Sony launches new Alpha A580 DSLR with Full HD video

DSLRs include 3D panoramas and new Exmor sensors

Sony ups the Alpha in Germany

Sony has announced the latest models in its Alpha DSLR range with the A580 and A560 boasting full high definition video and 16.2-megapixel and 14.2 megapixel images respectively.

The cameras, launched today at the IFA tech show in Berlin amid a flurry of Sony news, brings a new generation Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor to proceedings which allows fast shooting of up to 7-frames per second, plus a refined auto focus mode.

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The headline feature here, on both cameras, is the inclusion of Full HD video shot in the now-standard AVCHD format, albeit at 1080i and not at 1080p. You can also shoot in "web-friendly" MP4 formats, which will allow easy uploads to YouTube and other social networking sites.

Both the A580 and the A560 feature a 3D sweep panorama mode which can be viewable on any 3D TV, just like the recent NEX-5 hybrid cam. They'll also be compatible with around 30 Alpha lenses already on sale.

The flagship A580 cam will be available as soon as October this year, while the slightly scaled down A560 won't be around until the new year.

Link: Sony