Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

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

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 A580 review
By: Matt Tuffin, What Digital Camera (Mar 16, 2011)

In an age of making minor adjustments to cameras between generations and repackaging the results as a new model Sony has made the A580 a perfect example of choice for choice's sake. The differences between this model and the A55 are as minor as the change in mirror type would allow, although it's understandable that a number of consumers wouldn't immediately trust the technology.

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