Today we are going to take a look at the Sony A6600 and the FUJI X-T3.
We just got back from the ally’s of Pasadena where we shot great footage of how these 2 cameras compare, and then we lost it all. It’s a shame, because it’s probably the best footage you would have ever seen on YouTube!
But we do have everything we shot on the 2 cameras, so we have all of that to look at. It’s not a total loss, but it’s certainly a kick in the pants.
The Sony A6600 can only be look at from the point of view if you took the a6000, the a6400 and the a6500 and you put them in a bag and shook them up, out would come the a6600!
It’s got the image stabilization, the focus following and itrack, and everything that all those cameras had, all in one body in the a6600!
We like the Fuji because it has all the dials and the knobs. Fuji’s always had good color- it has those really good film emulations – I really just want to see how it does when it comes to dynamic range, ISO, etc.
Image Quality Test
We love this image quality test set up we have in Pasadena, because the sun in the morning gives us this ring on our model, and then we bounce the light back at her face.
Right off the bat, let’s just say that the Sony was a little brighter out of the box. Looking at this, the color of the Fuji is rich and it is just wonderful. some of that has to do with the camera RAW conversion, because these are RAW images converted, and you can play around with that completely.
Out of the box with just a little exposure, the Fuji has made a very pretty image. The yellow has a really nice rich depth to it, and I don’t get that feeling as much with the Sony.
Both of these cameras can shoot very fast, so we don’t have it on the highest speed, but this Fuji is holding really well throughout the whole frame! If you punch in and track her eyes, there was only 1 image in the series that was not sharp.
The a6600 is also holding really well. I noticed when I was shooting that the itracking picks up her eye when she’s further away, which is nice.
Seems to me like it’s done equally well.
The Fuji definitely surprised us! Sony is often the winner in these competitions, but Fiji was right there!
Dynamic Range Test
In this test we over and under expose each camera by 4 stops and them try to bring the details back to where the images should be.
This is a very contrast situation to start off with – you have very little detail in the brick wall on the camera left side and the sky, so you don’t have many places to go.
Of course, you start to lose detail almost immediately. You’re 1 stop away from it.
We metered for the light that is falling on her, so that is where we are calling proper exposure. So the wall in the background is going to be overexposed and the shadows will be underexposed.
The wall is absolutely gone. But the color has shifted all over the place! The Sony has gone super orange and yellow really fast!
Both cameras are really struggling – the Sony is clipping on her skin, which is kinda crazy! Her skin is definitely holding better with the Fuji. Everything about the Fuji is better. There’s more color, more density, etc.
We know this about digital cameras. They don’t like to be over exposed!
Definitely don’t go over +1 stops! But at +2 the Fuji was definitely holding up better.
It looks really clean! I feel like there is less contrast overall in the Sony. The Colorcheckr colors look really nice on both of them.
Both images look good – there isn’t a lot of color shifting or anything.
If we blow this up at -3 obviously there’s more grain. Looking at the Colorcheckr, you’re seeing a lot more grain in the Fuji, whereas her skin and the Colorcheckr are much nicer on the Sony.
Sony might win out on this one, but the color on the Fuji is really nice.
Of course off the bat, Sony is a bit brighter than the Fuji.
Surprised at how close the color looks on the Colorcheckr!
Not seeing much texture that really stands out.
You start to see a little bit in the neck here.
Definitely starting to see it now in the background for sure. We are starting to lose a little bit of detail on the shadow side of her head, especially on the Fuji.
Lots of noise.
It’s starting to get pasty with the colors.
Both are just gone! The color seems a bit better on the Sony vs the Fuji.
They are head to head across the board.
Video Dynamic Range Test
Sony is now on the left and Fuji is on the right.
Sony is shooting S-Log 9, and the Fuji, we’re shooting their F-log.
This is an extremely difficult dynamic range. That wall is at least 5 stops.
They’re both still holding really well. Video wants to be overexposed – it never does well being underexposed.
I want to point out that the Sony has this weird yellow going on in her skin, especially if you look at her nose. I’m not seeing that as much with the Fuji, it has a more natural look overall. But the Sony has more of a punch in the colors.
The wall finally clips for both cameras.
The color is starting to shift to a bad place for both of them at this point.
They definitely neck in neck.
The Fuji is really de-saturated in this, while really weird colors going on in her face with the Sony though.
Sony is super noisey – Fuji is going a little green, Sony is going red.
I feel like the Fuji won this one overall, because it’s not quite as bad in the underexposure, and I like the color in it a bit better but the Sony is still pretty good.
Ergonomics & Usability
I’ve always loved the Fuji, old style feel of the buttons, apature, shutter, everything’s on top, it’s accessible – so it just has a vintage feel about it.
It might be a matter of taste though, because Sony is a bit more modern. I also like that the Sony has E mount, which gives you a lot of flexibility and options.
The a6600 is really small, so definitely hold it and see how it feels in your hands before purchasing. The grip is more robust than it used to be!
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Keep those cameras rolling and keep on clickin!
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