Sony Keeps DSLR Line Alive with a68

December 17, 2015

By Greg Scoblete

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.

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