Sony A6600 overview: A uncommon misstep for Sony’s cameras
Body and handling
A range of fans had been hoping that Sony could well reboot the A6500’s somewhat horrible, ergonomically-uncomfortable physique and trek alongside with something that appears to be like more treasure the A7R III. That failed to happen. The A6600’s physique in all equity reminiscent of the old mannequin, excluding one important detail: a extraordinary higher grip.
That grip no longer finest makes it more uncomplicated to cope with and cope with the digicam, but additionally houses a extraordinary higher Z-series battery. You now rating 810 photos on a payment, a incredible spec frequently reserved for DSLRs. In that division, it beats its main competitors — the X-T3 (390 photos), Canon’s M6 II (305 photos), the Panasonic GH5 (410 photos) and the Nikon Z 50 (300 photos) — by miles.
Sadly, that is where the ergonomic enhancements discontinuance. The A6600 has the same button and dial structure as before, bar some minor nip-and-tuck work. That manner it quiet lacks a entrance shutter/aperture dial and a joystick control for focal level. It be inexcusable for Sony to disappear this stuff out on a flagship, $1,400 digicam, particularly must always that you can well perhaps also rating them on all its competition.
The A6600’s menu gadget is roughly the same as before, which is to claim, no longer correct. Many capabilities are buried within the infamous menus, and require never-ending scrolling to rating. Given that, and the scarcity of handbook controls, utilizing the A6600 was frankly a frustrating journey — particularly after I had such a correct time with the effectively-designed A7R IV. Oh, and on top of all that, the A6600 is quiet moderately gruesome, too.
But another adverse is the 2.36-million dot OLED digital (EVF) viewfinder, which is also largely unchanged from the last mannequin. It works k, but feels out-of-date when compared to the three.69-million dot, blackout-free EVF on Fujifilm’s X-T3.
The A6600 has merely a single card slot, and worse, it finest makes employ of the usI commonplace and never UHS-II with triple the urge. As I’ll command later, that could slack down taking pictures considerably. Whereas this can want been acceptable three years within the past, in 2019 the A6600 has to pass up in opposition to the X-T3 and Panasonic’s GH5, both of which own two like a flash UHS-II card slots.
On the distinct aspect, the rear contact command now tilts up, making the A6600 more functional as a vlogging digicam. You potentially could furthermore employ it to procure autofocus monitoring issues, but no longer like the contact displays on all its competitors, it can well’t be aged to feature primarily the most important menu or even the hasty menu.
Esteem before, the A6600 has a microphone input, and Sony has also added a headphone port. That’s a pleasant addition, as excessive videographers can tune sound whereas they’re doing interviews and different chores.
Whereas ergonomics are no longer the A6600’s sturdy level, it has elegant taking pictures speeds and, particularly, autofocus efficiency. It goes to cope with bursts up to 11 fps with fat autofocus and auto publicity, which is a minute bit slower than Canon’s M6 Label II (14 fps) and associated to the Fujifilm X-T3. Nonetheless, in digital shutter mode, the X-T3 can hit 20 fps, virtually doubling the A6600 burst speeds.
Sony’s uncanny autofocus gadget, with 425 phase and incompatibility detect AF substances, quiet delivers more in-focal level photos than these items. The most fashionable feature is what Sony calls “actual-time monitoring” and “actual-time see autofocus.” What that manner is that Sony has increased AF speeds to the level that that you can well perhaps also contact to cope with discontinuance a discipline, and it goes to trace them in actual time.
The face- and see-detect methods are particularly correct, staying locked onto your discipline’s face even within the occasion that they temporarily pass out of look. Whenever you contact to cope with discontinuance your discipline, it tenaciously tracks them no topic where they trek. I discovered that the specific time discipline monitoring did no longer work effectively was within the occasion that they had been particularly a long way-off.
Total, Sony quiet has the specific autofocus and face-monitoring AI of any APS-C digicam. It was in a allege to tackle the entirety I attempted, from monitoring folks playing at a pond, to a musical community in low light, to dogs working around.
Nonetheless, or no longer it is hampered by a couple of things. First off, if or no longer it is a must-wish to be unobtrusive whereas taking pictures sports with the quiet digital shutter, that you can well perhaps discontinuance up with skewed photos thanks to the sensor’s rolling shutter recount.
And whereas that you can well perhaps also shoot moderately long bursts of up to Ninety 9 photos at most possibility, it takes ages and ages for the buffer to clear. That’s likely thanks to the rather slack write speeds from the usI slot that Sony inexplicably made up our minds to employ. When that happens, that you can well perhaps no longer shoot anymore and heaps of the digicam’s capabilities are inoperable.
But another recount with the burst taking pictures is the scarcity of a blackout-free EVF. That could plot it laborious to notice action in sports or flowers and fauna — and that’s the reason the level of burst taking pictures and monitoring autofocus. The X-T3, on the different hand, has no blackout within the viewfinder at primarily the most 20 fps taking pictures speeds.
One in all the Sony A6600’s greatest advantages over identical cameras is the five-axis stabilization. The gadget lets you shoot in extraordinary lower light than would in another case be skill. With five stops of shake prick worth, I used to be in a allege to make a choice photos at shutter speeds correct down to around 1/15th of a 2d, supplied my discipline did no longer pass around extraordinary. On different cameras, including Nikon’s Z 50 and the X-T3, that you can wish to employ lenses with constructed-in stabilization — and heaps of the specific primes manufacture no longer own that option.