Sony DSLR-A580

Released August, 2010
  • 16 MP
  • APS-C 23.5 x 15.6 mm CMOS
  • 3" LCD
Overall the A580's video mode delivers good quality output that is far better than anything you'd get from a digital compact camera.
by DPReview (May, 2011)
8.9 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Sony DSLR-A580

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

DSLR-A580
9.5
D7100
9.8
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

DSLR-A580
6.9
D7100
8.6
Focus lag, cross type focus points and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

DSLR-A580
8.3
D7100
9.0
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

DSLR-A580
9.1
D7100
9.2
Reviews from dpreview.com

8.9

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

DSLR-A580
8.9
D7100
9.2

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Sony DSLR-A580

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

DSLR-A580
1,121 ISO
EOS 5D Mark III
2,293 ISO
SLT A65
717 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

DSLR-A580
2,600 LPH
D7100
3,000 LPH
SLT A65
3,000 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

DSLR-A580
295 ms
SLT A77
124 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

DSLR-A580
84 ms
D7100
54 ms
SLT A77
54 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

DSLR-A580
800 ms
SLT A77
3,100 ms
SLT A65
2,800 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

DSLR-A580
7 fps
SLT A77
12 fps
SLT A65
10 fps

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Sony DSLR-A580


7.5
The A580 feels comfortably weighty in your hands, the grip is of decent size and the rubberized surfaces feel quite pleasant.

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Sensor

Assuming that your subject is static and your hands don't shake too much, JPEG image quality at ISO 25,600 using multi-shot NR is slightly superior to ISO 12,800.
by DPReview (May, 2011)
The A580 uses a small secondary sensor in the viewfinder to provide live view with fast phase-detection AF, but can also utilize the slower but higher-resolution main-sensor live view system used by all other manufacturers, albeit only with very slow contrast-detect AF.
by DPReview (May, 2011)
Up to ISO 1600 noise is not much of an issue and, while at the higher settings noise and detail smearing get visibly more intrusive the output is still good enough for at least the family album or web use, even at ISO 12800.
by DPReview (May, 2011)

Lens

At a wide focal length the SteadyShot system is very efficient and keeps the panning fairly smooth.
by DPReview (May, 2011)
The A580's movie mode lacks manual control over shutter speed and aperture (however, you can fix the aperture before you start recording) but nevertheless still offers some scope for creative control.
by DPReview (May, 2011)
To its credit though, Sony has added mirror lock-up (automatic when self-timer is selected) and a depth of field preview button to the A580 - both missing from its predecessor.
by DPReview (May, 2011)

Focus

You can apply exposure compensation while creative styles, white balance, AF area and metering mode are all taken over from the current stills image settings.
by DPReview (May, 2011)
It is Sony's most advanced yet, and in day-to-day use with static subjects AF is very fast and very accurate.
by DPReview (May, 2011)
The system only works with SAM (Smooth AF motor) lenses but even then is only really suitable for static subjects.
by DPReview (May, 2011)

Video

Like the A55 the A580 offers 1080i video in AVCHD format (which offers excellent quality with efficient compression and is most suitable for viewing on a HD television set) or 1440 x 1080 pixels in the less efficient but more readily sharable MPEG-4 format.
by DPReview (May, 2011)
In AVCHD mode the A580 offers high quality HD video capture at 1920 x 1080 pixels (1080p) at 25/30 frames per second (depending on whether your camera is a PAL or NTSC model), though the files are doubled up to 1080i at 50/60 fps for HDTV compatibility.
by DPReview (May, 2011)
Below you'll find some examples of videos taken with the camera for you to download and draw your own conclusions.
by DPReview (May, 2011)

Live view

Whether you like its slightly live-view centered design and user interface is pretty much a question of taste and shooting style.
by DPReview (May, 2011)
The Hi mode is not available in live view and the Lo mode is not available in focus check live view though.
by DPReview (May, 2011)
Even in live view mode, thanks to Sony's unique dual live view system, things do not slow down considerably.
by DPReview (May, 2011)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Type CMOS
Megapixels 16 MP
Resolution 4912 x 3264
Size APS-C
Area 23.5 x 15.6 mm
Crop factor 1.5x
Pixel size 22.9 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
Tested vertical resolution 2,600 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 2,600 LPH

focus system

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

shutter

Min 30 s
Max 1/4000 s

performance

Max continuous shooting 7 fps
Battery life 1,050 photos
Continuous shooting 7 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 295 ms
Shutter lag 84 ms
Startup delay 800 ms

video

Video 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps
Shoots video in 24p No
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

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
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