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Sony a68 DSLR digital camera Body Only

Product Code: 7015190K
Sony's SLT a68 is a welcome addition to the Sony family of SLR digital cameras. Key features include a 24-Megapixel APS-C sensor , 4D Focus and 79 AF points.

Description

Key Specs
  • 24-Megapixel APS-C Exmor CMOS sensor
  • 4D Focus with 79 autofocus detection points
  • ISO 100-25600
  • Full HD movie recording
  • Tiltable OLED LCD monitor
Our Verdict

Sony have been the camera industry's trailblazer's of late, and with the Sony a68 DSLR they are displaying that their SLR game is as strong as their mirrorless and compact game. The a68 packs a 24-Megapixel APS-C sensor, offering 4D focus, full HD video recording and a tiltable OLED LCD screen - and is fully compatible with the vast range of existing A-mount lenses.

It's been heavily touted, but what is 4D Focus? Well, Sony's innovative focusing system operates using area and depth in combination with time to predict the subject's movements. One key feature being it will not be distracted by new subjects coming into shot, it is intelligent enough to keep tracking what you want to be. The technology also allows for greater low light operation, and is stated to focus in EV-2 lighting.

As with the most recent Sony DSLRs this camera is actually an SLT (Single Lens Translucent), which uses translucent mirrors to enable faster autofocus as the mirror is remaining in place - saving precious milliseconds! This is the perfect camera for those looking to take the step up to SLR photography, with the right amount of features to get the best possible image quality - and with the ease of use to welcome you gently into a more complex world of picture taking.

For added convenience the Sony a68 with 18-55mm lens kit is also available for those looking for a perfect starter kit.

We Love
  • AF is the real killer feature in this camera, and 79 AF points is a top of the range squashing number!
  • The LCD display on top of the camera, a classic yet underused feature on most of Sony's DSLR range
  • 10 customisable buttons - great flexibility for those who use more than the standard functions.
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Wide & Fast AF system

Wide & Fast AF system

A 79-point phase-detection AF system (including 15 cross points) has points widely placed within the most frequently used central area of the frame. It keeps tracking and fast autofocusing on a moving subject.

Sophisticated AF algorithm in tracking

Sophisticated AF algorithm in tracking

High performance in tracking moving subjects to enable continuous autofocus even during continuous shooting at 8fps .

Superior AF in low light

Superior AF in low light

Autofocus performs well in low-light conditions as low as EV -2, which is equivalent to a moonlit night in which the naked eye has difficulty seeing objects.

AF Area modes

For autofocusing, you can choose among Wide, Zone, Center, Flexible Spot, Expand Flexible Spot and Lock-on AF area mode, which allows precise focus tracking of a subject by optimising target frame size and ensuring use of the optimal AF point.

AF Range Control

Locks autofocusing to a specified range of distance from the camera for sharp results, even if the target is obscured momentarily by another passing object.

Face Detection and Eye AF

Face Detection with Face Registration can detect up to eight faces in a scene, and adjust exposure, white balance, flash and other settings for beautiful portraits. Eye AF further assures sharp focusing on the face by detecting an eye to focus on.

Proprietary Translucent Mirror Technology

Proprietary Translucent Mirror Technology

Sony’s unique design replaces a DSLR moving mirror with a fixed translucent mirror, which enables fast shooting with continuous use of accurate phase detection AF.

Full-time Continuous AF during Full HD movie shooting

Records with superior speed and precision of full-time continuous phase-detection autofocusing, even during Full HD movie shooting, thanks to proprietary Translucent Mirror Technology.

In-body image stabilisation

In-body image stabilisation

Effective image stabilisation for any compatible lens, throughout the entire focal length range. Helps stabilize the viewfinder image while the shutter button is halfway pressed.

24.2 MP  APS-C Exmor CMOS sensor

24.2 MP APS-C Exmor CMOS sensor

The large Exmor CMOS image sensor with approximately 24.2 MP boosts sensitivity and reduces noise with gapless on-chip lens design eliminating the gaps between micro-lenses to collect more light.

Wide max. ISO 100-25600  sensitivity range

Wide max. ISO 100-25600 sensitivity range

The wide maximum sensitivity ranges of ISO 100-25600 for stills and ISO 100-12800 for movies let you shoot natural-looking, low-noise results even in low light

BIONZ X image processing engine

BIONZ X image processing engine

The processor handles enormous amounts of sensor data to allow high-speed shooting of superb low-noise images. Advanced built-in features include detail reproduction technology to produce more realistic images, diffraction-reduction to correct blurred details, and area-specific noise reduction for clearer, more finely detailed images even at high ISO settings. Area-spciefic Noise Reduction selectively divides the image into areas based on patterns (such as edges, textures and evenly coloured-areas like blue skies), then applies the most appropriate noise reduction for each area.

Supports 50Mbps  XAVC S  format

Supports 50Mbps  XAVC S format

For extremely high image quality and minimal noise, record movies in the high-bit-rate XAVC S format, which enables Full HD image recording at 50Mbps (60p/50p, 30p/25p, 24p).

