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Sony Alpha SLT-A68 Review - Verdict

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Sony Alpha A68 SLT (4)

Value For Money

The Sony Alpha A68 is available for £509 with 18-55mm II kit lens. Alternative Digital SLRs available include the following:

Pentax K-S2, 20mp, 3inch vari-angle screen, 5.7fps, in camera IS, Wi-Fi, weather-sealed, £479 with kit lens
Canon EOS 750D, 24mp, 3inch vari-angle touch-screen, 5fps, Wi-Fi, £515 with 18-55mm lens
Canon EOS 760D, 24mp, 3inch vari-angle touch-screen, 5fps, top LCD, Wi-Fi, £549 body only
Nikon D5500, 24mp, 3.2inch vari-angle touch-screen, 5fps Wi-Fi, £529 with 18-55mm VR II

Alternative mirrorless cameras with an EVF includes:

Sony Alpha A6000, 24mp, 3inch tilting screen, 11fps, Wi-Fi, £499 with 16-50mm lens
Fujifilm X-T10, 16mp, 3inch tilting screen, 8fps, Wi-Fi, £549 with 16-50mm lens
Panasonic Lumix G7, 16mp, 3inch vari-angle touch-screen, 8fps, 4K video, Wi-Fi, £499 with lens
Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II, 16mp, 3inch tilting touch-screen, 8.5fps, in camera IS, Wi-Fi, £429 body only

Have a look at more APS-C DSLRs in our Top 10 Best APS-C DSLRs. You'll also need to buy a memory card and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.

Sony Alpha SLT-A68 Verdict

If you look at the alternatives available, you can choose between a DSLR, and all of the competitors at this price point feature built-in Wi-Fi. Looking at the mirrorless alternatives, all of these also offer Wi-Fi, as well as quicker continuous shooting at full resolution. All of the other cameras feature a larger screen, and some of these are touch-screens as well. You can also get higher speed shooting from the Sony Alpha A6000, as well as built-in Wi-Fi.

However, where the A68 scores well, is the inclusion of a top LCD screen, and if you want this from another camera then you'll need to look at the more expensive Canon EOS 760D. The camera also features in-camera image stabilisation, although this is also available from the cheaper Pentax K-S2 and Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II. The A68 also features 79 AF points, with 15 cross-type sensors, and is sensitive down to -2 EV which makes the camera particularly good at focusing in low-light.

The A68 offers an upgrade path for those people who have bought a Sony Alpha A58 or a previous camera, but it's a shame that the camera doesn't match some of the competitors in terms of offering a good screen, and built-in Wi-Fi - something that is expected on almost all cameras these days, particularly ones in this price range.

Anyone looking for a replacement for the now discontinued A65 is likely to be disappointed by the A68, and the A77-II is a much more impressive camera, with 12fps continuous shooting, high-resolution screen, high-resolution EVF, built-in Wi-Fi, and weather-sealing. If the Sony Alpha A68 price drops noticeably over time, then it could become a bit of a bargain, but in our opinion, the Sony Alpha A6000 is significantly better, at a lower price point.

Sony Alpha SLT-A68 Pros

24-megapixel sensor
Good colour reproduction
Top LCD screen
Good battery life
Built in image stabilisation sensor
DRO / HDR modes for extended dynamic range
Fast focus and shutter response
79 AF points with wide coverage
Fast live view 

Sony Alpha SLT-A68 Cons

Overly sensitive shutter release button
Sony 18-55mm SAM II isn't the best lens 
Sensor based image stabilisation doesn't work for video
2.7inch screen
Lacks Wi-Fi

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The Sony Alpha A68 would make a good upgrade for A58 users and is recommended for that reason but otherwise, it's a little difficult to see the appeal when Sony mirrorless cameras offer more.

 


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Photographs taken using the Sony Alpha SLT-A68

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Comments


dannyr Plus
11 46 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2016 12:15PM
Wow that's a really dull camera, seriously I have not been this unmoved by a camera in a long time, and I am a camera nut!.

I try not to be negative about the review scores but I really don't think your reason to give it a recommended is a very strong one.

