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Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 Kit

16.2-megapixel digital SLR camera with 18-55mm lens & HD movie mode

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Our take on the Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 Kit

by Dave Bar
Sony

Develop your photography hobby

You don't have to be an expert photographer to use an SLR — they all offer easy automatic shooting. Because of their build quality and the physics of good glass and large sensors, even their built-in automatic settings will get you better pictures than most point-and-shoots or mobile devices. But experienced photographers and budding hobbyists can get more creative by manually adjusting settings like aperture and shutter speed. SLRs let you expand your shooting options with additional lenses and flashes to suit just about any situation. If you'd like to record the occasional video, look for a model with high-def movie mode.

A game-winning slide into home plate. Your spouse's first solo hang-gliding flight down the face of a sand dune. Once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunities can disappear fast, but you won't miss 'em if you're shooting with the Sony Alpha DSLR-A580. That's because this SLR camera gives you the power to capture high-speed action and bright, noise-free images with ease. You get fast continuous shooting at up to a blazing 7 frames per second for fantastic photo sequences. Plus, its sensitive 16.2-megapixel CMOS sensor delivers detailed shots in low-light environments that would stop lots of other cameras in their tracks. And when still shots aren't enough, the 'A580 even lets you record the event in full HD video.

This kit includes Sony's sharp 18-55mm lens. Its zoom range spans from wide-angle to short-telephoto for versatile everyday shooting. Snap indoor group shots of guests at your child's birthday party, and then follow the guests outside and capture the fun as they cut loose playing games in the backyard. Add optional Sony wide angle, telephoto, and close-up lenses to expand your camera's picture-taking power even further.

3" high-res tilt-screen LCD and fast live view shooting
Unlike some digital SLRs, the 'A580 gives you two ways to compose and shoot your pictures. You can go old-school and frame your photos with the camera's traditional optical viewfinder. Or, spot your subjects and frame your shots using the live view LCD, just like you would with a point-and-shoot camera. The LCD's tilt-screen design lets you adjust it up or down for creative shooting from tricky high or low angles, and its exceptional resolution gives you a clear window for checking critical details. Plus Sony's quick autofocus live view mode won't slow you down when the action speeds up — it uses a second image sensor just for focusing, eliminating the focus delays and LCD screen blackouts found in other live view SLRs.

Get everyone in the picture, even in 3D
The 'A580 also has other cool tricks up its sleeve. The next time you find yourself admiring a stunning mountain vista or beautiful cityscape, you can put Sony's ingenious Sweep Panorama mode to good use. It lets you capture the scene around you by sweeping the camera across your field of view — the camera automatically stitches multiple shots together to form one seamless photo. This Sony even lets you record your multi-shot panoramas in stunning 3D for playback on a compatible 3D television. You can connect the camera directly to your compatible HDTV with an optional mini HDMI cable.

This camera doesn't include any memory. Add a Memory Stick PRO Duo™ or SD, SDHC, or SDXC memory card for storing your photos and video.

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Highlights:

