Sony A560

Sony A560 is the successor of the Sony A550. It features a 14.2 Megapixels DSLR Camera features Quick AF Live View enable you to focus just as quickly in Live View as when shooting through the eye-level viewfinder, HD Movie Recording, Sweep Panorama Technology, in-Camera High Dynamic Range, ISO 100-25600 and 3” TFT Xtra Fine LCD (921,600 pixels). The camera measures (137 x 104 x 84 mm) (W/H/D) and weighs Approx. 24 oz (679g) (excl battery & media).

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Expert Reviews

Sony A560 Reviews

ImagingResource reviews the Sony A560 and writes;
“images are quite clean at ISOs 100 and 200, and ISO 400 is almost as good. Some noise “grain” is noticeable at ISO 800, and there’s a bit of chroma noise in the shadows..There’s some stronger smudging of fine detail at ISO 1,600, but the A560 still does better than most at this ISO for its resolution. “
Rating: N/A

Digitalcamerainfo reviews the Sony A560 and writes;
“We were impressed with the overall performance of the A560: the camera produced sharp images with good color and a wide dynamic range.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

User Opinions

Sony A560 User Reviews

Great camera for the enthusiast
“It takes great pictures and has enough manual controls for the serious hobbyist. It does tend to lean towards overexposure when used with auto or P auto but a few minor adjustments like setting the EV value a bit downward will give you stunning exposures,” – By Angel
Rating: ★★★★★

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Samples

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Manual

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Features

Sony A560 Features

14.2 megapixels; amazing pictures
You get incredible detail and gorgeous enlargements. Thanks to the APS-C sensor size and Sony’s Exmor™ APS HD CMOS technology, the camera achieves high resolution with no penalty in low-light sensitivity or sensor noise.

Quick Auto Focus Live View
Unlike competing cameras, the DSLR-A560 is just as responsive in Quick Auto Focus Live View mode as in optical viewfinder mode. That’s because, unlike the others, the A560 uses the same “phase detection” auto focus for Live View as for the optical viewfinder. While other Live View systems are severely restricted, Sony’s performs superbly any time—even if you’re shooting handheld or chasing after moving subjects like kids or pets.

Multi-frame NR
Experience incredible low-light shooting without a flash. The camera captures six images in a fraction of a second. Combining the data from all six, it creates a single image with a reduction in noise equivalent to two additional steps of ISO sensitivity. Sensitivity selectable up to ISO 25600. (Recommended for still subjects.)

Sweep Panorama? mode
Capture expansive landscapes automatically. Press the shutter and sweep vertically or horizontally. The camera does the rest, continuously shooting images and stitching them together. Up to 23 MP image size.

7 fps continuous shooting
Up to 7 frames per second in Speed Priority mode can capture the decisive moment in sports or get the ideal baby photo. You can also shoot at up to 3 fps with Quick Auto Focus Live View.

Face Detection technology
The A560 enhances Quick AF Live View shooting with Face Detection technology, which helps you get the best shot by recognizing faces and applying the proper focus, exposure and white balance.

Help Guide
Provides ready reference to advanced camera functions, helping to develop your confidence and skills as a photographer.

Smart Teleconverter 2x Digital Zoom
In Quick Auto Focus Live View mode, you can extend the optical zoom of your lens with digital zoom. One touch zooms in at 1.4x, while a second touch advances to 2x zoom. The system reproduces pixels on a 1:1 basis so there’s no degradation in picture quality.

921K dot Xtra Fine LCD™ screen
Sony’s Xtra Fine LCD™ monitor has 921K dots for superb resolution. The Anti Reflection (AR) coating increases visibility in direct sunlight.

Dynamic Range Optimizer
Improves results with backlit subjects and recovers details hidden in shadows. Settings include Auto, Level with a choice of five operating levels and Off.

Eight Scene Selection Modes
To help you get the shot, Scene Selection Modes optimize the camera settings for common shooting situations. Just turn the Mode Dial to select from Portrait, Sports Action, Macro, Landscape, Sunset, Night View, Night Portrait and Hand-held Twilight modes.

Anti-Dust Technology
Anti-Dust Technology helps keep the CMOS imager clean, resulting in consistently better pictures. First a static-free coating on the sensor’s low-pass filter helps repel dust. Then vibration automatically dislodges dust from the sensor each time you shut off the camera.

Eye-Start Autofocus
For maximum speed, Eye-Start Autofocus begins focusing as soon as you raise the camera to your eye. So the camera is ready to catch the perfect moment.

P/A/S/M exposure modes
The camera offers a full range of controls from the beginner’s AUTO+ mode to P/A/S/M: Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual. On-screen prompts help you refine your skills, build your confidence and exercise greater creative control.

Full HD 1080/60i movies
The DSLR-A560L captures Full HD video at 1920×1080/30p and records in 1920×1080/60i and is one of the very few DSLRs with exactly the same resolution and frame rate as most broadcast and cable HDTV channels. You also have the option of recording HD video in 720p in web friendly MP4 format.

More responsive Live View
Some Live View systems take a painfully long time to focus. Some even black out the LCD before focus. Either can cause you to miss shots. Sony’s Quick Auto Focus Live View solves these problems, making it easier to get the best shot.

Hand-held Twilight
Get cleaner and sharper nighttime pictures—beyond the capability of traditional cameras—without using flash or a tripod. The camera captures six images in a fraction of a second. Combining the data with separate algorithms for still and moving parts of the picture reduces blur, minimizes noise and enables extraordinary detail.

3D Sweep Panorama™mode
Capture vast scenic vistas and 16:9 shots in spectacular 3D. As you sweep across the panorama, the camera records separate right-eye and left-eye images that make landscapes come alive on your 3D television1. Records both JPEG and MPO file formats.

