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Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

alaTest has collected and analyzed 316 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the portability and price. The image quality and usability are also appreciated. There are some mixed reviews about the durability, and there are some less positive reviews about the energy efficiency and flash.

performance, usability, image quality, price, portability

flash, energy

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Matt Golowczynski (techradar.com)

Sony A580 review

 

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

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...

Feb, 2011

Expert review by : Gavin Stoker (techadvisor.co.uk)

Sony Alpha A580 review

 

By way of comparison here we have a standard DSLR from Sony. The A580 comes without GPS but with traditional internal mirror mechanism, fielding the same core sensor as the A55 with 16.2-megapixel effective resolution plus 15-point auto-focus system....

This may be a bulkier option than the A55 but with many of the same features for £100 less – including a top whack light sensitivity setting of ISO 12800 – those on a tighter budget or who prefer its more robust proportions, may consider it the better...

Sep, 2011

Expert review by : Ben Pitt (expertreviews.co.uk)

Sony Alpha DSLR-A580L review

 

Feature-packed and capable of high quality photos, but automatic exposures could be better.

Feb, 2011

Expert review by : Amateur Photographer (amateurphotographer.co.uk)

Sony Alpha 580 review

 

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,...

Apr, 2014

Expert review by : Gavin Stoker (macworld.co.uk)

Sony Alpha A580 review

 

The A580 has many of the same core features as the smaller A55 for £100 less, though shooting video isn't quite as fluid or intuitive

A cheaper alternative to the A55 with identical resolution and many of the same core technologies

Chunky build

This may be a bulkier option than the A55 but with many of the same features for £100 less – including a top whack light sensitivity setting of ISO 12800 – those on a tighter budget or who prefer its more robust proportions, may consider it the better...

Sep, 2011

Expert review by (digitalslrphoto.com)

Sony Alpha 580 review

 

We review the Sony 580, an entry-level DSLR that may by Sony's last conventional SLR

While the A580 lacks any major innovations, its general performance is solid and consistent and while it lacks creative filters, its HDR and panorama modes work surprisingly well.

Aug, 2011

Expert review by : Matt Tuffin (whatdigitalcamera.com)

Sony Alpha A580 review

 

A DSLR with an impressive 7fps burst rate, the Sony Alpha a580 looks to offer the aspiring photographer a well-featured alternative to Nikon and Canon

Quick AF Live View, fast burst mode, decent movie

Lack of movie controls, burst mode exceeds focus potential

Mar, 2011

Expert review by (photoanswers.co.uk)

Sony Alpha A580

 

Sony's A580 slots in-between the A390 and the full-frame A850 in the Alpha D-SLR range and can be bought body-only then twinned with the versatile 16-105mm f/3.5-5.6 lens for £984.

Expert review by : PJ Jacobowitz (pcmag.com)

Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

 

The Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 is the only digital SLR that can deliver beautiful images and blazing fast autofocus whether you're framing your shots with the optical viewfinder, or with the LCD in Live View mode. Video-capture options are a bit limited,...

Beautiful still image and video quality. Fast auto-focus with optical viewfinder or in Live View mode. Articulating LCD. Innovative in-camera software for noise reduction, HDR, and panoramic photos.

Manual focus-only video recording. No control over shutter speed while recording video. Limited selection of video modes.

There are two other noteworthy image-merging tricks in the A580's bag. First is a simple in-camera HDR (high dynamic range) photo mode. Most cameras allow you to auto-bracket, or take 3 consecutive images at three different exposures (one underexposed,...

Feb, 2011

Expert review by : Ben Long (pcworld.com)

Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

 

Excellent image quality ; Cool panoramic and noise reduction features ; Very fast burst rate ; Well-designed layout

No Program Shift feature ; Many shooting features only support JPEG files ; No autofocus while shooting video

If you want video capability, the A580 has it--but as with all SLRs, you should be aware of the limitations before you commit to this camera for its video functions. The Alpha A580 is, first and foremost, a great still camera.

Dec, 2010

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