Inheriting many pro-style features from the 77 II, the 68 features Sony’s 4D FOCUS system that is said to deliver superior AF performance under any shooting conditions – even in lighting as low as EV-2.
This system utilizes 79 autofocus points – the most AF points on any interchangeable lens camera with a dedicated phase-detection AF sensor, claims Sony. Included are 15 cross points as well as a dedicated f/2.8 AF sensor point for dimly-lit scenes. This all adds up to extremely fast, wide area AF with predictive tracking that locks faithfully onto fast-moving subjects, the company says.
Additionally, the camera utilizes Sony’s Translucent Mirror Technology to deliver constant AF tracking at up to 8 fps.
The camera features a 24-megapixelAPS-C Exmor CMOS sensor with an ISO 100 – 25,600 sensitivity range. The sensor is teamed with the BIONZ X image processor that uses Detail Reproduction and Diffraction-reducing Technologies plus Area-specific Noise Reduction.
Full HD movies use the XAVC S format, enabling high bit rate recordings at up to 50 Mbps with outstanding detail and low noise, the company reports. With Translucent Mirror Technology, shooters can enjoy non-stop continuous autofocus with accurate subject tracking during video shooting, producing crisp, professional looking footage.
Framing stills and movies is made easy with the OLED Tru-Finder, which features 100 percent frame coverage with high contrast and accurate colour reproduction. Complementing the Tru-Finder, the 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 shooting handheld or on a tripod, Sony notes.
As found on the alpha7 series, the alpha68 has a control wheel on the camera’s rear that allows quick fingertip adjustment of camera settings, as well as 10 customizable buttons for frequently-used functions.
There is also a front control dial for quick adjustments of settings and a sturdy grip to ensure a balanced shooting experience, even when using heavyweight prime or telephoto lenses.
The new camera features SteadyShot INSIDE stabilization to reduce the effects of camera shake and allow for blur-free handheld shooting at all focal lengths, with any compatible lens. Additionally, the inclusion of a Multi Interface Shoe and Multi Terminal lets users expand their creative options with a wide range of optional accessories, including flashes, lights, microphones and remote commanders.
The Sony alpha68 DSLR will be available in April for about $800 body only or about $950 in a kit along with the DT 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM II lens.