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Overview: The Sony α68 (ILCA-68) Alpha series camera
includes the camera body, a rechargeable battery, battery charger, adjustable neck strap, and USB cable. The α68
has an APS-C CMOS image sensor with 24.8 megapixels, and is compatible with Sony
lenses. (Operation with Minolta and Konica Minolta lenses has also been
2.7" Tiltable LCD Screen: The α68 uses a 2.7" LCD screen with
460,800 dots and 100% coverage. You can tilt the LCD up approximately
for low angle shots or self portraits, or tilt down approximately 55° for high angle photography. The
brightness of the LCD monitor can be manually adjusted in 5 steps from -2 to +2,
or set to Auto or Sunny Weather.
0.39" OLED Electronic Viewfinder: The 0.39" Organic
Electro-Luminescence electronic color viewfinder has
1,440,000 dots, and provides approximately 100% field of view. The built-in diopter lets you adjust the viewfinder
image to your individual eyesight. You can set the camera to switch between the
LCD screen and viewfinder automatically when you look into the EVF, or choose
one or the other via the Finder/Monitor button on the top of the camera.
Display Options: You can choose how much information
appears in the viewfinder and LCD monitor. There are four options each for the LCD
screen and Viewfinder: Graphic Display, Display All Info, No Display Info, and Histogram. There's also a "For Viewfinder" display option which shows
multiple camera settings at once on the LCD screen that you can use when
shooting with the viewfinder.
Live View: The α68's Live View lets you use the LCD screen and Electronic Viewfinder to frame your photos as you shoot.
When the Live View display is set to "Setting Effect On", the LCD or viewfinder
will provide an accurate preview of your photo, including the white balance,
exposure compensation, creative style or picture effect. With the "Setting
Effect Off", you can check the image composition without the effects of the
Image Sensor: The α68 features the Exmor APS-C CMOS image sensor (23.5
x 15.6mm). It has approximately 24.8-million total pixels and 24.2-million effective pixels.
Still Image Recording Formats: The α68 can shoot still
images in JPEG file format in Standard, Fine, and
Extra Fine compression rates. You can choose to shoot in 3:2 or 16:9 aspect ratio, and in large, medium, and small image sizes. You can also record still images using the RAW format, which is uncompressed with no processing performed in the camera. RAW images must be transferred to a computer for processing, editing, and printing using the
downloadable Image Data Converter software. You can select the following image sizes:
| Aspect Ratio/Size ||Recording Pixels |
| 3:2 Large ||24M: 6000 x 4000 |
| 3:2 Medium ||12M: 4240 x 2832 |
| 3:2 Small ||6.0M: 3008 x 2000 |
| 16:9 Large ||20M: 6000 x 3376 |
| 16:9 Medium ||10M: 4240 x 2400 |
| 16:9 Small ||5.1M: 3008 x 1688 |
|3:2 RAW (L) ||24M: 6000 x 4000 |
| 16:9 RAW (L) ||20M: 6000 x 3376 |
Panorama Photos: The Panorama mode lets you record panoramic images by holding down the shutter button as you pan across the scene. Panoramic photos can be taken in several different resolution settings:
- Vertical: 3872 x 2160 (12M)
- Horizontal: 8192 x 1856 (15M)
- Vertical: 5536 x 2160 (12M)
- Horizontal: 12416 x 1856 (23M)
Movie Recording Formats: The α68 can record moving
images in XAVC S (with 2 ch LPCM audio), AVCHD (with 2 ch Dolby Digital audio) or
MP4 (with 2 ch AAC audio). You can choose from the following file formats and bit rates:
| File Format || Average Bit Rate || Resolution |
| XAVC S 60p 50M ||
50 Mbps ||
1920 x 1080 (60p) |
| XAVC S 30p 50M ||
50 Mbps ||
1920 x 1080 (30p) |
| XAVC S 24p 50M ||
50 Mbps ||
1920 x 1080 (24p) |
| AVCHD 60p 28M (PS) ||
28 Mbps ||
1920 x 1080 (60p) |
| AVCHD 60i 24M (FX) ||
24 Mbps ||
1920 x 1080 (60i) |
| AVCHD 60i 17M (FH) ||
17 Mbps ||
1920 x 1080 (60i) |
| AVCHD 24p 24M (FX) ||
24 Mbps ||
1920 x 1080 (24p) |
| AVCHD 24p 17M (FH) ||
17 Mbps ||
1920 x 1080 (24p) |
| MP4 1440 x 1080 12M ||
12 Mbps ||
1440 x 1080 (30fps) |
| MP4 VGA 3M ||
3 Mbps ||
640 x 480 (30fps) |
Dual Media Options: The α68 camera accepts two types of media for capturing still images: Memory Stick PRO Duo
(Mark2 only), and Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, SD, SDHC, and SDXC Memory Cards. The maximum number of images that can be recorded on a memory card formatted with this camera varies slightly between the two types of media.
