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 review


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Evaluative metering produces pleasing results in a variety of situations

A 1,200-zone evaluative metering system can be found in all four new Sony models. The evaluative setting on the Alpha 580 does a good job in bright and contrasty light, and I found it limited the need to opt for spot metering.

Scenes with bright blue skies tended to be underexposed by 1⁄3EV, which is not a problem. Any situations that throw the metering can be addressed speedily by the handy placement and quick function of the exposure-compensation button.

  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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