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Sony α6600 Camera Review

Tested using Methodology v0.7
Reviewed Feb 08, 2021 at 07:40 am
Sony α6600 Picture
8.3
Travel Photography
8.2
Landscape Photography
7.7
Sport & Wildlife Photography
7.5
Vlogging
8.1
Studio Video
6.1
Action Video
Body Type
DSLR
Mirrorless
Yes
Sensor Size
APS-C
Tested Lens
Sony E 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 OSS

The Sony α6600 is a well-built APS-C mirrorless camera that comes with a flip-out screen. It has an excellent image quality, and its photo autofocus system is amazing at tracking moving subjects and keeping them in focus. Also, it has very good recording quality in FHD and impressive recording quality in 4k, which is suitable for filming clear videos. However, it can have some trouble smoothing out camera shake if you're recording in 4k.

Our Verdict

8.3 Travel Photography

The Sony a6600 is impressive for travel photography. It has an amazing image quality, so your photos are sharp and detailed. Its autofocus system also has an excellent performance, so it can track moving subjects and keep them in focus. This camera is well-built and comfortable to use, though it's a bit heavy with its kit lens attached.

Pros
  • Sturdy, well-built design.
  • Amazing image quality.
  • Excellent photo autofocus system.
Cons
  • Somewhat heavy.
8.2 Landscape Photography

The Sony a6600 is great for landscape photography. It's well-built and weather-sealed, though we don't currently test for this. You should also be able to read its screen clearly, even if you're in bright sunlight. While it has an excellent image quality, its kit lens has some noticeable light falloff, so the corners of your photo may be darker than its center.

Pros
  • Sturdy, well-built design.
  • Amazing image quality.
Cons
  • Somewhat heavy.
7.7 Sport & Wildlife Photography

The Sony a6600 is good for sport and wildlife photography. It has excellent image quality, and its autofocus system does an amazing job tracking moving subjects and keeping them in focus. Its maximum shutter speed should help you take clear pictures of fast-moving subjects, but on the downside, it takes some time to clear its buffer, which can be inconvenient.

Pros
  • Sturdy, well-built design.
  • Amazing image quality.
  • Excellent photo autofocus system.
Cons
  • Long buffer clearing time.
7.5 Vlogging

The Sony a6600 is good for vlogging. You can use its flip-out screen to see yourself while you record, which is handy. Also, it has very good recording quality in FHD and impressive recording quality in 4k, so your videos are clear and detailed. That said, there may be some visible camera shake if you're recording while walking, and the camera is somewhat heavy.

Pros
  • Sturdy, well-built design.
  • Amazing video autofocus performance.
  • Flip-out screen.
Cons
  • Some camera shake if you record while walking.
8.1 Studio Video

The Sony a6600 is great for studio video. It has a very good recording quality in FHD and an impressive recording quality in 4k. Its video autofocus system also does an amazing job keeping moving subjects in focus. There are also lots of inputs for accessories like headphones and a microphone.

Pros
  • Sturdy, well-built design.
  • Lots of inputs for accessories like headphones.
  • Amazing video autofocus performance.
Cons
  • Occasionally confusing menu system.
6.1 Action Video

The Sony a6600 is mediocre for action video. It isn't really designed for this use, as it's fairly heavy and can't be mounted on a helmet. It doesn't support a lot of frame rate options in 4k, so you can't film slow-motion videos. While it has a great video stabilization performance in FHD, if you're recording in 4k, there may be some noticeable camera shake if you're moving while filming.

Pros
  • Sturdy, well-built design.
Cons
  • Limited frame rate options for 4k recording.
  • 8.3 Travel Photography
  • 8.2 Landscape Photography
  • 7.7 Sport & Wildlife Photography
  • 7.5 Vlogging
  • 8.1 Studio Video
  • 6.1 Action Video

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
7.1
Design
Portability
Height 2.8" (7.1 cm)
Width 5.2" (13.1 cm)
Depth 2.5" (6.3 cm)
Volume
35.8 in³ (586.0 cm³)
Weight
1.10 lbs (0.50 kg)
Weight With Lens
1.82 lbs (0.82 kg)
8.5
Design
Build Quality

  • Magnesium alloy body is solid and rigid
  • Input door and battery door are sturdy
  • Weather-sealed for use in adverse weather conditions, but we don't test for this
  • Controls offer good physical feedback, and unlike the Sony α6400, the aperture dial registers commands quickly and without issue

