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SonyAlpha DSLR-A580 Digital SLR W/18-55mm Lens
 
4.7

(based on 30 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good image quality (18)
  • Image stabilization (15)
  • Easy to use (14)
  • Fast shutter speed (13)
  • High ISO performance (13)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (16)
  • Travel (16)
  • Family photos (13)
  • Wildlife (13)
  • Low light (12)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (14)
    • Was this a gift?:
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4.0

Good Camera poor lens

By Jim Bob

from Wisconsin

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Image Stabilization
  • High ISO Performance
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Quiet
  • Tilt /Swivel LCD

Cons

  • Doesn't fit my hands well
  • LCD sticks out

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Travel

Comments about Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 Digital SLR W/18-55mm Lens:

After two weeks I'm still figuring out all the functions of the camera, but it is easy enough to get started without looking at the instruction manual. The camera doesn't fit my hand well. When I can afford it I'll get the extra grip and that should help. I have to search the instructions and see if there is a way to manually change which AF sensors are selected. Right now it seems all automated.

I wouldn't recommend the 18-55 lens to a friend. The lens is rather soft, but it is the construction that is poor. The zoom does not operate smoothly and has a plastic mount. But I should not have expected anymore from such a cheep lens. As soon as I can I'll replace it.

  • Ease of Operation:
  • 7
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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5.0

great camera

By kmr

from CA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
  • Fast Shutter Speed
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Tilt /Swivel LCD

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 Digital SLR W/18-55mm Lens:

    excellent image quality, very user friendly

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 8
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    4.0

    I would buy this product again and again

    By Johnny

    from Curitiba, PR, Brazil

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Image Quality
    • Large Clear LCD

    Cons

    • Noisy At High ISO

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 Digital SLR W/18-55mm Lens:

    I took over 1000 photos in just one day.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

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    5.0

    Excellent Camera

    By Monty

    from Florida

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • High ISO Performance
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Quiet
    • Tilt /Swivel LCD

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 Digital SLR W/18-55mm Lens:

      This is an excellent camera body. The included lens in poor, however if you upgrade to a Zeiss ZA lens, image quality is superb. I owned a Canon 5D and 7D and the image quality with this camera body and zeiss lens is better than the 7D but on par with the 5D.

      Not a bad deal for the price, about half of what the 7D costs.

      The camera grip makes squeaking/cracking noises, but that is because it isn't magnesium alloy just plastic and plus I have a heavy lens on the thing.

      Auto focus with live view is superb.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 9
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Great features and value for the price.

      By Shawn A.

      from Lexington, KY

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • 1080p video
      • Easy To Use
      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Long battery life
      • Many useful program modes
      • Tilt /Swivel LCD

      Cons

      • No continuous movie AF

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel

      Comments about Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 Digital SLR W/18-55mm Lens:

      I did a lot of research and ended up choosing the a580 over the a55. The a580 is basically the same as the a55 but with a standard DSLR mirror system vs the a55's new translucent mirror. I stuck with the more traditional system. To me image quality is much more important than continuous AF in video. Also, I like the option of a real optical viewfinder. The a55 has a viewfinder, but it's digital. The a580 beats almost every camera in it's class in dynamic range, image quality, high ISO performance, battery life, etc (according to Snap Sort). It stacks up almost exactly with the Nikon D5100 (minus video AF).

      The image quality on the a580 is impressive for a camera in this range. But what really put the a580 over the top for me was its program modes. Usually I think of pre-programmed scene modes as gimmicks. The a580 is the first camera I have used where they can be usefully employed to get great shots that were more difficult before. In-camera HDR is great for shots with both bright and dark areas. High ISO noise reduction and handheld twilight modes make use of the camera's fast shooting speed to help out in adverse lighting conditions. They both work by snapping several (I think 6) shots in quick succession. It then stitches them together to create one image with reduced noise (high ISO mode) or to get the sharpest parts of each (twilight mode). In my usage they have worked just as advertised, getting very usable handheld shots even in horrible lighting conditions. I love having this for times when the lighting is bad and I don't have the time or resources to do anything about it. Many times for me it has often been the difference between getting the shot or not. There are other modes that drift a bit more to the gimmick side of the tracks. Like sunset mode, night snapshop, etc. The panorama mode takes a little practice but it's fun to play around with.

      Overall I am very impressed with the a580. Its list of good features makes it a great value proposition for the price.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 9
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Wonderful step up!!

