While Sony has been heavily focused on its full frame mirrorless system, photographers had begun to wonder about the fate of Sony’s traditional a-mount DSLR lineup.
Today, Sony reaffirmed its commitment to its a-mount line with the launch of the a68, a product initially announced only for European markets last month.
The a68 boasts a 24-megapixel APS-C-sized CMOS image sensor and a 4D focusing system that leverages 79 phase detect AF points to keep subjects sharp.
The focusing system, working in tandem with Sony’s BIONZ processor, can lock on a subject in lighting as low as EV -2.
Additional features include:
* a native ISO range of 100-25,600
* 8 fps continuous shooting with AFC engaged when in 1.5x crop mode
* 1920x1080p30 HD video recording using Sony’s XAVC-S codec for bit rates up to 50Mbps
* 2.7-inch tilting LCD that can be angled up to 135-degrees or down at 55-degrees
* a high-contrast OLED viewfinder
* built-in image stabilizer
* clean HDMI output and audio monitoring
* 10 customizable buttons
The a68 will ship in April with an 18-55mm lens for $699 or $600 for the body.