Sony a6600

24MP CMOS sensor | Real-time AF Tracking | Oversampled 4K video

What we like:

  • Powerful, easy-to-use autofocus
  • In-body image stabilization
  • Large battery gives good battery life

What we don't:

  • Significant rolling shutter in 4K video
  • No built-in flash
  • Menus can be dense and complex
The a6600 is Sony's range-topping 24MP APS-C mirrorless camera. It brings a larger battery and image stabilization, along with more custom buttons to the E-mount range.
The a6600 has a comparatively large, comfortable hand grip and four customizable function buttons. It offers two control dials, but both are controlled with the thumb, which makes it slower to operate than most of its peers. Most functions are reached through the Fn menu, which isn't touch-responsive. The main menu is pretty dense.
The a6600 is a capable, feature-packed mirrorless camera with an easy-to-use AF system
Autofocus is the a6600's strong point, with a simple and powerful AF system that can confidently track subjects with minimal input. A maximum 11fps burst speed is impressive, but some aspects of the camera are a bit 'laggy' and a slow card slot means sometimes waiting for the buffer to empty.
Image quality is great, both in JPEG and Raw. The sensor is competitive with newer chips, and gives excellent low light performance. JPEG color is much improved over some early models, giving attractive, detailed results in most circumstances. Clumsy Raw compression slightly limits how far you can push the Raw files, though.
The a6600 produces very detailed 4K video and offers both mic and headphone sockets. There are extensive tools to aid focus and exposure and the autofocus system is among the most dependable on the market, making video shooting relatively simple. Rolling shutter distortion is significant in 24p mode, though, and still apparent in the cropped 30p mode, and more competitors are offering 10-bit video which the a6600 lacks.
The a6600 is a capable, feature-packed mirrorless camera with an easy-to-use AF system and comes with excellent image quality. Video performance isn't class-leading but the large battery and image stabilization make it a highly flexible camera that can produce impressive results.

Richard Butler

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