When Sony introduced A6100 and A6600 on the identical day, many have been left questioning which one of many APS-C cameras was proper for them. Though there are a number of similarities in each methods, the variations could possibly be sufficient to sway your determination when choosing the right digicam for you.

The A6100 is at present obtainable for $600, whereas the A6600 is $1400. That’s fairly a distinction, however larger price doesn’t at all times equate to raised high quality. As an alternative, the options and efficiency are what separate the 2 — however in some ways, they’re nearer than you would possibly suppose.

At a look:

Sony A6600

  • 24MP APS-C sensor
  • 5-axis picture stabilization
  • 2.36 million-Dot OLED EVF
  • UHD 4K/30p video
  • 810-shot battery life
  • 11 fps steady capturing
  • 1/4000 to 30-second shutter pace

Sony A6100

  • 24MP APS-C sensor
  • 1.44 million-dot EVF
  • 4K/30p video
  • 420-shot battery life
  • 11 fps steady capturing
  • 1/4000 to 30-second shutter pace

Sensor

Sony A6600

Sony has packed the identical 24-megapixel sensor into each the A6100 and A6600. That quantity of decision is nice for many who prefer to print their pictures, however how does it translate when taking a look at day-to-day picture high quality that’s prone to be seen solely on a digital display?

After we examined each cameras, we have been impressed by the richness in coloration and the quantity of element within the pictures we created. Granted, most of our testing was accomplished in daylight, however there have been instances we would have liked to bump up the ISO. Native ISO efficiency in each cameras is equivalent, beginning at ISO 100 and reaching ISO 32,000. Each cameras provided acceptable noise via ISO 6,400, however clearly fell behind Sony’s full-frame choices.

The actual takeaway right here is that you simply’re not sacrificing any picture high quality by choosing the cheaper A6100. The truth is, should you put the cash you save towards a higher-quality lens, you’ll be able to truly get higher outcomes with the A6100 than the A6600 on the identical price range.

Stabilization

A characteristic generally reserved for flagship fashions is in-body picture stabilization (IBIS). Likewise, you’ll discover 5-axis stabilization on the A6600, however not the A6100. That is a kind of options that may be onerous to dwell with out when you’ve used it. Happily, a lot of Sony’s E-Mount lenses supply optical stabilization, however even these will carry out even higher on a digicam with IBIS.

Autofocus

Sony A6100. David Elrich / Digital Tendencies

Sony has included its industry-leading autofocus (AF) know-how in its entry-level and mid-range cameras. That’s nice information should you want professional-level AF however have to stay to a good price range.

House owners of every digicam can get pleasure from the identical 425 phase- and contrast-detection factors that cowl 84 % of the body. Actual-Time Monitoring and Actual-Time Eye AF carry out beautifully in each cameras, and we have been very happy with the extent of accuracy when utilizing them. The very fact you may get such superb AF efficiency in a $600 digicam just like the A6100 is virtually unbelievable. And if AF efficiency is larger up in your listing of vital options, it can save you your self $800 and nonetheless get pleasure from the identical know-how as what’s within the A6600.

Video

Per what you’ve learn thus far, video capabilities are just about the identical in each cameras, minus a couple of variations which might be vital to notice.

They file UltraHD 4K (3,840 x 2,160) video as much as 30 frames per second and 100 megabits per second. Excessive-end videographers might lament the shortage of 10-bit HDMI output in both digicam, as each solely shoot in 8-bit for each inner or exterior recording.

One characteristic current within the A6600, however missing within the A6100, is Actual-Time Eye AF when recording video. This could possibly be a deal-breaker if most of your recording is of fast-moving animals and people. It doesn’t imply the A6100 received’t carry out nicely, however simply not in addition to the A6600. One other distinction is the recording restrict. The A6100 can file as much as 30 minutes; nevertheless, the A6600 has no restrict when capturing video.

One other probably vital distinction is that whereas each cameras supply microphone ports, solely the A6600 has a headphone jack. If it’s good to monitor audio, it’s going to be the higher selection.

Design

Sony A6600 back
Sony A6600

We’ve had quite a lot of cameras cross via our palms right here at Digital Tendencies. We’ve got to say it’s unlikely we’re ever going to provide both the A6100 and the A6600 an award in terms of their design. That’s to not say the design is horrible. It’s simply that it feels a tad dated and clunky when placing it up in opposition to a digicam just like the Fujifilm X-T30, for instance.

However, it’s Sony’s type, and lots of photographers are completely proud of it.

The cameras are related, however not equivalent. The A6100 is ever so barely smaller and weighs 14 ounces in comparison with the A6600’s 18. The distinction in dimension and weight of each cameras is probably going due to one key distinction: An even bigger, longer-lasting battery. The A6600 guarantees 825 photographs from a single cost, in comparison with simply 420 for the A6100.

The operate buttons on the rear of the digicam are identically positioned. Nonetheless, the A6600 has made room for a c3 button, which lets you entry your customizations a lot simpler. Each cameras even have a 3-inch tilting LCD display.

The A6600 additionally has a greater digital viewfinder (EVF) decision. It comes with 2.35-million-dot OLED EVF. The A6100 solely presents 1.44 million dots. In different phrases, the A6600 has 63% larger decision when trying via the viewfinder.

As for the construct high quality, the A6600 is weather-sealed and can be utilized in harsher circumstances. The A6100 is totally missing this characteristic and ought to be used with warning when capturing in inclement climate.

Which to purchase?

There’s no denying the Sony A6600 has some flagship options which might be missing within the A6100. However in the identical breath, they’re options that almost all shooters can dwell with out. If you need a digicam that has unbelievable picture high quality, trailblazing autofocus, and more-than-capable video recording, it’s onerous for us to not suggest going for the A6100 at simply $600.

Nonetheless, should you’re unable to compromise on IBIS, climate sealing, and higher battery life — and don’t thoughts shelling out an additional $800 — then you definitely’ll be very happy if you are going to buy the A6600. Simply know that doing so places you within the firm of another nice choices value contemplating.

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