Play And Print Functions
Zoom Lens Kit: The Sony DSLR-A560L α (alpha series) DSLR
camera kit contains the A560 camera
body, and the SAL1855 DT18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM 3x zoom lens, along with a
rechargeable battery, adjustable neck strap, USB cable, and software on CD-ROM.
The camera is compatible with Sony A-mount lenses.
3" Tiltable LCD Screen: The A560 uses a 3" TFT
Xtra Fine LCD screen
with 921,600 dots. The LCD can be tilted and swiveled so you can
frame your shots from difficult angles overhead or down low.
Viewfinder: In addition to the 3" LCD monitor, the A560 has
a fixed eye-level penta-Dach-mirror optical viewfinder with approximately 95%
frame coverage. It has a diopter adjustment so you can set the viewfinder to
your personal eyesight.
Live View: The A560's Live View lets you use the LCD
screen to frame your photos as you shoot. There will likely be differences
between the recorded picture and what is shown during Live View. Exposure, white
balance, and flash settings will make the recorded photo look different than the
Live View image. The Focus Check Live View mode lets you compose your shot using
the image sensor. You can select Contrast AF or Phase-detect AF methods of
achieving focus. During Focus Check Live View, you can temporarily enlarge the
image in the LCD by 7x or 14x for a closer look.
Still Image Recording Formats: Still images are recorded in
JPEG file format in Standard and Fine compression rates. You can also record
still images using the RAW format, which is uncompressed with no processing
performed in the camera. RAW images must be transferred to a computer for
processing, editing, and printing using the supplied Image Data Converter SR
Movie Recording Formats: The A560 can record 16:9 Full High
Definition movies (FH: 1920 x 1080/60i) in AVCHD mode with MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
video and 2-channel Dolby Digital audio. Movies can also be recorded in MP4 mode
(1440 x 1080/30 fps, 640 x 480/30 fps) with MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 video and MPEG-4 AAC-LC
2-channel audio. The recording bit rate is 17 Mbps for AVCHD, 12 Mbps for MP4
1080, and 3 Mbps for MP4 VGA.
Panorama Photos: The 3D Sweep Panorama mode lets you record
panoramic images by holding down the shutter button as you pan across the scene.
Panoramic photos can be taken in 3D or Standard in several different resolution
- Vertical: 3872 x 2160
- Horizontal: 8192 x 1856
- Vertical: 5536 x 2160
- Horizontal: 12416 x 1856
- 3D Panorama (Horizontal):
- 16:9: 1920 x 1080
- Standard: 4912 x 1080
- Wide: 7152 x 1080
Dual Media Options: The A560 camera accepts two types
of media for capturing still images: Memory Stick PRO Duo (including Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo), and SD,
SDHC, and SDXC Memory Cards. The maximum number of images that can be recorded on a memory card formatted
with this camera varies slightly between the two types of media. The number of
images that can be stored on a Memory Stick PRO Duo:
Capacity based on images taken at L 14M/Aspect Ratio:
3:2 (4592 x 3056):
|Size \ Capacity
|RAW & JPEG
Image Sensor: The DSLR-A560 features
an APS-C-sized Exmor CMOS image sensor (23.4 x 15.6mm). It has approximately
14.6-million total pixels and 14.2-million effective pixels.
Image Sizes: You can record
still images in a 3:2 or 16:9 aspect ratio. The image sizes include:
||4592 x 3056
||3344 x 2224
||2288 x 1520
||4592 x 2576
||3344 x 1872
||2288 x 1280
SteadyShot INSIDE In-Camera Image Stabilization: The SteadyShot
INSIDE in-camera image stabilizer shifts the image sensor to compensate for
camera shake without sacrificing image quality. The compensation effect is equal
to 2.5 to 3.5 shutter speed
steps, giving you more creative freedom when shooting in low light. And, because
it is integrated into the camera body, SteadyShot INSIDE technology works with
all compatible α (alpha) system lenses.
Eye-Start Auto Focus: The camera features the Eye-Start Auto
Focus system, which begins precision auto focus adjustments the moment you raise
the camera to your eye. This feature can be turned off in the menu, if desired.
