Sony Alpha a68 DSLR Camera (Body Only)

Sony Alpha a68 DSLR Camera (Body Only)

Sony Alpha a68 DSLR Camera (Body Only)

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Product Highlights

  • 24.2MP APS-C Exmor CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ X Image Processor
  • Translucent Mirror Technology
  • SteadyShot INSIDE Image Stabilization
  • 2.7" 460.8k-Dot Tilting LCD Screen
  • 0.39" 1,440k-Dot OLED Tru-Finder
  • Full HD 1080p30 Video with XAVC S Format
  • 79-Point Phase-Detection AF System
  • ISO 25600 and Shooting Up to 8 fps
  • Top Display Panel & Rear Control Wheel
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Sony A68 overview

  • 1Description

Making entry-level more appealing is Sony's Alpha a68 DSLR Camera which offers many features found in bigger, pricier options, but in a compact and well-designed format. Key improvements to image quality come from the implementation of a 24.2MP APS-C Exmor CMOS sensor and the BIONZ X processor, which combine their energies to produce highly detailed images at sensitivities up to ISO 25600 and at continuous rates up to 8 fps. Also, thanks to the use of Sony's Translucent Mirror Technology, continuous AF can be maintained during shooting and now with the 4D FOCUS system integrated into this model. This system is speedy and accurate, utilizing a wide array of 79 phase-detect AF points with 15 cross-type points that work at down to -2 EV.

Benefitting image quality is SteadyShot INSIDE, which offers a sensor-shift type image stabilization to limit the effects of camera shake. This in-body system also has the advantage of being compatible with all A-mount lenses as it doesn't have to rely on lens designs providing the IS. In addition to stills, the a68 offers Full HD 1080p video at 30 fps using the efficient XAVC S format at 50 Mbps for high quality filmmaking needs. Additionally, video has accurate and fast constant tracking AF through the use of the Translucent Mirror Technology.

The body design has received a major upgrade with the addition of a top display panel and a rear control wheel that make viewing and changing settings a much more intuitive process. Composing images has multiple options, including a 0.39" 1,440k-dot OLED Tru-Finder for real-time imaging with rich color and contrast. For a larger viewing area, the 2.7" 460.8k-dot rear LCD is available and can tilt up or down for working in unusual shooting positions.

24.2MP APS-C Exmor Sensor and BIONZ X Image Processor
The 24.2MP APS-C-sized Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor and BIONZ X image processor work together to produce high resolution, well-detailed imagery with minimal noise and notable low-light quality and sensitivity to ISO 25600. The sensor utilizes a gapless on-chip lens design, which fills the gaps between neighboring pixels with optimized lenses that match the angle of incidence to increase light gathering ability and produce edge-to-edge sharpness and quality. Detail reproduction technology works to increase the fine detail rendering capabilities for a more three-dimensional, realistic image quality while diffraction-reducing technology helps to enhance the optical qualities of any lens by suppressing diffraction that is common when working at smaller apertures. The BIONZ X processor also contributes to providing a wealth of speed throughout the camera system, including a top continuous shooting rate of 8 fps and full HD 1080p video recording in multiple frame rates.
Translucent Mirror Technology
Translucent Mirror Technology is a design that enables the mirror to continuously direct light to both image and autofocus sensors to provide continuous phase- and contrast-detection focusing for quick and precise performance. The additional speed afforded to the camera by eliminating the need for a swinging mirror benefits many shooting features including the fast continuous shooting rate, continuous focusing when shooting movies and working in continuous shooting modes, and also allows for the use of a high resolution electronic viewfinder for eye-level live view monitoring.
SteadyShot INSIDE Image Stabilization
SteadyShot INSIDE sensor-shift type image stabilization helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake with any mounted lens when recording still images, with the results visible in both the EVF and on the rear LCD monitor. When recording video, electronic image stabilization is available to reduce camera shake.
79-Point Wide-Coverage AF System
Complementing the imaging abilities, an equally apt phase-detection autofocus system, coupled with the Translucent Mirror Technology, provides fast and full-time continuous focusing performance to suit working in nearly any environment, even in lighting conditions as dim as -2 EV. Subject tracking is benefitted by the expansive 79 AF point array, which incorporates 15 centrally-located cross-type points for added precision in the most frequently used portion of the image frame. A centrally-located horizontal f/2.8 AF point is also incorporated within this array, and overlaps another AF point, to better support the use of large-aperture lenses. Also benefitting subject tracking, an enhanced flexible spot function utilizes eight focus points surrounding a chosen point to maintain focus on moving subjects if the main, selected point loses focus.

