Sony A6600 review: A rare misstep

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As Sony’s new flagship APS-C camera, the 24.2-meagpixel A6600 has a lot to live up to. First of all, it had to follow the A6500, launched in 2016 with innovative features like 4K 30 fps video, fast 11 fps shooting speeds, in-body stabilization and face- and eye-tracking. For a couple of years, nothing else on the market could touch it.

What’s more, the A6600 arrived just after Sony’s 61-megapixel A7R IV full-frame mirrorless camera — possibly the best camera I’ve ever seen. From a competition standpoint, Sony is also under pressure to top Fujifilm’s X-T3, which has a higher-resolution sensor, more 4K video features and much better handling than the A6500.

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Ed venuto says:

I know this a Sony video. I must say I just bought the d3 on ebay the d3 it's remarkable

John Canlas says:

I ended up getting sony 6600 over xt3 after trying them for a week, fuji sucks with its AF and lenses are slow, lack of IBIS and no flip screen. You only need that 10bit video if you want to color grade your footage, movie or cine profiles looks much better

Adrián Martínez says:

I have changed my Sony a6400 for a Fujifilm Xt-30 and I have to say that the X-trans sensor, despite having more megapixels, captures much less detail than the old Sony sensor at levels that Fuji photos sometimes seem like watercolors… As soon as I can I'm going back to Sony and I'm going to buy an a6600

Herbal Giles says:

I’m thinking of getting the a6600 or a7iii which one should I get I really like the low light capabilities but the flip up screen!

lessemo says:

No mention of the panasonic G9? Seems like a pretty good competitor


so basically just get a xt3

Huw Morgan says:

I upgraded from an a6500 to an a6600 and am delighted with the results. For me, it's a companion camera to my a7RIV and perfect for travel, street and for taking pictures of family. Unless you've used the new focus tracking feature in the a6600 and a7RIV (and a9), it's really hard to explain the attraction. It totally revolutionizes the way I shoot photographs. The camera is always in continuous focus with the focus point in the middle. Instead of moving the focus point around you just aim the middle point at the subject, acquire focus and then the camera tracks the subject relentlessly. It doesn't matter if it's a child running in a playground, an animal running in the wild or a musician making moves on stage. The a6600 just tracks the subject flawlessly. Unlike any other camera in its class. You lose the built in flash, but I bought a Godox TT350 and it's a perfect companion for on and off-camera flash.

8419teejay says:

Are you in front of a green screen? Camera may be so good that it looks unnatural.

Gonçalo A. Franco says:

XT3 has a really crappy battery life, no IBIS and a shame of a performance in higher isos, and by high i mean 3200 or 4000, not to mention that the sony at the same ISO value can be 1 full stop brighter with lower visible noise. XT3 has horrible metering modes also. I dumped the xt3 for the a6600 with 16-55G/2.8 and i can assure you the XT3 has nothing on the a6600 for image quality, and i do own an A7R4, 6600 is my secondary camera now. yeah the fujis have more specs for video and better rolling shutter, but i would never trust a fuji for a photo payed work day as i trust either the a6600 or the a7r4. so it's not all roses for the xt3 or even the xt4, somethings are really bad, and not even the full APSC lenses lineup saves fuji in that regard.

jyotsna halder says:

Again… Fujifilm….!!

MegaThepow says:

So it’s a no go for you?

Mike Messiah says:

But the XT3 and M60ii dont have articulating screens so they are not even in the competition –for vloggers and youtubers

Nicholas Nguyen says:

I bought the a6600 + 16-55mm f/2.8. After awhile I realized it's the same cost as a7 III + Tamron 28-75mm. I went with the a7III instead and was blown away by the difference in photos (I don't do video). The a6600 led me to go to full frame even though I never intended to go full frame (was an a6000 user for years!). Funny how life works.

Tell you what though, that a6600 AF live-tracking is amazing. Wish the a7 III had it!

Mark Sharman says:

Yeah best APSC by Sony so far. In every way. Not sure is meant by 'misstep'.


Does anyone know what camera he record this video with ??

Every Think says:

4:19 Poor girl has been skewered by that evil child behind her. Look how much she is enjoying it too.

Kay says:

Engadget do not know cameras, they only know the iFart phones and Fruit company. Anything with those logos are winning reviews.

Luis Perez says:

The rolling shutter Alone is a terrible buy unless on a gimbal or tripod 100% of the time. I returned my a6400 ASAP and got a canon m50 lol. I surprised on the build quality of the m50 very nice build.

Kulangot Explorer says:

So it's made for vlogging and short filming? m6 mark ii or a6600 which one is good for short filming and vlogging

Sanket Singh says:

Yeah fujifilm is also better than your face🤗

Lorenzo P says:

Hey It's Mark Wallace!

Bisher Dabbagh says:

CANON 6D mark 2 or a6600 ??

Dan Frederiksen says:

Given the modest price, isn't the A7II just vastly superior though?

k2OS says:

I'm looking for an upgrade to the consumer grade canon camcorder I am currently using to record discgolf tournaments with.. this seemed like a suiteable upgrade, after seeing potatojets review of it.. but seeing this review and especially the terrible skew when panning .. yikes.. the search continues. Thanks!

Badhon Ebrahim says:

I highly doubt the reviewer knows how to properly use a Sony camera

HumbleHe4rT says:

the lack of a Flash is a real bummer. skipping this one.

James Tepedino says:

Well that was discouraging, i have the sony a7m3 and wanted a apc companion, i guess i have to wait for a A6700, LOL

East coast red Yum says:

You sound like a Fuji fan boy

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