Sony Unveils a6700 Mirrorless APS-C Camera With Advanced Vlog Functionality
Sony this week introduced its a6700 APS-C mirrorless inter-changeable lens camera that brings a number of advanced cinema-level video features and vlogging-friendly automated tools to an enthusiast-level price point.
The Sony a6700 features Sony’s high-resolution 26-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor with image stabilization and a bundle of features for capturing advanced-level stills and video, including 4K/60p from 6K captured video and 4K/120 using a 1.58 crop.
The Sony a6700 will be available at the end of the month for a $1,300 suggested retail price (body only), $1,499 for a bundle including a 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS power zoom lens or $1,799 for the camera and an 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens.
Other advanced video specs include: 10-bit video with 4:2:2 or 4:2:0 chroma sub-sampling, and support for high dynamic range using S-Cinetone, S-Log3 and Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) formats.
The camera will output over a USB 3.2 Gen 2 connection at up to 10Gbps, and supports streaming UVC-UAS at up to a 4K/30p quality level.
Sony said the a6700 will be equipped with its latest combination Bionz XR processor and a dedicated processor to handle all of the supporting ‘AI’ algorithms. The processor combo is similar to a pairing found in the company’s ZV-E1 full-frame vlogging model.
The added processing capability is used to control the camera’s subject recognition AF modes, and advanced auto vlogging functions to lock on a subject, crop in on it and interpolate the video to the selected resolution output on the fly.
Other advancements in the APS-C camera include an updated menu system, support for lossless RAW files and 10-bit video capture to facilitate working with Log footage and HLG HDR video.
Sony said the a6700 will even shoot 10-bit HLG stills in the HEIF format as well as non-HDR HEIFs in a variety of profile options.
Other vlogging-friendly features include the use of large on-screen buttons, and Auto Framing modes that will lock in on and track subjects through the frame. The feature works well shooting at wide-angles with the camera mounted.
The AF sensor points are said to cover 93% of the image area, up from 84% from Sony’s previous APS-C models.
The Sony a6700 will also upload Look Up Tables (LUTs) to directly map output to desired captured log color and light values. These can be applied to uploaded footage directly or shown first in preview on screen with the LUTs embedded alongside the captured video to be used later in post production.
The a6700’s used a 2.36M dot (1024 x 768px) OLED viewfinder with up to 120fps. Viewfinder optics provide 1.07x magnification.
The rear-mounted articulating touchscreen has 1.04M dot (720 x 480px) resolution. Users can opt limit the touchpad area to desired sections of the screen to avert unwanted screen touches when shooting through the EVF.
The camera is powered by Sony’s long-shooting-time NP-FZ100 battery with a 570 shots per charge of estimated use shooting with the LCD touchpanel or 550 shots shooting through the OLED EVF.
The camera provides a choice of storage file formats include: XAVC HS (H.265), XAVC-I (All-I H.264) or basic XAVC-S (Long GOP H.264). The more advanced functions will require the use of SD cards All-I options creep up to 600Mbps (75MB/s), which demand the use of a fast V90 rated SD card.
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By Greg Tarr
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