The new Sony Alpha a560 and a580 DSLR Camera adds cool new features.
Sony unveiled the new a560 and a580 DSLR cameras. The a580 is only announced for Europe so far. The Sony alpa a560 model is one of the only DSLR cameras with Multi-frame Noise Reduction, Sweep Panorama mode, 3D Sweep Panorama and Full HD 1920x1080 60i video capture.
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The 14.2 megapixel a560 camera offers the same features of its predecessor, the innovative a550, which introduced Quick AF Live View, 7fps continuous shooting and Auto HDR to the step-up DSLR class.
Additionally, Sony is adding to its already strong line-up of more than 30 A-mount lenses with new models made for seasoned photographers and those new to the DSLR space. Today, Sony expands its A-Mount lens line-up for a DSLR cameras with three new lenses--a Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 24mm F2 ZA SSM (model SAL24F20Z), a DT 35mm F1.8 SAM (model SAL35F18) and an 85mm F2.8 SAM (model SAL85F28).
The Sony alpha a560 camera provides excellent picture quality, particularly in low-light scenarios. A new generation of Sony Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor employs low-noise processing for high-quality pictures. The BIONZ ® image processor has color-noise reduction that helps achieve low noise up to ISO 12800, without sacrificing fine detail. Multi-frame Noise Reduction stacks a high-speed burst of six frames, creating a single low-noise exposure that boosts effective sensitivity as high as ISO 25600.
Featuring Sweep Panorama technology, the a560 model captures shots up to 180 degree horizontal or 126-degree vertical shots (18 mm focal length).
With 3D Sweep Panorama mode, the camera can shoot 3D panoramic still images with a single lens. The high-speed burst of frames is stitched together using innovative processing techniques to automatically create detail-packed 3D panoramas. These files can be enjoyed in stunning 3D on compatible 3D televisions (other accessories are required).
The a560 model with the camera body and 18-55mm kit lens will cost about $750 and will be available in October. With the body only, it will cost about $650. The Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 24mm F2 SSM (model SAL24F20Z), DT 35mm F1.8 SAM (model SAL35F18) and 85mm F2.8 SAM (model SAL85F28) lenses will be available in October for about $1,250, $200, $250 respectively.
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The Sony alpha a580 offers a higher resolution with 16.2MP and will ship in Europe already in October. Interestingly Europe has to wait for the a560 until 2011. Shop for Sony DSLR cameras on Amazon.