Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

Announced Aug 24, 2010 •
16 megapixels | 3 screen | APS-C sensor
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Announced Aug 24, 2010

The 16.2MP Sony A580 is based around one of the company's Exmor APS HD CMOS sensors and also features one of the latest-generation enhanced Bionz processors. It can record 1080p full HD movies and delivers 7 fps in continuous shooting mode. It also includes Sony's two-mode live view system with a 15-point phase-detection AF or a Manual Focus Check mode. Other features include a 3.0" fold-out LCD, an enhanced Auto HDR mode, ISO sensitivity of up to ISO 25,600 and 3D Sweep Panorama mode.

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Review, May 26, 2011
Quick specs
Body type Compact SLR
Max resolution 4912 x 3264
Effective pixels 16 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
ISO Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, (25600 with boost)
Lens mount Sony/Minolta Alpha
Focal length mult. 1.5×
Articulated LCD Tilting
Screen size 3
Screen dots 921,600
Min shutter speed 30 sec
Max shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Format MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Weight (inc. batteries) 599 g (1.32 lb / 21.13 oz)
Dimensions 137 x 104 x 84 mm (5.39 x 4.09 x 3.31)
GPS None

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Our review

The Sony DSLR-A580 is an excellent all-around performer but also offers a range of innovative features. It's a great alternative to more 'traditional' DSLRs, and Sony's unique dual live view system makes it the ideal compromise for those who like the option of shooting in live view but can't or don't want to live without an optical viewfinder.

Good for: live view users, low light shooters, gadget lovers

Not so good for: traditionalists, photographers who only use the optical viewfinder for framing

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 videos
Handheld panning on the beach
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Sea Gulls
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Kite Surfing - handheld panning
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Snoqualmie Falls
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Train pulling into station
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