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.
[i]Among interchangeable-lens digital cameras with a dedicated phase-detection AF sensor (as of November, 2015).
[ii]In Tele-Zoom Continuous Advance Priority AE
[iii]Approximate effective megapixels
[iv] Still Images: ISO 100 – 25600, Movies: ISO100 - 12800 equivalent
[v]A Class 10 or higher SDHC/SDXC memory card is required to record movies in the XAVC S format
[vi] Total 10 customisable buttons including two dedicated custom buttons + 8 assignable buttons
[vii]NTSC / PAL
Sony SLT-A68 specifications
|MSRP||€600 (body only), €700 (with 18-55mm lens)|
|Body type||Mid-size SLR|
|Max resolution||6000 x 4000|
|Other resolutions||3:2 (4240 x 2832, 3008 x 2000), 16:9 (6000 x 3376, 4240 x 2400, 3008 x 1688)|
|Image ratio w:h||3:2, 16:9|
|Effective pixels||24 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||25 megapixels|
|Sensor size||APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)|
|Color space||sRGB, AdobeRGB|
|Color filter array||Primary color filter|
|White balance presets||9|
|Custom white balance||Yes (3 slots)|
|JPEG quality levels||Super fine, fine, normal|
|Optics & Focus|
|Autofocus assist lamp||Yes|
|Digital zoom||Yes (1.4x - 8x)|
|Number of focus points||79|
|Lens mount||Sony/Minolta Alpha|
|Focal length multiplier||1.5×|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Screen type||TFT LCD|
|Viewfinder magnification||0.88× (0.59× 35mm equiv.)|
|Minimum shutter speed||30 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/4000 sec|
|Flash range||12.00 m (at ISO 100)|
|External flash||Yes (via hot shoe)|
|Flash modes||Flash off, Auto, Fill-flash, Slow sync, Red-eye reduction, Rear sync, Wireless, High Speed sync|
|Continuous drive||8.0 fps|
|Self-timer||Yes (Yes (2 or 12 sec))|
|Exposure compensation||±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)|
|AE Bracketing||±3 (3, 5 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV, 2 EV steps)|
|WB Bracketing||Yes (3 shots, low/high selectable)|
|Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (60i, 30p, 24p), 1440 x 1080, 640 x 480|
|Format||MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S|
|Videography notes||Supports XAVC S with 50Mbps bit rate (30p, 24p)|
|Storage types||SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|HDMI||Yes (micro HDMI)|
|Remote control||Yes (wired or smartphone)|
|Battery description||NP-FM500H lithium-ion battery and charger|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||610 g (1.34 lb / 21.52 oz)|
|Dimensions||143 x 104 x 81 mm (5.63 x 4.09 x 3.19″)|
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