Sony A580 review

As its best-specified APS-C DSLR, does the Sony A580 marry its competent feature set with commendable results?

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  • Solid feature set
  • Good performance
  • Good video options


  • Some image quality issues

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.

Being no stranger to innovation itself, Sony has made its contribution with its NEX mirrrorless system and its unique SLT models, yet the four Alpha DSLRs also announced in the past year should alleviate any fears of it abandoning its original system in their favour.

Despite this, the similarities between all three of its systems and the company's Cyber-shot range of compacts aren't difficult to spot. With the same innovations eventually filtering from one system to another, the A580 isn't too great a surprise in what it offers, nor does it particularly break new technological ground.

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?

Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital SLR Camera with Lens
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution16.2 Megapixel
Wide AngleNo
Product Familyalpha
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom3x
Digital ZoomNo
Brand NameSony
FeaturesManual White Balance, Aperture Priority, External Flash Shoe, Continuous Shooting Mode, Face Detection, Live View
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMP4
Viewfinder TypeSLR
Weight (Approximate)599 g
Image Sensor Size23.50 mm x 15.60 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4912 x 3264
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height104 mm
Width137 mm
Depth84 mm
Focal Length18 mm to 55 mm (Lens 1)
Image FormatsRAW, JPEG
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelDSLR-A580
Product Namealpha DSLR-A580 Digital SLR Camera
Product Linealpha
Exposure Control
  • Program Auto
  • Shutter Priority
  • Aperture Priority
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberDSLRA580L.CEH
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Step up to new levels of DSLR refinement and performance. Enjoy all the freedom of Quick AF Live View shooting plus speedy responses, generous creative options and extremely high quality, low noise Full HD video and still images.

Package Contents
  • alpha DSLR-A580 Digital SLR Camera
  • SAL-1855 Lens
  • NP-FM500H Battery
Limited Warranty1 Year