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Sony A6700 review: Compact shooting

Sony A6700 review: Compact shooting

Sony A6700

With a compact form factor, the APS-C mirrorless Sony A6700 is a pretty good camera for both stills and video. The smaller size makes it easy to carry around, and you can use your E-mount lenses with it. It's a great backup or travel camera, especially when you don't want to lug your bigger full-frame mirrorless around.

Quick specs

  • 122.0 x 69.0 x 75.1mm
  • APS-C Exmor R CMOS sensor, 26MP (still), 19.9MP (video)
  • Uses SD memory card (UHS-I/II)
  • 1cm viewfinder (XGA OLED) and 3-inch TFT display

Despite its small size, the A6700 packs fairly good specs. It has a 26MP BSI sensor with Sony's Bionz XR image processing engine. It goes from ISO 100 to ISO 32,000, though I wouldn't go more than ISO 1,600 where possible. You can go probably up to ISO 6,400 for low-light, though. I brought it with me on a recent trip to Phuket, and the camera was easy to use in Auto mode. Of course, I preferred shooting in Manual whenever possible, and it did take some time to get used to its button layout. Due to its compact size, Sony placed the shooting modes and mode dials on top of each other, with the Shutter dial to the right.

Sony A6700
Credit: Aloysius Low/Can Buy or Not

Because I'm so used to my Sony A7III's layout, I would accidentally flick the shooting mode while trying to adjust my shutter. That went away after about two hours once I adjusted, though. Another thing limited by its size is that it only has one SD card slot. That said, I do like that the A6700 now has a front dial to adjust the aperture. This was missing in the A6600. I'm not used to the EVF being so far to the left, and if you're a left-eye shooter, your nose will probably end up touching the LCD most of the time. The flip-out display can flip out, and rotate around, letting you shoot selfie vlogs.

Sony A6700
Credit: Aloysius Low/Can Buy or Not

Still image quality is good, with nice tones, and colors. The auto-focusing is pretty on point, and there's also subject recognition for human, animals, trains, cars, and airplanes. I tested the camera using the compact kit SELP1650 lens, you can switch to any full-frame lens. Do note that there is a crop factor for such lenses, which means pictures won't be as wide, but you get quite a bit more zoom. The videos that I shot are also pretty good, and you can also turn on the active SteadyShot mode, similar to the Sony ZV-1M2, for really smooth panning. But hand-held stabilisation is pretty good, as well.

At S$2,069 for the body only, the Sony A6700 carries a pretty premium price for an APS-C camera. For a bit more, you can get the older (but not as good for video) A7III. But if you're planning to shoot videos, and stills on a budget, you can't go wrong with this. Get from Shopee, Lazada, or Sony.

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Note: Review unit provided by Sony.


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Verdict



CAN BUY

Good for stills and video

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