Sony Announces Alpha 68 SLR, But Only for Europe

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There is a new Sony A-mount camera, nevertheless it's solely been introduced for sale in Europe right now.

Sony Alpha 68

It has been greater than a yr since Sony launched an A-mount camera—the Alpha 77 II— and a few have speculated that Sony was ignoring A-mount cameras in favor of its mirorrless E-mount system. But a new mannequin introduced as we speak, the Alpha 68, supplies some proof on the contrary—so long as you are purchasing for a camera in Europe. It hasn't but been introduced for sale in North America.

The Alpha 68, which is an replace to aged Alpha 65 based mostly on its specifications, features a 24-megapixel APS-C image sensor, a hard and fast mirror and OLED digital viewfinder, and a model new autofocus system.

That is probably the most thrilling facet. Sony is looking it 4D Focus, and it guarantees to ship correct monitoring at 8fps, thanks partially to a 79-level part detect autofocus sensor. The fastened-mirror design definitely helps right here—mild passes by means of the semitransparent mirror to the sensor, so there is no mechanical system needed to boost and decrease it with each shot—and since the part detect sensor is all the time receiving mild it may possibly proceed to trace topics as you shoot. A byproduct of that is that focus in Stay View mode is simply as quick as when peering via the viewfinder, no matter whether or not you are capturing nonetheless pictures or video.

Video is a bit disappointing right here. Sony has put 4K into current fashions, together with the Alpha 7R II, however the Alpha 68 tops out at 1080p60 seize. It does use XAVC S at 50Mbps, which has confirmed to ship wonderful video up to now, however with out the acute decision and constancy that 4K brings.

The rear LCD is a 2.7-inch panel that may tilt one hundred thirty five levels up or 55 levels down. There isn't any selfie mode, however it's a plus for videographers and photographers, particularly when grabbing low-angle photographs on a tripod.

Alpha SLRs use in-physique image stabilization—Sony calls the tech SteadyShot Inside—so any lens hooked up will profit from stabilization. That is a plus for capturing stills at longer shutter speeds, in addition to recording handheld video.

The Alpha 68 is priced at €600 as a physique solely, or at €seven hundred with an 18-55mm lens.

We'll see if Sony decides to market the Alpha 68 stateside; the final camera that it introduced overseas, the Alpha 7 II, got here to the U.S. every week after its launch in Japan. But a consultant from Sony Electronics US states that they can't remark about any potential U.S. launch right now.

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