When recording movies in XAVC S format, only Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, SDHC, and
SDXC media (Class 10 or UHS-1) can be used.
Zoom Options: The camera provides several options for
zooming functions. When a zoom lens is attached to the camera, you can zoom in
or out using the optical zoom capabilities of the lens. The Clear Image Zoom increases the effective focal length of the
lens by digitally magnifying the center of the image. Combining the camera's Digital Zoom and
Clear Image Zoom lets you increase
magnification to the largest scale, however image quality will deteriorate. The
available zoom magnification rates are:
Focus Modes: You can set the camera to Auto Focus or Manual
Focus via a 2-way switch on the front panel. Manual focus may work best when it is difficult to get the proper focus in auto focus mode
by allowing you to set the distance of a subject using the lens focusing ring.
If Auto Focus is selected, you can choose from the following Auto Focus modes using the
- Single-shot AF (S): The camera focuses and
the focus is locked when you press the shutter button halfway down.
Recommended for use with motionless subjects.
- Automatic AF (A): The camera switches between
Single-shot and Continuous AF depending upon the movement of the subject.
- Continuous AF (C): The camera continues to
focus when you press and hold the shutter button halfway down. Recommended
for use when the subject is in motion.
AF (Auto focus) Area: You can select between 5 settings:
- Wide: The camera focuses automatically on a subject in
all ranges of the image.
- Zone: You can select a zone (consisting of 9 to 12 focus
areas) on the monitor on which to focus.
- Center: The camera uses the AF area located in the center area exclusively.
- Flexible Spot: You can change the size of and move the focusing area in order
to focus on a small subject or narrow area.
- Expand Flexible Spot: If you can't focus on a single
selected point, the expanded flexible spot uses the eight focus points
around the flexible spot as the second priority area to achieve focus.
Eye-Start AF: With Eye-Start AF turned on, the camera will
start auto focusing when you look through the Electronic Viewfinder.
Eye AF: The new Eye AF function can be assigned to a
customizable button. When Eye AF is selected, the camera focuses on a person's
eyes for extremely sharp focusing of the face.
Face Detection/Smile Shutter: The camera can detect human faces, and adjusts the focus, exposure, performs image processing and adjusts flash settings for best results. Faces can be registered, and priority given to those faces over others in the frame. Up to 8 faces can be detected and/or registered. When the Smile Shutter feature is enabled, the camera will automatically release the shutter when a slight, normal, or big smile is detected.
Focus Lock: If a subject is off-center and outside of the AF area, you can lock the focus of the camera.
AF Illuminator: When you press the shutter button halfway down,
the flash pops up and emits fill light until the focus is locked. Under dark lighting conditions or when you shoot a low contrast subject, the AF illuminator allows the camera to focus more easily on the subject.
The range of the AF Illuminator is 3.3 to 16.4 feet.
Drive Modes: The camera offers the following Drive modes:
- Single Shooting: Default setting for shooting one still image
at a time.
- Continuous Shooting: At full resolution, the camera
can record continuously up to 5 frames per second at the high speed setting,
and about 2.5 fps at low speed.
- Self-Timer: You can set the camera to three different self-timers:
- 10 Second: After you press the shutter button, the shutter will be released about 10 seconds later. This is convenient when the photographer wants to appear in a photo.
- 2 Second: After you press the shutter button, the shutter will be released about 2 seconds later. This is convenient to reduce camera-shake.
- 10 Seconds/3 or 5 Images: The camera records 3 or 5 images
continuously after a 10 second delay. You can choose the best shot from
the shots taken.
- Bracket Shooting: The camera is capable of shooting
multiple images, each with a different setting. You can choose from the
following Bracket options:
- Continuous Bracket: Shoot
3 or 5 images, each with different degrees of brightness (0.3EV, 0.5EV,
0.7EV, 1.0EV, 2.0EV or 3.0EV). The images are taken as you press and hold
the shutter button.
- Single Bracket: Same as Continuous Bracket above,
except that the shutter button is pressed for each image.
- WB Bracket: The camera records three images, each with
different color tones, according to the selected settings of white balance,
color temperature, and color filter. You can select Low (small changes in
white balance) or High (large changes in white balance).
- DRO Bracket: The camera records three images, each with
different degree of D-Range Optimizer. You can select Low (small changes in
DRO) or High (large changes in DRO).
