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Sony a6600 Review

The Sony A6600 is positioned at the very pinnacle of Sony’s APS-C portfolio for enthusiast photographers. It is designed for individuals who want a top-spec camera but do not have the financial means to purchase full-frame choices such as the Sony A7 III.

The A6600 comes not long after the Sony A6400 and features the same 24.2 MP APS-C sensor, along with the Bionz X CPU featured in the top A9 II. This is typical behavior for Sony, which is notorious for introducing identical cameras quickly.

In addition to inheriting quite a few capabilities from its predecessor, the A6400, the A6600 also introduces some new functionality, like an in-body image stabilization system and a larger battery. More on this will be covered in the next section.

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Sony a6600 Features

The Sony A6600 is driven by a sensor that has a resolution of 24.2 megapixels. It is the same sensor that can be found in the Sony A6400 and the Sony A6100, which was the entry-level model launched at the same time as this camera.

The A6400 also has the same Bionz X processor found in the full-frame A9 II; this helps achieve the camera’s outstanding burst speed of 11 frames per second (fps), which is also found in the A6400.

And this is only the beginning of the parallels. Another feature that is the same across the two models is the viewfinder, which is 0.39 inches and has 2.36 million dots. This viewfinder is joined by a touchscreen measuring 3 inches and can tilt.

Another similar feature is a hybrid autofocus system that has 425 phase- and contrast-detection points and can cover 84% of the scene. This is a standard specification. The A6400, A6600, and A6100 all can record 4K video at frame rates of up to 30 fps, with full pixel readout and no pixel binning. The A6100 also has this capability.

Sony a6600 Build Quality

Over the past ten years, Sony has been an industry leader in camera technology, ushering in significant advancements. Unfortunately, Sony has decided to continue hiding that technology in a body that is starting to seem more and more out of date as the years roll by, in the case of the A6000 series of cameras. This is a frustrating decision.

The A6600 utilizes a flat design, much as we’ve seen with all of the previous cameras in the range, and the viewfinder is located on the camera’s left side. It is quite a significant differentiator compared to other APS-C models, such as the Fujifilm X-T3, the Nikon Z50, and the Canon EOS M50. In our opinion, the change is not for the better. One of the advantages of this model is that it has a more substantial grip than the A6400, which allows it to accommodate a more powerful battery and provide more extended playtime.

Sony a6600 Performance

The photography of sports and action is one of Sony’s strong suits; in particular, the company’s A9 II full-frame camera, which is the best in its class, has garnered praise.

Naturally, what is provided here isn’t nearly as spectacular as what is offered elsewhere. Still, the A6600 gives a lot to enthusiasts or amateur photographers passionate about capturing moving subjects in their photographs. The camera can have 11 frames per second, but you’ll only get eight fps if you want to keep things quiet.

There is a buffer capacity of 116 photos in JPEG or 46 shots in raw; thus, you should discover that it is not difficult to achieve short bursts to record fast-moving action.

It’s disappointing that there isn’t UHS-II card compatibility here to speed up the processing of the images, as it can take a while if you hold down the shutter for a few seconds after taking a burst of pictures. After taking a shot of photos, you will see a screen display indicating that the images are being processed.

Sony a6600 Image Quality

Compared to how far Sony has advanced sensor technology in its other camera models, the company’s decision to maintain a 24-megapixel sensor in the A6600 seems slightly unexpected. Since the release of the NEX-7 in 2011, an APS-C camera, the company has been employing 24MP sensors in all of its APS-C cameras.

Sony likely considers that the ordinary photographer does not require a higher resolution; to be fair, 24MP is generally in line with the resolution of competing models, except the Fujifilm X-T3, which has a sensor that is a little higher at 26.1MP.

In addition, the sensor of the A6600 delivers an outstanding performance when it is put to use. The levels of detail are superb overall, and the colors are pleasantly saturated without appearing overly artificial.

Thanks to the versatility afforded by the 18-135mm lens that comes included in the box, you have a decent deal of leeway to photograph a wide variety of things. Its comparable focal length of 27-202mm makes it ideally suited for capturing anything from landscapes at its widest angle to nature and wildlife when used at its most extended focal length.

Sony a6600 Specs

Body typeRangefinder-style mirrorless
Body materialMagnesium alloy
Sensor
Max resolution6000 x 4000
Image ratio w:h3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels24 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors25 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorBionz X
Color spacesRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
Image
ISOAuto, 100-32000 (expandable to 102400)
Boosted ISO (maximum)102400
White balance presets8
Image stabilizationSensor-shift
Image stabilization notes5-axis
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsExtra fine, fine, standard
File formatJPEG (Exif v2.3)Raw (14-bit Sony ARW)
Optics & Focus
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Phase DetectMulti-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousTouchFace DetectionLive View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points425
Lens mountSony E
Focal length multiplier1.5×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDTilting
Screen size3″
Screen dots921,600
Touch screenYes
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification1.07× (0.71× 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder resolution2,359,296
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Exposure modesiAutoProgramAperture priorityShutter priorityManual
Built-in flashNo
External flashYes (via hot shoe)
Flash modesFlash off, Autoflash, Fill-flash, Rear Sync., Slow Sync., Red-eye reduction (On/Off selectable), Hi-speed sync, Wireless
Flash X sync speed1/160 sec
Drive modesSingleContinuous (Hi+/Hi/Mid/Lo)Self-timerBracketing
Continuous drive11.0 fps
Self-timerYes
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedHighlight-weightedSpot
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±5 (3, 5 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV, 2 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes (3 frames, H/L selectable)
Videography features
FormatMPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
Modes3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 100p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 60i / 24 Mbps, AVCHD, MTS, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 50p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 50i / 24 Mbps, AVCHD, MTS, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 25p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 24p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC + Memory Stick Pro Duo
Connectivity
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
USB chargingYes
HDMIYes (micro-HDMI)
Microphone portYes
Headphone portYes
WirelessBuilt-In
Wireless notes802.11b/g/n + NFC
Remote controlYes (via smartphone)
Physical
Environmentally sealedYes
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionNP-FZ100
Battery Life (CIPA)810
Weight (inc. batteries)503 g (1.11 lb / 17.74 oz)
Dimensions120 x 67 x 69 mm (4.72 x 2.64 x 2.72″)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes
GPSNone

Sony a6600 Verdict

In theory, the a6600 should be the APS-C camera to beat since it has a top-performing sensor and a range of capabilities that appeal to a broad spectrum of photographers. However, the a6600 is not as good as it sounds in practice. However, Sony has unwaveringly remained with a design factor that is not as pleasant as competing cameras, with a confusing menu structure and settings that don’t always perform as you would want them to in some cases.

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