For further refinement, a series of distinct AF modes can be selected from depending on the subject. Eye AF is a detail-oriented focusing function that can prioritize a subject's pupil and dedicate focusing performance on that for sharply-rendered portraits; Lock-on AF is a dedicated focusing method for use with moving subjects and adjusts the target frame size as the subject moves throughout the image frame; and AF Range Control permits the selection of a dedicated focusing distance range for faster performance and greater accuracy. Additionally, five-step AF Tracking Duration allows the setting of focus speed and performance based on the specific scene type and subject matter.
Full HD Video Recording
Full HD 1080p video recording is supported at both 30 and 24 fps frame rates to produce high resolution movies with a smooth, cinematic look. Full HD videos are recorded using the high-quality 50 Mbps XAVC S format with options for using the AVCHD codec, while 1440 x 1080, 1280 x 720, and 640 x 480 formats are also supported in the Internet-friendly MP4 format. When recording in AVCHD, audio is recorded in the AC-3 Dolby Digital format and, instead of the built-in stereo microphone; an optional external microphone can be utilized for higher quality sound recording. Additionally, audio levels can be monitored and adjusted during recording for more exacting control.
OLED Tru-Finder and Tilting LCD Screen
For image monitoring and review, both a high-resolution electronic viewfinder and a rear tilting LCD monitor are incorporated into the camera's design. The XGA OLED Tru-Finder is a 0.39" 1,440k-dot EVF, which provides 100% frame coverage with a high eye point, wide viewing angle, and accurate color representation. Due to the Translucent Mirror Technology, this viewfinder can be used at all times and offers real-time monitoring of changes to exposure, Picture Effects, and focus settings.

For larger-scale monitoring, a 2.7" 460.8k-dot LCD is also available and features a tilting design to benefit working from high and low angles. This tilting design allows users to tilt it upwards 135° and downwards 55°.
Body Design
Surrounding the imaging components is a durable body which features both a rear and front control dial, as well as a top control panel for quick access to settings. Ten different customizable buttons can be configured to control a wide variety of assignable functions while a Memory Recall function on the mode dial can be used to recall up to three sets of distinct exposure settings.

A Multi Interface Shoe has also been incorporated into the camera's design, which, aside from permitting the use of optional external flashes, also provides support for a range of accessories, including video lights and external microphones.
Other Camera Features
  • An advanced 1200-zone evaluative exposure metering sensor delivers consistent and accurate results using multi-segment, center-weighted, or spot metering modes.
  • Eye AF function will lock onto subjects eyes and track them during shooting ensuring portraits are always tack sharp.
  • Auto Object Framing is an intelligent shooting mode that can automatically analyze the scene and subjects within it and determine an aesthetically-pleasing composition. The subsequent imagery will be cropped according to subject matter, resulting in a well-balanced composition that utilizes Face Detection and Tracking Focus to ensure high image quality and sharpness.
  • Clear Image Zoom can be used to magnify the center of scenes by 2x to effectively extend the reach of any focal length lens. This digital zoom technology uses an intelligent interpolation process to minimize the amount of image degradation in order to produce realistic, high-quality images.
  • Multi Frame NR records consecutive images at a reduced ISO sensitivity and then composites them into a single image to realize higher effective sensitivity with minimal image noise. Standard image compositing is comprised of four exposures and High image compositing utilizes 12 distinct exposures.
  • Creative Style settings provide control over how the camera processes images based on six different predetermined styles: Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, and B&W. Within these settings, contrast, saturation, and sharpness can also be adjusted depending on personal preference.
  • Dynamic Range Optimizer (DRO) works to improve images featuring backlit subjects or scenes with high contrast where details can be lost in the shadows or highlights. This mode can be controlled automatically or fine-tuned using five settings.
UPC: 027242899100
In the Box
Sony Alpha a68 DSLR Camera (Body Only)
  • NP-FM500H InfoLithium Battery (7.2V, 1600mAh)
  • BC-VM10 Battery Charger
  • ALC-B55 SLR Camera Body Cap
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Multi Interface Shoe Cap
  • Eyepiece Cup
  • Micro-USB Cable
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Sony A68 specs

