Sony A580

Last Updated (28 March’11):
– Review by ThePhoblographer

Sony A580 is a 16.2 megapixel DSLR interchangeable lens camera features 3.00x optical zoom 18-55mm (27-83mm eq.), up to 7fps in Speed-priority Continuous Advance mode, ISO 100-12800, Optical Viewfinder, Optical image stabilization, 3D Sweep Panorama, and a 3.0 inch High resolution (921k dot) LCD screen. The camera measures (W x H x D) 5.4 x 4.1 x 3.3 in. (137 x 104 x 84 mm) and weighs 24.0 oz (679 g) includes batteries.

Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Check Availability

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Sony A580 Reviews

Phoblographer reviews the Sony A580 and writes;
“The a580 is a stellar choice for photographers across genres; wedding, sports, concert, street, event, etc. The camera sports stellar AF, an impressive burst capacity, crisp video, and solid performance at high ISOs, among other things. “
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WDC reviews the Sony A580 and writes;
“In all the Sony A580 ticks a number of boxes for the mid-range DSLR genre, but doesn’t differentiate itself enough from the A55 or other similarly-specced models to make it anything more than another solid DSLR in a crowded market. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

ExpertReviews reviews the Sony A580 and writes;
“the A580 is an impressive camera with its low noise, fast continuous performance and array of genuinely useful tricks. We prefer its more conventional design over the A55, but the Canon EOS 550D is better for video and its automatic exposures are more balanced. Ultimately, though, both cameras are eclipsed by the cheaper Nikon D3100 and Pentax K-r..”
Rating: ★★★★☆

CGG reviews the Sony A580 and writes;
“the Sony A580 is simply producing the best image quality and offering the most impressive ISO performance of any APS-C Alpha camera available today. If you want a powerful but easy to use DSLR with zero compromise in the performance and image quality department, the Sony A580 should be the first camera on your list.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PhotoRadar reviews the Sony A580 and writes;
“As an all-rounder performer it shines, with its high-resolution sensor and articulated LCD screen making it ideal for still-life photography, and its speedy focusing system and 7fps burst rate meaning that it’s not out of place when action presents itself either.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PhotographyBlog reviews the Sony A580 and writes;
“Image quality is very good, with noise not rearing its ugly head until ISO 1600 for JPEGs and not until 6400 if you use the innovative Multi Frame Noise Reduction mode, although the A580 does apply some pretty aggressive noise reduction to keep the files clean, resulting in a loss of fine detail. “
Rating: ★★★★½

AlphaMountWorld reviews the Sony A580 and writes;
“Since the battery life is so stellar (even in very cold weather), that shouldn’t be a consideration for the A580 either. My only concerns are the mediocre dust reduction system and weather resistance of the a580. As long as you shooting in pretty normal conditions weather wise, it will make a versatile companion capable of beautiful landscapes and tack sharp animal life/still life images”
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Sony A580 Features

Features DSLR-A580

* 16.2 effective megapixels – High-resolution Exmor™ APS HD CMOS Sensor for low-noise, ultra-responsive still image and HD video shooting, even in low light
* BIONZ processor with dual Noise reduction – Powerful image processing engine incorporates new algorithms for very high quality, low noise images with rich tonal gradation
* High-speed continuous shooting – Capture fast-moving action at up to 7fps in Speed-priority Continuous Advance mode
* Full HD movie shooting – Record detail-packed Full HD videos in AVCHD 1080i or convenient MP4 format
* Creative Full HD movie functions – Including dedicated Movie button, aperture control for beautiful depth of field effects and selectable Creative Styles
* Advanced Quick AF Live View – Real-time high-resolution image display on LCD with fast, accurate phase-detection AF
* Sweep Panorama with 3D Sweep Panorama – Press the shutter and sweep the camera to capture extra-wide panoramic images: also capture 3D panoramas to view on 3D TV
* Up to ISO 12800 – Very high maximum sensitivity with improved noise reduction for natural-looking images, even in low light conditions
* Focus Check Live View – Touch a button for full-resolution image preview on LCD screen direct from main image sensor to assist accurate focus confirmation
* 15-point phase-detection AF system – Newly developed AF system with 3 cross sensors for rapid, accurate focusing – effective with Viewfinder or live view shooting
* 7.5 cm (3.0″) variable angle Xtra Fine LCD – High resolution (921k dot) LCD with multi-layer anti-reflective coating for superb detail and contrast even if viewing outdoors
* Optical Viewfinder – Bright optical Viewfinder with 95% coverage for clear, comfortable framing: touch a button to preview depth of field
* Versatile information display – Select from a choice of digital levelling gauge, shooting parameters, grid lines and graphic exposure display options
* Face Detection – Recognizes up to 8 faces in a scene, optimising optimum exposure, white balance, flash and other settings for beautiful portraits
* Smile Shutter – Automatically fires shutter when subject smiles with an adjustable smile detection sensitivity
* Enhanced HDR Auto – Automatically merges three successive exposures to create a single image with an effective dynamic range even wider than film
* Multi-Frame Noise Reduction – Automatically combines a burst of six exposures to create a single ultra-low noise image; sensitivity equivalent to ISO 25600
* Handheld Twilight Mode – Automatically combines a burst of six exposures to create a single image with supressed blur and reduced noise in low light
* Creative Styles – 6 selectable image finishing options to suit range of shooting situations – can be customised for even greater creative control
* D-Range Optimiser – Analyses image in real time, adjusting brightness and contrast for more natural, evenly exposed backlit scenes
* Versatile drive modes – Drive modes include Continuous advance, Self-timer, exposure bracketing and White balance bracketing
* SteadyShot INSIDE – Optical image stabilisation offers 2.5-4.0 steps anti-shake performance with A-mount lenses by Sony or Konica Minolta
* Dual anti-dust system – Reduces build-up of dust on sensor during lens exchange
* HDMI® output – HD connector for image display on HD TV (requires optional cable). Photo TV HD enhances still image viewing on compatible BRAVIA®
* BRAVIA® Sync – Allows direct control of camera playback functions via BRAVIA® TV’s remote
* Supplied software – Includes Image Data Converter SR, Image Data Lightbox SR and PMB Ver. 5.2

One Response to “Sony A580”

  1. Jonathan says:

    Well i bought this camera about 2 months ago i had never owned any camere over £100 before. however i wanted something which i could get a lot of mileage out of and what would allow me to grow technically. I have been genuinely amazed by the sheer amount of features packed into this camera. My only complaint is that the user manual is very technical in its wording which caused some confusion when trying to familiarise myself with its more complex features.

    but anyone considdering this camera i would not hesitate to recommend this camera, it gets a solid 9 out of 10.

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