|1. The 3.0-inch, 921,000-dot LCD monitor tilts up and down 90°. 2. The camera can store images and video on SD/SDH cards or Sony Memory Stick PRO Duo/PRO-HG Duo/PRO-HGX Duo media. 3. The built-in flash has a guide number of 12 at ISO 100 and an 18mm (35mm-equivalent) angle of coverage.
ESTIMATED STREET PRICE: $749
Replacing the DSLR-A550 as Sony’s top APS-C DSLR, the new A560 adds 1920x1080 AVCHD video capability (plus 1440x1080/30p MP4 video), thanks to a new 14.2-megapixel APS HD CMOS sensor. The new Sony A55 and A33 have received a lot of attention for their innovative pellicle mirrors, but if you prefer an optical viewfinder, the A560 offers most of the same features in a conventional DSLR body. A 15-point AF sensor (with 3 cross-type points) and a 1200-zone evaluative metering system are also new. ISOs range from 100-12,800. For contrasty scenes, there’s the effective Dynamic Range optimizer, plus Auto HDR. The A560 can shoot at 3 fps (5 fps in Speed Priority Mode).
One of the A560’s standout creative features is Sweep Panorama. In this mode, you move the camera across a scene and it automatically shoots and then combines several photographs to build a single, seamless, high-resolution photograph. You don’t have to use a tripod, and the panoramas come out looking sharp with excellent detail and color fidelity.
One feature that’s not revolutionary but very appreciated is depth-of-field preview. In an era of instant feedback on an LCD, this feature has fallen off of many cameras, but the A560 has it. We love the feature because it allows us to keep the camera in a shooting position while we confirm the depth of field instead of having to review an image that already has been taken.
The 3-inch, 921,000-dot LCD monitor tilts up and down 90º. Like all Sony DSLRs, the A560 accepts all Sony DSLR lenses and Minolta Maxxum lenses (and the SteadyShot INSIDE sensor-shift stabilization works with all of them except the Minolta 1x-5x macro zoom). There are slots for SD/SDHC memory cards and Sony Memory Stick.