Sony A6600 Review

January 13, 2020 | Mark Goldstein |

Sony A6600 Image Quality

All of the sample images in this review were taken using the 24.2 megapixel Fine JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 7Mb.

Noise

The Sony A6600 has a standard sensitivity range of ISO 100 to 25600, expandable down to ISO 50 and up to ISO 102400.

Auto ISO operates within an ISO 100-6400 range and has selectable upper and lower limits.

Two levels of high ISO noise reduction can be selected - Normal or Low - or the processing can be disabled.

JPEG RAW

ISO 50 (100% Crop)

ISO 50 (100% Crop)

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ISO 100 (100% Crop)

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

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ISO 200 (100% Crop)

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 400 (100% Crop)

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 800 (100% Crop)

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

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ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 25600 (100% Crop)

ISO 25600 (100% Crop)

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ISO 51200 (100% Crop)

ISO 51200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 102400 (100% Crop)

ISO 102400 (100% Crop)

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File Quality

Five quality settings are available: RAW, RAW+JPEG (Extra fine, Fine and Standard JPEG compression options), JPEG Extra fine, JPEG Fine and JPEG Standard.

RAW files average around 24MB each, Extra Fine JPEGs roughly 15MB, Fine JPEGs are in the region of 7.5MB, and Standard quality JPEGs weigh in at approximately 4.5MB each.

24M Extra Fine (14.8Mb) (100% Crop) 24M Fine (7.5Mb) (100% Crop)
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24M Standard (4.78Mb) (100% Crop) 24M RAW (23.8Mb) (100% Crop)
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Long Exposures

This night-time scene was captured at f/11, ISO 100, with a 30 second exposure.

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Dynamic Range Optimizer

D-Range Optimiser (DRO) is Sony's solution to improve shadow detail in photos taken in contrasty light. There are 5 different levels and an Auto option.

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Level 1
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Level 2 Level 3
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Level 4 Level 5
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High Dynamic Range

High Dynamic Range Optimiser (HDR) is Sony's solution for capturing more contrast than a single exposure can handle by combining two exposures into one image. There are 6 different EV settings and an Auto option.

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1EV
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2EV 3EV
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4EV 5EV
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6EV
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Creative Styles

There are 13 Creative Style preset effects that you can use to change the look of your images. They can be applied to both JPEGs and Raw files.

Standard

Vivid

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Neutral

Clear

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Deep

Light

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Portrait

Landscape

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Sunset

Night Scene

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Autumn Leaves

Black & White

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Sepia

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Picture Effects

The Sony A6600 offers 8 different Picture Effects, some with additional sub-options. They can only be applied to JPEG files.

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Toy Camera

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Pop Color

Posterization

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Retro

Soft High-key

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Partial Color (Red)

High Contrast Mono

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Rich Tone Mono

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