  • 16.2-megapixel effective recording
  • APS-C-size CMOS image sensor (23.4 x 15.6 mm)
  • DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Sony zoom lens (35mm equivalent focal length: 27-82.5mm)
  • HD movie mode with stereo sound and dedicated record button
  • built-in sensor-shift SteadyShot INSIDE™ image stabilization (works with all attached lenses)
  • Sony BIONZ™ image processor for accurate, low noise images and responsive shooting
  • 3" high-res tilt-screen LCD (921,600 dots) with live view mode for composing shots on-screen in real-time (adjusts up to 90 degrees upward and 90 degrees downward)
  • optical SLR viewfinder with diopter adjustment
  • face detection AF fine tunes exposure and white balance for more natural skin tones (live view only)
  • 3D Panorama mode: sweep across the panorama, and the camera captures "right-eye" and "left-eye" versions of the image (3D TV and 3D glasses required to view images in 3D)
  • Quick Auto Focus live view uses a second built-in image sensor to eliminate focus delay
  • Manual Focus Check mode allows accurate fine focusing when in manual focus mode (live view only)
  • 15-point autofocus with three cross-type sensors for accurate, high-speed focusing
  • auto High Dynamic Range (HDR) mode takes three exposures in rapid succession and combines them to capture increased shadow and highlight details
  • built-in auto pop-up flash with remote triggering of optional wireless accessory flash
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Compatible Lenses:
  • compatible with Sony Alpha, Minolta, and Konica/Minolta A-type bayonet mount autofocus lenses
Exposure Modes and Controls:
  • continuous shooting mode: 5 frames per second (using optical viewfinder) or 3 frames per second (using LCD in live mode)
    • Speed Priority mode allows shooting with viewfinder at up to 7 frames per second (autofocus and exposure fixed at first frame)
  • shutter speed range: 30-1/4,000 seconds
  • sensitivity or ISO (film speed equivalent) range: 200-12,800 (up to 25,600 with special Multi Frame NR setting)
  • program auto, shutter-priority, aperture-priority, manual, flash off auto, scene, and fully automatic exposure modes
  • flash and white balance bracketing (3 frames for each)
File Formats and Storage:
  • image storage modes: JPEG, RAW, and RAW+JPEG (Fine or Standard)
  • top resolution (pixels): 4,912 x 3,264 (3:2); 4,912 x 2,760 (16:9)
  • AVCHD movie files up to 1920 x 1080 at 60 frames per second with stereo sound; MP4 movie files up to 1440 x 1080 resolution at 30 frames per second
  • accept optional Memory Stick® PRO Duo™ or SD, SDHC, or SDXC memory cards
Connections and Dimensions:
  • high-speed USB interface
  • mini HDMI output for sharing images on a compatible HDTV (cable not included)
  • connection for optional Sony RM-L1AM wired remote control
  • input for optional external microphone
  • 5-1/2"W x 4-1/8"H x 3-1/4"D (5-3/4"D with lens)
  • weight (with battery and lens): 31.5 oz.
Supplied Accessories:
  • rechargeable NP-FM500H lithium ion battery
  • battery charger
  • adjustable neck strap
  • USB cable
  • software CD-ROM

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Features and Specs
General
LCD Screen Size
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3"
Adjustable-angle LCD
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Yes
Wi-Fi
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No
GPS-enabled
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No
Lens 35mm Equivalent
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27-82.5mm
Optical Zoom
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3x
Digital Zoom
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N/A
Filter Diameter
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55
Manual Focusing
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Yes
Manual Exposure
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Yes
Built-in Flash
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Yes
HDMI Output
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Mini
Memory
Internal Memory
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None
Memory Media
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Memory Stick PRO Duo + PRO-HG Duo
SD/SDHC/SDXC
Image
Effective Megapixel Count
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16.2
Total Megapixels
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16.7
Image Stabilization
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Sensor Shift
Highest Resolution
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4912 x 3264
HD Video Recording
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1920 x 1080, 1440 x 1080
Dimensions
Width (inches)
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5-1/2
Height (inches)
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4-1/8
Depth (inches)
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5-3/4
Weight With Battery (ounces)
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31.5
Warranty
Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
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What's in the box?

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  • Sony DSLR-A580 camera with attached body cap
  • SAL1855 Lens (DT18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM) with attached front lens cap and rear lens cover
  • NP-FM500H rechargeable InfoLithium battery (7.2V/1600mAh)
  • BC-VM10 Battery charger
  • 62" AC cord
  • 56" USB cable (has a USB type A connector on one end and a mini-USB connector on the other end)
  • Adjustable camera strap
  • Viewfinder eyepiece cover
  • CD-ROM (Application software)
  • Instruction Manual
  • Operating Instructions (for lens)
  • Precautions Before Using (for lens)
  • On-line registration sheet
  • Limited warranty sheet
  • Lenses & Accessories brochure

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Recording Features
Included Lens
Play And Print Functions
Battery Information
Supplied Software

Recording Features

Zoom Lens Kit: The Sony DSLR-A580L α (alpha series) DSLR camera kit contains the A580 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 A580 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 A580 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 A580'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 7.5x or 15x 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 software.

