|1. Dual Media: The A580 can store images and video on SD, SDHC and new SDXC cards, as well as Sony Memory Stick PRO Duo, PRO-HG Duo and PRO-HG Duo HGX media. 2. Tilting LCD: The 3.0-inch, 921,000-dot LCD monitor tilts up and down for easy high- and low-angle shooting. 3. Movie Button: Press this button to start recording movies and press it again to stop.
LIST PRICE: $799
Sony’s top APS-C-format DSLR (they also offer two full-frame models), the new A580 improves on its A550 predecessor in a number of ways, not the least of which is the addition of HD video recording. The A580 was introduced at the same time as the A55, but is a “conventional” DSLR with a moving mirror. It does offer a different take on live-view AF, however, incorporating a second imager to provide the live view, so the camera’s normal 15-segment phase-detection AF is available in both normal (viewfinder) and Live View (LCD monitor) modes.
|16.2-MEGAPIXEL CMOS SENSOR: The A580 features the same new 16.2-megapixel Sony Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor as the A55, producing still images up to 4912x3264 pixels. The same new-generation BIONZ imaging processor provides quick operation and excellent image quality.
FULL HD VIDEO: Like the A55, the A580 can shoot 1920x1080 AVCHD video (recorded at 60i, output at 30p), plus 1440x1080/30p and 640x480/30p MP4 video with stereo sound via a built-in or an external microphone. The A580 can’t autofocus during video recording.
UP TO 7 FPS SHOOTING: The A580 can shoot at 7 fps in Speed Priority mode (with focus and exposure fixed at the first frame), at 5 fps with autofocusing for each shot and at 3 fps in Quick AF Live View mode.
SWEEP PANORAMA: Sweep Panorama originated in Sony’s compact digital cameras, but has found its way into the A580 DSLR. Just sweep the camera across a scene, and it will record a series of images and then stitch them into a wide panoramic image in-camera. There’s also 3D Sweep Panorama, which does it in 3D, with images that can be played back on any 3D HD television.
Auto HDR now uses three bracketed frames rather than two to provide extended detail from shadows through highlights. ISOs run from 100-12,800, extendable to 25,600 in Multi-frame Noise Reduction mode, which creates a low-noise image from six “stacked” frames.
Like all Sony DSLRs, the A580 features Sony’s SteadyShot INSIDE sensor-shift image stabilization that works with all lenses. And like all Sony DSLRs, the A580 can use the full lineup of more than 30 Sony and Zeiss A-mount lenses (plus legacy Konica Minolta Maxxum lenses), which range from 11-18mm to 70-400mm, plus a 500mm mirror lens, three macro lenses and 1.4x and 2.0x teleconverters.