With the focus on Sony’s SLT technology-wielding Alpha 33 and 55 cameras, have we all been passing over a perfectly capable DSLR? Sony offers up the Alpha 580 for your consideration

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Sony Alpha 580

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Sony Alpha 580 review


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Our Verdict

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. It produces good-quality images, gives easy access to handy shooting modes and its higher resolution alone just about merits the extra money over the lesser Alpha 560. It is unfortunate for the Alpha 580 that with four Sony cameras similarly priced and specified, it is more likely to be the one deemed to be an excess.


External mic:1920x1080 pixels (at 30fps, 25fps or 24fps), 1280x720 pixels (at 60fps or 50fps), 640x480 pixels (at 60fps or 50fps), MOV files with MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 compression
White Balance:Auto, 6 presets, Kelvin, plus custom setting
Dioptre Adjustment:-4 to +4 dioptre,
Built-in Flash:Yes – GN 12 @ ISO 100
Shutter Type:Electronically controlled focal-plane shutter
Memory Card:SD, SDHC, SDXC or Memory Stick Pro Duo
Output Size:4912x3264 pixels
Viewfinder Type:Optical Pentamirror with approx 95% frame coverage
LCD:3in LCD with 921,600 dots
Max Flash Sync:1/160sec
Sensor:16.2-million-effective-pixel CMOS sensor
White Balance Bracket:Yes, 3 exposures
AF Points:15-point with 3 cross-type, auto or manual selection
Focal Length Mag:1.5x
Exposure Modes:Auto, program, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual and 8 scene modes
Weight:599g (without battery or card/s)
Power:Rechargeable Li-Ion NP-FW50 battery
File Format:Raw, JPEG, raw + JPEG simultaneously
Shutter Speeds:30-1/4000sec in 1⁄3EV steps plus bulb
Colour Space:Adobe RGB, sRGB
Drive Mode:7fps for 40 large/fine JPEG files or 19 raw images
Lens Mount:Sony Alpha mount
ISO:100-12,800 (expanded to ISO 25,600 in multi-frame NR mode)
Focusing Modes:Manual, single-shot AF, automatic AF, continuous AF, face detection
DoF Preview:Yes
Metering System:1,200-zone evaluative metering, centreweighted, and fixed centre spot
Connectivity / Interface:USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, HDMI
Compression:Two-stage JPEG
Exposure Comp:±2EV in 1⁄3EV steps
RRP:£699.99 (with 18-55mm kit lens)
Tested as:Enthusiast DSLR
  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. Build and handling
  4. 4. White balance and Colour
  5. 5. Metering
  6. 6. Autofocus
  7. 7. Noise, Resolution and Sensitivity
  8. 8. Dynamic range
  9. 9. LCD, Viewfinder and Video
  10. 10. Our Verdict
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