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Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 video samples page

What follows is a preview page from our forthcoming review of the Sony Alpha DSLR-A580.

All samples taken with final production cameras. Check back soon for our review which will include RAW comparisons!


Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 video samples

The following videos were filmed with a final production Sony Alpha DSLR-A580, running firmware 1.11 and equipped with a Sony DT 18-55mm SAM kit lens. The A580 was set to its best-quality AVCHD mode, which records Full HD at 1920x1080 pixels. Our sample came from a PAL region, so the videos are encoded at 50i.

Registered members of Vimeo can download the original files by clicking the links below each window; these take you to the Vimeo page where the video is hosted and the link to download the actual file can be found under the 'About this video' section in the lower right. We used VLC Player to watch the clips under Windows.

Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 sample video 1: Outdoors, handheld panning and zoom with DT 18-55mm SAM lens
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In our first clip, we handheld the A580 and casually panned around the scene as you might with a consumer camcorder. The result looks pretty good. The A580 may not attempt to autofocus while filming, but pre-focusing on the distance while also using an aperture of f10 in Program has ensured a sufficiently large depth-of-field to keep everything sharp. Perhaps most impressive of all though is the built-in stabilisation which has kept the image very steady despite significant readjustments and even a little walking. The only negative to comment on is wind noise recorded by the internal microphone, but to be fair, this would equally have affected any camera under breezy conditions.

 

Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 sample video 2: Outdoors, tripod-mounted pan with DT 18-55mm SAM lens
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Wind noise is also evident on the second clip, but again short of connecting an external microphone with a muffler, there's little you can do about it. The actual video quality on this second clip, with the A580 mounted on a tripod with a fluid head, looks good though and pausing it for a screen-grab reveals plenty of detail.


Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 sample video 3: Indoors, dim light, handheld pan with DT 18-55mm SAM lens
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In our third clip we moved indoors to test the low-light performance of the A580. The camera's large sensor minimises noise, while the built-in stabilisation has again delivered a smooth floating sensation for this rough handheld pan. Another good result for the A580 here.


Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 sample video 4: Manual exposure and focusing with DT 18-55mm SAM lens
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In our final clip we started in Aperture Priority with the smallest f-number to minimise the depth-of-field, then manually focused from the foreground to the background and back again while filming. As you can see we focused a little beyond the background, despite it looking sharp on the VGA screen. This isn't a particular fault of the A580 though - it's just tricky to check absolute focusing on a small VGA screen. If you're really into accurate focus pulling on any DSLR, you'll need to connect an external monitor. But the bottom line here is it's quite possible to select small f-numbers for out-of-focus effects on the A580 while filming, and also pull-focus between subjects.

Overall a good performance for the Alpha A580. It may not feature the full-time phase-change AF of the Alpha SLT-A33, but for a traditional DSLR movie mode, it delivers good results. We'd love to hear what you think about the Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 in our forum!


See how the noise levels compare against the Nikon D7000 in our Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 High ISO Noise page.

We also have a series of results in our Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 Multi-frame Noise reduction page.

Check back soon for our review! Discuss this page and the A580 in the Cameralabs forums!

 

 


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