Sony APS-C A6600 Camera Review

A6600 SEL 1655 GSEL 1655 G

Sony Electronics Strengthens APS-C Mirrorless Line-up with Launch of A6600 New Camera towards the end of 2019. The Alpha 6600 come with in-body Image Stabilization and Enhanced Battery Life. The A6600 bring many of Sony’s most advanced imaging technologies into compact, lightweight APS-C bodies.

These new APS-C cameras provide excellent image quality in a compact package, with the ability to take full advantage of Sony’s growing lineup of 50 plus different E-mount lenses.

The new Alpha 6600 include a 24.2MP[i] Exmor(TM) CMOS image sensor, the latest BIONZ X(TM) image processor, and a front-end LSI implemented in Sony’s full-frame cameras. This powerful trio combine to deliver all-around enhancements in image quality and performance across all areas of photo and video capture.

The Alpha 6600 offer a lightning-fast autofocus acquisition time of 0.02 seconds. With 425 focal-plane phase-detection autofocus (AF) points covering approximately 84 percent of the image area and 425 contrast-detection AF points, the high density and wide coverage of the AF system ensure reliable AF, even in the most challenging light conditions.

A6600 benefit from Sony’s ‘Real-time Tracking’ which utilizes Sony’s latest algorithm with Artificial Intelligence-based object recognition to ensure that subjects can be captured with excellent accuracy, even via the touch panel on the rear screen. In addition, the new models offer ‘Real-time Eye AF’, the latest version of Sony’s acclaimed Eye AF technology. Real-time Eye AF employs AI-based object recognition to detect and process eye data in real time, resulting in improved accuracy, speed and tracking performance of Eye AF for both humans and animals, and it allows the photographer to concentrate exclusively on composition. The Alpha 6600 also offers Real Time Eye AF in video. When activated, the eye of a subject is automatically tracked with high precision and reliability, allowing the shooter to focus on the content itself as opposed to what is in focus or not.

Additionally, A6600 camera can shoot high-quality 4K video, and include a microphone jack and flip screen that allows for easy framing and shooting of vlog-style content. The Alpha 6600 also features a headphone jack to monitor audio.

An Eye for Detail

Based upon feedback from users of existing Sony APS-C camera users, Sony has added features to the Alpha 6600 to fine tune the user experience. These include:

Improved color reproduction; algorithms inherited from full-frame models deliver natural color reproduction, particularly in skin tones

Hi-resolution internal 4K movie recording with full-pixel readout without pixel binning in Super 35mm format with easy smartphone transfers via the Imaging Edge(TM) Mobile application

Interval shooting for stunning time-lapse videos

180-degree tiltable, 3.0-type 921k-dot (approx.) LCD touch screen

Integrated Microphone input for clear and crisp audio on video recordings

Alpha 6600

Across an ISO range of 100-32000 (expandable to ISO 50 – 102400[ix]), the new Alpha 6600 offers superb low-noise performance and delivers extremely high-quality images, even in low-light conditions. By applying noise reduction and sharpness processing optimally in each area, Area-specific Noise Reduction and Detail Reproduction Technology greatly reduce noise while preserving high resolution. This contributes to fine reproduction of subject textures and shadow details.

The Alpha 6600 features many of the technology breakthroughs that are attracting praise on Sony’s high-end full-frame cameras. These include:

Sony’s innovative 5-axis in-body image stabilization system that results in a 5.0-step[x] shutter speed advantage

Implementation of the industry-leading long battery life with Sony Z Battery for the first time on an APS-C camera, enabling extended power performance; approx. 720 still images using viewfinder, approx. 810 images using LCD monitor

A tough magnesium alloy design that is dust and moisture resistant

Real-time Eye AF for movie shooting[xiv]; when activated, the eye of a subject is automatically tracked with high precision and reliability, allowing the shooter to focus on the content itself as opposed to what is in focus or not in focus. Touch Tracking functionality will also automatically initiate Eye AF when a human subject is selected

