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August 29, 2010

Sony Alpha A560 DSLR gets new features including 1080p HD video

Sony has now announced 15 sub-$1000 DSLRs since the CES 2008 trade show. And that's not counting the two NEX mirrorless cameras! But of all these sub-$1000 DSLRs, this batch promises to have the biggest impact both on Sony and the market. We start this postmortem announcement round-up with the Alpha A560 "traditional" DSLR...

The Alpha A560 uses a 14mp ExmorHD CMOS sensor which can record 1080p high-definition video. Other notable features include 7fps burst mode (5fps w/C-AF & OVF, 3fps w/Quick AF Live View), 15-point phase-detection AF, sensor-shift stabilization, 3D Panorama Sweep mode, a 3-inch fold-out LCD display, SDHC + MemoryStick support, and such. The 3D panorama mode can help sell more Sony 3D HDTVs :)

Previews, samples and hands-on with the Sony A560
+ Preview Imaging Resource
+ full-size outdoors (Yellowstone?) samples at Imaging Resource
+ Hands-on in NYC at ThePhoBlographer
+ six full size samples at Let's Go Digital

Announcement/Press release
+ dpreview
+ Imaging Resource
+ Photography Review
+ Video slide show of announcement by Insider
+ DC Resource says battery life is 1050 shots w/OVF and 560 CIPA in Live View mode says dpnow

+ Alpha Mount World
+ Dyxum forums
+ mirror lock up is back - also (dyxum forums)

Prices and Availability
The Sony Alpha A560 kits are listed on the B&H Photo but cannot be pre-ordered just yet. They have the A560 body-only with a starting price of $650 and the A560 w/18-55mm for $750. The arrival estimate shown there is October 2010.

Of the three new Sony lenses, the85mm f2.8 SAM is available for pre-order at B&H Photo for $250. The other ones are not pre-orderable yet.

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