Shooting Modes: The top-mounted Mode Dial lets you select from the following
- Auto: In the menu, you can choose which of the following are
desired when the Mode Dial is set to Auto:
- iAuto (Intelligent Auto): This mode allows easy shooting with settings adjusted automatically.
- iAuto+ (Superior Auto): The camera recognizes and evaluates the shooting condition and sets the appropriate settings automatically. The camera saves one appropriate image by combining or separating images as necessary.
- Program Auto: For shooting with the exposure adjusted
automatically (both the shutter speed and the aperture value), while
allowing you to adjust other settings manually.
- Aperture Priority: This mode allows you to shoot after adjusting the aperture value manually, letting the camera set the appropriate shutter speed. This mode gives you greater control over the depth of field.
- Shutter Speed Priority: This mode allows you to shoot after adjusting the shutter speed manually, letting the camera set the appropriate aperture. With a high shutter speed, the moving subject appears as if it is frozen on the image. With a slow shutter speed, the moving subject appears as if it were flowing.
- Manual Exposure: This mode allows you to shoot after adjusting the exposure (shutter speed and aperture) manually.
- Memory Recall (1, 2, 3): You can register often-used
camera settings (including Shooting Mode, Aperture, Shutter speed) in one of
three memory positions on the Mode Dial for easy recall.
- Movies: You can record movies in Full HD or standard
definition in 16:9 or 4:3 aspect ratio. When selected on the Mode Dial, you can
select the desired movie settings, including Program Auto, Aperture
Priority, Shutter Priority, and Manual Exposure.
- Tele-zoom Continuous AE: This mode lets you shoot
continuously at high speeds (up to 8 fps) by cropping the center area of the
image and focusing with a maximum of 25 focus area points.
- Sweep Panorama: Shoot expansive scenery or high-rise buildings with dynamic composition.
- Scene Selection: You can select an appropriate mode for the subject or the shooting conditions to allow you to shoot the image with a suitable setting for the subject:
Portrait, Sports Action, Macro, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Hand-held
Twilight, and Night Portrait.
Picture Effect: You can select
Picture Effect to get one the following effect filters to achieve more impressive and artistic expression: Toy Camera
(Normal, Cool, Warm, Green, Magenta), Pop Color, Posterization
(color, B/W), Retro Photo, Soft High-key, Partial Color (Red,
Green, Blue, or Yellow), High Contrast Mono, Soft Focus (Low, Mid, High), HDR Painting
(Low, Mid, High), Rich-tone
Mono, Miniature (Auto, Top, Middle (horizontal), Bottom, Right, Middle
(vertical), Left), Watercolor, and Illustration (Low, Mid, High).
Creative Style: The Creative Style function lets you select
the desired image processing. You can adjust exposure (shutter speed and
aperture) as you like with Creative Style. You can choose from: Standard, Vivid,
Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn
Leaves, Black & White, or Sepia. You can also adjust Contrast, Saturation, and
Exposure Compensation: Exposure compensation is used to alter the camera's standard exposure setting. You can make the image look lighter (increased exposure) or darker (decreased exposure).
The exposure compensation amount can be set up to +/-5.0 EV in
1/3-step or 1/2-step increments. When shooting movies, the exposure can be
adjusted in a range of +/-2.0 EV. You can adjust the Exposure Compensation using
the dedicated button on the top of the camera or in the menu.
AE Lock: You can fix the exposure before deciding on the composition when taking a picture. This is effective when the metering object and focusing object are different or when you want to shoot continuously while keep the same exposure value.
Metering Mode: A 1200-zone evaluative sensing system provides multi-pattern measuring for superior exposure control accuracy in a wide range of lighting conditions. You can select the method for measuring the brightness of a subject from the following three methods:
- Multi: This method uses the whole screen divided into 1200 zones to measure light.
- Center: While emphasizing the central area of the screen, this method measure the average brightness of the entire screen.
- Spot: This method measure light only in the spot metering circle in the center of the frame.
White Balance: You can adjust the color tones according to the lighting conditions. You can choose from the following WB options:
Auto WB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent (Warm White),
Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Daylight),
Flash, and Color Temperature/Color Filter., and Custom (1/2/3). You can also
set a Custom White Balance value and save it under Custom 1/2/3.
Color Temperature/Color Filter: You can adjust the white balance further by selecting Color Temperature or Color Filter in the Custom White Balance option. With Color Temperature, the higher the number, the more reddish the image, and the lower the number, the more bluish the image. Color Filter achieves the effect of Color Compensation filters for photography. Based on the set color temperature as the standard, the color can be compensated to Green (G) or Magenta (M).
ISO Settings: ISO is a unit of measurement of sensitivity to
light. The larger the number, the higher the sensitivity. The camera's ISO
can be set manually or automatically, depending upon the exposure mode. The
manual ISO range is 100 to 25600 in 1/3EV increments.
