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Sony a6600 vs a6400 vs a6100 | Which is RIGHT FOR YOU?


what’s up guys siggy here and welcome to another tech gear talk today I’m gonna compare the sony a6000 and 6,600 and see if i can help you pick which one would work best for you and what you need when you first look at these three models they look pretty similar both aesthetically and in terms of performance but there are some critical differences between the three that you need to know about before you choose so you don’t waste your money I’m gonna talk about the strengths and the weaknesses of all three cameras when it comes to photography and video and my goal with every camera comparison is to give you a detailed overview of the cameras and compare them in a way that relates to real life use I will go over some of the important specs of these cameras but I’m going to focus on sharing my actual user experience with you I have the video broken down into chapters in the description in case you want to skip around or you’re interested in one specific section

if you watch the whole video you’ll see that Sony actually removed some of the features from the flagship a 6600 even though these features are available in the lower end models alright so let’s get to the comparison I want to mention that at the time I’m making this video the a 6100 sells for five hundred ninety-eight dollars the a 6400 sells for seven hundred ninety eight dollars in the a sixty six hundred sells for eleven hundred and ninety eight dollars which is significantly more that’s why it’s important to me that you understand the differences if you’re going to spend twice as much money I want it to be because you know what you’re getting and you know that you need it so let’s get started by quickly talking about the sensor processor and performance all three cameras use the same 24 megapixel aps-c CMOS sensor and the BIONZ X processor so in general it’s unlikely that you’ll notice marked differences in terms of image quality this combination of sensor and processor on all three

cameras produced outstanding images and videos for me I’ll include tons of samples in this comparison and if you want to see even more for any particular model I’ll include links to the dedicated reviews in the description of an addition to very good image quality startup time and general menu operations are very fast for these cameras and they all felt very responsive when changing settings and when switching Beach modes now because of how I shoot one of the features that I look at with every camera that I get is continuous or burst shooting you just point the camera at the subject hold down the shutter and the camera will just keep firing now this is a nice feature if you’re photographing sports pets kids running around or any fast-moving subjects and there are two things you want to consider here first how many frames per second the camera can shoot and second how many images can the buffer hold because if it gets full the camera can’t continue to shoot at full speed now of course the more frames you have per second the more exposures you’ll have to pick from later on now all three cameras can shoot it up to 11 frames per second in burst mode with the mechanical shutter or 8 frames per second using the electronic shutter so there’s no difference there when we look at buffer memory we see that the a sixty one hundred is rated

477 jpg and 33 RAW files while the a 64 and a sixty six hundred are rated for a hundred and fifteen JPEGs and forty-six RAW images which is a big step up now it’s important for me that when we look at any feature or function in this comparison that you take a moment to consider how you actually plan on using the camera and when we see advantages in one camera or another that you take into account whether it will actually matter to you in this case when we look at 115 JPEGs versus 77 that seems like a big advantage for the a 64 and a 66 hundred but do you ever actually shoot 77 continuous frames and will this actually matter to you and there’s no right answer here has to do with what and how you shoot and whether this advantage is meaningful enough for you to spend the extra cash now before I move on to the next section if you like what you’ve seen so far let me know by giving this video a thumbs up it helps me know what kind of content you like so I can make more of it if you’re in any groups or forums and you think this video would be helpful to other members go ahead and share it and if it’s your first time here hit the subscribe and notification buttons so you can stay up to date on all the

latest gear and tutorials moving on one of the most important things for me with any tool that I use is ergonomics in terms of both handling and user experience as far as size and form factor the three cameras are quite similar the a 61 and a 6400 are virtually identical on the a 6600 is deeper and about a hundred grams heavier due to the larger grip and the in body image stabilization which I’ll get to later on now from a handling standpoint the larger grip on the a 6,600 is definitely noticeable and the camera is more comfortable to use and hold for longer periods of time and this is even more noticeable when we’re using larger lenses now another noteworthy difference about the body is that the a 64 and a sixty six hundred have a magnesium alloy body with weather-sealed buttons and dials whereas the a 6100 has a plastic body with no weather sealing so if you plan on using these cameras in conditions that may involve moisture or a lot of dust one of the higher-end models will be a better option for you as I mentioned this larger grip on the a 6600

