Sony A6600 VS Nikon Z50 | Does Sony Keep its Crown?!

by birtanpublished on January 12, 2021

Today we're comparing the Nikon d50 versus the sony a6000 why well because crop censored cameras make the world go around full-frame might be the format that gets all of the attention these days but aps-c / super 35 millimeter sensors are where people go when they have real work to get done real work gets done here now it's no secret that I really like what both of these companies have been releasing as far as their mirrorless lines go and smaller easy to use cameras definitely are better options for those of us creating online content so which one comes out on top let's find out what's up everyone I'm

The everyday dad and if I can figure it out you can figure it out it's so nice to talk about smaller cameras again now there is a trend that all of like the new awesome cameras continue to just get bigger and bigger and more and more expensive but small cameras like these huh they just make life so much easier and really quickly before we start the video proper I would like to thank my friends over B&H photo for loaning me both of these cameras for the next few weeks to make these series of videos on now if you'd like to get either of these cameras there will be links in the

Description below ok time to get to it if you don't know anything about either of these cameras let's cover some very basic specs to get us all on the same page man we haven't done this motion the same page the Sony age 66 hundred has a 24 megapixel aps-c sized CMOS sensor that sensor is housed inside the venerable Sony e-mount check it out right there for video it can record up to 4k 30 frames per second and does slow motion up to 120 frames per second in 1080p the Nikon d50 on the other hand has a twenty point nine megapixel aps-c sensor which fits inside the this is

Comical look how large this lens mount is the comically large Nikon z mount for video this can also record up to 4k 30 frames per second and much like the H 6600 will also do 1080p in up to a hundred and twenty frames per second now I do want to make a quick note of differences here spec wise when recording in 4k thirty frames per second you know the best frames per second if you do that on the Sony you will get a one point to ish times crop where there is no additional crop when recording in 4k of any nature on the Z 50 the autofocus

On the a6 600 uses the fantastic and class-leading Sony phase detection system which will do I autofocus tracking wall in video recording mode the Z 50 has a similar but not as powerful phase detection system that is limited to faces but like I mentioned the a7 3 video don't get too wrapped around the axle here we will talk more about autofocus later so those are the basic specs we're going to cover we will talk about specs and features as they come up but those are the overall video specs so I compare all cameras against three main categories video quality ease

Of use and the overall ecosystem and first on that list was video quality like I said in the spec overview both cameras have basically the exact same recording capabilities the real major difference in video quality is the Nikon d50 as a 30 minute recording limit while the a 6600 does not it can record as long as it has power and media which is I mean that is important it is a big step that Sony has been taking and removing the recording limits on their cameras coming out the last year but how does the image quality actually look I think both actually looked pretty good

And both of these do have 8-bit codecs so you're not gonna get anything like 10 bit you're not gonna get anything very powerful or high megabit per second footage out of it but for a bit it looks pretty good now if you do want a little more leverage out of your footage the a 6600 does have a couple of these Sony long profiles while these Z 50 I mean it has a flat image but it doesn't give you like Z log so you don't get that flexibility in post and for the price that's a weakness in both of these cameras in this price range there are cameras like the gh 5 in the XT 3 which

Can both do internal 4k at 10 bit and 4 to 2 back to these cameras though because that's what the video is about I do actually like the colors coming out of the Z 50 more the skin tones and these new Nikon cameras is fantastic and like the Z 6 which was one of my favorite cameras of 2018 there's a lot of that inside of this camera in a smaller cheaper body that uses SD cards and not crazy expensive executi cards the 6600 isn't bad by any stretch of the imagination and could be used perfectly well and several do use this to run an online video operation but it

It doesn't have the easy to get warm skin tones that the Nikon has where the z50 does fall behind though is we already talked about it is in the picture profile yes it does have them and yes they are okay but like most video I get out of the Z cameras you do have to be wary of the standard picture profile it is very very contrasting straight out of the box all of the footage that you've seen today overlaid on top of this with the Z 50 is in the standard picture profile with the contrast turned all the way down because it is aggressive so the image quality is

