Sony has announced the replacement for the A6600, the Sony A6700. Like the A6600, the Sony A6700 has an APS-C-sized sensor, but its resolution has been increased to 26MP, making it the highest-resolution APS-C format Sony camera.
In addition, the sensor is backside-illuminated and paired with the Bionz XR processing engine, which is joined by a chip dedicated to handling AI Subject Recognition.
Consequently, the Sony A6700 has a hybrid autofocus (AF) system, with 759 phase detection points (covering 93% of the frame) and 25 contrast detection points with Real-time tracking and Real-time Subject Recognition AF, which works in stills and video mode. It can detect humans, animals, animals and birds, insects, cars/trains, and aeroplanes in both stills and video mode with the type of subject selected via the menu.
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There’s also Human Pose Estimation to help the camera track a human subject around the frame. Sony has also developed the exposure control for human faces, making it around 20% more reliable.
The A6700’s colour reproduction and white balance system have also been improved to deliver more attractive images in natural or in artificial light.
According to Sony, the A6700’s 5-axis image stabilisation system has an improved algorithm for stills. It’s claimed to deliver up to a 5-stop extension to the safe hand-holdable shutter speed.
The Sony A6700 has 10 preset Creative Looks, but they can be tailored to the user’s preferences by adjusting the 8 parameters.
For the first time in a Sony A6000-series camera, the A6700 can save images in HEIF (High-Efficiency Image File) format or Jpeg and raw format.
Like the A6600, the Sony A6700 has a maximum continuous shooting rate of 11 frames per second (fps), but it can shoot over 1000 Jpeg Fine images, 59 raw files or 44 raw and Jpeg files in one burst with AF and exposure tracking using the mechanical or the (silent) electronic shutter.
The Sony A6700 accepts the Sony NP-FZ100 rechargeable battery and has a single SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot.
Sony A6700 video features
While it’s not billed as a video or vlogging camera, the A6700 is a hybrid camera that has some attractive video features. For instance, it can produce 4K video using 6K oversampling, full-pixel readout and no pixel binning. There’s also 10-bit 4:2:2 colour and frame rates up to 120p, plus XAVC S-I and XAVC HS and S-Logs with LUTs, S-Cinetone and HLG recording.
Sony’s Auto Framing is on hand and uses the AI-based subject recognition technology to automatically crop the video frame so the subject is prominent in the footage. It’s helpful to anyone recording themselves in action.
As usual, there’s S&Q mode for creating slow-motion and fast-motion videos in-camera, plus the A6700 has in-camera Timelapse creation, AF assist and Sony’s Focus Map.
Sony A6700 screen
In a welcome upgrade from the A6600, the Sony A6700’s 3-inch 1.03-million-dot screen is mounted on a vari-angle hinge. This means it can be flipped and rotated to give a good view, whether you’re shooting in landscape or portrait orientation. It can also be rotated to face forwards for vlogging.
In addition, the screen has full touch control and Sony’s revised menu system, making it easier to find and adjust the settings you want.
Sony A6700 price and availability
The Sony A6700 is set to go on sale in September 2023. The body-only price of the Sony A6700 is £1,450 / $1,398 / €1,700. It’s also available in a kit with the 16-50mm lens for £1,800 / $1,498 / €1,550, or with the 18-135mm lens for £1,800 / $1,798 / € 2,100.
Camera type: Mirrorless
Announced: 12th July 2023
Lens mount: Sony E
Sensor: 26MP APS-C BSI CMOS (23.5 x 15.6mm) sensor
Video: 4K (3840 x 2160) 60p 10-bit 4:2:2, 120p 8-bit 4:2:0
Continuous shooting rate: Hi+: 11fps
Burst depth: In Hi+ 59 raw files, 1000+ Fine Jpegs or 44 raw and Jpeg files
Stabilisation: 5-axis in-body image stabilisation giving up to 5EV shutter speed compensation
Sensitivity: ISO 100-32000 (expandable to ISO 102400)
Autofocus : Fast Hybrid AF with 759 phase-detection points and 25 contrast-detection points, Real-time Subject Recognition AF
Subjects recognition modes: Human, Animal, Animal/Bird, Bird, Insect, Car/Train, Aeroplanes
Viewfinder: 0.39-inch 2,359,000-dot OLED electronic viewfinder
Screen: 3-inch 1.03-million-dot vari-angle touchscreen
Storage: SD/SDHC/SDXC UHS-II
Dimensions (W x H x D): 122.0 x 69.0 x 75.1 mm, or from grip to monitor: 122.0 x 69.0 x 63.6 mm / 4 7/8 x 2 3/4 x 3 inches or or from grip to monitor: 4 7/8 x 2 3/4 x 2 5/8 inches
Weight: 409g / 14.5 oz