact and lightweight body with great autofocus performance, excellent image quality and latest generation video technologies. Sony a6600 is a camera designed to meet the demands of demanding photographers and videomakers thanks to the excellent versatility that makes it perfect for different types of situations and users. As regards Sony a6100 on the other hand, it is dedicated to those who wish to make a wise upgrade to a camera with interchangeable lenses, thus having at its disposal the vast fleet of Sony lenses for APS-C cameras.

Sony a6600 and a6100 offer an image sensor CMOS Exmor da 24,2 megapixel, image processor BIONZ X latest generation and the same front LSI capture chip found in Sony's full-frame professional cameras.

Both Sony a6600 and a6100 cameras also integrate an incredible Autofocus with lightning-fast acquisition speed in just 0,02 seconds and with 425 phase-detection AF points on the focal plane able to cover about 84% of the frame. They always remain 425 AF points also with contrast detection to ensure excellent performance in all lighting conditions or dynamic situations that require speed and precision in focusing.

Likewise, both models also share the technology "Real-time Tracking”By Sony, recently seen on Sony a7R IV, which uses the latest generation proprietary algorithm capable of recognizing objects based on artificial intelligence. This allows maximum precision and capture even through the touch panel of the rear screen. There is also the Real-time EYE AF technology, latest version of the already known technology "Eye af”From Sony capable of recognizing visual data in real time for people and animals, allowing the photographer to focus solely on the composition.

The new models also feature optimized color reproduction to make them more realistic, internal and native 4K video shooting without pixel binning, the Time Lapse shooting function with intervalometer integrated, a 3 ″ 180 ° tiltable touch LCD display with approximately 921.000 dots and integrated microphone input for video shooting with clear and perfect sound.

There are differences between the two models, however: Sony a6600 offers an expandable ISO range from 100 to 102.400 with reduced noise and sharp shots even in low light. This is thanks to noise reduction and detail reproduction technologies that greatly reduce electronic noise while preserving high resolution. Sony a6600 also offers an integrated 5-axis optical stabilization system, an oversized battery and the Z series that guarantees up to 810 shots of autonomy, a dust and moisture resistant magnesium alloy design, Touch Tracking for AF that interfaces with the Real-time Eye AF for unprecedented performance on segments like this before and an integrated headphone jack to listen to recorded audio in real time.

Speaking of the video section, Sony a6600 It can record in 4K with full reading and without pixel binning. Thanks to oversampling, this camera can produce spectacular video in XAVC S format.HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) that supports the Instant HDR workflow for high dynamic range shooting that lets you capture every shade of color and exposure of the scene. S-Log3 and S-Log2 gamma profiles are also available which will allow users to achieve convenience in on-camera video processing in the same way as what happens in the manufacturer's professional cameras.

Sony a6100 instead wants to be the right choice for those who, as written in the incipit of the article, want to switch to a camera with interchangeable lenses without investing large amounts. For this reason, compared to its older sister, the ISO sensitivity stops at 51.200 and, on the video side, the HLG and S-Log profiles are missing. However, the pop-up flash is not added in the a6600 although the hotshoe slides remain available for both models.

In addition to this, Sony a6100 integrates a less defined 1440k-dot EVF viewfinder than its big sister a6600; however, the input jack for external microphones is not missing, on the contrary instead of the headphone connector which is not present. Also in this case the display is touch and can be rotated 180 ° for photos and videos in self-portrait mode.

Sony a6600 and a6100 pricing and availability

Sony a6600 and a6100 will arrive on the European market starting from the month of October 2019, the effective date has not yet been disclosed. Sony a6600 will sell for around 1600 € for the body alone or almost 2000 € for the kit with 18-135 optics, a feature that confirms the semi-professional / professional segment as regards the APS-C sector. As for instead Sony a6100, will be available at 900 € for the body only, 1000 € in kit with 16-50mm optics and 1250 € for the kit with 16-50mm + 55-210mm.

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