Design
Body
Water Resistance
Weather-Sealed
Rugged
No
Hot Shoe
Yes
Customizable Button
Yes
Command Dial
2
Tripod Mount
Yes
Lens Mount
E-Mount
Built-In Flash
No
Design
In The Box

  • Sony α6600
  • Sony E 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens
  • Start Up Guide
  • Shoulder strap
  • Camera body sensor cap
  • Lens cap + lens rear cap
  • USB cable
  • Viewfinder hood
  • Lens hood
  • Charging adapter
  • Battery

8.5
Design
Ergonomics & Comfort
Hand Grip: Small Hand
Yes
Hand Grip: Medium Hand
Yes
Hand Grip: Large Hand
Yes
Hand Grip: Extra-Large Hand
No

  • Weight is well-distributed
  • Easy to adjust ISO, aperture, and shutter speed with either eye pressed against viewfinder
  • Grip is bigger and better-suited for larger hands than the grip of the Sony α6400
  • Grip isn't recommended for extra-large hands because the thumb doesn't have a lot of space on backside of camera

6.5
Design
Menu System
Guide Mode
Yes
App Name
Imaging Edge Mobile

  • Menu system is okay to use, but more complex settings can be difficult to find
  • Can't use touchscreen feature to navigate menu
  • Guide Mode can explain menu settings to novice users
  • Can customize menus and remap camera controls

Design
Viewfinder
Type
Electronic
Advertised Coverage
100%
Advertised Resolution
2.36 million dots
Advertised Magnification
0.7
7.9
Design
Screen
Screen Articulation Type
Flip Out
Screen Max Brightness
880 cd/m²
Advertised Resolution
0.92 million dots
Size
3.0" (7.5 cm)
Touchscreen
Limited
Design
Sensor
Sensor Type
Exmor CMOS
Advertised Effective Pixels
24.2 MP
Processor
BIONZ X
Extended ISO Minimum
50
ISO Minimum
100
ISO Maximum
32,000
Tested Firmware
Version 1.10
9.9
Design
Battery
Battery Type
Sony NP-FZ100
USB Charging
Yes
Use When Charging
Yes
Advertised Battery Life In Photo
810 photos
Tested Battery Life In Video
145 min
6.5
Design
Lens
Lens Type
Interchangeable
Maximum Aperture
3.5 - 5.6
Max Aperture (Full Frame Equivalent)
f/5.4
Minimum Focal Length
18 mm
Maximum Focal Length
135 mm
Max Focal Length (Full Frame Equivalent)
207 mm
Luminance
77.4%
Light Falloff
44.8%
Photo
Photo
Photo Features
JPEG File Format
Yes
RAW File Format
ARW
Shutter
Electronic and Mechanical
Minimum Shutter Speed
30 s
Maximum Shutter Speed
1/4,000 s
Silent Shooting
Yes
HDR
Yes
Focus Peaking
Yes
Zebra Pattern
Yes
Histogram
Yes
Time Lapse
Yes
6.1
Photo
Shooting Speed
Low Speed Continuous
4 fps
High Speed Continuous
11 fps
Silent Shooting Continuous
8 fps
Raw Buffer Size
48 RAW Photos
JPEG Buffer Size
10,000 JPG Photos
Buffer Empty Time
34 s
8.8
Photo
Autofocus
Advertised Coverage
84%
Advertised Focus Points
425
Manual Focus Assistance
Yes
Face Detection Distance
181" (460 cm)
Eye Detection
Yes
Face Tracking Success Rate
75.8%
Object Tracking Success Rate
83.8%
8.3
Photo
Image Stabilization
In Body Image Stabilization
Yes
Minimum Shutter Speed Achieved
1/8 s
8.7
Photo
Image Quality
Dynamic Range At ISO 100
9.8 f-stops
Color Accuracy (dE2000)
6.82
JPEG SNR 18% At ISO 800
34.87 dB
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 800
1.626 pixels
JPEG SNR 18% At ISO 1600
35.04 dB
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 1600
1.579 pixels
JPEG SNR 18% At ISO 3200
32.83 dB
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 3200
1.503 pixels

ISO Setting Sample Photo
ISO 100 Photo
ISO 200 Photo
ISO 400 Photo
ISO 800 Photo
ISO 1600 Photo
ISO 3200 Photo
ISO 6400 Photo
ISO 12800 Photo
ISO 25600 Photo
ISO 51200 Photo

7.7
Photo
Luminance Noise
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 100 39.96 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 200 38.35 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 400 36.37 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 800 34.13 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 1600 31.37 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 3200 28.44 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 6400 25.3 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 12800 22.28 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 25600 18.97 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 51200 17.23 dB
Sample Gallery
Sample Gallery
The Skate Park