Integrated headphone jack which allows the user to connect high-quality headphones for accurate monitoring of recorded sound

4K Recording

The Alpha 6600 and Alpha 6100 boasts internal 4K movie recording in Super 35mm format with full pixel readout without pixel binning, to enable them to capture approximately 2.4x[xv] the amount of information required for 4K movies. This oversampling results in stunning footage, delivered in the XAVC S(TM) format with unparalleled resolution. The Alpha 6600 also equips an HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma)[xvi] picture profile that supports an instant HDR workflow. Recorded movies played back on an HDR (HLG) compatible TV will appear true-to-life, with no blocked shadows or blown highlights, and without the need for color grading. For users who want to color grade their footage in post-production, S-Log3 and S-Log2 Gamma profiles are provided.

What we liked about the A6600:

1-Reasonable pricing of S$1999 for its advanced feature

2-Light, compact yet solid build

3-Many lens option

4-High resolution 4K Video recording

5-Large battery, 720 shots

6-180-degree tiltable, 3.0-type 921k-dot (approx.) LCD touch screen

7-Integrated Microphone input for clear and crisp audio on video recordings

8-Real-time Tracking and Real-time Eye AF, to detect and hold onto moving subjects

LENS COMPATIBILITY
Sony E-mount lenses

ISO SENSITIVITY (RECOMMENDED EXPOSURE INDEX)
AUTO (ISO 100-6400, selectable lower limit and upper limit), Movies: ISO 100-32000 equivalent, AUTO (ISO 100-6400, selectable lower limit and upper limit), Still images: ISO 100-32000 ((ISO numbers up from ISO 50 to ISO 102400 can be set as expanded ISO range.),

VIEWFINDER TYPE
1.0 cm (0.39 type) electronic viewfinder (color)
MONITOR TYPE
7.5cm (3.0-type) wide type TFT

24.2-megapixel11 APS-C Exmor™ CMOS image sensor

α6600 premium E-mount APS-C camera
ILCE-6600 Body Only S$ 1,999
(inclusive of GST)

E 16-55MM F2.8 G LENS
Full Specifications & Features
SEL1655G  S$ 1,799.00

SEL 1655 G

Fast constant F2.8 zoom
Sony’s first 16-55 mm (24-82.5 mm full-frame equiv.) APS-C zoom with a constant F2.8 aperture is compact while offering performance befitting the G Lens series. A new optical design delivers excellent corner-to-corner resolution, and beautiful bokeh is available when needed. It is compact, lightweight, and ideal for a wide range of subjects.

Excellent G Lens resolution
Two AA (advanced aspherical) and two aspherical elements suppress aberration for outstanding corner-to-corner G Lens resolution, while three ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements reduce color bleeding to a minimum. You get sharp, clear detail and natural colour throughout the zoom range at any focusing distance.

Smooth, beautiful bokeh
Spherical aberration has a large effect on bokeh quality, and is precisely controlled to deliver smooth, attractive bokeh in out-of-focus areas. A 9-blade circular aperture also contributes to this lens’s beautiful bokeh. Sharp in-focus detail contrasts with luscious background bokeh for deep, impressive imagery.

Crisp contrast
Sony’s original Nano AR Coating creates a precise, regular nanostructure on lens surfaces that does not interfere with light transmission while suppressing reflections that can cause flare and ghosting. Internal reflections are reduced to an absolute minimum, achieving outstanding clarity and contrast. (1. Nano AR Coating / 2.Glass / 3.Transmitted light)

Fast, precise AF and tracking
The same type of Sony’s advanced XD (eXtreme Dynamic) linear motor used in G Master series lenses is employed in this lens. The XD Linear Motor fully utilises the speed potential of the camera body, focusing on and tracking even fast-moving subjects with outstanding speed and precision.

Dust and moisture resistant
A dust and moisture resistant design3 provides the reliability needed for outdoor use in challenging conditions.

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