Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 – available for $799.99

The Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 camera model includes a unique set of features, at a very competitive price. We can easily associate it to its predecessor, the DSLR-A550 model in terms of design, but SLT-A55 it could be the perfect comparison when it comes to the image quality.

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Its dimmensions made us think about many other entry-level D-SLRs models, having 4.1 by 5.4 by 3.3 inches and 1.3 pounds. And you can have quick access to settings and features thanks to its numerous small size buttons situated on top or around the LCD. But what is most important, prepare yourself for a list of high-end features. First of all, Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 is equipped with a16.2MP (effective) APS HD CMOS sensor or a 3 inch LCD with 921k dots.

The list continues with 15-point AF system with 3 cross-type AF points, contrast-detect AF in focus check live view or even Face-detection AF. Its viewfinder has the same size of the viewfinder from the A100 DSLR model and the camera also includes an impressive Multi-Frame NR function, a great Vari-Angle LCD, external stereo mic jack, wireless flash capability or very good dynamic range. Let’s not forget about its multi-Frame Noise Reduction ISO setting feature, or Fast auto-focus with optical viewfinder or in Live View mode and a great DSLR Live View experience.

And thanks to its mini-HDMI port you can connect it to an HDTV or to a computer by using a miniUSB port. But it has some disadvantages too – program Auto mode doesn’t allow for program shift, its auto ISO is limited to 1,600, it has a reduced information in OVF and there is no AF fine-tuning or audio levels control. As long as Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 is indeed an innovative digital camera, there’s nothing to say about its price of $799.99. We all know after all that quality requires big investments.

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