Sony A6600: The New APS-C Flagship
Sony has recently announced the A6600 alongside the a6100, to be the new APS-C titan in the Alpha series. The A6600 is their new and improved crop sensor flagship, boasting some completely new features alongside some massive improvements over its previous models, overall this is bound to be a compelling option to many professional photographers and videographers alike.
Like the rest of the Alpha series, the A6600 is no different. The camera has a 24.2 MP Exmor CMOS sensor that is good for producing sharp image quality while also being highly light sensitive. With ISO going from 100-32000 and still expandable to 102400 it can be seen that the camera is well equipped for low light conditions. The new sensors incorporate a unique design that makes use of thin copper wiring in order to help with noise reduction. The BIONZ X image processor gives you a maximum continuous shooting rate of 11 fps alongside AF and AE. It also gives you the power to shoot video in 16 bit while giving 14 bit raw images for smoother contrast and tones.
The Sony A6600 is well built for professional video recording. You can record UHD 4K video on many different frame rates up to a maximum of 30 fps. Thanks to the Super 35mm recording area you get a 6K recording resolution. This oversampled resolution means your video is sharper and detail-rich than ever, due to no pixel binning occurring. Other resolutions include Full HD 1080p, at resolutions going up to 120 fps for brilliant slow-motion video up to 4x 5x slower with frame rates of 24p or 30p. A welcome feature in the A6600 is that it has no recording time limit. So you can record for as long as you like. With the external HDMI connection, you can make use of an external recorder for recording 4K video with a 4:2:2 sampling rate.
The Sony A6600 has an impressive autofocus system. The 4D focus system which covers the entire sensor area comprises of 425 phase-detection points and 425 contrast-detection points. The autofocus has a speed of 0.02 seconds and Sony calls this the fastest in the world. There are features like real-time Eye AF so you can focus on the subjects eye for optimal focus in portraits. Other functions include Lock-on AF that keeps your focus on a moving subject throughout the entire frame. The camera also has High-density tracking AF system which helps to keep the focus on the subject in a variety of conditions. Also included is a manual focusing peaking system to allow you to accurately focus while in manual mode.