Sony a6600 | Is it THE BEST APS-C Mirrorless Camera?

– What is up, check this
out, a6600 from Sony. Let’s go over the basics,
ABSC, 24.2 megapixel sensor. Let’s zoom in that overhead camera, 5-axis Steady Shot inside. IBIS in here, microphone
and headphone jack and of course, we’re shooting 4K. Now I keep hearing some mixed
things, (box clicks) ow! That cut my finger! Oh my God, this box cut me already. I didn’t realize this was
gonna be such a hazardous task. But let’s crack this open here, got some literatures, it
does not come with a CD so that’s always good. I gotta take this off
though, it’s just too echo-y. Here we are, first thing I’m noticing is this battery grip right here, it’s definitely beefier,
easier to grab onto. This looks like a new battery
pack, 16.4 watt-hours, so that’s an improvement. This must be why the grip’s bigger, huh? An alternate eyepiece and it looks like they just give you a USB cable and an AC adapter to charge this, so I think I’m gonna have to buy the charging unit separately ’cause I don’t always
wanna plug in the camera to charge these batteries, and then the lens, let’s take a look. All right, so we got an 18-135 F3.5-5.6 and it looks like he
has Optical SteadyShot so if I combine this lens with this camera I should get stabilization in the lens and again on the IBIS on this body. I will take all the
stabilization I can get. You got an APS-C size
sensor, but I think that also kinda helps manage the
size of the camera itself because once you go full
frame, not only are you talking about a slightly bigger body,
but also a much bigger lens. This definitely feels like
a very manageable size, I wouldn’t mind carrying
this around all day. Now the main reason why
I really want this a6600 is because it doesn’t have
that 30 minute record limit like my EOS R does and actually a majority
of mirrorless cameras. Once you hit 30 minutes or
even sometimes less than that, it cuts on it’s own. Now that’s really gonna
come into play this weekend, because I wanted to help my
friends film their wedding so I just plan on throwing this camera up and hitting that record button on a tripod and then just walking away. In most cases I wouldn’t mind just walking over to the camera and hitting cut and
then restarting the clip every 30 minutes or so, but
in this case, I really can’t ’cause I’m officiating the wedding. No it’s true, I’m legit, look at this. “This individual is official
ministerial business,” what? What is this, a parking pass? Oh yeah, I can park wherever, (car honks). Like look at this,
certificate of marriage, all I gotta do is put your full name there and I’ll pick one of your
random friends to put in there and just (exhales) married! Anyways, let’s get over
to New York, (exhales). You may now kiss the bride. (audience clapping) Now I did get a little
bit worried at a point, because where I planted this
camera, I didn’t realize, it’s actually very warm
in that second floor, but then I started
worrying about overheating because Sonys tend to overheat. So I was like, “(groans)
Should I record in 4K, “maybe I should just
leave it in HD, I dunno,” but I just went with 4K 24
anyways, I hit the record button and I actually left this
monitor out like that, just to kind of help dissipate
the heat a little bit. I hit record, I stepped away
for about an hour and a half and when I came back, I
had my fingers crossed, I’m like, “Please still be on,” and it was, it was still on
and it was still recording so (sighs) thank you, (kisses). ‘Cause this was really
the only camera that was officially recording the whole thing, but anyways, ah, it’s frickin’ cold, let’s just go back to California, it’s too cold out here, whew! One of the things that really
gives the a6600 the edge over the a6400, which
is a little bit cheaper, is the built in IBIS, so the sensor actually
moves as the camera moves, reducing the camera shake. I’ve got the Tamron
28-75 on here right now, so the lens is not doing
any of the stabilization, it’s all here in the sensor, and if I’m holding it steady as a handheld and we look at the shots side by side, there’s definitely a difference, especially once you get into 50mm, without any sort of stabilization,
I don’t really think that footage is usable,
I really would say, “Put it on a gimbal,
or put it on a tripod,” 50mm on here is equivalent
to like a 75 mm full frame, so that’s pretty tight. But once you turn on the IBIS, I definitely think that footage
becomes much more acceptable especially in that tighter focal length. So I don’t think it’s like,
game changing stabilization, but it’s definitely nice to have, I like having that in here. But of course there’s nothing better than actually getting the
camera nice and stable using a gimbal. So for any sort of slow motion we’re gonna have to ditch
the 4K and go into full HD and for super slow motion we can shoot 120p and get
100 megabits per second. There’s a slight crop in at 120p, but it’s a pretty minimal crop, so you might not even notice it, but I definitely love having this 120 frame per second option. Pretty sweet, huh? – Hell yeah. – Yeah, but the way this is Elysian Park, is what this place is called, so if you’re ever in town. Yeah Dodger Stadium’s just
right on the other side of this hill, so, especially