Good on both cameras but the more important question especially if you're gonna be hanging these videos any place that people are gonna be listening to them right cuz we listen to these videos is how crispy is that audio and that's right I'm gonna coop crispy and turn it into an audio term from now on you you just try and stop me both of these cameras do have a 3.5 millimeter audio in Jack with the ability to manually dial in the internal game to get a little crispier see there it is again sounds and let the microphone do the heavy lifting if able but that's where

The Equality falls off the Z 50 much like the Z 6 does not have the best internal preamps so I would recommend a powered microphone like the rode videomic pro plus or the diety d3 pro and let the microphone do most of the heavy lifting the a 6600 much like Sony's other cameras has fantastic preamps and I find the audio to be perfectly clean I'm a said crispy engine even when I'm using a tiny little rode videomicro now that's not to say you couldn't use the video micro with the Z 50 you can you just won't get the same results another huge advantage that the

Sony has is if you are looking to build this out into a system you can use an adapter like the k3m and get to power two XLR ports without needing any extra wires or needing to use a separate audio recorder and these are these adapters are so good they absolutely bias camera comparisons in favor of Sony and Panasonic because I much prefer XLR audio in every case I can get we're using the dmw XLR one right now so all this is all great you know great we've got the picture looks good the audio is fine ease-of-use matters a lot like a lot a lot you've heard me say this

Plenty of times but we've certainly passed the good enough for online video points so having a camera the part of the team that can run itself is now a huge like it's just a major deciding factor for me here it's absolutely the opposite of earlier I love I love the z50 for ease of use this might be my new third favorite camera body of all time versus the u.s. our second is the gh 5 but the Z 50 is fantastic for such a small camera it feels so good in the hand and III don't want to gush about this too much because the Z 50 will get its own dedicated

Video but the feel of this camera is insane not only does it feel super high quality but it's got plenty of buttons and dials and you could just change everything from single-handedly like that's a very big part of a camera's is being able to change everything single-handedly the e 6600 does have two fully customizable buttons on top and it feels better than any other Sony crop sensor camera due to its inclusion of the Z battery there to rework this hand grip because of that and it does feel really great not only does the field really go well for the Z 50 but the

Screen is fully touch enabled so you can easily tap through to change the settings as needed whereas on the AE 6600 it does have a flip up screen but it's only capable of touch for focusing the Z 50 screen articulates down so unless you specifically buy something like a small rig adapter you can't really use this with a tripod but on the a 6600 the flip up screen you still need a small rig adapter or something to relocate the hotshoe for the microphone so I honestly I think it's kind of a wash and I know I'm in the minority here I know that but I do really like the

Flip down screen when it comes to vlogging because the microphone can so easily sit on top of the camera and this could just be me because I don't really ever use gorilla pods or small tripods anyway I just hand hold the camera so that doesn't matter as much to me but if you haven't tried if you haven't actually try to flip down screen camera before don't knock it because I actually it's not that bad the biggest difference though between the two ease of use wise is in the stabilization because the a 6600 does have built in Ibis and the Z

50 has electronic image stabilization it's not the screens it's the autofocus the a 6600 has the best continuous video auto focusing system on the market today I would stack this up against any other camera on the market today and this I mean it will easily track your eye even if your face is pretty darn small in the live view I just I wish this system was on every camera out there it would make it so much easier to make any of my videos it's it's the best the z50 does have continuous face tracking autofocus and

Video but if you were using this as a vlogging camera and you flip the screen down you might have some problems and this actually really confused me and I didn't know how to fix this when I first got the camera but by default when you flip the screen down the camera turns into like a selfie mode now in this mode it does not do continuous video autofocus I don't mean that it just doesn't do face Tran because it'll show you the box it just stops doing any continuous video autofocus and no matter what the settings it won't work if you actually want continuous video autofocus

