Summary Sony DSLR-A580

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Sensor size
Help APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
Screen resolution
Help 921k dots
Help 16 MP
Movie format
Help 1080p @ 30fps
Screen size
Help 3"
Light sensitivity
Help 12,800 ISO
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reviewsWhat are people saying about the DSLR-A580

"Consistently reliable metering and AF" | talking about the camera's auto-focus
"The DSLR-A580's imaging pipeline is near identical to the translucent mirror model SLT-A55." | talking about the camera's image-quality
"The A580 captures excellent quality screen-filling 1080p video footage. The motion is smooth and there are no visible artifacts" | talking about the camera's video-quality


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Avatar for Bob Cyr Bob Cyr (5:24 PM, October 12, 2013)
Is the Sony A580 DSLR still available?
Roman (4:39 PM, July 14, 2013)
I have the A580 and it has two (2) seperate slots and a switch to choose between SD, or MS slot. I have a 32GB SD card and a 16GB at the same time in my cam...
SAM (7:28 AM, May 27, 2013)
sony a-580 or nikon d3200 ?? which one do u prefere ??
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (2:25 PM, June 21, 2012)
Hey Mark, thanks for messaging us. According to Sony the A580 only has one storage slot that can take a SD, SDHC, SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Due, or Memory Stick Pro-HG Due. That means it can only have one card in at a time. Hope that helps.
Mark (1:10 AM, June 21, 2012)
A 580 has 2 card slots, not one!

You state the A580 has only one memory card slot.  This is incorrect as it has two.  One is an SD card slot and the other a Sony MS Pro Duo-HG, therefore your comparisons stating it has fewer memory card slots than the Sony A700 for example are wrong and you're going to have to amend all your comparisons for the Sony A580 accordingly.  How you can get this feature so wrong is bordering on incompetence by the reviewer.  I would also suggest you also amend your ratings for the camera to take this into account. 
Avatar for Claire AUIA Claire AUIA (11:47 PM, April 24, 2012)
I have this camera it's great and works amazing ! i got this with the twin lens kit :)) 
Below is an image i took outside my yard :)
Avatar for Crysania Crysania (4:38 PM, March 21, 2012)
Despite the fact that this camera has recently been discontinued, it's still one of the best of the line.  I just purchased one and I've had it for only 5 days and I'm amazed at the image quality and its ability to take high ISO photos with little grain.  I upgraded from the A230 and I'm definitely a fan!  If you can get your hands on this camera, do so!
Larry (5:39 PM, December 28, 2011)
Definetly the Sony a580 it has better specs than all of the others.
Terry (5:36 PM, December 28, 2011)
Ya totaly agree with you.
Larry (5:34 PM, December 28, 2011)
Tom (5:33 PM, December 28, 2011)
Probably the T3i because of its special video options, but for pictures then Nikon d5100 and d3100 and a580 totaly beat it in terms of colors and low light preformance. The sony a580 can distinguish 3x more colors and the pictures look much less grainy (my friend has the t3i and I have the a580). So if you are just looking for video you can go with the t3i or i suggest looking for a camcorder. If you want an all far superior camera go with the sony a580.
Tom (5:28 PM, December 28, 2011)
This camera has comparable specs to high end prosumer cameras like the d7000 and the canon 60D! I just ordered mine.
Darryl B. (6:53 AM, November 30, 2011)
Should i buy two of the a580's or one a900? All comments are well appreciated!
Nicdem25 (1:49 PM, October 26, 2011)
Which one is better for movies? The Nikon D5100, the Canon T2i, the Canon T3i, The Nikon D3100, or this?
Ligia Rossini (4:02 PM, August 31, 2011)
absolutly you should chose a sony a-580 these cameras are awesome.
A few months  ago I has almost the same questio, nikon d7000 or a-580?? but after a lot of researches I found the best one APLHA A-580.
Ehmo (9:50 PM, August 19, 2011)
Anyone could help me decide? i was bit wondering what would be better to invest with, Nikon D5100 or  Sony Alpha A580? i have Nikon D90 with me but has bigger pixels. please can anyone advice me on this, it was really a tough decision to make... Snapshot need your kind advice, by the end of this month I will be owning one of this....Thank you for reading... HAPPY CLICKING...
Avatar for Rodrigo SilvaSantos Rodrigo SilvaSantos (7:18 PM, July 07, 2011)
Sony A580 Is your choice
I don't (2:45 AM, June 29, 2011)
You should read more...the Nikon D7000 sensor is made by ...who pay who...I have Canon and nikon cameras but even if i don't like sony in some terms...we have to recognize that sony sensor will be appear in several liked or the way..nokon will use sony sensors in 1 or 2 new cameras that will be released by the end of this year or at the beguining of your face...
Inglaof (5:45 AM, June 23, 2011)
i like sony dslr cameras, i used to had a a330. But someone stolen from me, so, im looking a new camera, i first think to repleace it with the a390, test it and its almos the same, but, i just try the Nikond5100 and i was stunned, the lens looks and feel better quality, also try the sony A55, looks great but im still not convinced about the electronic visor, but i'll recognize that im impressed with it, but still like mor the pentamirror.
Rickwardyork (7:11 PM, June 20, 2011)
l have the 230,450,55v but love my 580 best of all  brill
Vacky (7:02 PM, June 18, 2011)
Is there any news for A590?
Guest_ (10:49 PM, May 18, 2011)
Why Sony is so criticized by Canikon users?

"Sony users = geeks"
"Sony = cheating"
"Sony pays DXOmark to increase their scores"

What a pity! I don't love Sony, neither Nikon/Canon, I simply love photography !

Actually, D7000 and A580 have the same Sony sensor, the main difference is that D7000 is twice more expensive !  That's all !
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (2:50 AM, May 14, 2011)
Hi Bluepearl, each spec or pro/con should have a little (i) symbol beside them which if you click you can learn all about!

The color depth rating is obtained from DxOMark, who test cameras using standardized benchmarks.
Bluepearl 0104 (4:06 AM, May 13, 2011)
color depth is not listed in the specification at I was wondering from where 23.8 bit coming from?
Avatar for lamboram lamboram (4:45 PM, May 11, 2011)
Still photography - A580
Video - A55.. :)