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Sony Alpha A580 and A560 DSLRs get  HD video, 3D Sweep panorama

The Sony Alpha A580 and A560 DSLR models have debuted today, alongside the spangly new A33 and A55 models with their quirky mirror tech. These two new models are still specced to the hilt however, and now come with features more common in Sony’s Cyber-shot compact line: HD video, Sweep Panorama and more.

Shall we begin? Up first, we’ve got the Sony Alpha A580, with a 16.2 megapixel CMOS sensor, shooting speeds of up to 7fps and 15 point auto focus. Around the back, the Sony Alpha A580 sports a tilting 3-inch LCD, and there are slots for both Sony’s Memory Stick Pro Duo cards, and SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards, plus a HDMI mini port for hooking up to a TV.

The big additions however are with the software features. The Sony Alpha A580 shoots HD video (Something Sony’s kept out of its DSLR line for a long time compared to competitors like Canon and Nikon) at up to 1080i resolution in both AVCHD and MP4 formats.

It also supports the 3D Sweep Panorama mode first seen in the Sony NEX-5, though you’ll need a compatible TV to see these. Auto HDR mode rounds off the package – as on the NEX-5 and HX5V compact, it blends shots taken in rapid succession to get large levels of light contrast (Something admittedly, we’ve had mixed results with).

Read our Sony NEX-5 review now

Not bad eh? And the A560 differs from the Sony Alpha A580 only in the sensor on board (14.2 megapixels). Both come with the same video recording skills, ISO 100-12,800, LCD panel and consumer shooting modes.

We should be going hands on with the Sony Alpha A580 and A560 later today, but look for the former to go on sale in October, and the latter in the first quarter of next year.

Out from October | A580 €900 (£738) | Sony

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