About the Sony Alpha a68 (no lens included)
A value-packed DSLR that pulls its own weight
The Sony Alpha a68 has a tilting LCD screen to help frame shots from high or low angles.
A value-packed DSLR that pulls its own weight
If you're getting serious about your photography, you have lots of choices, from slick pocket-sized cameras to large pro-level DSLRs, with prices ranging all over the map. The Sony Alpha a68 is a mid-sized DSLR that's loaded with serious technology — a real bang for your buck with an impressive feature set. Going with a DSLR, you know you're getting a sturdy camera with old-school handling, full manual controls, and top-notch image quality. Not to mention a wide range of lens choices. The a68 lets you take advantage of the full assortment of Sony and ZEISS® A-mount lenses — renowned for their performance and premium image quality.
Premium features for powerful performance and intuitive handling
The a68 has features that rival those found in higher-end and even top-of-the-line DSLR models. I don't know of any other entry- to mid-level DSLR that has a top-mounted display panel like the a68 does. This feature is great for confirming settings at a glance. In terms of speed and tracking ability, the a68's advanced autofocus system gives certain cameras costing ten times as much a run for their money. The camera's OLED electronic viewfinder offers 100% frame coverage and lets you preview changes to your settings in real time, so you can frame your shots with the end result in mind. You can also use the 2.7" tilting LCD monitor to compose from different angles — shoot over your head, from ground level, or anywhere in-between.
Quick and agile in any kind of light
The a68's high-resolution 24.2-megapixel CMOS sensor and BIONZ X™ image processing engine combine to bring you high image quality and a wide ISO sensitivity range (ISO 100-25,600 for stills/ ISO 100-12,800 for movies). This powerful duo makes for sharp, clear, natural-looking images with low noise levels, even in low light. In continuous shooting, the a68 can capture eight frames per second with continuous autofocus throughout the burst, giving you clean, dynamic action shots of wildlife, sports, kids, and more.
Game-changing mirror technology raises the bar
Sony's Translucent Mirror Technology replaces the moving mirror traditionally found in DSLR cameras with a fixed translucent mirror that splits the light coming from the lens, sending it to the camera's image sensor and autofocus sensor simultaneously. This technology makes the A68 capable of ultra-fast shooting with continuous use of accurate phase-detection autofocus. Whether you're shooting stills or movies, subjects on the move remain in sharp focus.
A new dimension in autofocus
Traditional autofocus systems deal with space in three dimensions. Sony's groundbreaking 4D autofocus system accounts for both space and time to capture moving subjects more crisply than ever. The a68 tracks your subject's speed and predicts its movement around the frame, working continuously even in low light. This impressively fast and accurate system uses a whopping 79 phase-detection autofocus points for wide frame coverage. No matter where your subject is in the frame or how fast it's moving, the a68 can lock onto it nearly instantaneously, and maintain focus as you shoot.
- 24.2-megapixel effective recording
- 8 frames-per-second continuous shooting
- HD movie mode at up to 1080/60p with dedicated record button and full-time autofocus
- 79-point 4D autofocus system with 15 cross-type sensors for accurate, high-speed focusing for stills and movies
- Lock-on AF (autofocus) uses face detection and dynamic AF point assignment to improve tracking of subjects in motion
- Auto Object Framing uses traditional rules of composition to recommend and execute well-cropped pictures, saved alongside your originals
- built-in sensor-shift image stabilization provides image stabilization with all attached lenses
- Sony BIONZ X™ image processor for accurate, low noise images and responsive shooting
- 2.7" tilting LCD screen (460,800 dots) with continuous live view for composing photos and movies on-screen in real-time
- screen adjusts up to 135 degrees up and 55 degrees downward for versatile high- and low-level shooting
- high-res electronic viewfinder (1,440,000 dots) with 100% frame coverage
- Sweep Panorama mode takes multiple images and stitches them together in-camera
- built-in anti-dust technology to keep image sensor clean for spotless photos
- Translucent Mirror Technology for high-speed continuous shooting and full-time autofocus
- auto High Dynamic Range (HDR) mode takes three exposures in rapid succession and combines them to capture increased shadow and highlight details
- adjustable Dynamic Range Optimizer helps add definition to shadows and highlights on individual images
- built-in auto pop-up flash with flash compensation
- compatible with Sony Alpha, Minolta, and Konica/Minolta A-type bayonet mount autofocus lenses
Exposure Modes and Controls:
- shutter speed range: 30-1/4,000 seconds, bulb
- ISO sensitivity range: 100-25,600
- program auto, shutter-priority, aperture-priority, manual, Continuous Advance Priority AE, scene, and fully automatic exposure modes
- preset scene modes for accurately exposed images in various shooting environments
- flash sync at 1/160 second
File Formats and Storage:
- image storage modes: JPEG, RAW, and RAW+JPEG
- video formats: XAVC S, AVCHD and MP4
- accepts Memory Stick® PRO Duo and SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards
Connections and Dimensions:
- high-speed USB 2.0 interface
- micro HDMI output for sharing images on a compatible HDTV (cable not included)
- multi-interface accessory shoe hosts additional Sony accessories like lights and microphones
- 3.5mm minijack input for optional external microphone
- 5-5/8"W x 4-1/8"H x 3-5/16"D
- weight (with battery): 23.8 oz.
What's in the box:
- Sony A-series camera body (black)
- Body cap (installed)
- NP-FM500H Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (7.2V 1600mAh 11.5Wh)
- BC-VM10 Battery Charger (Output 8.4V 750mA)
- 2' USB cable (Type A USB on one end and Micro USB on other end)
- Neck strap
- Instruction Manual (English)
- Instruction Manual (French)
- Limited Warranty (US & Canada)
- Online Registration card
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Features & specs
|LCD Screen Size||2.7"|
|Lens 35mm Equivalent||None included|
Memory Stick PRO Duo + PRO-HG Duo |
|Image Stabilization||Sensor Shift|
|Highest Resolution||6000 x 4000|
|Video Resolution||1920 x 1080/60p|
|Weight With Battery (ounces)||23.8|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
Play And Print Functions
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 A-mount lenses. (Operation with Minolta and Konica Minolta lenses has also been confirmed.)
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 135° 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 exposure settings.
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 menu:
- 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 shooting modes:
- 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 Sharpness.
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 HVL-F20M or HVL-F43M.
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.
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 seconds.
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 NP-FM500H 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 images (Viewfinder)
- Actual Shooting (movies): Approx. 130 min (LCD or Viewfinder)
- Continuous Shooting (movies): Approx. 220 min (LCD or Viewfinder)
- 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 halfway.
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, 8.1, 10, and macOS v10.12.6, 10.13.6 or 10.14.x)
- 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 XAVC S and AVCHD movies to your computer. PlayMemories Home is compatible with Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7 (SP1), and Mac OS X v10.10-10.11, macOS 10.12-10.13 operating systems.
- Imaging Edge: Imaging Edge (Remote/Viewer/Edit) software can be used for browsing images (creating time-lapse movies, filtering images by applying ratings), adjusting images (edit and adjusting for brightness, color, and tone), remote shooting, and saving images recorded in RAW format and converting them to JPEG or TIFF format. Imaging Edge is compatible with Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7 (SP1), and macOS 10.12-10.14.
Note: Sony's Image Data Converter and Remote Camera Control software was discontinued in September 2018, and replaced with Imaging Edge.
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