ISO 12800 sensitivity
Sony’s Exmor™ CMOS image sensor employs new low-noise processing, for uncommonly clear pictures. The BIONZ® image processor with chroma noise reduction helps achieve low noise all the way up to ISO 12800, without sacrificing resolution.

Smile Shutter™ technology
Another Quick AF Live View enhancement, Smile Shutter™ technology automatically takes the shot when your subject smiles. Works with Quick Auto Focus Live View to capture spontaneous moments, making the difference between a missed shot and a cherished memory.

Graphic Display
Clarifies the relationship between aperture and shutter speed, as well as the effect each has on photographic results.

Powerful Supplied Software
To help you refine and manage your images, the A560 is equipped with comprehensive computer software, including Image Data Converter SR, Image Data Lightbox SR and Picture Motion Browser (PMB).

Sony® Exmor™ technology
Conventional image sensors use only a handful of analog-to-digital (A/D) converters, which can slow you down. The Exmor™ sensor provides more than 4,000 column-parallel A/D converters. This helps enable continuous shooting at up to 7 frames per second.

Up to 5 fps continuous shooting
Up to 5 fps with continuous Auto Focus and Auto Exposure (optical viewfinder mode). Up to 3 fps continuous shooting (Quick AF Live View mode).

Six Creative Style settings
Control how the camera processes your images with six finishing styles: Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset and B&W. You can even fine-tune contrast, saturation, and sharpness to your personal taste.

Up to a 1050 Shots of battery life
Take up to 1050 shots on a single charge (optical viewfinder mode)6; up to 560 shots (Live View mode)6 with Sony® Stamina™ battery power. Sony’s InfoLITHIUM® battery system enables you to see the percent of power remaining, so you can keep shooting in confidence.

PhotoTV HD compatibility
Optimizes compatible BRAVIA® televisions7 for gorgeous display of digital pictures.

Index and Slide Show Display
Quickly review your photos using 4- or 9-frame index views, or as an automatic slide show with fade-in/fade-out effect.

APS-C size HD CMOS image sensor
With 19.5 times the area of the typical camcorder8 image sensor, APS-C makes the difference between amateur and professional-looking video. The DSLR-A560L delivers an exceptional combination of high resolution capture, high sensitivity performance, and gorgeous, defocused backgrounds.

Focus Check Live View
For critical focus in macro and tripod shooting, the A560 also offers Focus Check Live View. Temporary 7x and 14x zoom views enable you to focus on extremely fine detail while the 1x view shows 100% framing in the LCD.

Auto HDR built into camera
Captures more scene dynamic range than a single exposure can handle—and more range than photo film. Combines the best highlight detail from one shot, the best mid-tones from a second and the best shadow detail from a third for one incredible shot. Captures in a split second. (Recommended for still subjects.)

Tiltable 3.0″ LCD
Even if you’re completely comfortable with the optical viewfinder, Sony’s tiltable LCD empowers your photography with a different point of view. Helps you frame high and low-angle shots that would otherwise be hit or miss. The LCD tilts up or down 90 degrees to capture a child’s first steps or shoot over a crowd.

15-Point Auto Focus Sensor
To get the best shot under a wide range of situations, the A560 uses 11 AF points with four assist points make for flexible shot composition. Three cross sensors maximize precision.

AUTO+ (Advanced Auto) mode
Get cleaner, more dynamic pictures and fewer missed shots. Unifies and simplifies Sony intelligent technologies, the camera automatically recognizes the correct scene mode, then quickly shoots and combines up to six shots to produce images with greater clarity, optimum dynamic range using Auto HDR technology and lower image noise using 6 shots layering technology.

SteadyShot™ INSIDE stabilization
Image stabilization helps you take blur-free shots by compensating for camera shake. Typical DSLR systems build image stabilization into selected lenses only. SteadyShot™ INSIDE image stabilization is built into the camera body itself. You’ll reduce blur with every a-mount lens, including macro and wide-aperture standard zoom lenses.

BIONZ® image processor
The newest version of Sony’s BIONZ® image processor uses chroma noise reduction to deliver high-resolution, low-noise photos even at ISO 12800 sensitivity. This powerful Sony® Large Scale Integrated circuit (LSI) also delivers fast processing for quick response on data-intensive 14.2 megapixel images.

Low noise sensor processing
The camera gives you clean photographs, even in low light, thanks in part to two stages of noise reduction right in the Exmor™ image sensor.

HDMI™ output for HD viewing
Connect your camera to a compatible HDTV and play back your images in stunning high definition.4 The A560 includes an HDMI™ output (HDMI cable required, sold separately). In addition, the BRAVIA® Sync system works with compatible Sony® BRAVIA HDTVs to let you control camera playback using the television’s remote5.

Built-in Auto Pop-Up Flash
To help you shoot more effectively, the built-in flash automatically pops up and fires as needed when the camera is set to certain scene selection modes. The built-in flash can trigger a wireless accessory flash (sold separately). The integrated hot shoe enables you to expand your lighting options with a range of accessory flashes (sold separately).

Slot for two media types
For cost-effective, convenient storage and sharing of your images, the camera accepts Memory Stick PRO Duo™/Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo™ and SD/SDHC/SDXC media (Class 4 or higher recommended). (Media sold separately.)

RAW image capture
Saves your pictures as compact JPEG files or ultra-high quality RAW files or both. RAW files save images prior to de-mosaicing, white balance, sharpness and color enhancement. This retains maximum latitude for enhancing the image on your PC.

Remote capability
Works with the RMT-DSLR1 Remote Commander® wireless remote control, sold separately.

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