Movie Recording Formats: The A580 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 settings:

  • Panorama:
    • Standard:
      • Vertical: 3872 x 2160
      • Horizontal: 8192 x 1856
    • Wide:
      • 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 A580 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 16M/Aspect Ratio: 3:2 (4912 x 3264):

Size \ Capacity 2 GB 4 GB 8 GB 16 GB 32 GB
Standard 386 781 1587 3239 6406
Fine 270 548 1116 2279 4510
RAW & JPEG 74 154 319 657 1304
RAW 106 220 452 928 1840

Image Sensor: The DSLR-A580 features an APS-C-sized Exmor CMOS image sensor (23.5 x 15.6mm). It has approximately 16.7-million total pixels and 16.2-million effective pixels.

Image Sizes: You can record still images in a 3:2 or 16:9 aspect ratio. The image sizes include:

Aspect Ratio Image Size Resolution
3:2 L: 16M 4912 x 3264
M: 8.4M 3568 x 2368
S: 4.0M 2448 x 1624
16:9 L: 14M 4912 x 2760
M: 7.1M 3568 x 2000
S: 3.4M 2448 x 1376

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 A580'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:
    • Wide: 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.

Drive Modes: 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: 22 images
    • RAW & JPEG: 20 images
    • Fine: 44 images
    • Standard: 45 images
  • Self-Timer: 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 recording modes:

  • 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 places.
    • Macro: for shooting close subjects such as flowers, insects, dishes, or small goods.
    • Landscape: shoots the entire range of scenery in sharp focus with vivid colors.
    • Sunset: for shooting the red of the sunset beautifully
    • Night View: for shooting night scenes at a distance without losing the dark atmosphere of the surroundings.
    • 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 noise.
    • Night Portrait: for shooting portraits in night scenes
  • 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.

Metering Mode: 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 lighting.
  • 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 colors.
  • Portrait: This setting accentuates the subject and softly reproduces skin tones.
  • Landscape: This setting reproduces the scenery with vivid and sharp colors.
  • Sunset: 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 100 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-A580 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 A580 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.

Anti-Dust Technology: Changing lenses in a DSLR can allow dust to enter the camera. To help keep the image sensor cleaner for better pictures, the A580 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.

Included Lens

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 caps).

Specifications:

  • 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 review.

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.

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 6x, Medium images to 8.8x, 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-A580 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 not supplied.

Printing Options: The camera offers the following printing options.

  • 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 printer.
  • 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.

Battery Information

InfoLithium Battery: The DSLR-A580 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
Viewfinder Mode 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.

Supplied Software

Application Software CD-ROM: The following software is included with the DSLR-A580:

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.

Windows Requirements:

  • Sony Image Data Suite (Image Data Converter SR and Image Data Lightbox SR):
    • 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 or more
  • 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 or more

Macintosh Requirements (Sony Image Data Suite only):

  • OS Pre-Installed: Mac OS X v10.4, v10.5, v10.6 (Snow Leopard)
  • 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 required

 

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Written By Bill, Virginia Beach, VA on Saturday, June 01, 2013
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This is a great product. I used it at my son's graduation Had to use a Minolta zoom lens that I had from my 35mm camera. The lens worked great with this camera and the pictures came out sharp and clear.
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Written By Snellemin, Tomball, TX on Monday, January 03, 2011
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I have been iffy to upgrade ever since Sony took over, until recently. I've been reading good reviews of the Sony DSLR's lately and after I borrowed my buddy's Sony DSLR, I was finally convinced to purchase one.

I am by no means a Pro. I just love taking pictures of everyday life, hobby's and vacations. All my old lenses fit on the Sony body. I did buy the body lens combo, as the body alone wasn't available. But I prefer my old AF lenses over the Sony labeled one. The Sony lens just doesn't produce the vivid color the old lenses do. I'm no expert, but I sure can tell a difference. Faulty lens maybe?

Shooting Paronamic pics is nice after you get the hang of it. Shooting 7 frames per second is not too shabby either. Shooting short HD vids is also nice, once you get used to doing the manual zooming and focusing on the fly.
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