You are kind of allowing Sony to advertise that this camera is "Recommended by Ephotozine" for a camera that you don't really seem to recommend that much.
Tcoat3 4
1 Jun 2016 12:36PM
"Noise performance is slightly worse than the 24-megapixel Canon EOS 80D." Well if it priced well below the 80D then there it there is justification for it in the market place, a good first interchangeable lens camera for someone who would like to get into more advanced photography. Quite a lovely portrait of Lucy by the way.
joshwa Plus
10 927 1 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2016 1:01PM
Hi Tcoat3, thanks for the compliment, and welcome to the site, however the 80D was used as a reference point, and I've also compared it to the 750D, which also has better noise performance at ISO3200/ISO6400.
AlanWillis 11 67 England
1 Jun 2016 5:55PM
Yes it's boring, because Sony customers have asked to keep the A mount going, even though cameras with mirrors are coming to the end of their major part in photography evolution. I would not recommend the A68 against the A6000, which is technically far more advanced and a slightly lower price.
When Sony announce the A9 series, which will be mirror less and aimed at the professional market, ( Sony have 3 G Master lenses for this reason. ) only then will the sales of A mount cameras be so low as to be uneconomical to produce. I have used adaptors since the A7 series was launched, because I have spent many thousands on A mount lenses, it's hard to adjust, but the standard of photography proves it I the only way to go. I am predominantly a kingfisher and wildlife photographer, and will never return to a camera using a mirror.
Bantu 7 7 1 India
1 Jun 2016 6:05PM
Mirror camera have far better view of scene then mirror less, there is no match of mirror camera.

Vikram
1 Jun 2016 6:50PM
I was a Canon user for years, since the D30 actually.
When Sony introduced the 2nd generation SLT I converted and never looked back. Fast autofocus, easy to shoot with live view, built in IS. good noise control, and a huge selection of exceptional glass on the used market. I owned the A65,and later the A77, but, for the money, IMHO, the A57 was the best entry level camera available.
But, I saw the writing on the wall when all the new technology at Sony no longer included the A mount.
Yes, they had the A58, a disappointing cheapened model, and the A77 II, but nothing innovative was coming.
Saw the rumors of this A68, but truly lack luster specs and it wasn't even coming to the USA.
Sold my equipment before the market was gone and have moved on to Olympus OM D for the reasons mentioned above.
Thank you Sony for the time we had and for many great photos!
Frank
josa 8 25 Czech Republic
1 Jun 2016 7:18PM
What happened to WB shots? Not in focus or camera shake? Thanks
JJGEE 16 7.9k 18 England
1 Jun 2016 8:05PM

Quote:London Bridge (Detail) | 1/320 sec | f/8.0 | 24.0 mm | ISO 100


Oh dear Sad

Well, it is a bridge in London, but surely everyone knows this as Tower Bridge
Chris_L 7 5.5k United Kingdom
1 Jun 2016 9:26PM
Total turnoff for me too, but good on Sony supporting A-Mount customers with new bodies, they've to be congratulated for that. Could you have got it any dustier by the way Tongue?
Tcoat3 4
2 Jun 2016 1:54AM
Thank you Joshwa for the edification on how the sensor noise stacks up against the (Canon) competition. This actually my third iteration -- I'm the original 'Tcoat!'
For those of whom are pooh-poohing the A-mount, I will like to remind them the 36 megapixel A99ii is due for imminent release. The sensor should be one of the latest Sony designs, more in-line with the A6300, as will be the heavily revised focusing system.
JJGEE 16 7.9k 18 England
2 Jun 2016 7:14AM

Quote:I will like to remind them the 36 megapixel A99ii is due for imminent release

Will this not now be delayed following damage to Sony's manufacturing plants in the recent Japan earthquakes ?
joshwa Plus
10 927 1 United Kingdom
2 Jun 2016 8:22AM
JJGEE, updated to Tower Bridge, thanks Smile

Josa, we used the kit lens, it's really not great. The 70-300mm is much better, but we weren't able to use this for the studio shots.
AlanWillis 11 67 England
2 Jun 2016 4:46PM
kodachrome 9 727
11 Jun 2016 3:24PM
I guess for a first time buyer, the A-68 might be just the camera they were looking for, but for seasoned Sony users, its really a non runner, I would go as far as to say the A-58 it replaces had better IQ and lower noise. If you want to compare 24-mp Sony cameras then the A6000/6300 are out right winners over the 68. The standard Sony 18-55 kit lens is way past its sell buy date for 24-mp cameras and its time Sony brought not only that but their E range up to date for that sensor.
I guess the 18-55 kit lens was there to keep the price down for a ready to use camera. If it was me (but it won't be) I would have just got the body and looked round for a better lens, either Minolta or Sony
msgill 3
29 Jun 2017 10:06AM
Excellent review. Is it compatible with Minolta xi lenses. Thanks.
15 Jul 2017 8:33PM
Great review. many thanks - I'm about to upgrade from an old Sony A200 and I think this camera will do fine, especially as it will take my old lenses.

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