Sony Alpha DSLR-A560 Digital Camera W/18-55mm Lens

Sony Alpha DSLR-A560 Digital Camera W/18-55mm Lens

Sony Alpha DSLR-A560 Digital Camera W/18-55mm Lens

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Product Highlights

  • High-Resolution 14.2 MP Images
  • Tiltable 3.0" LCD W/920,000 Pixels
  • 18-55mm Zoom Lens (35mm Equiv 27-82.5mm)
  • Responsive High Speed Shooting
  • Stunning Panorama Shots in 3D
  • Full HD 1080/60i Movies
  • RAW & JPEG File Formats
  • Quick Auto Focus Live View
  • 6 Scene Selection & 6 Style Modes
  • SteadyShot INSIDE Image Stabilization
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Sony DSLR-A560 overview

  • 1Description

The Sony Alpha DSLR-A560 Digital Camera W/18-55mm Lens is a camera that answers all of your questions before you can even ask. High resolution (14.2MP) APS-C sensor? Yes. Brilliant, tiltable (+/- 90°), large (3") display with superb resolution (921,600 pixels)? Sure. Dazzling video in high definition (1080i)? Of course. You want faster focusing? Using the same "phase detection" auto focus for Live View as for the optical viewfinder, plus autofocus that begins as soon as you raise the camera to your eye, you'll catch fast action that others miss. High quality zoom lens? You got it--a 3x F3.5-5.6 18-55mm Sony Alpha (35mm equivalent 27-82.5mm) lens. 

How about capturing the absolute best quality possible, with RAW and JPEG file formats?  Wouldn't you like to create a 3D panoramic photo without breaking a sweat? Abolish camera shake forever with image stabilization and reduced-noise high sensitivity (up to 12,800 ISO)? With the A560, you get this and much more. 

The built-in HDR (High Dynamic Range) function combines 3 quick photos of a high contrast scene and combines them to give you one photo with the correct shadow, mid-tone and highlight tones for a beautifully balanced image. 6 scene selections and 6 style modes, including Portrait, Sports Action, Landscape, Sunset, Night Portrait and Hand-held Twilight modes are available. Face Detection recognizes and adjusts the camera for faces in a given scene, and Smile Shutter only takes a picture when it sees a smile on your subject's face.

There's a built-in pop-up flash. You can shoot up to 7 frames per second if you want to, and you can save your images on Memory Stick PRO Duo or Pro-HG Duo; SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards. A lens is not included. Any questions?

