Summary: I've used the a580 for about one year.It works fine with a variety of minolta AF lensesand my sony lenses.The none follow focus with video is no problem,the subjects are far enough away that I use hyperfocal setting. The photo's are sharp and clear.It has a learning curve,it will do many things some Ido not know yet. Before i bought it, I found out it's limits and features .The camera does everything it's advertised to do!
Summary: The Sony a580 is an excellent camera that has really been lost in all of the excitement with the new translucent mirror products, particularly the a55 and the new a77. Just surveying the number of reviews, the a77 had four reviews before the product was even released and the a55 with 88! The a580 has seven total reviews and its not only a better camera than the a55, it's a better camera than the a77!
Summary: I've had my 580 for about 3 months now, having captured thousands of images in a variety of lighting and other situations. I shoot mostly macro,landscape and general nature photography. This camera has been endowed with virtually every feature that a professional and most certainly non-professional would need. There are a number of 'auto' modes that are easily employed to 'figure out for you' the proper aperture, shutter speed, flash, etc.
Summary: I have a Sony a300 and upgraded to the a580 recently - for the record, I really like the a300 and am keeping it. The a580 has some great improvements - mirror lock-up is great for those 500mm telephoto shots, depth of field preview is nice, focus check live-view magnification really makes it great for macros. Handling, size and feel is about like the a300, which was just right.
Excerpt: I have been through quite a few cameras with my most recent being the fabulous Sony A550, which was a great camera. I was able to do basically anything I want to with this camera and it just kept performing. My only reason for upgrading to the A580 was because it has Full HD Movie capabilities. I was not expecting much more of a difference other than that, but all I can say is WOW!!!
Summary: Great camera I have had four Sony cameras now and all have been very user friendly and produce wonderful photos. The company provided the camera in the time stated and all parts were present and working. This product is a 580 not a 580L.
Summary: This camera has visibly better photographs then its contemporaries in the same range. The different is apparent at low light and high ISO conditions. I like many of its features HDR, Panaroma, in camera stabilization and its well laid menu. One thing that also impresses me is its personality, its certainly more beautiful than d5100. I compared its photographs with rebel xt(old but great camer) and d3100 after 30sec exposure. The photographs for sony were far better.
Summary: This is a great camera for the money. The new sensor has great low light performance and is a significant step forward. Combine this with a wide dynamic range and the week link is the photographer not the camera. How well it meets your needs you must decide. Great live view. So so ovf. Fast shooting with 7 fps. In body stabilization. My 100 -300 APO is image stabilized along with all my lens. HD movies.
A sleeper of a "gem" - fantastic DSLR with great lens options
Amazon Customer, Amazon
23 August 2011
Summary: Fantastic camera! I compared three different cameras: Nikon D5000, Sony A700 and the Sony A580. One of my main considerations was taking photographs of my daughters playing sports, which narrowed down my choices for a sub $1k camera with a high FPS to two camera lines, Nikon and Sony. The Nikon had very realistic pictures, good coloring but not oversaturated. The issue with the Nikon is the cost of good quality lenses.