• Real-time AF Tracking Real-time
  • World’s fastest AF at 0 02 sec
  • Up to 11fps continuous shooting
  • 5-axis in-body image stabilization
  • External mic jack and headphone jack

Sony Alpha A6600 Mirrorless Camera – Complete Review

The Sony A6600 is an upper mid-range mirrorless camera with a 24.2MP APS-C sensor, built-in image stabilization, 4K video, and 11fps continuous shooting with autofocus. The A6600 replaces the two-year-old A6500 as the flagship of Sony’s crop sensor lineup and becomes the first model in its class to feature in-body image stabilization (IBIS).

Sony Alpha A6600 Mirrorless Camera

If you’re familiar with Sony’s naming conventions for its APS-C cameras, then you may be tempted to skip right over the detailed specifications later on in this review. After all, on paper at least, there doesn’t seem to be too much difference between the old model (A6500) and the new one (A6600): they share a similar body design, same sensor resolution and both have to pop up flash strobes; indeed they only differ when it comes to features – namely that the A6600 has an improved battery life plus IBIS.

What we like

  • Real-time tracking is useful when photographing moving subjects. Face detection has been enhanced and the tracking algorithm has been improved using the latest BIONZ X image processing engine.
  • Compared to the predecessor, battery life has been increased by 30%, allowing for approximately 810 photos per charge*. The camera can be charged via USB, so you can continue shooting even when traveling.
  • Equipped with a compact and robust body that is also dust and splash-resistant. The design accommodates a large grip that ensures a solid hold even when attached to a large-diameter lens, making it comfortable to hold and operate.
  • Realize high-precision autofocus during video shooting with fast Hybrid AF in movie mode using 425 focal-plane phase-detection AF points covering 84% of the image area (up/down direction).
  • All models in the α6600 series are equipped with an electronic viewfinder (XGA OLED) that boasts approximately 2.36 million dots for up to approximately 0.02 seconds display time lag (previously measured value)*, blackout time of approximately 0.005 seconds

What we don’t like

  • The buffer isn’t great, especially if you’re looking to shoot a burst 4K video.
  • It lacks a top-down status LCD, which is a bummer.
  • There’s no in-body image stabilization. You can get it with the Sony 24mm f/2.8 lens but that means you’ll spend more money and will have to use that camera lens for image stabilization functions.
  • The battery life is limited, so be prepared to carry around extra batteries or a charger.
  • There’s no DCI 4K (4096 x 2160). If you want that functionality, you could get the Canon 5D Mark IV — but then it doesn’t have IBIS, and if you use an adaptor for their lenses…it just gets complicated from there on out.
  • Speaking of adaptors: there’s no headphone jack! But the EOS R has this functionality so…it just makes me wonder why they didn’t add another port or something here.
  • It also lacks weather sealing! So watch out when shooting in less-than-ideal conditions — like in rain or snow — because your camera might not survive inclement weather, as well as other options in its price range, would be able to handle!

Features and specifications

With the Sony Alpha A6600 Mirrorless Camera, you can achieve those goals with ease. The camera itself is built around an APS-C Exmor CMOS sensor, featuring 24.2MP resolution and a BIONZ X image processor, which together produce high-quality photos and videos in low light conditions up to ISO 102,400 as well as fast autofocus response thanks to 425 phase-detection points. It also features 11 frames per second continuous shooting at full resolution and 4K video recording.

The camera sports a 3-inch tilting LCD display that can be used for both live view monitoring and image playback; plus it supports touch screen functionality for intuitive control over settings like focus point selection and menu navigation. In addition to the rear screen, there is an XGA Tru-Finder 2.36M-dot OLED electronic finder with a 120 fps refresh rate for eye-level monitoring.

Additional features

The Sony Alpha A6600 is a tough, compact camera that delivers excellent performance. You can expect great image quality and a very good zoom range for its price point. The lens compatibility makes it ideal for serious photographers who have all their lenses set up and ready to go. That said, if you’re looking for an affordable all-in-one package, you might be better off buying the Sony Alpha A6600 Body Only.

The battery life is impressive (it’s rated to last over 900 shots) and the video features are solid. The sensor is smaller than usual—which means less noise—but it still delivers excellent images. There are plenty of connectivity options and you can transfer files between devices easily.

The sensor on this camera is smaller than usual—which means less noise—but it still delivers excellent images. There are plenty of connectivity options, too: you can transfer files between devices easily. The battery life is impressive (it’s rated to last over 900 shots), although the video features aren’t as robust as some other cameras in this category

Verdict

As a complete package, the A6600 offers high-quality stills, great video quality and features, good ergonomics and built-in image stabilization.

The autofocus system is fast and accurate, and the camera has good battery life for its class. This makes it an excellent all-around package for enthusiast photographers or videographers looking for 4K video recording in a compact body with good handling. While there are models available that offer larger sensors from Canon or Fujifilm, these are often much more expensive than Sony’s APS-C flagship camera.