Sony has announced the latest additions to its Alpha series of mirrorless cameras with the crop-sensor Alpha 6100 (ILCE-6100) and the Alpha 6600 (ILCE-6600), along with two APS-C zoom lens.
While the Alpha 6600 targets experienced photographers and videographers, the Alpha 6100 is perfect for photographers taking the first step in shooting higher-quality interchangeable lens cameras.
The Alpha 6600 and Alpha 6100 share the same 24.2-megapixel Exmor CMOS image sensor and BIONZ X image processor with front-side LSI technology also featured on Sony’s full frame camera offering.
This means the cameras offer unparalleled autofocus speeds of 0.02s along with Sony’s AI-based ‘Real-time Tracking’ and Real-time Eye AF that keeps subjects locked in focus in talk time.
425 phase-detection autofocus points with an additional 425 contrast-detection autofocus points cover 84% of the sensor for reliable performance.
Building on user feedback, the Alpha 6600 and Alpha 6100 delivers more accurate colour reproduction especially in skin tones. 4K recording can be performed natively without pixel binning, and time-lapse shooters will benefit from a built-in international intervalometer.
The Alpha 6600 is the versatile choice for video and stills with its robust magnesium alloy chassis. The Z Battery makes a debut on the Alpha 6600, delivering around 720 still images on a single charge with the electronic viewfinder and 810 with the LCD screen.
For better production quality, the Alpha 6600 offers a headphone output for videographers to monitor the high quality audio recorded on the integrated microphone input also available on the Alpha 6100.
The Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG) picture profile on the Alpha 6600 also enables HDR projects to be recorded. Playback on a HDR (HLG) compatible TV renders footage in true-to-life colour without the need for additional colour grading.
Bringing the total of Sony E-mount lenses to 54 lenses are the G series E 16-55mm F2.8 G standard zoom lens and E 70-350mm F4.5-6.3 G OSS super-telephoto zoom lens.
The Alpha 6600 will be available from October 2019, while the Alpha 6100 will be available from September.
APS-C E 16-55 F2.8 G
Delivering the standard equivalent focal length zoom range of 24-82.5mm, the 16-55mm provides corner-to-corner resolution with two AA (advanced aspherical) and two aspherical elements, along with three ED (extra-low dispersion) elements to minimise chromatic aberration and colour bleeding.
A Nano-AR coating further reduces artefacts like flare and ghosting, and 9 rounded aperture blades render beautiful bokeh.
Despite weighing only 494g, the 16-55mm offers a wide F2.8 constant aperture and fast autofocusing with the XD (extreme dynamic) Linear Motor founds on pedigree G Master lens.
APS-C E 70-350mm F4.5-6.3 G OSS
105-525mm in 35mm equivalent, this lens provides excellent reach in a very compact form factor at only 625g. Such a long zoom range is ideal for wildlife and landscape photographers and is sharp from corner to corner throughout the zoom range.
Constructed with an aspherical lens element that suppresses optical aberration, the 70-350mm also controls chromatic aberration with three ED glass elements. Bokeh is rendered roundly and smoothly with circular aperture blades.
At such long focal lengths, the E 70-350mm F4.5-6.3 G OSS utilises top-tier XD Linear Motor focusing technology to deliver fast and accurate autofocus and tracking.
An AF/MF mode switch also enables users to quickly adapt between focusing modes for greater versatility. It also sports dust and moisture resistance for peace of mind in outdoor conditions.
The SEL1635G will be available in selected Asia Pacific countries from September 2019, while the SEL70350G will be available from October.
Pricing details will be announced at a later date.