Sony has announced two new APS-C mirrorless cameras: the flagship A6600 and the lower A6100. The A6600 has several high-quality functions that position it as the successor to the A6500, which was introduced in October 2016.
Like the A6500, the new A6600 features 5-axis internal image stabilization, a 24.2-megapixel APS-C Exmor CMOS image sensor and super-fast autofocus (AF), which can find the subject in 0.02 seconds. It also has Real-Time AF tracking and the new Real-Time Eye AF tracking that originally debuted in the A6400, which we reviewed earlier this year. Sony has added a 3.5 mm headphone jack, a first for the company's alpha-series cameras.
The A6600 claims to have the longest battery life of any APS-C mirrorless camera, which Sony says is due to the Z battery pack, and would last twice as long as the A6500. All in all, that should be around 720 shots before it has to be exchanged.
Sony also says that its new BIONZ X image processing system, borrowed from its A9 and A7 series cameras, delivers a 1.8x higher data processing speed than the A6500.
The other new model from Sony, the A6100 – like most other APS-C cameras – relies on lens stabilization and does not offer BIONZ X image processing, but does offer the same fast AF and real-time Eye AF tracking technology with photos that the A6600 offers (though not for movie recording) along with the 24.2MP sensor.
Both cameras & # 39; s will be released later this year. The A6100 will be released in October and it costs $ 750 for the body in the US. Sony is releasing a bundle with its 16-50 mm lens with E-mount for $ 1,100.
The A6600 will be released in November and the body will cost $ 1,400 in the US. Sony is releasing a bundle with an 18-135 mm lens with E-confirmation for $ 1,800.
Sony will also release two lightweight E-mount lenses later this year that are compatible with this & # 39; s and its other APS-C camera: the E 16-55mm (F.28) costs $ 1,400 when it is launched in October. The E 70-355 mm with a variable f / 4.5-6.3 follows in November for $ 1,000.