That's the third time I've said it if you want that you actually go I have to go into the menu and turn off the selfie mode and that doesn't make any sense in any way shape or form because since you can turn the mode off I won't ding them too hard but if the mode stops key features maybe don't have it turned on by default or why even I just don't I really don't understand that let's put all of these words to action with a quick vlogging test okay and welcome to the vlogging test of the Nikon d50 versus the sony a6000 and you can see the two cameras right there so yeah

Unlike the a7 3 video that we did earlier in the week I do have both of these cameras up at the same time because I can't use the same lens on both and I can't use the same audio device on both so we might as well try them both out at the same time and it is still freezing freezing out here at the coast and the wind has definitely picked up so yeah this is the vlogging test of the two cameras I'm something that I'm noticing just doing this vlogging test out here the Nikon d50 needed a V 90 battery like I had to put my Sony tough G card like that the heist and SD card I

Have to get the Z 50 working whereas the Sony so it must have a higher bitrate than I was planning on but the Sony age 66 hundred is over here it does have embody image stabilization built in where's the Z 50 does not both of the lenses do have stabilization and the Z 50 will be a little bit wider because the Z 50 does have 16 millimeter at the wide end as opposed to the 18 the Sonia and I am man it is cold out here today but yeah this is the vlogging test between both cameras and man it is a beautiful day so I'm gonna get back to recording the rest of these videos you

Go back in to having a great day indoors and watching the rest of the everyday dad as he is nice and warm inside because I'm the idiot that is outside alright back to the video boom and we're back so we've seen how easy they are to use and what the image quality looks like but a camera isn't just built on the body alone the ecosystem and upgrade paths are very very important and the tables the turntables Turnagain nothing else in the mirrorless marketplace can stand up to the sony e-mount micro four-thirds comes really close but the

Real benefit is if you buy a knee mount lens you can use it on any email body full-frame aps-c anything some of those lenses might have a crop if you use them like a full frame lens on a aps-c body you might get that 1.5 x crop but not only is there a full complement of lenses they're still putting out niche lenses like super zooms that are like $15,000 they continue to update old ones I mean the Sony system is built and it can work for any focal length the Z 50 is nikon's attempt to do the same because now the Z 50 the Z six the z 7 they all share the same mount and I

Seriously applaud them for that more manufacturers need those shared lens mounts to keep us firmly in place in their ecosystems if we have crop and full-frame cameras it's just not there yet yes they currently have my favorite 35 millimeter prime and 24 to 70 ever made but those are full frame lens is the Z 50 only has 2 current aps-c lenses the kit 16 250 and the larger 50 to 200 great lenses it's kind of anemic overall but I can't you know I cannot wait to see what they do with this camera that is 70% mount oh that was a lot of stuff but at the end of the day so what right

Which of these two do I recommend for the online video producer some of you get sick of me saying content creator now I really really like the Z 50 the body is awesome the colors are awesome and I'm really coming around to the flip down screen I actually like this camera more than I like the Z 6 because it uses SD cards it just it is a better more compact body but the lenses just aren't there yet I personally hate adapting lenses so I never really use that as an option and the native stuff Nikon just hasn't released enough of them yet especially if you're looking for lenses

That take advantage of the small body this 16 250 is amazing but I wouldn't recommend buying into a system for one lens I easily easily recommend the a sixty six hundred in this scenario better autofocus ibis longer battery life flip up screen the best autofocus you're gonna find and the best lens options out there it's a little bit more money but the aged 6600 easily takes the crown here so if you are now convinced to try the sony eco system but you're not exactly sure which camera to get I bet you'd like the video where I compared the a 73

To the a 6600 in a family battle of the ages click right here right here right here we'll put the a 66 entry click on the a 66 hundred to watch right now click right look I'm doing the way I'm doing the wave thanks for watching

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