Sony APS-C Mirrorless Camera Roundup - 2020

30/07/2020 10:00 AM

Mirrorless cameras have reached peak popularity, and it is very easy to see why. They provide similar image quality and usability to a DSLR camera, but in a size and weight that is not too far removed from an advanced compact camera. There are a few camera manufacturers leading the way when producing Mirrorless cameras for beginners and enthusiasts, and none have had more success than Sony.

We previously outlined the models in Sony’s full-frame Mirrorless lineup, now we are here to give you a roundup of the latest releases in the Sony APS-C Mirrorless lineup, to help you decide which one suits you the best.


The Sony A6400 is a portable and lightweight body that packs a huge punch. Although small in stature, this camera still features an APS-C sensor inside it, which is one feature that places it a world in front of Smartphones and Compact cameras. The resolution of this sensor is 24.2MP, while to keep the camera versatile, the A6400 records video in 4K resolution. A microphone input allows you to attach an external microphone to this camera, so you can drastically improve its audio recording quality - this is great news for all lovers of video, particularly vloggers who will be interested in this lightweight camera.

 

The A6400 is a speedy camera, capable of 11 frames per second continuous shooting and a hybrid AF system that can focus in as little as 0.2 seconds. Although small, this camera is sturdy, with magnesium alloy used in the build and dust and moisture-resistant qualities. The camera features a 180-degree flip screen for filming and shooting at tricky angles, while you can also use the high-resolution EVF if you prefer the classic eye-level approach to photographic composition.


Top tip: If you are using the A6400 for content creation, consider purchasing the vlogging kit with camera and GPVPT2 remote grip, which provides a sturdier grip for filming and remote control abilities.

 

 The Sony A6600 is similar in appearance to other models within this APS-C range, but upon closer inspection, it is easy to see why it is the top-tier offering. This exciting camera features a better build quality and larger, high-capacity battery than previous models, which will be welcomed by vloggers and those using the camera for travel photography. The A6600 includes a 24.2MP APS-C sensor and is capable of 4K UHD video recording. It can shoot at 11 frames per second in a continuous burst and it has a 425-point hybrid AF system, which is capable of exceptional subject tracking - this means it retains focus on a subject even as it moves around within your frame.

 

The main addition to this Sony A6600 which is likely to convince prospective buyers that are still undecided is the in-body Image Stabilisation, which keeps photos and videos sharp and blur-free even in the most difficult shooting scenarios. This is still not a common feature in cameras of this class. It is also more suitable for video purposes that previous models, with the microphone input retained, but the crucial addition of a headphone port, so users can also monitor and make any necessary adjustments to the audio that their external microphone is capturing.

 

 

The Sony A6100 is a great way to enter the Sony Mirrorless world on a budget, without missing out on too many of the features that its more expensive siblings have to offer. The A6100 is lightweight and simple to use, with a few subtractions that keep it within the budget of entry-level customers. These include a Viewfinder with lower resolution, reduced buffer when shooting continuous images in a burst, a lower maximum ISO setting and a lighter build with no weather-sealing.

If these reductions are not going to hinder your personal shooting experience too much, then you are in luck, as there is still a lot to love about this camera. The Sony A6100 features a 24.2MP APS-C Image sensor and can record 4K resolution video. Once again, it features a mic input for attaching an external microphone and a tilting LCD screen to make it better suited to content creation. Users coming from a smartphone background will appreciate the touch-sensitive LCD display, as well as the limited button layout which assures the learning curve of this camera is not too steep.


Start piecing together your Sony Mirrorless kit today

Now that you have an understanding of the differences between the models in the Sony Mirrorless camera range, it’s time to take a look at our guide to the best Sony lenses, so you can be prepared to get the most from your camera.


If you need help choosing an external microphone for your Sony Alpha Mirrorless camera, don’t forget to check out our handy Microphone Buying Guide.


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