General

compared to recent entry-level DSLRs
"From a price and specification point of view the Sony DSLR-A580 competes directly with other mid-level cameras."
dpreview.com | talking about the camera's overall-performance
Brand
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Sony
Lowest price
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Unknown
Announced
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August 2010
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Sensor

"The DSLR-A580's imaging pipeline is near identical to the translucent mirror model SLT-A55."
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Type
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CMOS
Crop factor
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1.5x
Megapixels
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16 MP
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Light sensitivity
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12,800 ISO
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Light sensitivity (boost)
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25,600 ISO
Sensor cleaning
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Yes

Sensor (Advanced)

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True resolution
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16 MP
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Native resolution
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4912 × 3264
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Pixel size
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22.9 µm²
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Screen

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LCD
Size
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3"
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Resolution
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921k dots
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Touch screen
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No
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Flips out
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Yes
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Live view
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Yes

Lenses

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Lens availability
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126 lenses
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Lens mount
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Sony Alpha

Form factor

"The button layout works"
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Size
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137×104×84 mm
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Depth
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3.3"
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Weight
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599 g
Interchangeable lenses
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Yes
Waterproof
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No
Weather sealed
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No
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Built-in focus motor
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No
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Viewfinder

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Type
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Pentamirror
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Viewfinder size
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0.52x
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Coverage
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95%
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Movies

"The A580 captures excellent quality screen-filling 1080p video footage. The motion is smooth and there are no visible artifacts"
dpreview.com | talking about the camera's video-quality
Format
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1080p @ 30fps
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Supports 24p
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No
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High-speed framerate
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None
External mic jack
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Yes
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Autofocus
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Unknown
All formats
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  1. 480p @ 30fps
  2. 1,440 x 1,080 @ 30fps
  3. 1080p @ 30fps

Features

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Panorama
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Yes
HDR
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Yes
3D
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Yes
Image stabilization
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  1. Sensor shift
Supports RAW
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Yes
GPS
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No
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Performance

Startup delay
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800 ms
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Shutter lag
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295 ms
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Battery life
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1050 shots
Continuous shooting
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7 fps
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Focus system

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Autofocus
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Phase detection
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Focus points
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15
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Cross type focus points
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3

Shutter

Max
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1/4000s
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Min
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30s

Flash

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Built-in flash
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Yes
Popup
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Yes
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External connection
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Yes

Storage

Storage slots
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2
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Supported formats
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  1. Memory Stick PRO Duo
  2. Memory Stick PRO Duo
  3. Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo
  4. Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo
  5. SD
  6. SD
  7. SDHC
  8. SDHC
  9. SDXC
  10. SDXC

DXO Mark Scores

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"Quite aggressive noise reduction from ISO 1600 upwards"
dpreview.com | talking about the camera's iso-noise
Image quality
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80.0
Color depth
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23.8 bits
Dynamic range
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13.3 EV
Low light performance
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1,121 ISO