if you come to a Dodgers Game. Pretty cool spot. – Nice to meet you, I ran into, – [Gene] Hi, what’s your name? – Ariel. – [Gene] Ariel, nice to meet you guys. – Yeah so, I was looking up Gladiators and then I stumbled upon your video, and now here you are at the swing. – What do you think of the Gladiator? – The Gladiator? – [Gene] Is it cool or does
it look like a Lego car? – It looks, I think it
looks like a Lego car. – To me it’s as sexy as,
a truck, has to have, – Sorry dude, I’m gonna
have to ask you to leave. (men laughing) – [Gene] Yes, Gladiator! (claps) Yeah! – So you wouldn’t get the
Cybertruck, the Tesla Cybertruck? – Oh that one, that one’s different. – [Gene] Wait, you want the Cybertruck? – [Man In Sunglasses] Now
imagine the Cybertruck, – I would rather get
the Cybertruck than this (Gene laughing) (“Jeopardy” theme) – And if you love slow-mo,
this is a must have. I’m in video mode, but I
can just switch that over to S&Q, and then all of a
sudden I jump into 120p, or whatever you set the
slow-mo frame rate to. One weird issue that I
kept having with the a6400 and the a73, is that if you
use the picture profile S-Log2, the autofocus would become really bad for some reason so that’s one of the reasons
why I would avoid S-Log2 but on this camera, even
if I shoot in S-Log2, the autofocus seems to be just as good as if I were shooting in
the other picture profile so that’s great. Now one of my favorite
things about this, (groans) oh man, this lighting’s harsh. Should we use that new
Scrim Jim thing we got? That’s a little bit better, huh? Okay, pull it out real quick. Without, oh yeah, it definitely helps. So this is three quarters diffusion, but I also just bought this. This is one and a quarter
stops of diffusion, so this should be thicker and should soften things up real nice. One and a quarter stops, all you need is a sheet of diffusion, this frame, and Sam to hold it all day. – Yeah, what? – Wait, if I do a walk in,
I’m gonna be in the sun for, you’re gonna have to follow me. And action! Now the more I use this camera, the more I like it. Hey that was pretty good, man. First of all, I’ve ran this camera for hours and hours straight and it hasn’t overheated on me yet, so Sony definitely put some
effort into improving that. But I did wanna see what it
would take to overheat it, so I put it in an incubator,
set it to 38 degrees Celsius, which is just over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, and while recording 4K at
100 megabits per second it overheated just after 30 minutes. So yeah, it can overheat, but it’s definitely an improvement. And also, using this battery? Love this, this is a
16.4 watt-hour battery, so pretty significant upgrade here and in 4K, with the screen
on, I can record non-stop for three hours and 18
minutes on one battery before the battery dies. Three hours and 18 minutes on one battery, I mean that’s a huge
upgrade from the a6400. And I also used this camera to try to record my 24 hour straight vlog, so I literally woke up in the morning, hit record and tried to vlog with it for a straight 24 hours. And this was kind of the
perfect camera for that because it doesn’t have that
30 minute record time limit and also with a pretty good
battery life on its own, but you can also charge
it through the micro USB while it’s on and recording. So I basically attached
the battery pack onto here, plugged it into USB, and
I was able to literally keep this camera recording all day. Now it did cut once on me, which is at 13 hours
and one minute, it cut. I did another test with it, it turns out 13 hours and one minute is the record time limit on this camera, so it’s not no record time limit, it’s 13 hours and one minute, but I don’t think it’s very often that you wanna record 13 hours straight. You’re probably gonna have to switch out the memory card before that. The only reason why I was
able to record that much onto one memory card, was
because I was recording in the lowest possible
resolution on this camera. How’re you doin’ Sam? – Whew, I found my happy place, I’m just going through the motions. – [Gene] Is it a little, is
it getting a little heavy? – Ah, I feel no pain. – Okay good, cool, ’cause we’re about halfway
through, don’t worry. Now of course this has the flip up screen, which is not as good as the
flip out screen in my opinion, but at least if you’re in vlog mode, you can use it, but the hot shoe is
right here on top of it, so if you put a mic on the hot shoe, with the screen up, that’s
basically gonna block it, so I did get this cage for this camera, this is a small rig cage, and this gives you an extra cold shoe over here on the right, but also another one
right here on the side, so there’s two options
to put your microphones if you decide to vlog, so it doesn’t get in
the way of your screen. Now my buddy Tyrell has
this same type of setup and he actually utilizes both cold shoes, because he has this Rode
VideoMic wireless thing, I forget what it’s called. The wireless Rode mic, but he uses this cold
shoe for the receiver, and this one for the microphone, ’cause there’s a microphone
actually built into here, but then you can always pop it off and use it as a lav, so I thought that was a pretty good idea. Actually Tyrell’s had this
camera for a little while, maybe I’ll go ask him how
