A 24.2MP sensor sits at the heart of the new Sony A6600. It’s the same sensor as the one in the Sony A6400 and the Sony A6100, which was the entry-level model announced at the same time as this camera. There’s also the same Bionz X processor as found in the full-frame A9 II, and this helps to enable an impressive burst speed of 11fps, again in the A6400.
And the similarities don’t end there. Another like-for-like spec is the 0.39-inch, 2.36 million-dot viewfinder, which is joined by a 3-inch tilting touch-sensitive screen. A hybrid autofocus system boasting 425 phase- and contrast-detection points, which cover 84% of the scene, is another shared spec. 4K video, up to 30fps, with full pixel readout and no pixel binning, is also present across both the A6400 and the A6600, as well as the A6100.
There have also been a few tweaks when it comes to build and handling, which we’ll cover in the next section, while the new battery in the A6600 boosts the battery life to an impressive 720 shots per charge. There’s also a headphone socket, which is likely to come in handy for video shooters.
Sony is a real pioneer when it comes to camera technology, bringing us many innovations over the past decade. Frustratingly, though, in the case of the Sony A6000 series, it’s chosen to continue housing that tech in a body that’s feeling more and more outdated as the years tick by.
As we’ve seen with all the other cameras in the line, the A6600 uses a flat design, with the viewfinder over to the left. Compared to other APS-C models, such as the Fujifilm X-T3, Nikon Z50 and Canon EOS M50, it’s quite a big differentiator and in our opinion, not for the better. One plus point is the addition of a deeper grip compared to the one of the A6400, which houses the larger battery for impressive stamina.
One area where Sony excels is sports and action photography, with its class-leading A9 II full-frame camera in particular earning plaudits.
Naturally, what’s on offer here isn’t quite as dazzling, but the A6600 does offer a lot for the enthusiast or amateur with a penchant for photographing moving subjects. The camera can muster 11fps, or 8fps if you wish to shoot silently. There’s a buffer capacity of 116 shots in JPEG, or 46 in raw – so you should find that short bursts for capturing fast-moving action are easily achievable.
After you’ve captured a burst, you’ll see a display on screen indicating that the images are being processed; it’s disappointing not to have UHS-II card compatibility here to speed up that process, as you can be left waiting a while if you’ve held down the shutter for a few seconds.