May 4, 2011

Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

The Sony A580 is based around a new 16.2 megapixel, APS-C sized image sensor. Perhaps the most significant change between the older A550 and the A580, though, is a brand new autofocus system, based around a 15-point AF sensor, of which three are cross-type points. From the fifteen total points, eleven can be addressed directly, and four serve as assist points.

Imaging Resource has posted their review of the A580 here.

Pros
  • Excellent image quality
  • Cool panoramic and noise reduction features
  • Very fast burst rate
  • Well-designed layout
Cons
  • No Program Shift feature
  • Many shooting features only support JPEG files
  • No autofocus while shooting video
Bottom Line- If you want video capability, the A580 has it--but as with all SLRs, you should be aware of the limitations before you commit to this camera for its video functions. The Alpha A580 is, first and foremost, a great still camera.