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Sony Alpha A68 Review

Sony Alpha A68 Review

Sony hasn’t produced a DSLR for almost six years now, and much of its focus has since shifted to its popular compact system cameras. It has, however, maintained its DSLR-like Single Lens Translucent (SLT) models for the benefit of those after an interchangeable-lens camera with a more traditional form factor.

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The A68 is its latest addition to the SLT system, nestling between the junior A58 and the more advanced A77 II, and thus billed as a perfect partner for “demanding amateur photographers”. Looking at its spec sheet you’d be forgiven for thinking it should command a higher price than it actually does, with a handful of features borrowed from the more advanced of its stablemates. As such, it holds plenty of appeal to those on a budget that require something more capable than the norm.

Sony Alpha A68 Specifications

Price
MSRP€600 (body only), €700 (with 18-55mm lens)
Body type
Body typeMid-size SLR
Sensor
Max resolution6000 x 4000
Other resolutions3:2 (4240 x 2832, 3008 x 2000), 16:9 (6000 x 3376, 4240 x 2400, 3008 x 1688)
Image ratio w:h3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels24 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors25 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorBionz X
Image
ISOAuto, 100-25600
White balance presets9
Custom white balanceYes (3 slots)
Image stabilizationSensor-shift
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsSuper fine, fine, normal
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoomYes (1.4x – 8x)
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points79
Lens mountSony/Minolta Alpha
Focal length multiplier1.5×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDTilting
Screen size2.7
Screen dots460,800
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification0.88× (0.59× 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder resolution1,440,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Aperture priorityYes
Shutter priorityYes
Manual exposure modeYes
Subject / scene modesYes
Built-in flashYes
Flash range12.00 m (at ISO 100)
External flashYes (via hot shoe)
Flash modesFlash off, Auto, Fill-flash, Slow sync, Red-eye reduction, Rear sync, Wireless, High Speed sync
Continuous drive8.0 fps
Self-timerYes (Yes (2 or 12 sec))
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±3 (3, 5 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV, 2 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes (3 shots, low/high selectable)
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (60i, 30p, 24p), 1440 x 1080, 640 x 480
FormatMPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
Videography notesSupports XAVC S with 50Mbps bit rate (30p, 24p)
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo
Connectivity
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (micro HDMI)
Microphone portYes
Headphone portNo
Remote controlYes (wired or smartphone)
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionNP-FM500H lithium-ion battery and charger
Weight (inc. batteries)610 g (1.34 lb / 21.52 oz)
Dimensions143 x 104 x 81 mm (5.63 x 4.09 x 3.19)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
GPSNone

Sony Alpha A68 Price & Deals

Review
Summary
Sony has produced a camera that offers real performance and value for money for enthusiasts and ambitious beginners, but the mediocre kit lens, build quality and rear display show that corners have been cut.
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