Sony Alpha a68 DSLR Camera

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Sony Alpha a68 DSLR Camera Making entry-level more tempting is the Sony Alpha a68 DSLR Camera which provides numerous features found in larger, more costly options, but in a compact and well-laid-out format. Major improvements to photo quality come from the use of a 24.2MP APS-C Exmor CMOS sensor along with the BIONZ X processor, which fuse their energies to generate highly detailed photos at sensitivities up to ISO 25600 using continuous rates up to 8 fps. Also, due to the use of Sony's Translucent Mirror science, continuous AF can be sustained during photo sessions and now with the 4D FOCUS system combined into this model. This system is fast and precise, making use of a wide array of 79 phase-detect autofocus points using 15 cross-type points that move down to -2 EV.

In-body anti-shake system also has the favor of being congruent with all A-mount lenses as there is no need rely on lens designs containing the IS. Additionally, the a68 offers stills and Full 1080p HD video at 30 frames per second using the capable XAVC S format at 50 Mbps for supreme film creating requirements. In addition, video has precise and quick constant tracking autofocus by using Translucent Mirror Technology.

The body design has received an extensive upgrade with the inclusion of a top display panel along with a rear control wheel that make viewing and fine-tuning settings a much more intuitive measure. Composing images has a multitude of options, which includes a 0.39" 1,440k-dot OLED Tru-Finder for rich color and contrast of real-time imaging. For a larger viewing area, the 2.7" LCD 460.8k-dot rear is feasible and can tilt up or down for photographing in unusual shooting situations.

An optional lens is the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 DT SAM II lens, which delivers an 35mm equivalent 27-82.5mm focal length range to cover wide-angle to portrait-length viewpoints. This lens provides a Smooth Autofocus Motor (SAM) to deliver fast and quiet operation that is advantageous to video recording and tracking subjects. The construction of the lens features, two aspherical elements with one extra-low dispersion glass element to help reduce chromatic and spherical aberrations all through the zoom range while also assisting in producing sharper, clearer images.

The successor to the renowned Sony A7 mirrorless full-frame camera. complete with an A-Mount 70-300mm SSM II G Lens. The latest A7 II adds numerous attributes to the specification which includes a five-axis optical imaging stabilizer, which Sony is claiming as a first in the world for a camera with a full-frame sensor.

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Body type Mid-size SLR  
Max resolution 6000 x 4000  
Other resolutions 3:2 (4240 x 2832, 3008 x 2000), 16:9 (6000 x 3376, 4240 x 2400, 3008 x 1688)  
Image ratio w:h 3:2, 16:9  
Effective pixels 24 megapixels  
Sensor photo detectors 25 megapixels  
Sensor size APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)  
Sensor type CMOS  
Processor Bionz X  
ISO Auto, 100-25600  
White balance presets 9  
Custom white balance Yes (3 slots)  
Image stabilization Sensor-shift  
Uncompressed format RAW  
JPEG quality levels Super fine, fine, normal  
Optics & Focus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoom Yes (1.4x - 8x)  
Manual focus Yes  
Number of focus points 79  
Lens mount Sony/Minolta Alpha  
Focal length multiplier 1.5  
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Tilting  
Screen size 2.7  
Screen dots 460,800  
Touch screen No  
Screen type TFT LCD  
Live view Yes  
Viewfinder type Electronic  
Viewfinder coverage 100%  
Viewfinder magnification 0.88  
Viewfinder resolution 1,440,000  
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec  
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 sec  
Aperture priority Yes  
Shutter priority Yes  
Manual exposure mode Yes  
Subject / scene modes Yes  
Built-in flash Yes  
Flash range 12.00 m (at ISO 100)  
External flash Yes (via hot shoe)  
Flash modes Flash off, Auto, Fill-flash, Slow sync, Red-eye reduction, Rear sync, Wireless, High Speed sync  
Continuous drive 8.0 fps  
Self-timer Yes (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 Bracketing Yes (3 shots, low/high selectable)  
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60i, 30p, 24p), 1440 x 1080, 640 x 480  
Format MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S  
Videography notes Supports XAVC S with 50Mbps bit rate (30p, 24p)  
Microphone Stereo  
Speaker Mono  
Storage types SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo  
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)  
HDMI Yes (micro HDMI)  
Microphone port Yes  
Headphone port No  
Remote control Yes (wired or smartphone)  
Environmentally sealed No  
Battery Battery Pack  
Battery description NP-FM500H lithium-ion battery and charger  
Weight (inc. batteries) 610 g (1.34 lb / 21.52 oz)  
Dimensions 143 x 104 x 81 mm (5.63 x 4.09 x 3.19)  
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes  
GPS None


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