15-Point AF System: The A560's high-performance auto focus
system uses 15 focus points to deliver fast and precise focusing. It has a
predictive focus control to automatically calculate the position of fast-moving
subjects. You can choose from the following
Auto/Manual Focus Modes:
- AF (Auto focus) Mode: You can select between 3 modes:
- Single-Shot AF:
The camera focuses and the focus is locked when you press the
shutter button halfway down.
- Continuous AF:
The camera continues to focus while the shutter button is pressed
and held halfway down.
- Automatic AF:
This mode automatically switches between single-shot AF and
continuous AF depending on the movement of the subject.
- AF (Auto focus) Area: You can select between 4 settings:
The camera determines which of the nine local focus frames is used
in focusing with the wide focus frame.
- Spot: The camera uses the AF area located in the
center area exclusively.
- Local: You can choose a local focus
area from the 15 areas using the controller.
- Flexible Spot: Moves the AF area to focus on a small subject
or narrow area using the arrow buttons of the controller.
- Manual Focus: When it is difficult to get the proper focus in auto focus mode, you can adjust
the focus manually. This mode allows you to set the distance of a subject by
switching to MF on the lens and
rotating the focusing ring to achieve a sharp focus.
Focus Lock: If a subject is
off-center and outside of the AF area, you can lock the focus of the camera.
AF Illuminator: When you press the shutter button halfway
down a red illuminator is emitted until the focus is locked. Under dark lighting
conditions or when you shoot a low contrast subject, the AF illuminator allows
the camera to focus more easily on the subject. The AF illuminator has a range of
approximately 3.3 to 16.4 feet.
The camera offers the
following shooting modes:
- Single Shot Advance: Default setting for standard picture taking.
- Shooting Continuously: When you press and hold the
shutter button, the camera records the images continuously at a maximum 5
images per second at high speed or 3 images per second at low speed. The
maximum number of continuous shots varies with the recording format:
- RAW: 7 images
- RAW & JPEG: 7 images
- Fine: 27 images
- Standard: 47 images
You can set the camera to two different self-timers:
- 10 Second: After you press the shutter button, the shutter will be
released about 10 seconds later. This is convenient when the
photographer wants to appear in a photo.
- 2 Second:
After you press the shutter button, the shutter will be released about 2
seconds later. This is convenient to reduce camera-shake.
- Exposure Bracket:
The camera can shoot three continuous images with the exposures shifted
automatically. It uses two settings:
- Ambient Light:
This setting shoots images continuously with exposure value shifted by
plus or minus 0.3 steps.
- Flash Bracket: This setting shoots images
continuously with the exposure value shifted by plus or minus 0.7 step,
and flash compensation -1.0
- White Balance Bracket: Based on the selected white
balance and the color temperature/color filter, three images are recorded
with the white balance shifted by 10 mired* (low) or 20 mired (high). (*
mired=a unit to indicate color conversion quality)
- Wireless Remote Commander: You can shoot using the "SHUTTER" or
"2SEC" buttons on the optional RMT-DSLR1 Wireless Remote Commander. Using
the Remote Commander reduces camera shake and continues the exposure without
pressing and holding the shutter button.
Exposure Modes: The camera offers the following exposure
- Auto/Auto (no flash): This mode allows easy shooting with settings
adjusted automatically. Select Auto (no flash) when shooting in a location
where the use of flash is restricted.
- Scene Selection: You can select an appropriate mode for the
subject or the shooting conditions to allow you to shoot the image with a
suitable setting for the subject:
- Portrait: blurs away backgrounds and sharpens the subject;
expresses skin tones softly
- Sports Action: for shooting moving subjects outdoors or in bright
- Macro: for shooting close subjects such as flowers, insects,
dishes, or small goods.
- Landscape: shoots the entire range of scenery in sharp focus with
- Sunset: for shooting the red of the sunset beautifully
- Night View: for shooting night scenes at a distance without losing the dark atmosphere of
- Hand-held Twilight: Shoots night scenes with less
noise and blur without using a tripod. A burst of shots are taken and
image processing is applied to reduce subject blur, camera shake and
- Night Portrait: for shooting portraits in night
- Sweep Panorama: Shoots expansive scenery or high-rise
buildings with dynamic composition.
- Program Auto: This mode allows you to shoot with the
exposure adjusted automatically (both the shutter speed and the aperture
value), while keeping the custom settings for ISO sensitivity, Creative
Style, D-Range optimizer, etc.