Flash/Multi-Interface Shoe: The α68 has a built-in flash,
which pops up automatically when needed. You can manually raise the flash by
pressing the flash button on the front of the camera. In addition, the camera is equipped with the
Multi-Interface Shoe, allowing you to use an external flash, such as the
Flash Modes: When the built-in or optional external flash is
used, the camera offers several Flash Modes: Autoflash, Fill-flash, Slow
Sync, Rear Sync, and Wireless. You can adjust the amount of flash light in a
range of -3.0 EV to +3.0 EV with the Flash Compensation feature.
Play And Print Functions
Playback Screen: You can view your photos back as a single image on the LCD monitor, as an Index or as a Slide Show. During
Image Index view mode, you can view
9 (3 x 3) or 25 (5 x 5) images at once.
Auto Review: After an image is recorded, you can have the camera automatically display it on the LCD monitor for two, five or 10 seconds. You can also turn off auto review.
Image Rotation: Vertical shots can be rotated automatically so that they are displayed upright during playback. This can be done manually or automatically.
Slide Show: You can automatically play back still images
continuously in a slide show. You can set the interval to 1, 3, 5, 10, or 30
View Mode: There are five View Modes to choose from for
playing back images and movies: Date View, Folder View (Still), Folder View (MP4),
AVCHD View, and XAVC S View.
D-Range Optimizer/Auto HDR: The camera allows you to correct the brightness and contrast of an image automatically, using the D-Range Optimizer (DRO) and Auto High Dynamic Range functions. The DRO optimizes the gradations of a recorded image in each area of the image; you select the optimal level from Lv1 (weak) and Lv5 (strong). When Auto HDR is selected, the camera shoots three images with different exposures, then overlays them to create one image with the correct exposure and an overlaid image.
4K Still Image Playback: The α68 can output images in
4K resolution to an HDMI-connected TV that supports 4K. The 4K playback function
can be selected in the Playback Menu only when the camera is connected to a
4K-compatible TV via HDMI.
BRAVIA Sync: When connecting the camera to a Sony TV with
BRAVIA Sync via HDMI, you can control the camera with the TV's remote control.
Protect Images: You can protect all images on your memory card or select only certain images to be protected from accidental erasure.
InfoLithium Battery: The α68 is powered by the
InfoLithium battery. The battery
communicates data to the camera, so that the percentage of battery power
remaining can be displayed. The battery life specs are as follows:
- Shooting Still Images: Approx. 580 images (LCD), 540
- Actual Shooting (movies): Approx. 130 min (LCD or
- Continuous Shooting (movies): Approx. 220 min (LCD or
- Viewing Still Images: Approx. 410 min or 8200 images
(LCD or Viewfinder)
Charging: The NP-FM500 InfoLithium battery requires approximately
175 minutes to reach a full charge, using the supplied BC-VM10A battery charger.
Power Save: You can set different time intervals for the
camera to switch to Power Save mode. You can set the interval to 10 seconds, 1 minute,
2 minutes, 5 minutes, or 30 minutes. Once the camera goes into Power
Save mode, you can return to the shooting mode by pressing the shutter button
Downloadable Software: The α68 does not include software in
the box. Instead, Sony offers software for Windows- and Mac-compatible computers
for importing still images and movies recorded with the camera to your computer.
You can download the software to your computer using
the appropriate URL
provided in the supplied Instruction Manual. The following downloadable
software is compatible with the camera:
- Capture One Express (for Sony): Capture One Express
lets you enjoy the highest image quality with perfect colors and detail. It
is also a high quality RAW converter. (Compatible with Windows 7, 8, 10, and
Mac OS X v10.10.5-10.11)
- PlayMemories Home: With PlayMemories Home, you can view your images, and use
various convenient features to enhance the images you have shot.
PlayMemories Home is required for importing AVCHD and XAVC S movies to your computer.
(Compatible with Windows Vista SP2, 7 SP1, 8.1, 10, and Mac OS X
- Image Data Converter: Image Data Converter software is needed
for playing back and editing images recorded in RAW format with various
corrections, such as tone curve and sharpness. With Image Data Converter,
RAW images can be adjusted with white balance, exposure, Creative Style, and
converted into JPEG or TIFF formats. (Compatible with Windows Vista SP2, 7
SP1, 8.1, 10, and Mac OS X v10.9-10.11)
- Remote Camera Control: Remote Camera Control can be
used to control the camera from your computer. You can also change the
camera's settings, perform interval timer shooting, and record images
directly to the computer. (Compatible with Windows Vista SP2, 7 SP1, 8, 8.1,
10, and Mac OS X v10.8-10.11)