Two new DSLR releases from Sony: The A560 and the A580

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The A560 and the A580 are the two models that Sony plans on using to add to the already rich consumer-level DSLR range. Both cameras are able to record in Full HD 1080p and they also feature Sony’s two-mode live view system which you can select to use AF or manual by a simple switch.

The A560 has a 14.2 MP and although it is prized at 800 euros it won’t be available until the beginning of 2011. The A580 on the other hand can be in your hands from October 2010, that is if you are willing to get 900 euros out of your pocket.

Other features that both cameras offer are a 3.0” LCD that easily folds out as well as a revolutionary Auto HDR mode and 3D Sweep Panorama mode and let’s not forget about the new 15-point phase detection autofocus system.

Both the A560 and the A580 are perfect for photographers that aspire for that perfect picture but also for those that just want to explore the new possibilities offered by Sony in a pristine, small and accessible camera.

The very heart of both cameras is the latest processor from Sony, the Exmor APS HD CMOS Sensor; combined with the great BIONZ imaging processor. This makes possible for both cameras to support high speed shooting as well as image compositing. With these cameras, any beginner can get the artistic edge they need to continue and become and enthusiast.

Sony A560

Sony A560

If you choose the Speed Priority Continuous Advance mode, you will soon notice the capability of both the A560 and the A580 to freeze photo opportunities at 7fps. The AF is one of the most effective that Sony has ever made and it can compensate for less than steady hands without even noticing it in your pictures or video clips. This is also made possible with the help of the full range 30 A-mount interchangeable lenses from Sony that offer SteadyShot INSIDE.

Shooting videos with Sony A560 and A580

Let’s talk a bit about the fact the both the A560 and the A580 can shoot videos in Full HD and you can start filming by just pressing a dedicated button at your fingertips. The sound is something out of this world thanks to the stereo recoding that can be in AVCHD 1080i or MP4 format which is perfect for web uploads. The Exmor processor mentioned above will make it possible for you to record amazing movie clips in HD in high resolution with effects that include background defocus.

Sony A560

Sony A560

These two cameras offered by Sony are ideal for anyone that wants to start a hobby and hasn’t yet experienced the new features that can help them but also for photographers that already do it as a hobby or even more. The A560 and the A580 are quite affordable and are worth every penny with all the great modes you can browse with ease with the help of the perfect LCD screen. The already DSLR fans will surely enjoy the bright and high contrast viewfinder with 95% frame coverage that will make for your images to have great details and just by touching a button you will have depth of field preview available.

Sony A560

Sony A560

The A560 and the A580 are compatible with the Memory Stick Pro Duo and SD media which includes SDHC and SDXC formats. For best transfer rate that also offers great performance as you are in continuous shooting mode, Sony recommends The PRO-HG Duo HX memory stick that can reach 30 MB/s. you can connect it by USB 2.0 Hi Speed, HDMI mini connector, DC-IN and by remote terminal; this makes it quite easy to use and you can share your work with your loves ones in no time. And let’s not forget that both models support FAT12, FAT16 and FAT32 for a better storage.

Sony A560

Sony A560

Differences between Sony A560 a A580

For a better understanding of where these two cameras differ and where they are the same I will mention a few features offered by Sony. The sensor is the same in both models and that is a 23.4 x 15.6 mm APS-C Type CMOS Exmor but the DSLR A580 has 16.7 million pixels as the A560 only has 14.6 million. And the image sizes differ a bit from 4912 x 3263 L for 3:2 in the case of the A580 to the 4592 x 3056 L also for 3:2 offered by the A560.

The aspect of the camera is very professional and it is well build so that users can easily reach the desired buttons which change between modes and help you get the desired effect as soon as possible. The weight also makes for both the A560 and the A580 to be easy to handle at a weight of 599g without the battery. You will soon be able to have the A580 model but you will have to wait a bit more for its small brother, but it may just be worth the wait.

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