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Sony Alpha DSLR-A580
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Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 Digital Camera

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14 Reasons For

Three Industry Awards

Three expert review sites all liked this camera. This Sony camera received a "Silver" award from DP Review and it received a "Highly Recommended" award from PhotographyBlog.com, confirming their endorsement. In addition, the editor of What Digital Camera conluded that they would endorse this camera and gave it a "Recommended" award.

Expert Reviews Are Average

Twenty-four experts from sites including What Digital Camera, PhotographyBlog.com, DP Review and Expert Reviews have rated this camera on average 79 out of 100.

Easy to Use

Several Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 reviewers who purchased it thought it was easy to use. Eugene Lafcadio wrote in his review of this digital camera on Amazon five years ago “Although they are lovely to use”. Lmd mentioned on Amazon “My fears were unfoudned though - the controls are intuitively laid out” in their Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 review. Expert website Cameragearguide.com wrote in their review “For photographers looking for an easy to use”.

A few Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 owners who reviewed the Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 considered that it was easy to use the menus. Eugene Lafcadio said five years ago “I still have to remember which features are changed through the menu” in his review of this digital camera. Lmd wrote in their Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 review on Amazon “The less frequently used settings are all easily accessed through the "Function" button”.

One customer thought it was comfortable and easy to hold. Lmd said “It's well sized too - being comfortable if you've got larger” in their review.

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Good Quality Pictures

A number of customers thought this digital camera was able to produce good images. Eugene Lafcadio said “It is also a great boon for reviewing images, as the quality” . Lmd mentioned on Amazon five years ago “An easily accessible switch to turn of the "steady shot" CCD image stabilisation, while you might not expect to want to turn off the steady shot” in their review of the Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 and gave the Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 a score of 5 stars.

A number of customers considered that the product had a good picture resolution. Eugene Lafcadio wrote on Amazon “New features include in-camera panorama, AVCHD video capture, high speed shooting (very useful when auto bracketing” in his review of the Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 although he gave it a rating of 3 stars. Pcadvisor.co.uk scored it 4 stars and wrote in their review of this digital camera on PC Advisor.co.uk five years ago “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”. Photoanswers.co.uk rated the product 4 stars and mentioned on expert website Photo Answers.co.uk “The Sony Alpha A580 offers a high resolution”.

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Good Quality Lens

A few customers who purchased it thought it had a good autofocus. Five years ago Pcmag.com scored the product 4 stars and wrote on expert review site PC Mag “Autofocus is off-the-charts fast, whether you use the optical viewfinder o”.

Several people who bought this digital camera wrote that it had a good lens. Photoanswers.co.uk rated this digital camera 80 out of 100 and said on expert website Photo Answers.co.uk “Can be bought body-only then twinned with the versatile 16-105mm f/3.5-5.6 lens for £984” in their review of this digital camera.

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Good Product Quality

Four Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 reviewers who reviewed the product concluded that it was good quality. Lmd mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “Image quality is a huge improvement - not just the increase in Pixels to 16m.”. Pcmag.com gave the product a score of 4 stars and said in their review on expert website PC Mag “The 16.2-megapixel Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 ($799.99, body only) is an impressive digital camera with great photo and video quality and several innovative in-camera software tricks”. Expert review site Expertreviews.co.uk gave it a rating of 80 out of 100 and mentioned “Feature-packed and capable of high quality photos.” in their review of the Sony Alpha DSLR-A580.

Good Size

One Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 owner wrote in their reviews that the Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 was heavy and bulky. Lmd mentioned in their Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 review on Amazon “Well balanced enough that you can happily hand-hold it for a couplf of hours without a problem (provided you've not got a heavy lens attached!” and gave this digital camera a rating of 5 stars.

One Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 owner wrote in their reviews that the product was a good body shape. One customer who reviewed the Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 thought it was a good size.

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Sony Has Good Camera Reviews

Sony is one of the superior camera manufacturers according to average reviews from owners and experts, and Sony also has good reviews for its cameras.

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Nice Design

Two Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 owners who reviewed it wrote that it was good looking. Expert review site Cameragearguide.com mentioned “The specifications are pretty impressive” in their Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 review and gave the product a score of 5 stars.