accommodates the newer and more powerful MP fc100 battery versus the a 61 and 6400 that used the NP FW 50 battery so we’re looking at a rating over about 810 shots on the a 6600 versus 410 shots on the a 6400 and 420 shots on the a 6100 so that’s almost twice as many shots on a single charge and I think the slight advantage on the a 6100 over the a 6400 might have to do with the EVF quality which I’ll get to in a minute now when it comes to video we’re seeing about 140 to 150 minutes of recording on the a 6600 versus 70 to 75 minutes on the a 64 and the a 6100 so once again a significant improvement all three cameras do not come with battery charges but the battery can be charged in camera using a micro USB Sony it’s 20/20 it’s time to switch to USB C but let’s move on all three cameras also allow you to use the camera while they’re being charged which is a really nice feature now if you end up getting additional batteries for all three of these you’ll want to pick up an external battery charger so that you can charge those batteries while you’re using the camera all right so now let’s move on to buttons and

dials I think that if you’re buying a camera and you’re just using it with the factory setting you really missing out part of what you get when you’re buying a higher-end camera is the ability to customize it to work better for how you shoot now all three cameras use the top dial and the control wheel on the back for aperture and shutter speed but the a 61 and a 6400 have two custom buttons that you can program while the a 6600 has four of them have the advantage of these additional buttons is that you don’t need to go into the main menu or the function menu in order to get access to your most used features that also means that I can set up the a 6,600 the exact same way that I set up my a 7-3 and if that’s something that you’re interested in I’ll link to a video up in the corner and in the description one other difference on the back is that the a 64 and a 60 600 also have an auto focus manual focus and auto exposure lock toggles while the a 60 100 only has an auto exposure lock button moving on to the top of the cameras the mode dials on the a 61 and a 60 400 have the same features but the a 6600 adds a memory to slot at the cost of the sweep panorama mode it’s a bit strange but it looks like Sony

removed at the panorama feature from the flagship model even though it’s available in the two lower end models you’ll also notice that there is no built-in flash on the a 6,600 where once again the a 61 and a 6400 do have one and I know from comments in my detailed reviews that this is something that some of you are frustrated by one interesting feature in the a 64 and 66 hundred is auto white balance lock which allows you to keep the same auto white balance setting when you’re shooting in burst mode that means that if you hold the shutter down and you take ten shots they will all have the same white balance which will give you more consistent results and will be easier to edit this feature is not available on the entry-level a 6100 now the a 64 and a 6600 also have a higher shutter lifetime with a rating of 200,000 actuations versus a hundred thousand on the a 6100 and the last thing when it comes to the shutters is that the a 6600 has a larger button which is more comfortable to use now that may seem like a small thing but I really do like it better the last item I want to talk about when it comes to the body design is the EDF or

electronic viewfinder the a 64 and a 6600 have a higher-end 2.3 six million ETF and the a 6100 has an entry-level 1.4 4 million EVF the a 64 and 6600 viewfinders can also be used with higher frame rates of 100 or 120 frames per second which will lower the resolution of the viewfinders but will display movement more smoothly which is a nice feature next I want to talk about resolution frame rates and image quality from photography all tree cameras offer a 6000 by 4,000 pixel resolution and can shoot in both JPEG and RAW so you can decide just how much information you want to capture depending on what you plan on doing with these images and post-production I was extremely happy with the images that I got from ultra cameras and it would be essentially impossible for you to tell the difference the images were crisp sharp and had excellent dynamic range one difference that I wanted to point out is that while ultra cameras have an ISO range of 100 to 30 mm the a 6100 extends 250 1200 while the a 64 and a 6600 extend to a hundred and 2400 so it is possible that we could see some slight improvement in terms of ISO performance or what some people called low-light performance in my experience all three did a fantastic job in low-light and of course I can pair them with fast lenses like the Sigma 1630 and fifty six millimeter when I need additional light for video all three can

record 4k at 24 and 30 frames per second and full HD or 1080p at 24 30 60 and 120 frames per second I do want to mention that 4k 30 has a 1.2 X crop on all three of these so we’re losing a little bit of the frame now 4k footage from all three is sharp and detailed because we’re getting full sensor readout and all Teredo sample from 6k we also get great slow-motion in 1080p when we’re shooting at 120 frames per second with autofocus which is one of the features that made me get sony cameras to begin with all three also offer a video option call snq which if you’re not familiar with allows you to select frame rates ranging from one frame per second all the way up to 120 frames per second the camera will then either slow down or speed up the footage to 24 30 or 60 frames per second so if you’re using snq 120 frames per second and you watch the clip in the camera or on your computer it’s already slowed down versus shooting regular 1080p 120 frames per second which you will need to

