The A580's body remains virtually unchanged from its predecessor, the DSLR-A550. Only a few, very minor, changes have been made to the control layout, partly necessitated by the inclusion of a video mode on the new model. The camera is immediately identifiable as a member of the Sony DSLR line-up, with consistent design cues such as the vertical stripe on the handgrip and the shape of the prism. The plastic surfaces do not quite have a premium feel to them but the camera is comfortably weighty and comes with a rubberized handgrip that is more substantial than on the smaller A2XX and A3XX models. There is a good number of external controls, quite a few of which are located on the top plate where they are within reach of the 'shutter finger'.