Sony Europe introduces a68 SLT with 79-point AF module
Sony Europe has announced a new Alpha-mount camera, the a68. High on its list of features is a 79-point (15 cross-type) phase detect ‘4D FOCUS’ AF module likely borrowed from the a77 II. With a 24MP APS-C sensor and Sony’s Translucent Mirror Technology, the camera is capable of 8 fps shooting with AF tracking.
The a68 is equipped with an OLED EVF with 1.4 million dots, and a 2.7″ tilting 460k-dot LCD. Full HD video recording is offered in a 50Mbps XAVC format. Built-in SteadyShot image stabilization is provided, as is a multi-interface shoe for use with flash guns, microphones and other accessories.
The Sony a68 will be sold for €600 body only (~$650) when it arrives in March 2016; a 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM II kit will be available for €700 (~$760). Sony US is unable to comment on US pricing or availability for the a68.
Precision Photography: Sony introduces α68 A-mount camera with 4D FOCUS
Uncompromising features and performance for demanding amateur photographers
- 4D FOCUS for fast, accurate tracking autofocus with world’s highest[i] number of 79 AF points
- Translucent Mirror Technology™ delivers constant AF tracking at up to 8fps[ii] continuous shooting
- 24MP[iii] APS-C Exmor™ CMOS image sensor delivers wide ISO 100-25600[iv] sensitivity range
- BIONZ X™ image processing engine enables the capture of high-quality images
- Precise OLED Tru-Finder™, tiltable LCD monitor, top display panel and custom controls
- SteadyShot™ INSIDE works with all 34 A-mount lenses
- Full HD video with high bit-rate 50Mbps XAVC S[v] format
The new α68 (ILCA-68) camera from Sony lets enthusiastic photographers discover even more creative opportunities with their precious collection of A-mount lenses.
Inheriting many pro-style features from the acclaimed α77 II, the α68 features Sony’s unique 4D FOCUS system that delivers extraordinary AF performance under any shooting conditions – even in lighting as low as EV-2 where other cameras struggle.
This phase detection system uses no less than 79 autofocus detection points including 15 cross points, plus a dedicated F2.8 AF sensor point for dimly-lit scenes. It all adds up to fast, wide area AF with predictive tracking that locks faithfully onto fast-moving subjects. And thanks to Sony’s unique Translucent Mirror Technology, the α68 delivers constant AF tracking at up to 8fps[ii] continuous shooting.
Whether you’re shooting stills or movies, peerless image quality is assured by the 24MP[iii] APS-C Exmor CMOS image sensor with wide ISO 100-25600[iv] sensitivity range. It’s teamed with Sony’s speedy BIONZ X image processor that uses Detail Reproduction and Diffraction-reducing Technologies plus Area-specific Noise Reduction for pristine, finely detailed shots every time.
Full HD movies use the efficient XAVC S[v] format for high bit rate recordings at up to 50 Mbps with outstanding detail and low noise. And thanks to Sony’s unique Translucent Mirror Technology, you can enjoy non-stop continuous autofocus that effortlessly tracks moving subjects for crisp, professional looking footage, whichever format you choose to record in.
With a powerful array of creative features to explore, the α68 has plenty to offer experienced amateurs as well as step-up photographers and newcomers to interchangeable lens cameras.
Framing stills and movies is a pleasure through the clear, bright OLED Tru-Finder. 100% frame coverage ensures you see exactly what you’re shooting, with high contrast and faithful colour reproduction helping you focus manually with absolute confidence.
Complementing the Tru-Finder, the 2.7-type LCD monitor tilts up to 135 degrees upwards or 55 degrees downwards for comfortable composition from a wide variety of shooting angles. Serious photo enthusiasts will also value the backlit top display that allows quick confirmation of camera settings, whether you’re shooting handheld or on a tripod.
As found on the critically praised α7 series, there’s a control wheel on the camera’s rear that allows quick fingertip adjustment of camera settings. In addition, 10 customisable buttons[vi] can be assigned for instant access to frequently-used functions. There is a front control dial for quick adjustments of settings and a sturdy grip to ensure that you are balanced, even when using heavyweight prime or telephoto lenses.
SteadyShot INSIDE reduces the effects of camera shake for blur-free handheld shooting – at all focal lengths and with any compatible lens.
The inclusion of a Multi Interface Shoe and Multi Terminal lets you expand creative options further with a wide range of optional accessories, including flashes, lights, microphones and remote commanders.
The new α68 A-mount interchangeable lens camera from Sony will be from March 2016 for approximately €600 body only or €700 with DT18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM II lens.