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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Sony A580 Review: 1/1250sec at f/3.5, ISO 100 (Click here to view full-res version)

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Sony A580 Review: 1/100sec at f/5.6, ISO 320 (Click here to view full-res version)

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Sony A580 Review: 1/640sec at f/5.6, ISO 100 (Click here to view full-res version)

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Sony A580 Review: 1/30sec at f/9, ISO 125 (Click here to view full-res version)

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Sony A580 Review: 1/160sec at f/5.6, ISO 6400 - Auto White Balance (Click here to view full-res version)

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Sony A580 Review: 1/60sec at f/5.6, ISO 1000 (Click here to view full-res version)
Detail captured with the kit lens

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