he likes it, let’s go. Sam you can, you can,
you can put it down now. – [Sam] Oh thank God. I can’t put my arms down. (Gene laughing) Tyrell, what’s up? – Hey man, how’s it goin’? – Good man, hey, you have an a6600, right? – As a matter of fact I do right here. – My main reason for
buyin’ this was probably that no record limit. – Yeah, my a73’s and my a7R3 both have 30 minute record limits, and I don’t have to
worry about that anymore, so that’s great. – And the new battery on
this thing’s great, huh? – Sony did somethin’
right with the batteries, and since they, all of my
cameras take the same battery, it’s amazing. It, like one or two can
last me the entire day. – Now if people were
wondering, like, “Hey, “should I buy the a6400 or a6600, “would you say it’s worth the
extra money for the a6600?” – I just opted to take the
6600 because it has IBIS and it takes the bigger battery that you don’t need to
carry multiple ones of. The 6400 doesn’t have those things, so I feel like it’s a
little bit of a negative that I didn’t wanna have to deal with. – One thing I do like about the a6600 is that there’s a whole bunch of lenses that cover APS-C size sensors only, and you could take advantage of that by getting some lenses that
are smaller and more powerful, but of course it only covers APS-C, so there’s that downside,
you can’t use that same lens on full frame, but if you kind of invest into
the APS-C size sensor world by getting the lenses for APS-C, like, you could get it to be pretty powerful. – No, I definitely agree,
and there’s nothing wrong with the quality of APS-C
cameras and lenses either, so it’s definitely a really
good quality light camera for, that’s smaller, that
works with smaller lenses. You won’t have as much bulk in the end. – Now Sony’s always been
good with low light, and this is no exception. So at ISO 500, super clean. Then we jump up to 2000, and
it still looks pretty clean, but if you look really
really close at ISO 500, you can get a tad bit
more detail in the fur. ISO 6400 is kind of like my cap that I usually try to stay under. ISO 12,800, I mean, I only go
up there when I’m desperate, but here it looks okay enough, if you look at this next to the ISO 500 you definitely notice
significantly less detail, but still, it’s not bad for what it is. ISO 25,600, everything’s
just kind of (gibbers). Generally speaking, as long as
you have a fairly fast lens, you never really have to go that high. Even if you’re in a dark parking lot. My full frame Canon EOS R
that I’m filming on right now, I’ve always considered this to be a really good low light camera, but I think the a6600 is even better. Lookin’ at ISO 2000 footage, there’s definitely a bit
more noise in the shadows of the EOS R here, and goin’ up to 12,800, I’d say they’re actually really close. The a6600 looks better in some cases, but then down here, we’re
getting a little bit more detail in the fur with the EOS R, so it kinda goes back and forth, at which one gets more detail, and at 25,600 is where I would say the EOS R completely, just falls apart. The a6600 at, it doesn’t look amazing, but for 25,600 ISO, it actually looks pretty amazing. Usually when I’m trying to decide between a Canon and a Sony, I’ve been in the past
goin’ with the Canon, primarily because I like the
way their colors are handled, I feel like I’m able to get
richer colors out of Canon. That’s not saying it’s better colors, but it’s just my personal preference with my style of shooting. But I’m just kind of flipping through different colored lights to kind of see how skin tones are handled under different lighting conditions. It’s kind of tricky, in some colors I definitely think the Canon looks better, and in some colors I think the
Sony actually looks better. In general I would still
prefer the Canon colors’ look, but Sony’s been really
putting in some work in their colors, so it’s actually
lookin’ really dang good. Keep in mind that the EOS
R isn’t shooting in 4K just in HD, that’s usually
the setting I shoot in, because with the EOS R you have to crop in if you wanna get 4K. But man, look how sharp this a6600 is. You could zoom way into this thing, and just see all the detail. And of course with Sonys, you have the whole
lineup of color profiles, you have no Picture Profile. My favorite to shoot in is actually HLG, I generally do HLG2, and
then I apply my LUTs, link in description. Specifically designed for the a6400, but they apply pretty much
the same to the a6600. Anyways, let’s start wrappin’ this up. Now when this camera was first announced, it was priced at 1390
or basically 1400 bucks which definitely seemed a little bit high considering that, you know,
the a73 is not that much more, but now it’s dropped down
to under 1200 dollars. I definitely think that
price is justified, because this does feel much
more like a professional camera, we got a headphone
jack, we got a mic jack. That really good battery life,
and oh oh, check this out. I have an external monitor plugged into it through the HDMI, and I can still record, and I still have this display that’s usable back here,
’cause some cameras when you plug it into HDMI out, this screen back here turns off. And also, I maintain, I
autofocus, and all that still while recording in 4K, with