Format Link
JPEG Photo
RAW Photo

Sample Gallery
The Polish Church

Format Link
JPEG Photo
RAW Photo

Sample Gallery
The Studio

Format Link
JPEG Photo
RAW Photo

Sample Gallery
The Stairway

Format Link
JPEG Photo
RAW Photo

General Video
General Video
Video Feature
Full HD Video
Yes
4k Video
Yes
6k Video
No
Clean HDMI Output
Yes
Advertised Max Chroma Sampling Over HDMI
4:2:2
Advertised Max Bit Depth Over HDMI
8 bits
Log Picture Profile
Yes
Recording Light
No
General Video
Audio
Audio Test Sample
Audio Recording
Stereo
Microphone Level Display
Yes
General Video
Video Exposure Assistant
Zebra Line
Yes
Histogram
Yes
Waveform
No
General Video
Recording Format And Compression
MP4 H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
No
MP4 H.265 / HEVC
No
MOV H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
No
MOV H.265 / HEVC
No
AVCHD H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
Yes
All-I Compression
No
4k Video
7.2
4k Video
4k Frame Rate
240 fps In 4k
No
120 fps In 4k
No
60 fps In 4k
No
30 fps In 4k
Yes, with a Crop
24 fps In 4k
Yes
Crop At Max Available fps
1.22 x
8.6
4k Video
4k Video Autofocus Performance
Eye Detection In 4k
No
Face Detection In 4k
Yes
Face Tracking In 4k
9.5
Object Tracking In 4k
9.0
6.8
4k Video
4k Video Stabilization
In Body Video Image Stabilization In 4k
Yes
Walking Test In 4k
12.20 pixels/frames
Running Test In 4k
33.21 pixels/frames
Crop
1.11 x
7.9
4k Video
4k Internal Recording
Bitrate Maximum In 4k
100 Mbps
Bitrate Minimum In 4k
60 Mbps
Chroma Sampling In 4k
4:2:0
Bit Depth In 4k
8 bits
Record Time Limit N/A
Overheat Recording Interruption
No
8.1
4k Video
4k Video Quality
Low Light Capability In 4k
9.5
Test Scene Extract In 4k
9.6
4k Rolling Shutter
10.73°
Full HD Video
9.2
Full HD Video
FHD Frame Rate
240 fps In FHD
No
120 fps In FHD
Yes, with a Crop
60 fps In FHD
Yes
30 fps In FHD
Yes
24 fps In FHD
Yes
Crop At Max Available fps
1.14 x
8.7
Full HD Video
FHD Video Autofocus Performance
Eye Detection In FHD
No
Face Detection In FHD
Yes
Face Tracking In FHD
9.7
Object Tracking In FHD
9.0
7.8
Full HD Video
FHD Video Stabilization
In Body Video Image Stabilization In FHD
Yes
Walking Test In FHD
6.76 pixels/frames
Running Test In FHD
16.15 pixels/frames
Crop
1
8.3
Full HD Video
FHD Internal Recording
Bitrate Maximum In FHD
100 Mbps
Bitrate Minimum In FHD
16 Mbps
Chroma Sampling In FHD
4:2:0
Bit Depth In FHD
8
Record Time Limit N/A
7.8
Full HD Video
FHD Video Quality
Low Light Capability In FHD
9.0
Test Scene Extract In FHD
7.5
FHD Rolling Shutter
3.34°
Storage And Connectivity
Storage And Connectivity
Storage
Card 1 Slot
SD Card UHS-I
Card 2 Slot
No 2nd Card Slot
8.8
Storage And Connectivity
Input / Outputs
USB
Micro USB
HDMI
Micro (Type D)
Headphones
Yes
Microphone
Stereo
Wi-Fi
Yes
Bluetooth
Yes

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Sony α6600 comes in one color variant: 'Black'. We tested this camera with the Sony E 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens, and you can see the label for the model we tested here.

You can also purchase this camera with a SELP1650 16-50mm lens, a SEL1655G Alpha 16-55mm F2.8 G Standard Zoom APS-C lens, an SELP18105G E PZ 18-105mm F4 G OSS lens, or a 70-350mm F4.5-6.3 G OSS Super-Telephoto APS-C lens. However, we haven't tested the camera's performance with other lenses, so we can't confirm its performance. It can also be purchased without a lens at all.

If you come across another version, let us know in the discussions so we can update our review.

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