Both compact mirrorless cameras can shoot high-quality 4K video and feature microphone jacks and flip screens.
Sony Electronics has announced two new additions to its Alpha series of mirrorless cameras, the Alpha 6600 and the Alpha 6100.
The Alpha 6600 is designed to address the needs of the most demanding photographers and videographers, whereas the Alpha 6100 is targeted at users who want to produce high-quality photos and videos with an interchangeable-lens camera.
“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,” says Neal Manowitz, Sony’s deputy president of Imaging Products and Solutions. “We are proud to bring so many of our innovations into our APS-C lineup.”
Both cameras include 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. These combine to deliver all-around enhancements in image quality and performance across all areas of photo and video capture.
The Alpha 6600 and Alpha 6100 offer an autofocus acquisition time of 0.02 seconds. With 425 focal-plane phase-detection autofocus points covering approximately 84 percent of the image area and 425 contrast-detection AF points, the high density and wide coverage of the AF system ensure reliable AF even in the most challenging light conditions. Both new models benefit from Sony’s Real-Time Tracking, which utilizes Sony’s latest algorithm with Artificial Intelligence-based object recognition to ensure that subjects can be captured with accuracy even via the touch panel on the rear screen.
The cameras also feature Real-Time Eye AF, the latest version of Sony’s Eye AF technology. The Alpha 6600 also offers Real Time Eye AF in video.
Both cameras can shoot high-quality 4K video, and they include a microphone jack and flip screen that allows for easy framing and shooting of vlog-style content. The Alpha 6600 also features a headphone jack to monitor audio.
Across an ISO range of 100-32000, the Alpha 6600 offers superb low-noise performance and delivers high-quality images even in low-light conditions. By applying noise reduction and sharpness processing optimally in each area, Area-Specific Noise Reduction and Detail Reproduction Technology reduce noise while preserving high resolution.
The Alpha 6600’s features include Sony’s five-axis, in-body, image-stabilization system; implementation of the Sony Z Battery; a tough, magnesium-alloy design that is dust and moisture resistant, and an integrated headphone jack.
The Alpha 6600 and Alpha 6100 boast internal 4K movie recording in Super 35mm format, with full pixel readout without pixel binning. The Alpha 6600also equips a Hybrid Log-Gamma picture profile that supports an instant HDR workflow. Recorded movies played back on an HDR-compatible TV will appear true-to-life, with no blocked shadows or blown highlights. For users who want to color-grade their footage in postproduction, S-Log3 and S-Log2 Gamma profiles are provided.
The Alpha 6100 will be available in October and will list for $750. The camera can be purchased with a Sony 16-50mm lens for $850 or with Sony 16-50mm and 55-210mm lenses for $1,100.
The Alpha 6600 will be available in November and will list for $1,400. The camera can be purchased with a Sony 18-135mm lens for $1,800.