Sony announces new APS-C flagship camera

Meet the a6600 and the a6100.

Sony camera
The Sony a6600 is a 24.2 megapixel camera with the latest generation BIONZ X processor.Sony

This morning during an event in New York City, Sony announced a new flagship camera for the APS-C line. The Sony a6600 is a 24.2 megapixel camera with the latest generation BIONZ X processor, the “world’s fastest” 0.02 auto focus speed and the standard 5-axis in-body image stabilization. In short, this new APS-C camera has many of the same technical features as Sony’s a7IV. Here is what else we know about it:

  • 425 phase-detection auto-focus points, covering 84 percent of the frame
  • 11 frames per second continuous shooting with AF/AE tracking
  • Real-time Eye AF for humans and animals in stills and video
  • Real-time tracking
  • 4K HDR movies with Advanced AF speed and stability
  • 180-degree tiltable touch screen
  • Increased battery life
  • Ergonomic enhancements
  • Mic input and headphone output
  • Available in November 2019 for $1400 (body only) or $1800 with the E18-135
Sony Alpha 6100 Camera
Sony also announced the new a6100 during an event in New York City.Sony

In addition to the a6600 Sony announced the a6100. This camera also features that fast 0.02 auto focus, 11fps continuous shooting, and 425 phase-detection AF points covering 84 percent of the frame. Like the a6600 it has Real-time Eye AF, Real-time tracking, 4K video, and an 180-degree tiltable touch screen. It’s aimed at a more entry-level shooter and the price reflects that: the a6100 will be available in October for only $750 (body only), $850 when paired with a 16-50mm lens, or $1100 when paired with the 16-55mm lens and a 55-210mm lens.

There are also two new E-mount zoom lenses on the way: the 16-55mm standard zoom and the 70-350mm F4.5-6.3 G OSS super-telephoto zoom . Here is what we know about these.

Sony Alpha 16-55mm Lens
The 16-55mm lens has 17 elements in 12 groups, two advanced aspherical elements to suppress aberration and three extra-low dispersion elements to reduce chromatic aberration.Sony

16-55mm standard zoom:

  • Constant F/2.8 aperture
  • 17 elements in 12 groups, two advanced aspherical elements to suppress aberration and three extra-low dispersion elements to reduce chromatic aberration
  • Nano AR coating to reduce flare and ghosting
  • 9-blade circular aperture for beautiful bokeh
  • XD Linear Motor (same as the G Master lenses) for fast and quiet AF and tracking
  • Fluorine coated front element to resist smudges and dirt
  • Dust and moisture resistant construction
  • Customizable focus hold button
  • Weighs 15.88 oz
  • Available in October for $1,400
Sony Alpha 70-350mm Lens
The 70-350mm F/4.5-6.3 G OSS super-telephoto zoom weighs 20.09 oz, making it one of the lightest 5x super-telephoto zooms.Sony

70-350mm F/4.5-6.3 G OSS super-telephoto zoom:

  • Built in image stabilization
  • 19 elements in 13 groups, including one aspherical lens, and three extra-low dispersion elements to reduce chromatic aberration
  • Corner-to-corner G Lens image quality
  • Circular aperture for bokeh
  • XD Linear Motor (same as the G Master lenses) for fast and quiet AF and tracking
  • Customizable focus hold button
  • Dust and moisture resistant design
  • Weighs 20.09 oz, making it one of the lightest 5x super-telephoto zooms

We’ll be spending some time shooting with these new products this afternoon. Stay tuned for our hands on experience with them.

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