Summary: 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.
Pros: Good detail and color at lower sensitivities, Consistently reliable metering and AF, High ISO JPEG output usable up to ISO 12800 for smaller prints, Low shadow noise levels at lower sensitivities, Good dynamic range, Good quality 1080p full-HD video output, 7 fps continuous shooting, Good handling, decent sized comfortable grip, Multi-frame noise-reduction useful for static subjects, HDR and sweep panorama modes are fun to use and produce attractive results, External ...
Cons: Quite aggressive noise reduction from ISO 1600 upwards, Limited control over high ISO noise reduction in JPEG mode ('auto' or 'weak'), Limited control in movie mode, Occasionally unreliable white balance in low artificial light, Limited customization (compared to peers), No program shift, Face detection AF works only with faces that are close to an AF-sensor in the frame, Protruding LCD screen not ideal for photographers with glasses, Awkward to navigate between still...
Conclusion: The Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 is the only digital SLR that can deliver beautiful images and blazing fast autofocus whether you're framing your shots with the optical viewfinder, or with the LCD in Live View mode. Video-capture options are a bit limited, though.
Pros: Beautiful still image and video quality. Fast auto-focus with optical viewfinder or in Live View mode. Articulating LCD. Innovative in-camera software for noise reduction, HDR, and panoramic photos.
Cons: Manual focus-only video recording. No control over shutter speed while recording video. Limited selection of video modes.
Summary: 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.
Conclusion: Even so, its position in the Alpha DSLR line up places it just below Sony's full-frame Alpha 850, so it arrives with a healthy feature set and some interesting inclusions. Much is expected if it is to compete with recent APS-C offerings from the likes of Canon and Nikon. So, how does it do?
Summary: It is easy to see why the Alpha 580 slipped under the radar while the Alpha 55 grabbed most of the attention. While in reality the key functions are all much alike, the Alpha 55 edges the Alpha 580 on more counts. The Alpha 55 is smaller, lighter, offers a faster frame rate and its SLT technology boasts quicker AF.
In its own right, the Alpha 580 is likely to please amateur photographers.
Summary: Imagine owning a digital camera with tons of features and software to make things easy! Yes, you read it right since the all new Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 is exactly what you have always wanted to lay hands upon. The device includes n number of features and that is what makes it so very special. Let us find out more about this unique power gadget and see whether it has enough qualities to impress the masses.
Excerpt: The Sony A580 replaces the A550 as the new flagship model in the A5- series of Sony DSLR cameras, with the cheaper 14 megapixel A560 sitting below it, which offers a lower-resolution 14 megapixel sensor. The two cameras are otherwise identical, so most of the comments that we make about the A580 apply equally to the A560.
Excerpt: Sony’s recent A33 and A55 cameras are packed with innovative features, not least of which being their translucent mirrors and electronic viewfinders. As such, they’re not technically SLR cameras, even though they’re designed to compete in that arena. The A580 reviewed here bears many similarities with both, but it’s a true SLR with a flip-up mirror and optical viewfinder.
Excerpt: In the five years since Sony's Alpha range was conceived, the camera market has changed decidedly. Notably, the addition of mirrorless models to many manufacturers' stables has provided an alternative means of achieving high-quality results in a small-format body.