Robust

One person who reviewed it reckoned that it was reliable. Lmd scored the product 5 stars and wrote on Amazon “The focus system is reasonably reliable, like most it pays to check”. One Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 reviewer who bought this digital camera reckoned that it was strong and durable.

Good Technical Features

Some people who bought this digital camera mentioned that it had good features. Lmd mentioned “In terms of handling there are a number of nice features about this camera” in their review of the Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 and gave this digital camera a rating of 5 stars. Expertreviews.co.uk wrote on expert website Expert Reviews “Sony’s recent A33 and A55 cameras are packed with innovative features, not least of which being their translucent mirrors” in their review of the Sony Alpha DSLR-A580.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

One person who reviewed the Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 concluded that it had a good screen. Expert website Cameragearguide.com wrote in their Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 review five years ago “A tilting 3 inch 921K LCD display, super fast Live Vi”.

Good Support

One customer said in their reviews that it had good technical guidance. Lmd mentioned “The only controls I miss from my previous camera are a manual focus "clutch" that allows you to manually focus at the press of a button” in their review of the Sony Alpha DSLR-A580.

Good Video Capture

One Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 reviewer thought this digital camera was good for video recording.

9 Reasons Against

Poor Battery Life

One Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 owner who reviewed it reckoned that it did not have a good battery life. Eugene Lafcadio mentioned on Amazon five years ago “Feature packed, they both have battery life of roughly one quarter that of the a580, which would have meant buying rather expensive spare batteries” in his review of the Sony Alpha DSLR-A580.

Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

The Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 does not have an image stabiliser, although it is worth noting that most of the other cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Alpha DSLR-A580 also do not have an image stabiliser.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

Most digital cameras of a similar age and type to the Alpha DSLR-A580 do not support Full HD video. The Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 is no exception to this as it too does not support Full HD video.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Most similar spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as the Alpha DSLR-A580 do not support WiFi connectivity. The Alpha DSLR-A580 is no exception to this as it too does not support WiFi connectivity.

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Does Not Support Video Recording

The Alpha DSLR-A580 does not support video recording. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the Alpha DSLR-A580 also do not support video recording.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

Most digital cameras of this spec and age do not have a built-in flash. The Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in flash.

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Not Waterproof

The Alpha DSLR-A580 is not waterproof, although keep in mind that most of the other cameras of this spec and age are also not waterproof.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Alpha DSLR-A580 are not 3D compatible. The Alpha DSLR-A580 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a GPS

The Alpha DSLR-A580 does not have a GPS. Most of the other cameras that were released more than two years ago also do not have a GPS.

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1 Other reason to consider the Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when this camera was released.

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3 Awards

What Digital Camera Recommended PhotographyBlog.com Highly Recommended DP Review Silver

Expert Reviews

(33)
23 January 2012

Imagine owning a digital camera with tons of features and software to make things easy! Yes, you read it right since the all new Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 is exactly what you have always wanted to lay... Read more…

28 September 2011

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...

21 September 2011

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... Read more…

Sonys 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. With a 16.2Mp... Read more…

The 16.2-megapixel Sony Alpha A580 comes with many refinements that make it a far more usable camera than its predecessors, making it a more significant contender in the market for mid-range... Read more…

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User Reviews

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Reviewed 18 March 2012 by Jay
(Verified Purchase)

I wanted this camera for ever and by the time i decided to buy it, it was being discontinued after much debate with myself i went for it and how i wish i had bought it sooner. Wicked piece of... Read more…

Reviewed 22 May 2011 by LMD | 2 Comments
(Verified Purchase)

After years of service, my Minolta Dynax 7D was on its last legs. Given it's position in the range as a "pro-sumer" camera I'd been waiting for something worth replacing it with. With the arrival... Read more…

Reviewed 6 April 2011 by Eugene Lafcadio "echosnare" | 2 Comments

I have only owned my a580 for a week, and it is by far and away the best DSLR I have owned or used. I upgraded from my 5 year old a100, which died a slow and painful death by coming in contact... Read more…

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers dslra580, dslra580y, dslra580l, dslra580ycee2
Barcodes 00027242816534
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