Creative movie function

There's more to auto and manual operation than meets the eye. AF functions are ever-reliable, and P/A/S/M exposure modes offer great creative control. Audio level display and rec level control on viewfinder/LCD screen make microphone/recording levels easy to screen and adjust while shooting. Fine-tune images by choosing among 20 Picture Effect and 13 Creative Style settings.

Top Display Panel

Top Display Panel

This "must have" feature of this midrange camera facilitates quick, easy setting and confirmation, especially with a tripod setup.

Tiltable LCD screen

Tiltable LCD screen (2.7-type) to clearly shoot at max.135 degrees up and 55 degrees down, enables shooting over the heads of people in crowds, or on the ground for a startling view of pets and flowers. Brightness is adjustable.

Control Wheel

Control Wheel

The control wheel on back is  popular among α7 series camera users,  and you can modify its functionality according to shooting intention for quick changes of camera settings as you look at the viewfinder.

OLED Tru-Finder with 100% frame coverage

OLED Tru-Finder with 100% frame coverage

OLED advantages of tonal gradation, colour reproduction and contrast, this electronic viewfinder makes it easy to view true-to-life images. It also lets you compare different effects of setting changes, as well as use MF Assist and a Preview function to fine-tune focus and preview shots, including those with defocusing effects.

Customisable function buttons

Assign frequently used functions to the customisable buttons of your choice. Easily reassign 11 buttons to activate any of 49 functions for faster, more intuitive operation.

Multi Interface Shoe and Multi Terminal

The Multi Interface Shoe lets you mount wide-ranging accessories including a high-capacity flash unit a video light or shotgun microphone for enhanced movie shooting and more.

Color tabs in setting menu

Color tabs in setting menu

Each tab in setting MENU has a color on the tab for an intuitive operation.

Works with iMovie and Final Cut Pro X

Works with iMovie and Final Cut Pro X

This product is compatible with Final Cut Pro X and iMovie.

Sony a68 DSLR digital camera Body Only Specifications

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Lens mount A-mount
Image sensor APS-C (23.5 x15.6 mm)Exmor CMOS image sensor
Number of pixels (effective) Approx. 24 megapixels
Recording format Still JPEG(DCF Ver.2.0, Exif Ver.2.3, MPF Baseline compliant),
RAW(Sony ARW 2.3 format)
Movies XAVC S format /AVCHD format Ver.2.0 compliant/MP4
Media Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick Micro (M2), SD memory card, SDHC memory card(UHS-I compliant), SDXC memory card(UHS-I compliant, microSD memory card, microSDHC memory card, microSDXC memory card
Focus system Type Phase detection AF
Focus point 79 points (including 15 cross points), F2.8 AF sensor point
Sensitivity range EV-2 – 18(at ISO 100 equivalent)
Exposure control Metering type 1200 zone-equivalent metering
Sensitivity Range Still Images: ISO 100 – 25600 (1/3 EV steps) Movies: ISO100 – 12800 equivalent (1/3 EV steps)
Shutter Shutter Speed Still images:1/4000 to 30sec, Bulb, Movies:1/4000-1/4sec
Electronic front curtain shutter Yes(On/Off)
SteadyShot INSIDE (image stabilisation) Type Still: Image Sensor-Shift mechanism Movie: Electronic
Drive Continuous shooting speed Continuous Advance Priority AE: Max. 8fps, Continuous shooting Hi: Max. 5fps, Continuous shooting Lo: Max. 2.5fps
Movie Mode XAVC S HD 1920 x 1080 50Mbps (30p/25p[vii], 24p)
(Resolution/
Frame Rate/
Bit Rate)
AVCHD 1920 x 1080 24Mbps(FX), 17Mbps(FH) (60i/50ivii)
1920 x 1080 24Mbps(FX), 17Mbps(FH) (24p/25pvii)
MP4 1440 x 108012Mbps , VGA3Mbps
Viewfinder Type Electronic viewfinder (OLED Tru-Finder)
Total number of dots 1,440,000 dots
Field coverage 100%
Magnification Approx. 0.88x (35mm camera equivalent: Approx. 0.57x) with 50mm lens at infinity, -1m-1
LCD screen Type 2.7″ type TFT LCD
Total number of dots 460,800 dots
Adjustable angle Up approx. 135 degrees, down approx. 55 degrees
Audio Microphone Built-in stereo microphone
Speaker Built-in, monaural
Interface Multi Interface Shoe, HDMImicro connector (Type-D),Microphone terminal (3.5mmStereo minijack), Multi/Micro USB Terminal, DC-IN Terminal
Built-in Flash GN12 (ISO100, m, Flash angle 16mm)
Battery Rechargeable battery pack NP-FM500H
Weight Approx.610g (Body Only) / Approx.690g (With battery and media)
Dimensions(W x H x D, CIPA compliant) Approx. 142.6 × 104.2 × 80.9 mm
Operating temperature 0-40°C

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