Sony A560 summary
Sony A560 is Sony's Entry-Level DSLR digital camera initially launched on August of 2010. The camera comes with a 14MP, CMOS APS-C size sensor with a max resolution of 4592 x 3056.
The A560 is ranked #33 out of 79 in Entry-Level DSLR cameras and over all #240 out of 1436 for digital cameras in our list. You should try our Advanced camera search to see camera ratings based on your personalized requirements.
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Sony A560 history
The Sony A560 comes with a history of related digital cameras. Here, you can discover all older and latest models as well as main specs.
Sony A560 Gallery
You can view the A560 from different angles in the gallery here.
Sony A560 Pros and Cons
Here is a list of advantages and drawbacks of the Sony A560 based on criterias that are oftentimes considered crucial in a digital camera.
Sony A560 Sensor features
The Sony A560 is powered by the Bionz processor chip. The sensor specification on the Sony A560 is 23.5mm x 15.6mm (APS-C). The 367 mm² sensor can capture 4592 x 3056 pixels with aspect ratios of 3:2 and 16:9. The camera includes Image Stabilization (Sensor based). Optical stabilization is superior than digital stabilization since the latter may cause cropping.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
The CMOS sensor boasts 14 megapixels and gives a standard ISO range of 100 to 12800. The ISO can also be increased digitally to a maximum of 25600. RAW format is saved therefore the user has more room to maneuver in post.
The graphic below illustrates the A560's sensor size in comparison to other popular sizes. The A560 sensor comes with a crop factor of 1.5 and is highlighted in green.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.
Sony A560 dimensions
Sony A560 weighs 1.32 lb (599g / 21.13 ounces) and the size of the camera is 137mm x 104mm x 84mm (5.4" x 4.1" x 3.3"). The weight of typical Entry-Level DSLR camera is 538g and the Sony A560 is heavier compared to other rivals.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
Listed below is a pic of the Sony A560 besides a soda to help you to have a sense of its size.
The top view here will illustrate the button layout on the A560.
Sony A560 Lens features
The A560 uses the Sony/Minolta Alpha mount and has 145 lenses on sale. Here is some of the lenses we have in our collection that will fit the A560.
Sony A560 Connectivity
The A560 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- HDMI Yes
Digital cameras with NFC and / or Bluetooth support are able to be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You can transfer files and in some cases change settings without the hassle of connecting straight with the camera.
Certain apps also allow a Liveview and hit the shutter when you are not near the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI out, it can easily be attached to an external monitor. A lot of cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack using the USB port.
Sony A560 Video features
The max video quality on the Sony A560 is 1920 x 1080 and it can save in MPEG-4, AVCHD and H.264 file format. 1080p quality will provide a decent balance in video quality versus file size but 1080p is not going to give you much room to crop. Even though the body includes a mic socket, it is missing a headphone socket which means you will not be able to keep an eye on your sound levels.
Sony A560 Weather Sealing
There is no environment sealing for the Sony A560 so you have to be careful in rainy and dusty conditions.
Sony A560 Screen and Viewfinder
The Sony A560 comes with a 3 inch tilting display with a resolution of 922 thousand dots.
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The ViewFinder specs regarding Sony A560 are below:
- ViewFinder Optical (pentamirror)
- ViewFinder Coverage 95%
- ViewFinder Magnification 0.53x
Viewfinders can be very helpful in bright outdoor conditions which will make the camera screen washed out and difficult to view.
Sony A560 Shutter features
Sony A560 continuous shooting speed is 5.0 frames per second. The maximum shutter speed is 1/4000s.
Sony A560 Flash and Hot shoe features
Sony A560 includes both built in flash plus external flash support. The maximum flash sync speed is 1/160s.
Sony A560 Autofocus features
Sony A560 includes both Phase Detect Auto Focus and Contrast Based Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more quicker & exact compared to Contrast Based focusing. The camera comes with Face detection making it valuable for people photography.
The Sensor comes with 15 focus points to choose from. Sony A560 supports manual focusing when needed in low light conditions or you want more exact control on focusing.
Sony A560 Battery life
The battery pack (NP-FM500H) for the Sony A560 is built to last for 1050 photographs as per the CIPA measurements which is above the usual for its category. The usual Entry-Level DSLR camera battery life is 592. Pentax K-x has the maximum (1900) battery life in this range of cameras.
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Sony A560 for specific types of photography
The following bar chart indicates a summary of the Sony A560 for specific types of photography. To find out more, browse to the specific section below.
Sony A560 Portrait photography info
The Sony A560 has a score of 73 which is above average, meaning that it is a good choice for portrait photography. Taking portrait images favors heavily to sensor size, RAW support and flexibility to use external lighting.
Sony A560 as a Street photography camera
With a very good score of 75, the Sony A560 is a good fit to use in street photography. A good street photography camera provides a good balance of image quality and portability.
Sony A560 as a Sports photography camera
A above average sports photography score of 69 suggests the Sony A560 is a respectable choice for taking pictures of sports. A camera must have fantastic autofocus plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.
Sony A560 Travel photography advice
Size is super crucial when choosing a travel camera. All things considered, the Sony A560 gets a decent 60 as a travelling camera which is reasonably suited to purchase for your holidays.
Sony A560 Landscape photography information
For anyone planning to buy a camera for landscape pictures, the most significant aspect is going to be image quality. The Sony A560 at it's very good grade of 73 as a landscape camera is a good option among its rivals.
Sony A560 Vlogging advice
A vlogging camera preferably should have a moving display, mic port and ideally IBIS. Considering all things, the Sony A560 is not good for vlogging as it receives a terrible rating of 34.
Sony A560 Alternatives
If you are in the market for alternatives to the A560, here is a range of the top placed cameras that fall into the class of Entry-Level DSLR.
The graph listed below gives you an overview of the A560 compared to it's highest scored competitors suggested previously.
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