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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 continuous shooting.
Whether you’re shooting stills or movies, peerless image quality is assured by the 24MP APS-C Exmor CMOS image sensor with wide ISO 100-25600 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 Sv 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 downwardsfor 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 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.
|Dimensions (W x H x D)||Approx. 142.6 x 104.2 x 80.9 mm|
|Weight||Approx. 610 g|
|Lens Compatibility||Sony A-mount lenses, operation with Minolta/Konica Minolta lenses confirmed|
|Sensor Type||APS-C type (23.5 x 15.6mm) Exmor™ CMOS sensor|
|Image Sensor Aspect Ratio||3:2|
|Recording (Still Images)|
|Image Quality Modes||RAW, RAW & JPEG, JPEG Extra Fine, JPEG Fine, JPEG Standard|
|Creative Style||Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn leaves, Black & White, Sepia, Style Box (1-6), (Contrast (-3 to +3 steps), Saturation|
|Dynamic Range Functions||Off, Dynamic Range Optimizer (Auto/Level(1-5)), Auto High Dynamic Range(Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure difference Level (1-6EV, 1.0EV step))|
|Recording Format||XAVC S / AVCHD 2.0 / MP4|
|Video Compression||XAVC S:MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 XAVC S, AVCHD:MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, MP4:MPEG-4 AVC/H.264|
|Audio Recording Format||XAVC S:LPCM 2ch AVCHD:Dolby Digital (AC-3) 2ch, Dolby Digital Stereo Creator|
|Movie Functions||AF Drive Speed|
|AF Tracking Duration|
|Audio Level Display|
|Audio Rec Level|
|Auto Slow Shutter|
|HDMI Info. Display|
|Face Detection||On/ On (Regist. Faces) / Off|
|Auto Object Framing||Yes (Still Images)|
|Clear Image Zoom||Yes (approx.2x)|
|Lens Compensation||BIONZ X™|
|Compatible Recording Media||Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo™|
|Memory Stick PRO Duo™|
|Memory Stick XC-HG Duo|
|SDXC memory cards (UHS-I compliant)|
|Noise Reduction||Long exposure NR: On/Off , available of shutter speeds longer than 1 sec., High ISO NR: Normal/Low/Off selectable|
|Multiframe NR||Auto / ISO100 to 25600|
|White Balance Modes||Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent (Warm White / Cool White / Day White / Daylight), Flash, Color temperature (2500 to 9900K), Color Filter (G7 to M7, A7 to B7), Custom (1 / 2 / 3), Custom Set|
|Bracketing||3 frames, H/L selectable|
|Focus Sensor||CCD line sensors|
|Focus Sensitivity Range||EV -2 to 18 (at ISO 100 equivalent)|
|AF Mode||Single-shot AF (AF-S), Continuous AF (AF-C), Automatic AF (AF-A)|
|Focus Area||Wide, Zone, Center, Flexible Spot, Expanded Flexible Spot, Lock-On AF (Wide, Zone, Center, Flexible Spot, Expanded Flexible Spot)|
|Other Features||Eye-start AF, Eye AF, Predictive control, Focus lock, AF On|
|AF Illuminator||Built-in, auto pop-up|
|AF Illuminator Range||Approx. 1m - 5m / Approx. 3.3 to 16.4 feet|
|Metering Type||1200-zone evaluative metering|
|Metering Sensor||Exmor™ CMOS Sensor|
|Metering Mode||Multi segment, Spot, Center weighted|
|Exposure Modes||AUTO (Intelligent Auto / Superior Auto), Scene Selection, Sweep Panorama, Continuous Advance Priority AE, Movie, Programmed AE, Aperture priority, Shutter-speed priority, Manual, Memory recall|
|Scene Selection||Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports Action, Sunset, Night Portrait, Night Scene, Hand-held Twilight|
|Exposure Compensation||+/-5.0 EV (1/3EV, 1/2EV steps selectable)|
|Auto (AE) Bracketing||Bracket: Cont./Bracket: Single, With 1/3EV, 1/2EV, 2/3EV, 1.0EV, 2.0EV, 3.0EV increments, 3 /5 frames|
|AE Lock||AE is also locked when focus is locked in multi-segment metering mode. ("AEL w/ shutter"(Auto/On/Off) is supported) Available with AE lock button|
|ISO Sensitivity||ISO 100–25600|
|Viewfinder Type||0.39"-type electronic viewfinder|
|Number of Dots||1 440 000 dots|
|Magnification||Approx. 0.88x (35mm camera equivalent: Approx. 0.57x) with 50mm lens at infinity, -1mstyle name="sup"-1/style|
|Dioptre Adjustment||-4.0 to +3.0mstyle name="sup"-1/style|
|Eye Point||Approx. 26.5mm from the eyepiece lens, 23mm from the eyepiece frame at -1mstyle name="sup"-1/style(CIPA standard)|
|Screen Type||2.7" type TFT LCD|
|Total Number of Dots||460 800 dots|
|Brightness Control (LCD)||Manual (5 steps between -2 and +2)|
|Shutter Type||Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type|
|Shutter Speed||Still images: 1/4000 to 30 sec/Bulb;Movies: 1/4000 to 1/4 (1/3 step), up to 1/60 in AUTO mode (up to 1/30 in Auto slow shutter mode)|
|Flash Sync Speed||1 / 250 sec.|
|Flash Compensation||+/- 3.0 EV (switchable between 1/3 and 1/2 EV steps)|
|Flash Modes||Flash off, Autoflash, Fill-flash, Slow sync, Red-eye reduction (on/off selectable), Rear sync.,Wireless, High Speed sync.|
|Drive Modes||Single Shooting, Continuous shooting (Hi/Lo selectable), Self-timer (10/2 sec delay selectable), Self-timer (Cont.) (with 10 sec delay 3/5 exposures selectable), Bracket: Cont., Bracket: Single, White Balance bracket, DRO bracket|
|Continues Shooting||8 fps (in Tele-Zoom Continuous Advance Priority AE Mode)|
|Multi Interface Shoe||Microphone minijack; Multi/Micro USB Terminal; Multi Interface Shoe|
|Supplied Battery||NP-FM500H M-series Rechargeable Battery Pack|
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
High performance in tracking moving subjects to enable continuous autofocus even during continuous shooting at 8fps.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
24 MP APS-C Exmor CMOS sensor
The large Exmor CMOS image sensor with approximately 24 MP boosts sensitivity and reduces noise with gapless on-chip lens design eliminating the gaps between micro-lenses to collect more light.
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
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 (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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.