Sony is back with a new line up for their Alpha APS-C series mirrorless cameras with the flagship A6600 and the lower tier A6100. Design-wise, both cameras look identical, but Sony says both cameras were made for different situations and needs.
The A6600 features a 24.2MP APS-C Exmor CMOS sensor with 5-axis in-body stabilisation. The mirrorless body also sports the latest BIONZ X image processor with front-end LSI that is similar to Sony’s top-tier A9 and A7 series. For the record, those models are 1.8x faster than the A6500 in data processing speed.
Moving on, the A6600 also features super-fast autofocus (AF) that enables the camera to find the subject in just 0.02 seconds. Further, the camera has an ISO between 100 – 32000 and expandable up to 102400, while the Real-Time AF tracking and Real-Time Eye AF tracking features that debuted on the A6400 are also present.
The A6600 is also the first Alpha series camera to debut a 3.5mm audio jack, allowing videographers to monitor their recording sessions. The camera features a magnesium alloy design to provide protection from dust and moisture. Sony also upgraded the A6600 with the Z Battery that was first introduced in the full-frame camera, meaning the camera can shoot up to 710 shots on a single charge.
At the other end of the spectrum, the A6100 has a similar 24.2MP APS-C Exmor CMOS sensor but will be relying on lens stabilisation only. The Real-Time AF tracking feature is found in the camera but Eye AF for video recording will not be supported. The ISO ranges from 100 – 32000 and is expendable by up to 51200.
The A6100 also has a smaller battery compared to the A6600, and only capable of shooting 380 shots in a single charge. It is also important to note that the A6100 is also lacking the magnesium alloy protection that protects against dust and moisture.
Despite the differences, both cameras are capable of shooting in 4K in 30fps and shooting continuously at 11fps with 425 AF points available. A 180° tilt touch screen and Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity can also be found on both cameras.
In addition to the mirrorless cameras, Sony is also launching two new lenses. The standard zoom E 16-55mm f/2.8 and the super-telephoto lens E 70-350mm f/4.5-6.3 G OSS. With the addition of both lenses, the E-mount family now features a total of 54 lenses to choose from.
Both the Sony A6100 and A6600 are slated for arrival in Malaysia this November. At the time of writing, Sony Malaysia did not specify local pricing for the cameras.