- Aperture Priority: This mode allows you to shoot after adjusting the aperture
value manually, letting the camera set the appropriate shutter speed. This
mode gives you greater control over the depth of field.
- Shutter Speed Priority: This mode allows you to shoot
after adjusting the shutter speed manually, letting the camera set the
appropriate aperture. With a high shutter speed, the moving subject appears as if
it is frozen on the image. With a slow shutter speed, the moving subject appears as if it were flowing.
- Manual Exposure:
This mode allows you to shoot after adjusting the exposure (shutter speed
and aperture) manually.
- Manual Shift:
You can change the shutter speed and aperture value combination without
changing the exposure in manual mode.
- Bulb (Long Exposure) Shooting:
In this setting as long as the shutter button is pressed, the shutter
remains open. You can shoot trails of light, such as fireworks.
- Movies: Recording movies in Full HD or standard definition in
16:9 or 4:3 aspect ratio.
Exposure Compensation: Exposure compensation is used to
alter the camera's standard exposure setting. You can make the image look
lighter (increased exposure) or darker (decreased exposure). The exposure
compensation amount can be set up to +/-2.0 EV in 1/3-step increments.
AE Lock: You
can fix the exposure before deciding on the composition when taking a picture.
This is effective when the metering object and focusing object are different or
when you want to shoot continuously while keep the same exposure value.
A 1200-zone evaluative sensing system provides multi-pattern measuring for
superior exposure control accuracy in a wide range of lighting conditions. You
can select the method for measuring the brightness of a subject from the
following three methods:
- Multi Segment:
This method uses the whole screen divided into 1200 zones to measure light.
- Center Weighted:
While emphasizing the central area of the screen, this method measure
the average brightness of the entire screen.
- Spot: This method measure light only in the spot metering
circle in the center of the frame.
White Balance: You can adjust the color tones according to the
lighting conditions. You can choose from the following WB options, and adjust
the +/- 3 to fine tune the colors:
- Auto WB: This mode adjusts the white balance automatically.
- Daylight: This mode adjusts for outdoors and sunlit subjects.
- Shade: This mode adjust for shady conditions on a clear day.
- Cloudy: This mode adjust for a cloudy sky.
- Incandescent: This mode adjusts for incandescent
- Fluorescent: This mode adjusts for florescent lighting.
- Flash: This mode adjusts for flash conditions.
- Custom: In a scene where the ambient light consists of
multiple types of light sources, use of the custom white balance is
recommended in order to accurately reproduce the whiteness.
Color Temperature/Color Filter: You can adjust the white
balance further by selecting Color Temperature or Color Filter in the Custom
White Balance option. With Color Temperature, the higher the number, the more
reddish the image, and the lower the number, the more bluish the image. Color
Filter achieves the effect of Color Compensation filters for photography. Based
on the set color temperature as the standard, the color can be compensated to
Green (G) or Magenta (M).
Image Processing (Creative Style): This camera is pre-programmed with image styles
optimal for various scenes and purposes. For each setting, you can adjust the
contrast, saturation, and sharpness. You can choose from the following settings:
- Standard: This setting reproduces various scenes with rich
gradation and beautiful color.
- Vivid: This setting reproduces memorable scenery such as blue
sky, sunsets, spring greenery, and autumn leaves with deep and vivid
- Portrait: This setting accentuates the subject and softly reproduces skin tones.
This setting reproduces the scenery with vivid and sharp colors.
This setting beautifully reproduces the red of the sunset.
- B & W: This setting is for monochrome images.
ISO Settings: ISO is a unit of measurement of sensitivity to
light. The larger the number, the higher the sensitivity. The camera's ISO can
be set manually or automatically, depending upon the exposure mode:
- Auto or Scene Selection: When the exposure mode is set to Auto,
Auto (no flash), Sweep Panorama, or
Scene Selection, the ISO is fixed to Auto.
- P/A/S: When the exposure mode is set to Program, Aperture
Priority, or Shutter Priority, and ISO is set to Auto, the ISO speed is
automatically set between 200 and 1600.
- Manual: When the exposure mode is changed to Manual, the ISO is
automatically changed to 100, and you can set it according the shooting
conditions to between 100 and 12800. Auto ISO is not an option in the Manual shooting mode.
