Sony’s Alpha-series APS-C mirrorless cameras have lengthy been common selections for informal in addition to fanatic photographers, due to their ease of use, excellent efficiency, and portability. Sony has been churning out new iterations of the A6000 collection like clockwork and it launched its newest flagship digital camera, the A6600, in late 2019.
This digital camera builds upon the already highly effective A6500 with neat enhancements resembling an even bigger battery, even faster autofocus, a flip-up LCD show, eye autofocus (AF) for video, and plenty of extra little issues which we’ll get into additional within the overview. Suffice to say, it is the very best cropped-sensor mirrorless digital camera Sony has supplied so far. Together with these new options, additionally comes a barely increased value of Rs. 1,17,990 for simply the physique. Is the Sony A6600 definitely worth the premium? It is time to discover out.
Sony A6600 design
The physique of the A6600 will look very acquainted if you happen to’ve used any of the earlier fashions on this collection. Nonetheless, there’s one main distinction: the digital camera grip is so much greater because of the bigger battery. For the primary time, Sony has used a battery from its full-frame mirrorless fashions within the A6600, which is alleged to supply 800 photographs per cost. This can be a large step up from the earlier 350-400 photographs per cost that different A6XXX fashions have been rated for. The bigger grip additionally signifies that this digital camera is extra snug to carry for a protracted time period. The physique is constructed from a magnesium alloy and is alleged to be mud and moisture-resistant.
The buttons are ergonomically laid out on the again, and most of them will be customised, together with the labelled ones. The mode dial on the highest presents the same old capturing modes, together with the devoted S&Q (sluggish and fast) mode, which we noticed on the A6400. Sony has ditched the pop-up flash on this mannequin, however you continue to get a hotshoe for exterior flashes.
The ports on the left facet of the A6600 now embrace a headphone jack, together with the same old microphone, Micro-USB, and Micro-HDMI ports. We’re slightly disillusioned that Sony hasn’t moved to the USB Kind-C commonplace but for this collection.
The rear 3-inch touchscreen has a 921Okay dot decision and will be flipped upwards 180 levels, making it simple to take selfies or body a shot when vlogging. There is a three-second timer that is routinely enabled for stills when the display is flipped up. It will also be tilted downwards, supplying you with a good bit of flexibility when you’ll want to shoot at odd angles. You additionally get a 0.39-inch OLED digital viewfinder with a 2.35 million dot decision.
Total, the A6600 feels extraordinarily well-built and durable, simply as you’d count on from a premium Sony digital camera. The small physique makes it simple to slide into any bag, and at 503g its weight could be very manageable. The proportions clearly enhance when you slap a lens on to the physique. Sony despatched us an 18-135mm zoom lens together with the digital camera physique. We have discovered it to be pretty versatile for informal capturing, however the aperture vary of f/3.5 to f/5.6 does not make for nice low-light photographs. Nonetheless, as a starter lens, we did handle to get respectable outcomes with it.
Sony A6600 specs and options
The Sony A6600 encompasses a 24.2-megapixel cropped (APS-C) CMOS sensor with a local ISO vary of 100-32,000. This may be expanded to 50-1,02,400 and you’ll set a threshold for the utmost ISO that the digital camera can use when capturing. Burst capturing tops out at 11fps (in Hello+ mode) and 8fps within the live-view and silent shutter modes.
The buffer for holding burst photographs is not too large, and Sony claims it could possibly maintain solely as much as 115 JPEG frames or 46 RAW recordsdata at a time. This can be a lot decrease than the 269 JPEGs and 107 RAW recordsdata that the A6500 was able to. The digital camera makes use of a single SD card, positioned beside the battery, however it solely helps as much as UHS-I speeds and never UHS-II.
One of many highlights of the A6600 is its AI focus monitoring functionality. The sensor options 425 part detection autofocus (PDAF) factors, and the identical variety of distinction detection AF factors, which is the way it’s in a position to lock focus in simply 0.02 seconds, in line with Sony. This is not precisely new, since Sony’s personal A6400 which we examined a 12 months in the past had the identical setup.
Face and eye monitoring are nonetheless very dependable and instantly kick in while you half-press the shutter button. There’s real-time eye autofocus for animals too, and this labored decently after we tried it. The digital camera additionally has in-body 5-axis stabilisation to assist cut back blur in stills when utilizing a excessive zoom stage.
The A6600 has some fairly nifty video capabilities too. Moreover with the ability to shoot at as much as 4K 30fps, with full pixel readout, the digital camera additionally helps superior image profiles resembling S-Log2, S-Log3, and HLG, for HDR workflows. That is additionally Sony’s first APS-C digital camera to supply eye autofocus when capturing movies.
