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.