Note: In Multi Frame Noise Reduction mode, the camera
automatically shoots multiple images continuously, combines the images,
reduces the noise, and records one image. In Multi Frame NR, you can select
ISO numbers up to ISO 25600.
Built-in Flash: In a dark location, using the built-in flash,
or optional flash, allows
you to shoot the subject brightly, and it also helps prevent blurred photos due
to camera shake. The DSLR-A560 features a pop-up flash, and an accessory shoe
for attaching an optional external flash. The range of the built-in flash
depends on the ISO sensitivity and aperture value. The A560 offers the following flash modes:
- Autoflash: In auto mode the flash
automatically fires if it is dark or against light.
- Fill-Flash: In this mode the flash fires
every time the shutter is released.
- Slow Sync: Slow sync shooting allows you to shoot a clear image
of both the subject and the background by slowing the shutter speed.
- Rear Sync: In rear sync mode, the objects illuminated by
other light sources are captured first, then the flash is fired right before
the exposure is completed.
- Wireless: The camera can use the flash light to
transmit signal to an external off-camera flash to produce a more
three-dimensional image. (Requires optional wireless flash unit such as HVL-F58AM,
HVL-F42AM, HVL-F56AM, or HVL-F36AM).
Noise Reduction: The camera offers Long Exposure and High ISO Noise
Reduction (NR) to automatically reduce the grainy noise found in photos during
long exposures or high ISO settings.
Changing lenses in a DSLR can allow dust to enter the camera. To help
keep the image sensor cleaner for better pictures, the A560 utilizes a
static-free anti-dust coating on the imager's filter. The camera also has a
cleaning function which vibrates the image sensor for a short time to knock off
any dust that may have settled on the imager.
Optics: The Sony DT
18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM lens is compatible with Sony α-series
(Alpha) DSLR cameras. The DT lens is a compact, lightweight lens, designed specifically for the APS-size CCD imager
used in most Sony α-series cameras. The lens employs a Smooth Autofocus Motor (SAM)
to deliver smooth and silent autofocus operation, and offers a flexible focal
range that allows you to capture everything from wide angle to midrange
telephoto shots with ease.
Zooming: The lens allows you to rotate the zooming ring to
set the desired focal length. The 18-55mm lens features a 3.0x optical zoom.
Focusing: The lens can be used in the
auto-focus or manual focus mode. You can switch between focusing modes using the
2-way switch on the lens barrel.
Dimensions: The lens has the following dimensions: Diameter=2.727", Length=3.027" to 3.441" (without lens
- 35mm Equivalent: 27-82.5mm
- Angle of View: 76° to 29°
- Minimum Focus: 0.82' (9.84")
- Filter Diameter: 55mm
- Maximum Aperture: f/3.5-5.6
- Minimum Aperture: f/22-36
- Weight: 7.5 ounces
Play And Print Functions
Playback Options: You can view images on
the LCD monitor with 3 options: with recording data
displayed, without recording data, or histogram display. A histogram is the luminance distribution that shows how many pixels of a
particular brightness exists in a picture. The histogram display of this camera
shows the brightness on the horizontal axis (left side is black, right side is
white) and the number of pixels on the vertical axis.
Auto Review: After an image is recorded, you can
have the camera automatically display it on the LCD monitor
for two, five or 10 seconds. You can also turn off auto
Image Rotation: Vertical shots can be
rotated automatically so that they are displayed upright
during playback. This can be done manually or automatically.
Playback Screen: You can view your photos back as
a single image on the LCD monitor, as an Index or as a Slide
Show . During Index View mode, you can view 4 or 9 images at
once. You can adjust the Slide Show mode interval from 1, 3,
5, 10, or 30 seconds.
D-Range Optimizer/Auto HDR: The camera
allows you to correct the brightness and contrast of an
image automatically, using the D-Range Optimizer (DRO) and
Auto High Dynamic Range functions. The DRO optimizes the
gradations of a recorded image in each area of the image;
you select the optimal level from Lv1 (weak) and Lv5
(strong). When Auto HDR is selected, the camera shoots three
images with different exposures, then overlays them to
create one image with the correct exposure and an overlaid
Image Enlargement: During single image playback
you can enlarge an entire image or a select area of an image
from 1.1 to 11.8x depending upon the image size. Small images
can be enlarged up to 5.5x, Medium images to 8.0x, and
Large images up to 11.8x. Once you have enlarged the image,
you can pan around the image to view the desired portion.