    Imaging
    Lens Mount Sony Alpha/ Minolta
    Camera Format APS-C / (1.5x Crop Factor)
    Pixels Actual: 24.8 Megapixel
    Effective: 24.2 Megapixel
    Max Resolution 24 MP: 6000 x 4000
    Aspect Ratio 3:2
    Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 23.5 x 15.6 mm
    File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
    Movies: AVCHD 2.0, MP4, XAVC S
    Audio: AC3, Dolby Digital 2ch, Linear PCM
    Bit Depth 14-Bit
    Dust Reduction System Yes
    Memory Card Type SD
    SDHC
    SDXC
    Memory Stick PRO HG-Duo
    Memory Stick Pro Duo
    Memory Stick XC-HG Duo
    Image Stabilization Sensor-Shift
    Focus Control
    Focus Type Autofocus
    Focus Mode Automatic (A), Continuous-Servo AF (C), Single-servo AF (S)
    Autofocus Points Phase Detection: 79 (15 Cross-Type)
    Viewfinder/Display
    Viewfinder Type Electronic
    Viewfinder Size 0.39"
    Viewfinder Pixel Count 1,440,000
    Viewfinder Eye Point 26.5 mm
    Viewfinder Coverage 100%
    Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.88x
    Diopter Adjustment -4 to +3 m
    Display Screen 2.7" Rear Screen Tilting LCD (460,800)
    Screen Coverage 100%
    Exposure Control
    ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100 to 25600
    Shutter Type: Mechanical
    Speed: 1/4000 to 30 Second 
    Remote Control RMT-DSLR2 (Optional)
    Metering Method Center-Weighted Average Metering, Multi-Zone Metering, Spot Metering
    Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Auto, Continuous Advance Priority AE, Manual, Memory Recall, Movie, Programmed Auto, Scene Selection, Shutter Priority, Sweep Panorama
    Compensation: -5 EV to +5 EV (in 1/3 or 1/2 EV Steps)
    Buffer/Continuous Shooting Up to 8 fps at 24 MP
    White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Color Temperature Filter, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Daylight), Fluorescent (Warm White), Incandescent, Shade
    Flash
    Flash Modes Auto
    Fill-In
    Hi-Speed Sync
    Off
    Rear Sync
    Red-Eye Reduction
    Slow Sync
    Wireless
    Built-in Flash Yes
    Max Sync Speed 1 / 160 Second
    Flash Compensation -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps)
    External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
    AV Recording
    Video Recording Yes, NTSC
    File Size 1920 x 1080p (Full HD)
    Video Format 1920 x 1080p at 23.98/29.97 fps (50 Mb/s XAVC S)
    1920 x 1080i at 23.98/29.97/59.94 fps (AVCHD)
    1920 x 1080p at 23.98/29.97 fps (MP4)
    1440 x 1080 (MP4)
    1280 x 720 (MP4)
    640 x 480 (MP4)
    Aspect Ratio 16:9
    Frame Rate @ 1920 x 1080: 30 fps, 24 fps
    ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100 - 12800
    Focus Auto
    Manual
    Continuous Auto
    Max Video Clip Length 1920 x 1080: 29 Minutes, 59 Seconds 
    Audio Recording Built-In Mic: With Video (Stereo)
    Optional External Mic: With Video (Stereo + Mono)
    Performance
    Self Timer 10 Seconds, 2 Seconds
    Connectivity 1/8" Microphone, Multi Interface Terminal
    Wi-Fi Capable No
    Power
    Battery 1 x NP-FM500H Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.2 VDC, 1650 mAh
    AC Power Adapter AC-PW10AM (Optional)
    Physical
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 5.6 x 4.1 x 3.3" / 142.6 x 104.2 x 82.8 mm
    Weight 1.53 lb / 696 g body only
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.65 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.8 x 6.8 x 6.3"

