Sony Alpha DSLR-A560

Released August, 2010
  • 14 MP
  • APS-C 23.5 x 15.6 mm CMOS
  • 3" LCD
Not only does the A560 add AVCHD video capture, it also gets the new 15-point autofocus system and 1200-zone metering, plus the same sensor that's in the NEX models.
by c|net (Aug, 2010)
8.8 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Sony Alpha DSLR-A560

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Alpha DSLR-A560
8.7
D5300
9.9
D5200
9.8
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Alpha DSLR-A560
6.9
D5300
8.4
D5200
7.7
Focus lag, cross type focus points and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Alpha DSLR-A560
8.4
D5300
9.0
D5200
8.6
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Alpha DSLR-A560
9.4
D5300
9.1
D5200
9.2
Reviews from reviews.cnet.com

8.8

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

Alpha DSLR-A560
8.8
D5300
9.2
D5200
9.1

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Sony Alpha DSLR-A560

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

Alpha DSLR-A560
817 ISO
D5300
1,338 ISO
D5200
1,284 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Alpha DSLR-A560
295 ms
D5300
200 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Alpha DSLR-A560
83 ms
D5100
114 ms
SLT A58
54 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Alpha DSLR-A560
700 ms
SLT A58
1,900 ms
Alpha DSLR-A200
1,500 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Alpha DSLR-A560
7 fps
SLT A57
12 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Alpha DSLR-A560
1,050 photos
SLT A55
330 photos
D5200
500 photos

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Type CMOS
Megapixels 14 MP
Resolution 4592 x 3056
Size APS-C
Area 23.5 x 15.6 mm
Crop factor 1.5x
Pixel size 26.1 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 12,800 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 12,800 ISO to 25,600 ISO
Codecs
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes

focus system

Type Phase detection
Focus points 15
Cross type focus points 3
Supports continuous No

shutter

Min 30 s
Max 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 137 x 104 x 84 mm
Thickness 84 mm
Weight 599 g
Is weather sealed No

features

Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR Yes
Automatic panorama Yes
Create realistic 3D images Yes
Image stabilization Sensor shift

video

Video 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps
Shoots video in 24p Yes
Shoots high speed video No
External mic jack 3.5mm

display

Type LCD
Size 3"
Resolution 921 k dots
Has a touch screen No
Has a flip out screen Yes
Supports live view Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Pentamirror
Coverage 95%
Magnification 0.8x
Viewfinder size 0.52x

performance

Max continuous shooting 7 fps
Battery life 1,050 photos
Continuous shooting 7 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 295 ms
Shutter lag 83 ms
Startup delay 700 ms
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