When you’re willing to put up with a little more bulk in camera gear, but not quite ready to embrace professional high-end rigs, an entry-level DSLR will probably offer the best fit. Sony’s new Alpha A68 combines ease of use with a selection of pro-level features that should make it a suitable next step for more demanding amateur photographers.
The killer feature here is 4D Focus, a tech it inherits from the acclaimed Alpha A77 II. If you’re unfamiliar, it’s, basically, a 79-point phase-detection autofocus (the most in any camera, according to Sony) that covers a wide AF area, enabling more accurate tracking performance. Even better, the use of a translucent mirror (in favor of a moving mirror) allows the camera to maintain that pace in clear focus during continuous shooting at 8fps, even under low-light conditions.
The Sony Alpha A68 is an A-mount DSLR with a 24-megapixel Exmor CMOS sensor that delivers a wide ISO range of 100-25600 and a BIONZ X image processor. Out back sits a 0.39-inch OLED electronic viewfinder that boasts 100 percent frame coverage and accurate color reproduction, complemented by a 2.7-inch TFT LCD that can tilt both upwards (up to 135 degrees) and downwards (55 degrees). Features include 1080p video recording, SteadyShot INSIDE image stabilization that works with all 34 A-Mount lenses at all focal lengths, a rear control wheel, 10 customizable buttons, and a front adjustment dial that allows you to make rapid changes to the settings.
Slated for release in Europe March of next year, the Sony Alpha A68 is priced at €600 (body only) and €700 with a bundled 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens.