Sony announces Alpha A68 camera with 4D focusing tech

While Sony has been busy lately releasing powerful mirrorless and full-frame sensor cameras, its latest edition to the Alpha lineup proves they haven't completely forgotten about entry-level DSLRs. The new Alpha A68 camera features a 24-megapixel APS-C sensor, accepts A-mount lenses, and has a hybrid electronic OLED viewfinder. The real surprise feature, however, is what Sony has dubbed "4D focus," which offers fast, accurate tracking autofocus with 79 AF points.

The 4D focus is also tied to a new translucent mirror, that, when combined with those 79 AF points, is capable of continuous autofocus tracking at up to 8fps, even low-light situations. On the backside of the camera, photographers will find a 2.7-inch TFT LCD screen with a hinge that can tilt 135 degrees upwards and 55 degrees down.

The Alpha A68's sensor is an Exmor CMOS and offers an ISO range of 100-25600. Aside from taking photos, the camera can record video in 1080p, as well as make use of the continuous autofocus. There are 10 user-customizable buttons, and a SteadyShot Inside feature that is compatible with all 34 lenses in the A-mount line.

Sony says the Alpha A68 will be available starting in March 2016, priced at around $650 for the body only. While this puts it at a price point well below the Alpha A99 and Alpha A77 II models, it seems likely to be replacing the Alpha A58.

VIA Engadget