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Sony Alpha A580

Sony Alpha A580 Digital SLR

Sony calls the Alpha A580, “the active photographer’s camera.” It has a 16-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, full HD video and it can shoot as fast as 7 frames-per-second (Speed Priority mode – 5 FPS in other modes) – that’s just as fast as the fastest APS-C sensor digital SLRs from Canon and Nikon. The A850 also has a tiltable, 3-inch 921k-dot LCD display and Live View with Quick Focus – a unique-to-Sony feature that makes the camera’s 15-point auto focus system just as fast and accurate in Live View as when using the optical viewfinder. The A580 also includes cool Sony extras like Sweep Panorama mode, Smile Shutter, Hand-Held Twilight, 3D shooting, Multi-Frame NR noise reduction and more.

  • Price: $899 with lens
  • 16-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
  • 1920 x 1080 60i AVCHD video
  • ISO 100 – 12,800
  • 3-inch 921k-dot tilting LCD display
  • 15-point auto focus system with 3 cross-type sensors
  • 7 FPS burst (Speed Priority mode)
  • Built-in pop-up flash
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  • Greg McCary says:

    Nice guide John

  • Photo-John says:

    Thanks, Greg. It got kind of out of hand. I didn’t intend the inro to be so long but I thought the Sony system needed more introduction than Nikon and Canon, since Sony is a relative newcomer to the camera business and some of their technology is probably mysterious to the average camera shopper.

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