Sony a6600 is the company’s newest flagship in their APS-C range of mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. It is a successor to the a6500 and gets numerous evolutionary upgrades and some all-new features. A particularly noteworthy change, that is quite uncommon to this segment, is a new battery that more than doubles its battery life over the a6500.
Announced on August 28th, the a6600 will be available in 2 variants (body only & 18-135 lens kit) and will start shipping in November.
Sony a6600 vs a6500 (What’s New)
The a6600 get numerous improvements over the a6500, many of which are evolutionary but also a few new features. Here’s a listing of many of the notable changes that have been made.
- a6600 gets the Latest BIONZ X processor with a 1.8x processing speed improvement
- It gets a bigger grip for better ergonomics
- The new grip houses Sony’s bigger Z battery which improves the battery life by 2.2x times.
- Sony’s new 0.02 sec AF speed (vs 0.05 AF speed on a6500)
- Stills: Real-time Eye AF for people/animals
- Stills: Real-time Tracking
- More AF points: 425 phase-detection & 425 contrast-detection AF points (vs 425 phase & 169 contrast detection AF points)
- Video: Real-time Eye AF / Tracking for movies
- 4K HDR movie recording (vs 4K without HDR)
- No limits on continuous video recording time (vs limited to approx. 29 mins)
- Interval shooting for time-lapse video
- a6600 has a headphone jack (vs no headphone port)
- Tilting LCD tilts up 180 degrees and down 74 degrees (vs up 90° & down 45° on the a6500)
- a6600 loses the flash (vs a6500 has a pop-up flash)
Things to Remember about the a6600
These are a few things to note when considering the a6600.
- Sony a6100 has no headphone jack
- Its touchscreen doesn’t work for menus & navigation
- The LCD screen tilts vertically, not sideways
- The memory card slot is UHS-I compatible
Key Specs / Features
- Processor: BIONZ X
- Lens: Sony E-mount
- Pixels: 24.2 Megapixels
- Type: CMOS
- Size: APS-C
- Auto ISO: 100 - 6400
- Native ISO: 100 - 32000
- Extended ISO: 50 - 102400
- Fastest: 1/4000 Sec
- Slowest: 30 Sec
- AF Points: 425
- Speed: Up to 11 FPS
- 4K UHD: Up to 30 FPS
- Full HD: Up to 120 FPS
- Images: Up to 810 Shots *
- Video: Up to 250 mins *
- Screen: 2.95" with 0.92 m-dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
- Viewfinder: 0.39" with 2.36 m-dot OLED EVF
- IBIS: 5-Axis Stabilization
- Wireless: WiFi / Bluetooth / NFC
- HDMI (micro)
- USB (Micro-B)
- Headphone (Stereo Mini)
- Microphone (Stereo Mini)
Sony A6600 review
if you want Sony’s steadily refined photo and movie quality coupled with industry-leading autofocus in the smallest body with the longest battery in the business, then the A6600 is for you.
Sony A6600 review: A sublime little mirrorless camera
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Sony A6600 review: A rare misstep for Sony's cameras
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Sony a6600 Review & Rating
Sony brings its class-leading autofocus tech and big Z battery to its a6600 APS-C camera, but we wish there were improvements in other areas too.
Review: Sony a6600 (The 'Lil a9 II with Problems They Refuse to Fix)
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Hands on: Sony A6600 first look Review
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Sony A6600 Review - First Impressions
Having spent a small amount of time with both the a6100 and the a6600, we can already see that image quality looks very promising. Detail looks good, while colour rendition is warm, vibrant but remains realistic. Some good promises have been made to the quality of skin tone rendition, and again initial impressions seem very good on this front.