For smartphone connectivity, the A6600 helps NFC, 2.4GHz Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. Final 12 months, Sony lastly changed its Play Recollections companion app with the brand new Imaging Edge Cellular, which is less complicated to make use of and arrange. You need to use it to wirelessly copy photographs to your cellphone, both of their unique dimension or a diminished dimension. You may even use your cellphone’s show as a viewfinder for controlling the digital camera remotely.
Sony A6600 efficiency and battery life
The A6600 has the identical native most ISO because the A6400, which is 32,000, and the outcomes of our ISO take a look at have been related too. Readability and sharpness have been preserved very properly from ISO 100 up till about ISO 800, the place we began to see very minor grain. Leaping to ISO 3,200, we observed some delicate distortion alongside the perimeters of the pencils, however nothing too horrible. At ISO 12,800, the perimeters of the pencils started to lose definition, however as soon as once more, this was solely noticeable at a 100 p.c crop. Grain was seen too however no chroma noise but.
On the highest native ISO of 32,000, the picture had very seen artifacting even while not having to zoom in. Utilizing any ISO above this stage doesn’t yield beneficial outcomes, so we might advise limiting it to about 25,600 for an excellent stability between a comparatively quick shutter and low grain, when capturing handheld at evening.
When capturing outdoor in daylight, the A6600 not often stumbled and was all the time on level when it got here to specializing in what we needed. We most popular to make use of the digital camera’s ‘Develop Versatile Spot’ AF mode, however the others have been dependable too. There’s monitoring AF, which labored properly on folks and objects alike. Landscapes had excellent particulars, and hues have been richly represented. Dynamic vary was fairly spectacular too. We did discover some delicate vignetting within the corners of body at increased zoom ranges, however contemplating that you’ve 24 megapixels to play with, we discovered it simpler to easily crop photographs to the specified body afterward.
Shut-up photographs have been dealt with very properly. Regardless of the marginally slender aperture vary, utilizing a little bit of zoom for our close-ups yielded some very good depth-of-field results. The massive variety of autofocus factors additionally made it very simple to seize fast-moving objects resembling birds. Even at full zoom, the digital camera was fast to trace our topic and keep locked on for the burst length. One factor to notice is that for the reason that buffer is not very massive, there is a good bit of ready earlier than you may really overview your photographs, which acquired slightly annoying generally. The touchscreen could be very responsive and it may be used to shortly change the main target space and overview your photos. Nonetheless, it nonetheless cannot be used for navigating the menus.
In low-light eventualities, the A6600 nonetheless focuses shortly and we solely observed a little bit of searching when capturing distant objects or at full zoom. Dynamic vary was fairly good too, and the in-body stabilisation labored very properly, even when capturing from a transferring car. In very low mild, we observed a little bit of grain in photographs, however that is as a result of we have been capturing on the highest native ISO setting. Dropping it down did yield extra beneficial outcomes.
Video efficiency is equally good. We have been primarily capturing at 4K and have been fairly impressed with the element and hues that the A6600 can seize. Focusing was as soon as once more very dependable and a easy faucet on the viewfinder will easily transition the main target between topics. Faces are routinely tracked however this may be disabled if wanted. You may as well set the velocity at which focus and monitoring are modified, relying in your capturing type.
The A6XXX collection has typically struggled to supply nice battery life, particularly when recording video. All that modifications with the A6600, because of its a lot beefier battery. With the digital camera in Airplane mode, we observed about 25 p.c left within the battery after taking greater than a 1,000 photographs. Even capturing 4K video does not make as large a dent within the battery stage as we have skilled with older fashions. You may cost the digital camera (with the battery inside) via an influence financial institution too.
The A6600 looks like essentially the most full APS-C mirrorless digital camera so far from Sony. It will get the very best bits of the A6500 and the A6400, together with the bonus of a a lot bigger battery. Plus, issues just like the headphone socket, flip-up LCD, and faster monitoring autofocus make this digital camera very properly suited to vlogging. That is not saying it is excellent – we might nonetheless wish to see Sony improve to a USB Kind-C port and add quick charging; allow us to use the touchscreen within the menus; and perhaps add assist for UHS-II velocity SD playing cards too.
Coming to the value, the A6600 is slightly costly. The digital camera physique and the 18-135mm equipment lens collectively are priced at Rs. 1,51,990, though you could find them promoting for about Rs. 20,000 much less on-line. Remember the fact that the A6500, with the identical lens, can now be discovered for beneath a Rs. 1,00,000, so until you completely want the larger battery and barely faster focusing, the earlier mannequin remains to be an excellent possibility.
Total, the Sony A6600 is a superb possibility if you happen to’re searching for a do-it-all mirrorless digital camera or are merely seeking to improve from an entry-level mannequin.
- Physique solely: Rs. 1,17,990
- With 18-135mm lens – Rs. 1,51,990