14.2 MP Resolution
This camera's 14.2 MP resolution makes for incredible detail and gorgeous enlargements. The Sony Exmor CMOS image sensor ensures state-of-the-art response. The large APS-C format means high sensitivity and powerful depth-of-focus control.
18-55mm Zoom Lens
Sony A-mount DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 (35mm equivalent 27mm-82.5mm) lens with 7 groups, 8 elements (2 aspheric surface) and a minimum focus distance of 9.84" (0.25m)
Responsive High-speed Shooting
Focus on a subject fast with the α560's 15-point autofocus sensor. Capture the decisive moment in sports or get the ideal baby photo with a fast shutter speed and up to 7 frames per second (fps) continuous shooting in Speed Priority mode. You can also shoot at up to 3 fps with Quick Auto Focus Live View.
Stunning Panorama Shots in 3D
Capture vast scenic vistas and 16:9 shots in spectacular 3D. As you sweep across the panorama, the camera records separate right-eye and left-eye images that make landscapes come alive on your compatible 3D television.
Superb Images and Detail
A 14.2-megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS image sensor and BIONZ image processing engine delivers significantly improved image quality with high-sensitivity shooting at up to ISO 12800 (ISO 25600 in Multi Frame Noise Reduction mode). Plus, separate chroma and luminance processing reduces noise in high sensitivity shots without blurring fine detail.
Full HD 1080/60i movies
The DSLR-A560L captures Full HD video at 1920x1080/30p and records in 1920x1080/60i and is one of the very few DSLRs with exactly the same resolution and frame rate as most broadcast and cable HDTV channels. You also have the option of recording HD video in 720p in web friendly MP4 format.
More Responsive Live View
The A560 is just as responsive in Quick Auto Focus Live View mode as in optical viewfinder mode. That's because, unlike other cameras, the A560 uses the same "phase detection" auto focus for Live View as for the optical viewfinder. While other Live View systems may be restricted, Sony's performs superbly any time-even if you're shooting handheld or chasing after moving subjects like kids or pets.
Multi-Frame NR
Experience incredible low-light shooting without a flash. The camera captures six images in a fraction of a second. Combining the data from all six, it creates a single image with a reduction in noise equivalent to two additional steps of ISO sensitivity. Sensitivity selectable up to ISO 25600. (Recommended for still subjects.)
Manual Focus Check Live View
For critical focus in macro and tripod shooting, the DSLR-A500 also offers Manual Focus Check Live View. Temporary 7x and 14x zoom views enable you to focus on extremely fine detail while the 1x view shows 100% framing in the LCD.
AUTO+ (Advanced Auto) mode
Get cleaner, more dynamic pictures and fewer missed shots. Unifies and simplifies Sony intelligent technologies, the camera automatically recognizes the correct scene mode, then quickly shoots and combines up to six shots to produce images with greater clarity, optimum dynamic range using Auto HDR technology and lower image noise using 6 shots layering technology.
Face Detection Technology
The DSLR-A560 enhances Quick AF Live View shooting with Face Detection technology which helps you get the best shot by recognizing faces and applying the proper focus, exposure, and white balance.
Smile Shutter Technology
A Quick AF Live View enhancement, Smile Shutter enables the camera to automatically take the shot when your subject smiles. It works with Quick Auto Focus Live View to capture spontaneous moments.
Tiltable 3.0" LCD
The 3.0" LCD features 921,000 pixels and Sony's Clear Photo LCD display technology. It helps to frame high- and low-angle shots and the LCD tilts up or down 90 degrees. 1
Up To 7 FPS of Continuous Shooting
Up to 7 frames per second in Speed Priority mode can capture the decisive moment in sports or get the ideal baby photo. You can also shoot at up to 3 fps with Quick Auto Focus Live View.
Auto HDR Built Into Camera
High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography captures more scene contrast by combining two exposures into one shot. The DSLR-A560 has Auto HDR built in to handle severe backlighting and other high-contrast scenes. 2
Dynamic Range Optimizer
Dynamic Range Optimizer improves results with backlit subjects and recovers details hidden in shadows. Normal DRO improves detail using standard gamma curves for fast shot-to-shot response time, while Advanced DRO adjusts dynamic range area-by-area for greater accuracy.
SteadyShot INSIDE Stabilization
Image stabilization helps you take blur-free shots by compensating for camera shake. SteadyShot INSIDE image stabilization is built into the camera body itself.
Smart Teleconverter 2x Digital Zoom
In Quick Auto Focus Live View mode you can extend the optical zoom of your lens with digital zoom. One touch zooms in at 1.4x while a second touch advances to 2x zoom. The system reproduces pixels on a 1:1 basis so there's no degradation of picture quality.
Powerful Supplied Software
The DSLR-A560 is equipped with comprehensive computer software which includes Image Data Converter SR, Image Data Lightbox SR, and Picture Motion Browser (PMB). 3
BIONZ Image Processor
Sony's BIONZ image processor uses chroma noise reduction to deliver high-resolution and low-noise photos at up to ISO 12800 sensitivity. Large Scale Integrated (LSI) circuitry also delivers fast processing for quick response on data-intensive images.
Help Guide and Graphic Display
An informative on-screen Help Guide and Graphic Display provide ready reference to advanced camera functions. The Help Guide explains the camera's modes and settings while the Graphic Display clarifies the relationship between aperture and shutter speed, as well as the effect each has on photographic results.
HDMI Output for HD viewing
Connect your camera to a compatible HDTV and play back images in high definition. The DSLR-A560 includes an HDMI output. The BRAVIA Sync system works with compatible Sony BRAVIA HDTVs to let you control camera playback using the television's remote. 4
Eye-Start Autofocus
For maximum speed, Eye-Start Autofocus begins focusing as soon as the camera is raised to your eye.
15-Point AF Sensor
To get the best shot under a wide range of situations, the A560 uses 11 AF points with four assist points make for flexible shot composition. Three cross sensors maximize precision.
Built-in Auto Pop-Up Flash
To help you shoot more effectively, the built-in flash automatically pops up and fires as needed when the camera is set to certain scene selection modes. The flash also triggers a wireless accessory flash (sold separately). An integrated hot shoe enables the expansion of lighting options with a range of accessory flashes (sold separately).
Low Noise Sensor Processing
The camera gives you clean photographs, even in low light, thanks in part to two stages of noise reduction right in the Exmor image sensor.
RAW Image Capture
Saves your pictures as compact JPEG files or ultra-high quality RAW files or both. RAW files save images prior to de-mosaicing, white balance, sharpness and color enhancement. This retains maximum latitude for enhancing the image on your PC.
Anti-Dust Technology
Anti-Dust Technology helps keep the CMOS imager clean, resulting in consistently better pictures. First a static-free coating on the CMOS filter helps repel dust. Then vibration automatically dislodges dust from the CMOS each time the camera is shut off.
Up To 1050 Shots of Battery Life
Take up to 1050 shots on a single charge (optical viewfinder mode) when fully charged and take up to 560 shots (Live View mode) with Sony Stamina battery power. Sony's InfoLITHIUM battery system enables you to see the percent of power remaining, so you can keep shooting in confidence. 5
PhotoTV HD Compatibility
PhotoTV HD compatibility enables you to automatically create high-resolution thumbnails optimized for viewing on a compatible Sony® BRAVIA® HDTV. 6
Six Scene Selection Modes
To help you get the shot, Scene Selection Modes optimize the camera settings for common shooting situations. Just turn the Mode Dial to select from Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports, Sunset, and Night View modes.
Index and Slide Show Display
Quickly review your photos using 4- or 9-frame index views, or as an automatic slide show with fade-in/fade-out effect.
Dual Media Slots
Memory Stick PRO-HG and SD/SDHC media (sold separately).
Limited Warranty Term: 1-Year Parts & Labor.
In the Box
Sony Alpha DSLR-A560 Digital Camera W/18-55mm Lens
  • Rechargeable Battery (NP-FM500H)
  • Battery Charger (BC-VM10)
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Body Cap
  • USB Cable
  • CD-ROM
  • 1-Year Parts & Labor Warranty
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    Sony DSLR-A560 specs

