Sony Debuts Alpha 6600 & Alpha 6100 APS-C-Format ILCs

Sony Debuts Alpha 6600 & Alpha 6100 APS-C-Format ILCs

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San Diego, CA—Sony Electronics debuted two additions to its α (Alpha) series of mirrorless cameras. The Alpha 6600 (model ILCE-6600) and Alpha 6100 (model ILCE-6100) bring many of Sony’s imaging technologies into compact, lightweight APS-C-format bodies.

The α6600 addresses the needs of demanding photographers and videographers; the 6100 is targeted at users looking to produce high-quality photos and videos with an interchangeable-lens camera.

In addition to the new cameras, Sony launched two lenses: the E 16–55mm f/2.8 G and E 70–350mm f/4.5–6.3 G OSS. Moreover, Sony’s “one mount” solution for both APS-C and full-frame cameras provides creators with flexibility.

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Sony Alpha 6100

“These new APS-C cameras provide excellent image quality in a compact package; with the ability to take full advantage of Sony’s growing lineup of 54 different E-mount lenses,” said Neal Manowitz, deputy president of Imaging Products and Solutions, Sony Electronics. “We are proud to bring so many of our innovations into our APS-C lineup and to provide creators with several new tools to realize their vision.”

Shared Alpha 6600 and Alpha 6100 Features

The Alpha 6600 and 6100 both employ a 24.2MP Exmor CMOS image sensor, the latest Bionz X image processor and a front-end LSI implemented in Sony’s full-frame cameras.

In addition, the two cameras share a fast autofocus (AF) acquisition time of 0.02 second. Their AF system boasts 425 focal-plane phase-detection AF points covering approximately 84% of the image area and 425 contrast-detection AF points.

Both also benefit from Sony’s real-time tracking, which utilizes the company’s latest algorithm with artificial-intelligence-based object recognition to ensure subjects are captured with accuracy, even via the touch panel on the rear screen. In addition, they offer real-time eye AF, which uses AI-based object recognition to process eye data in real time, for improved accuracy, speed and tracking performance of both humans and animals. Furthermore, the α6600 uses real-time eye AF for video. When activated, the subject’s eye is automatically tracked, allowing shooters to focus on content as opposed to what’s in focus.

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Sony Alpha 6100

Furthermore, the cameras are capable of internal 4K movie recording with full-pixel readout and no pixel binning in the Super 35mm format. Complementing this are a microphone jack and flip screen for the framing and shooting of vlog-style content. The α6600 also features a headphone jack to monitor audio.

Further enhancements include: improved color reproduction, particularly in skin tones; interval shooting for time-lapse video; and a 180º tiltable, 3-inch, 921K-dot LCD touch screen.

Sony Alpha 6600

With an ISO range of 100–32,000, which is expandable from ISO 50 to 102,400, the α6600 offers low-noise performance, even in low light. Area-specific Noise Reduction and Detail Reproduction technologies reduce noise while preserving resolution.

The α6600 also employs 5-axis in-body image stabilization for a 5-step shutter speed advantage. And it debuts the Sony Z battery for the first time on an APS-C camera. The battery enables extended power performance (720 still images using the viewfinder, 810 with the LCD monitor).

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Sony Alpha 6600

The Alpha 6600 also has an HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma) picture profile that supports an instant HDR workflow. Moreover, for users who want to color grade their footage in postproduction, S-Log3 and S-Log2 Gamma profiles are provided.

This model is made of magnesium alloy and is dust as well as moisture resistant. The Alpha 6600 ships November in two configurations: body only, $1,400; in a kit with a Sony 18–135mm lens, $1,800.

In addition, the Alpha 6100 reaches retail in October. Body only, $750; in a kit with the Sony 16–50mm lens, $850; in a two-lens kit with a Sony 16–50mm and 55–210mm lens, $1,100.

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