      By Gitchigumi

      from Youngsville, NC

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • High ISO Performance
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Quiet
      • Tilt /Swivel LCD

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 Digital SLR W/18-55mm Lens:

        This is a replacement for my Sony Alpha A100 camera, the original digital SLR offering from Sony. While I love that camera, it had some drawbacks that I wanted to resolve with this new one.

        Enter the A580... This is light-years ahead of the A100. Well, maybe not quite that far, but its a giant leap forward.

        Key features for me... Full-time active display. Tilting up or down of the screen. 16.2 MegaPixels. Rapid-fire photos. Video. EXCELLENT on-screen prompts. Excellent screen resolution. Very sophisticated operating system. Wow!

        I had originally thought I'd like the A55 with the translucent mirror. But, I tried one and it felt too small in my hands. The A580 is more like the A100 in size, but a bit lighter. And, I read that the battery life on the A55 was quite short. So, that iced it for me. The A580 was the right choice for me.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 10
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        Impressive image quality

        By Fedulo

        from Buenos Aires - Argentina

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Inbody imagestabilization

        Cons

        • MultiFrame shooting Noisy
        • No AF fine-tuning
        • No audio levels control

        Best Uses

        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 Digital SLR W/18-55mm Lens:

        The Sony A580 has impressive image quality

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 10
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        Above average product

        By Brian

        from Nevis, West Indies

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • High ISO Performance
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Quiet

        Cons

        • Limited Zoom function

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 Digital SLR W/18-55mm Lens:

        This camera is packed with features for a wide range of functions and easy to operate.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 8
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        worth every penny ..

        By Bruna

        from Niterói,Rio de Janeiro - Brasil

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • High ISO Performance

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 Digital SLR W/18-55mm Lens:

          This camera has been very useful for me. I have used almost every day since I bought. Although not professional photographer and not having done any photography course, I adapted well and now I use all the features of the camera. I'm totally in love with the photos I took with it.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 7
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Best color depth, best results

          By Neel

          from Toronto, ON

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • High ISO Performance
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Tilt /Swivel LCD

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 Digital SLR W/18-55mm Lens:

            After reviewing Canon T3i, Sony SLT A55 and some other Nikon models, I decided to go with Sony A580. I use this camera for landscapes and wild life. I am still learning some features. Really stunned by picture quality with great color depth. Found something what I was looking for and pleased with this purchase for that price.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Hard to beat value

            By No Surf in Ohio

            from Seattle, wa

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Good Image Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 Digital SLR W/18-55mm Lens:

              If you're not married to an existing lens collection, this Sony stacks right up there with the more expensive competition from Nikon (D7000) and Pentax (K-5). Build quality is a little poorer and you may miss some more advanced features from the other names... you just need to decide whether those options are worth the extra price!

              Even with kit lenses this camera is capable of gorgeous pictures.

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 8
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              Extremely surprised and happy!

              By Mish

              from Sydney, Australia

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • High ISO Performance
              • Quiet

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel

                Comments about Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 Digital SLR W/18-55mm Lens:

                After thinking about buying something other then a Canon or Nikon (crazy) and finally taking the plunge, I have to say the Sony A580 is awesome. The lens supplied is ordinary (to put it nicely) so its worth investing in a decent lens. I purchased SAL-18250 DT and the quality is much better! I'm very happy with my purchase overall!! The best part of owning it though, is showing other enthusiasts all its neat tricks and features... it surprises a lot of people, because like most, we rarely stray from the 2 big players and try other things.

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 10
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                Still learning about it, but I like it

                By One of the Wit Bros

                from Connecticut

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast Shutter Speed
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • High ISO Performance
                • Large Clear LCD

                Cons

                • A bit on the heavy side

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 Digital SLR W/18-55mm Lens:

                I primarily use this camera for landscapes and wild life. So far, I am extremely pleased with the results. While I am no expert, this is not a camera for a neophyte. I am still learning to use all of the features included. The images are very crisp and detailed. I would buy it again if I needed another camera.