slow down in your video editor next let’s talk about time-lapse ultry offer interval shooting which lets you have full control over your time-lapse you can drag your shutter you can get the exact results that you want once you’re done shooting you’ll need to take those individual photos and then compile a time-lapse video using software and moving on to live streaming again all three cameras offer a cleaning HDMI option so you can easily livestream with continuous autofocus and get amazing sharp video that’s always in focus another great thing is that all three cameras do not have a 30-minute recording limit for video this allows for continuous shooting for longer clips and removes the hassle of having to keep track of the length of the current clip so you don’t accidentally reach the 30 minute mark and have your camera automatically stop recording this can be super useful if you shoot very long videos or events and you don’t want to record externally now personally I got the a 6400 first so I was already used to having no limit and I expect the same on the

a 6600 but I think that having this feature on the a 6100 makes it possibly the best budget mirrorless camera for live-streaming now the last thing I wanted to mention when it comes to video options is a very important distinction and has to do with picture profiles the a 64 and a 66 hundred offer options like s log to s log 3 and hlg which allow you to record with the full dynamic range of the sensor and capture more details in the shadows and the highlights this is particularly important when you’re shooting in the conditions where there’s a significant discrepancy between the brightest and the darkest parts of your scene it’s great to be able to have more flexibility in capturing detail and then playing around with color correcting and color grading and post to get the exact look that you want alright so here’s how I break it down if you don’t plan on doing any color correcting or color grading and you want to just take the footage out of the camera and use it the a 6100 will work great if on the other hand you think that you may now or in the future wanna experiment with correcting and grading then I would opt for the a 64 or a 6600

alright next let’s talk about autofocus will will see a lot of similarities and one major difference alter II have amazing autofocus with 425 phase and 425 contrast detection points which cover about eighty four percent of the sensor for photography the autofocus is as fast and accurate as in any camera that I’ve ever used and the tracking is excellent all to reoffer possibly the best IATA focus on the market and I absolutely love it when I’m shooting portraits because I don’t have to worry about getting the focus point exactly on the subject I and I can just concentrate on framing an altar II can track eyes even when the subject is far away from the camera and if eyes are not detected they’ll revert back to face tracking ultry also offer Annamalai autofocus which is really important to me because i take a lot of photos of my dogs and traditional zone autofocus options would focus on their nose because it’s closer to the camera when looking at autofocus for photography the a 6600 cost twelve hundred bucks so I expect this type of performance but the a sixty one hundred is six hundred dollars and we’re getting the same incredible autofocus for video altar II have face tracking which works really well and I didn’t experience any of the type of hunting that I sometimes got from

the a6000 sixty three hundred and sixty five hundred all three also offer subject tracking which can be activated using the touchscreen now one significant advantage of the a sixty six hundred is that it uses the same impressive eye autofocus technology for video so in addition to face detection we’re getting real-time eye autofocus like what we see on the a7 r4 and the rx100 Mark seven and it’s always nice to have that extra level of accuracy next one of the major upgrades to the a sixty six hundred is that it offers Ibis or in body image stabilization this sensor shifting five axis stabilization is rated for up to five stops which is pretty significant it will allow you to shoot photos handheld at slower shutter speed than you’re used to and it will help eliminate some of that camera movement when you use lenses with OSS or optical steadyshot then the system uses two axis stabilization from the lens plus three of its own to

get even more accurate results and this of course brings up the price of the camera but it offers some great versatility the way I look at it I’m only paying for image stabilization once and then I can use some less expensive lenses that don’t offer stabilization and still get more stable results so like I mentioned before I can use the super affordable primes from Sigma which don’t have stabilization and then count on the a sixty six hundred to take care of that now I always think it’s important to mention that while Ibis will help with handheld video footage if you truly want stable video footage from a mirrorless camera you’ll want to use a gimbal right now my favorite one to use with these three is the G and we built s and I’ll link to review that I did for it in case you’re interested if you want something a little bit smaller gian also makes the m2 which will definitely work with the sixteen to fifty kit lens as well as something like the sigma 16 millimeter F one point for moving on let’s talk a little bit about this screen so all three have the same two point four million dot tilting LCD screen which can be tilted up for when you’re shooting from the hip or when the camera is positioned low on the ground it can also be tilted down for when the cameras above your head like if it’s on a tall tripod or if you’re shooting over a group of people and then finally the

