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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

The reviewers at three expert review sites all thought that this digital camera was good. This Sony digital camera received a "Silver" award from DP Review and it received a "Highly Recommended" award from PhotographyBlog.com. Furthermore, the reviewer at What Digital Camera conluded that they would endorse this digital camera and gave it a "Recommended" award.

Average Expert Reviews

On average, based on twenty-four expert reviews from sites including What Digital Camera, PhotographyBlog.com, DP Review and Expert Reviews the average expert rating of this Sony digital camera is 79%.

Easy to Use

A number of Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 owners agreed that the product was easy to use. Eugene Lafcadio said in his review of this digital camera on Amazon six years ago “Although they are lovely to use” however despite that he only scored it 60 out of 100. Lmd wrote in their review of the Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 in the same month “My fears were unfoudned though - the controls are intuitively laid out” and rated the Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 as excellent. Cameragearguide.com wrote “For photographers looking for an easy to use” in their Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 review.

Two people thought the product was easy to use the menus. Six years ago Eugene Lafcadio wrote “I still have to remember which features are changed through the menu” in his review of this digital camera but even so he only gave it a rating of 3 stars. Lmd wrote also six years ago “The less frequently used settings are all easily accessed through the "Function" button” in their review.

One Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 owner said in their reviews that the product was comfortable and easy to hold. Lmd said “It's well sized too - being comfortable if you've got larger” in their review and rated the Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 as very good.

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Good Quality Lens

A few people who reviewed this digital camera concluded that it had a good autofocus. Pcmag.com scored it 4 stars and said “Autofocus is off-the-charts fast, whether you use the optical viewfinder o” in their review of the Sony Alpha DSLR-A580. Pcadvisor.co.uk wrote on expert review site PC Advisor.co.uk “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”.

A number of Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 reviewers who reviewed the Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 agreed that it had a good lens. Photoanswers.co.uk said in their review of the Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 on Photo Answers.co.uk “Can be bought body-only then twinned with the versatile 16-105mm f/3.5-5.6 lens for £984”.

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Good Quality Pictures

Several Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 reviewers mentioned that it was able to produce good images. Eugene Lafcadio mentioned on Amazon “It is also a great boon for reviewing images, as the quality” nonetheless he gave it a rating of 3 stars. Lmd mentioned in their review of the Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 on Amazon “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”.

A few Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 reviewers said in their reviews that it had a good picture resolution. Eugene Lafcadio said on Amazon six years ago “New features include in-camera panorama, AVCHD video capture, high speed shooting (very useful when auto bracketing” in his Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 review. Also six years ago Photoanswers.co.uk wrote “The Sony Alpha A580 offers a high resolution” in their review.

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Good Product Quality

Several customers thought the product was good quality. Lmd wrote on Amazon “Image quality is a huge improvement - not just the increase in Pixels to 16m.” and gave this digital camera a score of 5 stars. Expert website Pcmag.com gave it a rating of 4 stars and said six years ago “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” in their review of this digital camera. Expertreviews.co.uk said on Expert Reviews “Feature-packed and capable of high quality photos.”.

Good Size

One customer who purchased this digital camera reckoned that it was heavy and bulky. Six years ago Lmd wrote in their review of this digital camera 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!”.

One Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 reviewer who bought it considered that it was a good body shape. One customer who purchased the product reckoned that it was a good size.

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Nice Design

Some customers wrote in their reviews that it was good looking. Expert website Cameragearguide.com said “The specifications are pretty impressive” in their review and scored it 5 stars.

Robust

One Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 owner who reviewed the product considered that it was reliable. Lmd gave it an excellent review score and said in their review of this digital camera “The focus system is reasonably reliable, like most it pays to check”.

One Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 owner who reviewed the Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 thought it was strong and durable.

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Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Cameras

Sony cameras have good reviews on average and across all digital cameras Sony is one of the better rated manufacturers.

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Good Technical Features

Several customers thought it had good features. Lmd wrote on Amazon “In terms of handling there are a number of nice features about this camera” in their Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 review. Expertreviews.co.uk said “Sony’s recent A33 and A55 cameras are packed with innovative features, not least of which being their translucent mirrors” in their review of this digital camera.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

One person who reviewed it reckoned that it had a good screen. Expert review site Cameragearguide.com gave the product a score of 5 stars and said in their review of this digital camera “A tilting 3 inch 921K LCD display, super fast Live Vi”.

Good Support

One Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 owner who purchased it reckoned that it had good technical guidance. Six years ago Lmd wrote in their Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 review “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” and gave the product an excellent review.

Good Video Capture

One person who purchased this digital camera thought it was good for video recording.

9 Reasons Against

Poor Battery Life

One customer thought this digital camera did not have a good battery life. Eugene Lafcadio gave the product a rating of 60 out of 100 and he said on Amazon “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 Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 review.

Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

Most cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Alpha DSLR-A580 do not have an image stabilizer. The Alpha DSLR-A580 is no exception to this as it too does not have an image stabilizer.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Most cameras of this type and age do not support wi-Fi. The Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 is no exception to this as it too does not support wi-Fi.

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Does Not Support Video Capability

Like most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years, the Alpha DSLR-A580 does not support video capability.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

Like most of the other cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Alpha DSLR-A580, the Alpha DSLR-A580 does not have a built-in flash.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other cameras of this age and spec, the Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 is not waterproof.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 does not support Full HD video, although it is worth noting that most of the other similar spec cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Alpha DSLR-A580 also do not support Full HD video.

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Not 3D

Like most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec, the Alpha DSLR-A580 is not 3D.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Like most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to the Alpha DSLR-A580, the Alpha DSLR-A580 does not have a GPS (satellite).

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1 Other reason to consider the Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

Released Over Two Years Ago

This digital camera has been on the market for over two years.

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3 Awards

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

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

(3)
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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