    Camera Format APS-C / (1.5x Crop Factor)
    Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9
    Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 23.5 x 15.6 mm
    File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
    Movies: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
    Audio: AAC
    Memory Card Type Memory Stick Pro Duo
    Memory Stick PRO HG-Duo
    Image Stabilization Optical
    Focus Control
    Focus Type Auto
    Viewfinder Type Optical
    Viewfinder Coverage 95%
    Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.80x
    Diopter Adjustment -2.5 to +1.0 m
    Display Screen 3" Rear Screen LCD (921,600)
    Exposure Control
    ISO Sensitivity 100-12800
    Metering Method Multi-Zone Metering
    Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
    White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Manual, Shade
    Flash Modes Flash On
    Built-in Flash Yes
    AV Recording
    Video Recording Yes, NTSC
    Aspect Ratio 43:169
    ISO Sensitivity 100 - 12800
    Focus Auto
    Audio Recording With Video (Stereo)
    Self Timer 2 Seconds, 10 Seconds
    Connectivity AV Output
    USB 2.0
    Software System Requirements Windows: XP (SP3), Vista (SP2), 7
    Mac: OS X 10.4 or later
    Battery 1 x NP-FM500H Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
    Operating/Storage Temperature 32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
    Dimensions (WxHxD) 5.4 x 4.1 x 3.3" / 13.6 x 10.5 x 8.5 cm
    Weight 24 oz / 680.40 g Without battery, memory card, accessories
    Kit Lens
    Focal Length 18 - 55mm
    Comparable APS-C Focal Length: 27 - 82.5 mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/3.5 - 5.6
    Minimum: f/22 - 22
    Minimum Focus Distance 9.84" (24.99 cm)
    Elements/Groups 8 / 7
    Autofocus Yes
    Filter Thread Front: 55 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.75 x 2.75" (6.99 x 6.99 cm)
    Weight 7.5 oz (213 g)

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