Sony A68 PDF User Manual
Did you lose or misplace the instruction manual that came with your Sony Alpha SLT-A68? It happens all too easily, but fortunately Sony makes a soft copy available that you can browse through online, print out, or download (see the pdf file below). It is certainly good practice to carefully familiarize oneself with the many different functionalities and options that the A68 offers, and the official user manual is without doubt an authoritative and comprehensive source of respective information.
That said, the instruction booklet can be a dry read, so that a dedicated camera guide book from a professional photographer that illustrates the camera's core functions in a real life photography context can be a very helpful complement. Yes, getting one of these camera guides (see here at amazon) would involve an additional expense, but if that book helps to exploit the camera's potential to the full, the (small) additional investment may well be worth it.
Also, you might want to check out the video tutorial on the Sony Alpha SLT-A68 below.
In any case, the A68 is an advanced imaging tool, whose many features merit serious attention. This DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera was officially introduced on November 5th, 2015, which means that, as of today, the camera is 2524 days old (young?). The camera has meanwhile been discontinued, but there has not been a direct replacement model for the A68 from Sony.
Sony's help guide for the A68
The camera's help guide is 205 pages long. The pdf version is embedded below. As you browse through, you will hopefully find the information you are looking for. You can also print out a hard copy by right clicking on the manual and then choosing the respective menu option. For convenience, a summary of the key specs of the A68 is included towards the bottom of this webpage.
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Click on the button below to download the pdf version of the Sony Alpha SLT-A68 manual to your computer. The file will open in a new browser window.
If you prefer to read the user guide in another language, please check the respective availability on Sony's support site. That site also provides complementary online resources, such as information on the compatibility of various camera accessories or the availability of firmware updates that are not necessarily comprehensively covered in the instruction manual.
Printed, hardcopy versions of the Sony A68 manual can sometimes be found online. You can check the availability on amazon and ebay via the buttons below.
Video tutorial for the Sony Alpha SLT-A68
Perhaps instead of reading through a manual or operations guide, you might prefer to better familiarize yourself with your A68 by watching a video tutorial. It can notably help to quickly get to know the key functions and to set up your camera according to your particular preferences and needs.
Once again, the Sony A68 is a sophisticated imaging tool and not exploiting its capabilities to the full would be a pity. Hence, taking the time to study online information material or to read through a well-written camera guide book is highly recommended to make the most of your purchase.
Sony A68 FAQ
Below are some additional questions and answers concerning some particular features of the A68.
What technology is the imaging sensor in the A68 based on?
The camera is build around a CMOS (Complementary Metal–Oxide–Semiconductor) sensor.
Which image processing chip is used to convert the raw signal into an image file and perform noise reduction and image sharpening?
Sony equipped the A68 with the BIONZ X image processor.
What is the ISO sensitivity range of the A68?
The camera has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 25600.
What is the life expectancy of the shutter in the Sony Alpha SLT-A68?
Sony mentions a shutter rating of 100 000 actuations for the A68. This number represents a Mean Time before Failure, that is an average value. The shutter might fail earlier, or it might last longer. Anyway, in order to exhaust the expected shutter life of the A68 over, say, three years, one would have to take about 100 pictures each and every day.
How do I find the shutter count on my A68?
Sony embeds the number of shutter actuations in image metadata. You can check the number of shots that your A68 has taken up to now by uploading a recent image to the free online shutter count finder app.
Is it difficult to use manual focus lenses with the Sony A68?
The A68 offers focus peaking as a manual focus aid. This feature works by placing a colored highlight on in-focus zones within the image.
Does the Sony A68 feature an autofocus assist light?
Yes, the camera has a lamp built-in that can illuminate the subject and improve autofocus in low-light settings.
What is the fastest shutter speed that can be used with flash?
The A68's flash sync speed is 1/160 sec.
Does the Sony A68 support the Ultra High Speed (UHS) bus interface for SD cards?
Yes, the camera can indeed use UHS-I cards (data transfer speed of up to 104 MB/s).
Which battery does the A68 use?
Is there a vertical grip available for the A68?
Sony does not offer an optional battery grip, but third party suppliers do (see here on ebay).
How does the A68 stack up against available alternatives? If you would like to see a side-by-side review with another camera, just use the search menu below. There is also a set of direct links to comparison reviews that other users of the CAM-parator app explored.
Core camera specifications
Here is a list of the main features and technical characteristics of the Sony Alpha SLT-A68.
|Camera Model||Sony A68|
|Camera Type||Digital single lens reflex|
|Camera Lens||Sony A mount lenses|
|Launch Date||November 2015|
|Launch Price||USD 699|
|Sensor Format||APS-C Sensor|
|Sensor Size||23.5 x 15.6 mm|
|Sensor Area||367 mm2|
|Sensor Diagonal||28.2 mm|
|Sensor Resolution||24 Megapixels|
|Image Resolution||6 000 x 4 000 pixels|
|Pixel Pitch||3.91 μm|
|Pixel Density||6.55 MP/cm2|
|Moiré control||Anti-Alias filter|
|Movie Capability||1080/60i Video|
|ISO Setting||100 - 25 600 ISO|
|Image Processor||BIONZ X|
|DXO Sensor Quality (score)||79|
|DXO Color Depth (bits)||24.1|
|DXO Dynamic Range (EV)||13.5|
|DXO Low Light (ISO)||701|
|Viewfinder Type||Electronic viewfinder|
|Viewfinder Field of View||100%|
|Viewfinder Resolution||1440k dots|
|Top-Level Screen||Control Panel|
|LCD Framing||Live View|
|LCD Size||2.7 inch|
|LCD Resolution||460k dots|
|LCD Attachment||Tilting screen|
|V-logging Friendliness||No front-flip|
|Touch Input||No touchscreen|
|Focus System||Phase-detect AF|
|Manual Focusing Aid||Focus Peaking|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/4000s|
|Continuous Shooting||8 shutter flaps/s|
|Shutter Life Expectancy||100 000 actuations|
|Silent Shooting||no E-Shutter|
|Time Lapse Photography||no Intervalometer|
|Image Stabilization||In-body stabilization|
|Fill Flash||Built-in Flash|
|Storage Medium||MS or SDXC cards|
|Single or Dual Card Slots||Single card slot|
|UHS card support||UHS-I|
|USB Connector||USB 2.0|
|HDMI Port||micro HDMI|
|Microphone Port||External MIC port|
|Wifi Support||no Wifi|
|Battery Type||NP-FM500H power pack|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||540 shots per charge|
143 x 104 x 81 mm
(5.6 x 4.1 x 3.2 in)
|Camera Weight||610 g (21.5 oz)|
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