Sony has announced two new cameras and two new lenses in their APS-C crop sensor lineup. The 16-55mm F2.8 G and 70-350mm F4.5-6.3 G OSS compact zoom lenses have been added, as well as a6100 and a6600 camera bodies.
The a6600 has been released as the new flagship APS-C camera. With a 24 megapixel sensor, 4K video recording, a 425-point phase-detection autofocus system with Real-Time Tracking, and the ability to shoot up to 11fps, the a6600 also has both mic and headphone jacks, as well as a 180-degree flipping rear LCD. The camera runs off the FZ100 battery, and has an improved battery life of up to 810 shots per charge (when using the rear LCD). It is expected to begin shipping in late November at $1899.99 (body only) and $2399.99 (with the 18-135mm lens).
The a6100 is, essentially, a stripped down a6400 and will run alongside the a6000, which is still being produced. It shares the same sensor, autofocus system, frame rate, and fully tilting rear LCD as the a6600, but has a lower resolution viewfinder (1.44 million dots instead of. 2.36 million) and does not have an in-body stabilizer or headphone jack. It also has a slightly lower max ISO at 51,200, and runs off the smaller FW50 battery.
The a6100 is expected to begin shipping in October, and will come in three configurations: body only at $999.99, kit with the 16-50mm lens at $1099.99, and a 2-lens kit with the 16-50mm and 55-200mm lenses at $1549.99.
For lenses, the 16-55mm F2.8 G and 70-350mm F4.5-6.3 G OSS bring total of available E-mount lenses up to 54. Both are weather sealed and driven by XD linear focus motors. The 16-55mm F2.8 weighs just under a pound (494g) and is expected to ship in October at a price of $1449.99. The 70-350mm F4.5-6.3 is a stabilized lens, and is relatively compact for a long range zoom. It will ship in November for $999.99.
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