Sony launches a new compact and relatively accessible camera

While Sony was mainly focusing on its “full frame” format cameras, the Japanese manufacturer announced on Wednesday a new hybrid body in APS-C format, the Sony A6700.

As expected after last week’s leaks, Sony announced on Wednesday a new APS-C format mirrorless camera, the Sony A6700.

It is therefore, on the side of the Japanese manufacturer, the first announcement of a box of this type since the Sony A6600 and A6100 launched in August 2019. Note, however, that the firm has launched, in the meantime, several APS- C more intended for video use, like the ZV-E10, in July 2021. Unlike this device, which is intended primarily for use in vlogging, the new Sony A6700 is above all designed for photography.

Improved subject recognition

As such, the Sony A6700 is equipped with a back-illuminated sensor of 26 million pixels in APS-C format – 15.6 x 23.6 mm. It also features the same Bionz XR image processor as the Sony A7S III, Sony A1 and Sony A7 IV full frame models. Above all, the device is equipped with a processor dedicated to AI subject recognition – the same as on the Sony A7R V – in order to improve autofocus performance.

Concretely, the Sony A6700 is thus able to automatically detect many subjects. In addition to the eyes and faces of humans or animals, the device can thus automatically track trains, human silhouettes, planes, cars, the eyes of insects or birds. The burst mode of the box can also allow you to capture up to 11 images per second, whether with the mechanical or electronic shutter, with or without autofocus tracking. On the sensitivity side, the A6700 is able to go from 100 to 32,000 ISO by default, expandable from 50 to 102,400 ISO. In addition to recordings in JPG and RAW it also allows the recording of image files in HEIF format in 4:2:0 or 4:2:2.

A case with redesigned ergonomics

Of course, even if the Sony A6700 is more designed for photography, it also offers advanced video functions. The box is thus capable of recording video files in 4K 120p in 4:2:2 10 bits based on a 6K image without cropping. It also offers a slow motion mode in Full HD at 240p and the management of the S-log3 profile and LUTs.

Regarding ergonomics, Sony has also revised its copy compared to previous models of the A6000 range with a touch screen on ball joint, rotating 180 degrees. The case also incorporates a single SD card slot compatible with the UHS-II format. Sony has added a control dial above the grip to further control the shot. As on previous models, the manufacturer has also integrated a 2.36 million dot Oled viewfinder.

The Sony A6700 will be available at the end of July at 1700 euros without lens. It will cost 1800 euros in kit with a 16-50 mm lens (f / 3.5-5.6) equivalent 24-75 mm, or 2100 euros with an 18-135 mm lens (f / 3.5-5, 6) 27-202mm equivalent. For comparison, the Sony A7 IV is offered at 2800 euros naked and the Sony A7 III, launched in 2017, is now displayed at 1800 euros.

Of course, the Sony A6700 being equipped with the Sony E mount, it is also compatible with all Sony lenses equipped with the same mount, whether they are optics designed primarily for APS-C or full frame bodies. .

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