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.
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.
The A68 is built around the same Translucent Mirror construction as Sony's previous models, with a non-moving mirror that passes some of the light through to the sensor and the electronic viewfinder and some to the separate phase detection autofocus sensor. This allows it to offer the same kind of form as a DSLR with the advantage of the aforementioned viewfinder, together with full-time live view and phase-detect autofocus, and also a burst rate that's higher than expected from a more orthodox DSLR pitched at the same audience.
Capture more unforgettable moments for posterity. With the α68, the world's highest number of phase-detection AF points (79) covering a wide AF area will catch the moment to last for a lifetime. The Exmor® CMOS sensor and BIONZ X™ image processing engine deliver the imaging impact you aim for. Dials, controls, and displays make shooting more intuitive and immediate to optimize operability.
The large Exmor CMOS image sensor with approximately 24.2 MP5 provides for high image resolution, delicate tonal gradation and expressive bokeh. And the BIONZ X featuring advanced image reproducing technologies and processes vast data from the sensor at high speed for more realistic images. The duo is a perfect match for shooting in the wide ISO range of 100-256006 and producing beautifully sharp, clear results.
Sony’s unique design replaces a DSLR moving mirror with a fixed translucent mirror, which allows ultrafast shooting with continuous use of accurate phase-detection AF.
Broaden your photographic horizons with an expanded line-up of superb lenses. The α68 empowers you to fully enjoy the renowned performance of professional-grade glass from Sony and ZEISS®.