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Sony’s new a6600 and a6100 cameras show APS-C is alive and kicking

Sony has beefed up its APS-C camera line up by introducing not one, but two new models called the a6100 and a6600. The two new models follow the release of the a6400 earlier this year and both cameras boast some impressive features.

Check out the new Sony a6600…

Let’s start with the a6600, which is now Sony’s flagship APS-C model. Boasting 425 Phase Detection AF points that cover nearly the entire sensor, the camera features a lock on focusing speed of just 0.02seconds, making the a6600 suitable for capturing fast action sequences.

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The a6600 is Sony’s new flagship APS-C camera.

The 24.2-megapixel a6600 features a rapid burst mode of 11 FPS and backing up the speed is Sony’s acclaimed real-time Eye AF for humans and animals, which is available for both stills and video. What’s more, there’s a 5-axis IBIS system to keep everything steady, too.

The a6600 can shoot tielapse creations – check a few sequences out via this video…

Speaking of video, the a6600 is well placed to impress film-makers as it shoots 4K video at 30p and also has ports for both headphones and mic, so enhanced audio can be both recorded and monitored. Sony’s S-Log3/S-Gamut3 is present and the 180-degree tilting touch-sensitive 921k dot LCD will also help Vloggers frame up when speaking to the camera.

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With ports for headphones and a mic, the a6600 should interest videographers.

One common complaint in the past of mirrorless cameras has been battery life, but the a6600 has no problems here as Sony says the a6600 can capture 810 shots on a single charge, giving it the best battery life of any APS-C mirrorless camera. The flagship model is built around a touch magnesium alloy body with weather sealing protection and a shutter rated for 200,000 cycles.

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The a6600 is built around a tough magnesium alloy shell.

The 24.2-megapixel a6100 is a more streamlined version of the a6600, but still boasts many features found on its big brother. In fact, the a6100 can also offer that lightning fast 0.02sec focus lock on speed, and the 11FPS burst rate, along with the Real Time Eye AF technology.

The more affordable a6100 still boasts impressive features…

Sony’s new a6100 also offer the same 425 Phase Detection AF points as the a6600 and can also shoot high quality 4K video. Joining the two new models are two fresh APS-C lenses; the E 16-55mm F2.8 G ($1400) and the E 70-350mm F4.5-6.3 G OSS ($1000).

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The a6100 features big 24-megapixel resolution.

Expected to ship from October, the a6600 will be priced from $1,398/£1450/€1600 (body only), while the a6100 will cost $750/£830/€900 body only.

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Both cameras feature 425 Phase Detection AF points.