screens can also be flipped 180 degrees to face the front for when you’re shooting video and you’re in front of the camera or for shooting selfies now all three of these cameras run into an issue when you’re trying to mount an external microphone on the hot shoe and then you try to flip the screen to face the front because the microphone blocks the screen so if you plan on using an external shotgun microphone pick up an L bracket or a cage that gives you additional mounting options you can also use something like the road wire let’s go and then clip it to the monitor or hinge mechanism and that transitions as well because the next set of features that I want to bring up have to do with audio as I mentioned all three of these have an external mic input so you can use an external microphone to get excellent audio right into the camera if you want to hear audio samples from each camera with a built-in microphone and an external microphone check out the audio section for each

detailed review with all three cameras the audio levels are always displayed on the LCD when you’re in movie mode so as you’re preparing to record or even while you’re recording you can see the levels you can also modify the audio levels during the recording which is great now one major advantage of the a 6600 is that in addition to a mic input you also get a headphone jack now this lets you easily monitor audio while you’re recording and it’s extremely helpful in identifying problems before and during recording if at all possible you should always try to monitor your audio because it’s easier to notice that you can hear a fan from the other room and then go turn it off then to have to remove the fan noise from every clip in post-production of course you can use an external preamp like the beach Tek micro Pro which is amazing and gives you the ability to monitor audio with any camera but recording straight into the camera I’m giving the a 6600 the edge okay so we talked about a lot in this video and I think all three cameras are impressive so let’s see if we can choose

the best option for you the a 6100 is of course the most budget-friendly model at five hundred and ninety eight dollars it gives us fantastic image quality great autofocus the same video frame rate and resolution options unlimited recording and a clean hdmi output at the cost of a plastic body a lower resolution EDF no picture profiles and lack of moisture and dust resistance the a 6400 which i’ve owned since its release gives us all the features of the a 6100 plus a magnesium alloy body moisture and dust resistance a higher resolution EVF excellent dynamic range with picture profiles double the shutter actuation lifetime and a couple of extra buttons and features for only $200 more and finally the a 6600 ads5 access and body image stabilization a deeper and more comfortable grip a larger battery with almost twice the rating real time I autofocus for video and a headphone jack from mono audio all for four hundred dollars more than the a sixty four hundred or twice the price of the a sixty one hundred and don’t forget we also lose the built in flash and the panorama mode so which camera is a better value and which one should you get I think that depends on your priorities and what you plan on doing with it I always say that you can’t have everything in any camera so it comes

down to what’s important to you I do my best to answer every comment and I’m happy to continue the conversation with you in the comment section if you have any questions or need help choosing I’ll put links in the description to where you can get all three cameras as well as some popular kits and accessories and whenever there are holiday specials and discounts the links will always be updated with the lowest pricing if you end up ordering anything using those links you can help support my channel for free and help me create more content for you so thank you in advance and I’ll also have links in the description to the more detailed video about each camera if you want a more in-depth review I really hope I was able to give you a good comparison between the sony a6000 4 and 6600 and i would love to hear in the comments section which option is best for you if this video was helpful please let me know by giving this video a thumbs up tweet it share it and if you’re interested in more camera reviews and tutorials join the community by hitting the

subscribe and notification buttons you can always find me on Instagram Twitter and Facebook at Tech Talk you know what I always say buy it nice or buy twice good luck and see you soon I really hope I was able to give you a good comparison between yeah the exact same way that I set up my 8 10 shots to alter II have this invite my lip while I try to speak it’s been a challenging one you think this video would be helpful to otters butters I think this so that’s almost twice as many so that’s almost that’s hard yeah I’m gonna totally mess that up I’m gonna I’m gonna have to do that a couple times at least now the a 6400 also had fail again which will lower the resolution of the which will lower the resolution of the you do i pair them up with faith but the a sixty now I just can’t do it at all alright alright alright come on come on ready

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