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 8
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                DSLR-A580 is really wonderful, recommend

                By Mr. Lang

                from Marshalls

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                • Fast Shutter Speed
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Good in low light
                • High ISO Performance
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Quiet
                • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                Cons

                • Do not heavy to carry

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Good for indoors and out
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 Digital SLR W/18-55mm Lens:

                I would like to recommmend this porduct to other friends that it works wonderful, don't you think its you can shoot 7 frames per second, full HD movie and auto HDR, and also has steady shot so you don't have worry about Discs recorded with HD image quality because it also has (high definition). It can shoot panoramic images and changing the brightness of the picture by the amount of exposure. Shooting a moving subject of at a moment in time. Use a faster shutter speed to crisply shoot an instant of the movement, and many more,

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 10
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                I recommend

                By Valmir

                from SP, Brazil

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                • Fast Shutter Speed
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • High ISO Performance

                Cons

                • Small LCD Screen

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 Digital SLR W/18-55mm Lens:

                This is an upgrade from A100 to A580
                It's amazing! The quality of the image is great, super high definition and I fell that it is a great investment. It's super recomended in my opinion.

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                • No

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                5.0

                I strongly recommend this camera!

                By Bruno

                from Salvador - BA, Brazil

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                • Fast Shutter Speed
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • High ISO Performance
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Travel
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 Digital SLR W/18-55mm Lens:

                  Clear LCD
                  Good image quality
                  Good ISO performance

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                  • No

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                  (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Well built and fast, even in low light

                  By Weekend Bird Guy

                  from Farmington, UT

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • High ISO Performance
                  • Large Clear LCD

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 Digital SLR W/18-55mm Lens:

                    I debated between the a580 and the a55 before settling on the a580. I was nervous about the new translucent platform on the a55 and felt like the a580 would already have most design quirks worked out from its predecessors.I have owned the a580 for 3 weeks now and have enjoyed it on a trip to Philadelphia and Valley Forge, as well as shooting around the wetlands near my home, as well as at school events in an auditorium/gymnasium. I am most impressed by the image quality at high ISO settings; I rarely shoot at less than ISO 800 now because it just performs great at either 800 or 1600. At 3200 I begin to see artifacts, but not enough for me to worry about unless I am enlarging above a 5x7.There are now many technical reviews of this camera available (one of the more comprehensive is on alphamountworld[@]). Suffice it to say I think it's a great deal for a camera that I believe outperforms the Nikon D90 and the Cannon 2Ti, which I consider its closest competitors (though there are newer Nikon models with this same sensor). I would pick the Sony for its build quality, thoughtful control layout, and built-in image stabilization. The sensor can't be beat at this price range, and the LCD is just beautiful.I like the easy switch from optical viewfinder to live view; there are situations better suited to either one.On the downside, I wish Sony would implement the full 180-degree swiveling of the LCD on this camera, where you can rotate the LCD towards the inside of the camera for safe storage; but I realize most DSLR shooters will simply get a protective cover for the LCD anyway so not a big deal.I bought the camera with the kit lens because I couldn't find it in stock body-only through December and January; but it is available body only now it seems. I am using a Tamron 18-200mm and a Tamron 70-300mm lens in addition to the kit Sony lens (18-55).

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Great replacement and step-up from a100

                    By Shanon

                    from Madison, Wisconsin

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 Digital SLR W/18-55mm Lens:

                        I had been using the a100 for years and had been very happy with it. After watching the new Sony models that followed, I felt the a580 was very similar to it, and offered new features that I wanted for product photography. What I love--the grid display option during live view, the x7 and x14 focusing magnification, and the 2 second mirror lockup. Everything performs as you would hope, fast focus, great live view, and tons of extra features. I shoot mostly in manual, so haven't used many of those. I don't feel there is much negative about the camera besides the messing with buttons that occasionally accompanies using a digital camera. I love this camera and recommend it highly for both the casual photographer and those looking for a bit more manual use.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Excellent camera

                        By John

                        from Trondheim, Norway

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Fast Shutter Speed
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • High ISO Performance
                        • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 Digital SLR W/18-55mm Lens:

                          Upgraded from my Sony Alpha 350, and this was a great improvement. Up to 7 shots pr second as well as video. Sharp pictures.

                          • Ease of Operation:
                          • 10
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                          • No

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                          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Sony Alpha A-580 - Outstanding

                          By Kirby

                          from Leesburg, VA

                          Verified Buyer

                          Comments about Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 Digital SLR W/18-55mm Lens:

                          Wow - it does so much, but buy extra memory cards they go quickly in video mode....

                          Great camera - upgradde from my old one, now I need the dual battery setup. The LCD does eat the battery, but the preview mode rocks - and tilts any which way - the picture quality is impressive - once I get the details of the million and one shooting options down, I won't even need photshoop...

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