the external monitor attached, and all that, so that is good news. And it’s also an E-mount, so if you have an E-mount
lens collection already that can just slap straight on to here, but I really like the
lenses that are designed specifically for APS-C size sensors. It’s gonna really utilize
the capabilities of a lens when you get a lens specifically
for a smaller sensor and they’re a fraction of the cost, and it is technically
an APS-C size sensor, but APS-C is kind of a range of sizes, and this is definitely on
the larger end of APS-C. We’re dealing with a
crop factor of about 1.5 rather than 1.6, so that
can make a difference. And just using this camera pretty heavily for the last couple weeks, I just really like this camera, because it just didn’t feel like there were that many shortcomings. All the features I was expecting
out of the camera are there and they work pretty much
as well as I expected. Of course Sony’s menu
system can be notorious for being complicated, but
first thing you should do when you get this camera, is go and custom build your favorite items and put it all in that one screen so you never have to leave
that one menu screen, everything is right there. This might very well be
my favorite APS-C camera as of right now. The a6600 with a small rig cage and two lenses I would
probably personally get first is this 10-18 for vlogging and also the 16-55 F2.8 is a pretty solid kit to have with this. The lens that came with it was the 18-135, and it’s
nothing special of a lens, but the image stabilization’s really good. The zoom range is awesome. It’s really not a bad starter lens. I think the biggest
competitor to the a6600 is this Canon M6 mark ii, which is a bit of a less expensive camera, but this is also a very impressive one. I’m honestly on the fence. I always heavily lean towards Canon because I always like the way
their images look naturally, but the a6600 feels like
there’s just less limitations. And another thing, Canon was always great at not overheating and
Sonys always overheated, but here, it’s kind of vice versa now. I don’t know, should I switch to Sony, oh. I think what I’m gonna have to do is shoot these side by side
and make a little split screen and ask you guys which
camera you like better without telling you which camera is which. But that is something
we’re gonna have to save for another video, but
overall a6600, really solid. I’m genuinely impressed. Anyways, let’s wrap this up
by reading a few comments from my last video, which was all about the GoPro Hero 8 versus a
119 dollar knockoff version of the GoPro. Christopher says, “Is this a GoPro ad? “The other one looks
like cell phone footage “from 10 years ago,” (laughs). I mean GoPro’s really done a great job making a small camera and
small sensor look pretty good. I think a big reason why we’re
so afraid of smaller sensors is because we’ve known them in the past to be so bad and limiting, but they’re getting so much better now. “This seems nifty in
its own way, but really, “there’s a peace of mind
that comes with sticking “to the legit brand, even if
it’s a bit more expensive.” Yeah, I mean when it comes to cameras, I get messages from all kinds of unknown camera manufacturers, and they almost always disappoint, so that’s why I usually
stick to the name brands, Sony, Canon, Fuji, Nikon, those big guys. Like even if it comes with a warranty, you never know, that camera company might just shut down one day. “Seems like the Insta360
One R is the only camera “that came out recently that
can compete with the GoPro.” I would agree with that. “I’m still happy with my GoPro Hero 5. “I use it almost every day as
a dash cam and helmet cam.” The Hero 5, not a bad camera. I literally just bought one
after I saw how inexpensive you could get one for. Where is it? I think I got it for like 139 bucks. I plan on just keeping it
in my Jeep at all times, so whenever I wanna do a little bit of vlogging inside the car, I can always just reach over, hit it, oh, (scoffs) it’s right here, literally right in front of me, I just bought this, (laughs). The stabilization on the 5 isn’t as good as on the 6, 7 or 8, but I plan on just, kind of mounting this on my
windshield with a suction cup and just leaving it there, so I don’t think I need that
much stabilization anyways, so pretty good buy I think. “Maybe you could just get some more “sleep for your eye bags.” Yeah I’m always struggling
with tryin’ to make my eye bags not so bad,
how is it right now? Zoom in, how’s it look, is it bad? It’s always bad man, when did I have it? I slept a decent, I think
I slept like, six hours? That’s, that’s not terrible, right, yeah. Anyways, let’s call it a wrap, I’ll see you guys later. See ya! (lo-fi hip hop music)

36 thoughts on “Sony a6600 | Is it THE BEST APS-C Mirrorless Camera?

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  3. I JUST bought one…I love it! It's like a mini A7iii. Maybe even better in some instances. I was literally one click from buying the bmpcc4k but decided to so a bit more research. I think that camera just has too many cons for my line of work, the a6600 just fits so much better!

  4. I hope this will help me decide in between this Sony and the Fujifilm X-T4. So, back to video, canโ€™t wait…

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