    Sony A68 reviews

    Alpha a68 DSLR Camera (Body Only) is rated 3.9 out of 5 by 12.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent camera for the money Nice camera but why would Sony cheap-out and omit an electronic level? I love the EVF over an optical finder, but not having a level for architectural photography sucks. I'd have been happy to pay an extra $20 for it! The rear LCD is just ok, pretty low res. The camera is reasonably well-made, although plasticy. All the functions I need are covered by the top buttons and the 2 custom fn buttons, making quick changes easy. The quick menu is great for adjusting some additional functions. However there is a significant time lost when starting or waking the camera (if 2-3 seconds is significant). That and the missing level are the 2 cons for me. Your mileage may vary.
    Date published: 2017-03-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Camera I am an old fart amateur/hobbyist photographer that started a few years back on the Minolta 101. The a68 was an upgrade from the a100 that I got just after Sony purchased the Minolta DSLR line. I went with this camera because of the lens I already had and what I wanted to do with the a100 could not be done. After many months of researching reviews I pulled the trigger and got the camera body only. It was the best purchase I have done. As one would expect jumping from the first version to one of the last the performance is out standing and truly equals the fun I had with my 101. As with other reviewers I suggest getting a third party book on the camera if you are making the same leap I did. The movie features I will not be using so I can not a test to how these work. The back LCD is of lower resolution than on the a100 but is good enough for me to determine if I what to keep the shot or not. The use of plastic in the body of the camera is not a problem for me. I do find myself going easy on closing the the access door to the memory card. I am finding this not a problem because I am down loading my shot via the USB port that is behind a heavy rubber cover with a strong hinge. Pros: Ease of focusing, Increased range of usable ISO settings, JPEG Image Quality ( I do shot RAW/JEPG ), Five shots per second continuous shooting, Cons: Full Auto Mode first setting a high ISO for shady shots, this gives me grainy photos.
    Date published: 2017-06-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Sony products Upgraded to a68 after over 150k of pics on a65. Multiple focus points looks great for shooting volleyball against a net. FPS is great in this price range
    Date published: 2016-12-11
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from This is an update of my original review In my original review (the jury's still out), I complained about the viewfinder image when I tried to use the camera in full manual mode, i.e., manual focus AND manual aperture and shutter speed adjustment. After I used the camera some more, I found that in auto focus mode there are no problems with the viewfinder image. It is WISIWYG. It seems that Sony does not want the user of this camera to use it in manual focus mode and has provided the inexperienced photographer with a reason to avoid manually focusing the camera. This denies them one of the most basic skills a new photographer can learn: how to use a camera with no automatic assists. Other than that, the camera is proving itself to be an adequate back-up to my A77II. My advice to someone considering purchasing this camera (with or without a "kit lens") is to also buy an aftermarket book that fully explains photography basics along with how to use the camera.
    Date published: 2018-08-28
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nice backup camera for some. The A68 is a nice camera and I got it for a backup for my A99II. I did not keep it due to the fact that I could not get used to the smaller viewfinder. This was just a personal thing for me even tho there was nothing wrong with the camera and it took very nice photos.
    Date published: 2017-11-03
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice Camera This is a great camera for the price. I had a few Minolta lenses that I was able to use on the body.
    Date published: 2017-08-11
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from No comprar?a otra como esta, creo que hay mejores c?maras. La utilizo principalmente para grabar v?deo. La calidad de imagen es buena. Para hacer fotograf?as se batalla mucho con el disparador no es muy preciso y se dispara cuando no quieres disparar. Aunque el audio lo puedes utilizar manual la c?mara lo satura demasiado al utilizar un micr??fono externo, tienes que bajar mucho el volumen. Si duras grabando v?deo continuamente se calienta y la tienes que apagar.
    Date published: 2017-08-23
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fast autofocus, visible noise at ISO 800 I upgraded from A350 and happy with the new autofocus tracking algorithm. I owns also Pentax K-S1 which has better image quality from ISO 400 and above.
    Date published: 2017-08-14
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