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Sony’s latest SLT camera features the world’s highest number of phase-detect AF points

By Marcus Wong - on 12 Nov 2015, 1:46pm

Sony’s latest SLT camera features the world’s highest number of phase-detect AF points

There doesn’t seem to be any news from Sony Asia yet, but Sony Europe has just announced the launch of the A68 (ILCA-68) A-mount camera, featuring a 24-megapixel APS-C sized CMOS sensor paired with their BIONZ X image processing engine. The sensor allows for an ISO sensitivity of 100 to 25600, and the image processing engine features detail reproduction technology for more realistic images, diffraction reduction to correct blurred details, and area-specific noise reduction for even better high ISO performance.

The camera features a 2.7” tilting LCD screen that tilts up 135 degrees up and 55 degrees down with adjustable brightness for optimal adaptability to your shooting conditions, and there’s also a bright, high-contrast OLED viewfinder that gives you a real-time preview of your image even before you hit the shutter.

The tilting LCD screen tilts up 135 degrees up and 55 degrees down.

The biggest draw of the system however, remains the 4D focus capabilities of the camera. 15 of the 79 AF points are of the cross-type variety, meaning they offer sensitivity in both the vertical and horizontal axes. Combined with a dedicated f2.8 central vertical focus point , the 4D system also takes into account the factor of time by using algorithms to predict your subject’s next move, hence allowing for even more accurate tracking.

All the ports you might need in the left of the camera.

Face detection with Face registration allows the A68 to detect up to eight faces in a scene, while Eye AF further ensures portraits are kept properly in focus by detecting an eye to focus on. For even faster performance, there’s also the option to lock autofocus to a specified distance range. The autofocus capabilities are rated down to -2EV, ensuring reliable operation even in lowlight, and the continuous autofocus capabilities are fast enough to keep up with the camera’s highest burst rate of eight frames per second.

Translucent Mirror Technology at its finest.

Meanwhile, video shooters will be pleased to know that Sony’s Translucent Mirror Technology allows for full-time continuous autofocus even during Full HD movie shooting. Full HD recording is supported at 50Mbps with the high bit-rate XAVC S format, and the multi-interface shoe and multi terminal lets you mount anything from a video light to a shotgun microphone for enhanced movie shooting.

The α68 will be retailing in Europe from March 2016 for approximately €600 body only or €700 with DT18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM II lens, but no announcements have been made regarding its availability in the rest of the world as yet. 

Source: Sony UK, Sony Europe

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