Rotating Images: Images can be rotated
counter-clockwise 360-degrees on the camera's LCD monitor
during single image playback.
Protect Images: You can protect all images on your
memory card or select only certain images to be protected
from accidental erasure.
HDMI Output: The DSLR-A560 provides
direct mini-HDMI output to your HDTV screen, so you can view
and share photos in clarity and detail. You can choose
between standard 3:2 or widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio. When
connected to a Sony BRAVIA TV, you can control the image
playback using the TV remote. A mini-HDMI-to-HDMI cable is
Printing Options: The camera offers the following
- DPOF Compatible: Using the camera, you can
specify the images and the number of images to print
before you print images at a photo-shop or with your
- Memory Card: You can print images with a
Memory Stick or SD card compliant printer.
- Computer: You can copy images to a computer
using the supplied "Picture Motion Browser" software and
print the images.
The DSLR-A560 is powered by the NP-FM500H InfoLithium battery
(supplied). The battery communicates data to the camera, so
that the percentage of battery power remaining can be
displayed. The approximate number of images that can be
recorded with the supplied battery is as follows:
|Live View Mode
||Approx. 560 images
||Approx. 1050 images
Charging: The supplied InfoLithium battery requires
approximately 175 minutes for a full charge.
The battery should be fully charged before initial use.
Power Save: You can set different time intervals for the
camera to switch to Power Save mode for Live View and Viewfinder Modes. You
can set the intervals to 10 seconds, 20 seconds, 1 minute, 5 minutes, or 30 minutes. Once
the camera goes into Power Save mode, you can return to the shooting mode by
pressing the shutter button halfway. When the camera is connected to a TV or the
drive mode is set to Remote Commander, the power save mode defaults to 30
minutes regardless of the setting.
Application Software CD-ROM: The following software is
included with the DSLR-A560:
Picture Motion Browser Ver.5.3: Windows Only
Import images shot with the
camera and display them on the computer.
Organize images on the computer
on a calendar by shooting date to view them.
Retouch, print, and send images
as e-mail attachments and change the shooting date.
Print or save still images with the date.
You can create a data disc using a CD burner driver or DVD burner drive.
Image Data Lightbox SR Ver.2.2: Windows and Macintosh
- Display and compare RAW/JPEG images recorded with this camera
- Rate the images on a scale of five
- Set the color labels
- Display an image in "Image Data Converter SR" and make adjustments to it
Image Data Converter SR Ver.3.2: Windows and Macintosh
You can edit images recorded in
RAW mode with various corrections, such as tone curve, and sharpness.
Adjust images with white balance, exposure, creative style, etc.
Save the images displayed and edited on a computer. You can save the image
as RAW format, or save it in the general file format.
- Sony Image Data Suite (Image Data Converter SR and Image Data
- OS Pre-Installed:
- Microsoft Windows XP SP3 (64-bit editions and Starter editions
are not supported)
- Windows Vista SP2 (Starter edition is not supported)
- Windows 7
- CPU/Memory: Pentium 4 or faster is recommended, RAM 1GB or
more is recommended
- Display: 1024 x 768 dots
- Sony Picture Utility (Picture Motion Browser):
- OS Pre-Installed:
- Microsoft Windows XP SP3 (64-bit editions and Starter editions
are not supported)
- Windows Vista SP2 (Starter edition is not supported)
- Windows 7
- CPU/Memory: Pentium III 800 MHz or faster and 512 MB
of RAM or more (Intel Core 2 Duo 1.66 GHz or faster and 1 GB of RAM or more for playing/editing High Definition movies)
- Hard Disk Space: 500 MB or more (for installation)
- Display: 1024 x 768 dots
Macintosh Requirements (Sony Image Data Suite only):
- OS Pre-Installed: Mac OS X v10.4, v10.5, v10.6 (Snow
- CPU: Power PC G4/G5 series (1.0 GHz or faster is recommended)
Intel Core Solo/Core Duo/Core 2 Duo or faster
- Memory: 1 GB or more is recommended
- Display: 1024 x768 dots or more
Note: For USB Connection, Mac OS X v10.3, v10.4, v10.5 or v10.6