Sony Announces α68 A-Mount Camera With 4D Autofocus and SteadyShot

Sony Announces α68 A-Mount Camera With 4D Autofocus and SteadyShot

Sony A-Mount users have reason to rejoice, as the company has announced the α68, featuring a 24MP APS-C Exmor sensor, OLED viewfinder with 100% coverage, and what Sony calls "4D FOCUS."

Mere weeks after claiming there would be no more development for the A-mount, leaving many users who had bought into its extensive 34-lens ecosystem reeling, Sony introduced a brand new camera for the popular mount. Featuring 79 autofocus points (15 cross-type) that are rated down to EV -2, the system is notable for its use of a 4D focus system (which is a catchy way of saying it adds a time-predictive element) and Sony's Single Lens Translucent technology, which is a misnomer, as the mirror is not translucent, but rather pellicle. Nonetheless, the combination of the two allows for improved tracking performance with no viewfinder blackout. 

Other notable features include a surprisingly mobile LCD monitor that flips 135 degrees upwards to 55 degrees downward, ten customizable buttons, SteadyShot image stabilization, 8 FPS maximum shooting speed, an ISO range of 100-25,600, 24MP APS-C Exmor sensor, and a 1.44 million dot OLED viewfinder with 100% coverage and no blackout.

The new α68 should be available in Europe in March 2016 for approximately €600 for the body only or €700 with a DT18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM II lens. Pricing and availability in the United States have not been released yet. 

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T Dillon's picture

Looks like a good value option. I hope the kit has an option of either the 18-135 or 16-50/2.8. Both are significantly better than the 18-55.

Alexander Petrenko's picture

So, it is mirrorless camera sized as SLR?

T Dillon's picture

No, it still has a translucent mirror. Used them more than 5 years now. Its a very good system. No mirror slap, high fps, EVF.... lots of nice features.

Alan Klughammer's picture

Yes, but with a fixed mirror....

Fritz Asuro's picture

The camera body's design is like a Nikon & Canon merged.

T Dillon's picture

It looks an awful lot like my old a65, and even the a560 before it. The old a100 still has a resemblance.

Bill Peppas's picture

Body design looks like a combination of various Nikon models :D
Ergonomically it looks good.
Sensor-wise it will surely be good.
If Zeiss's lenses were cheaper Sony's A mount could've made something nowadays.