The new Sony A580 DSLR was launched at the same time as the A55, and is certainly a great alternative to the smaller camera. Both are good at what they do, but offer different things; PhotographyBLOG says that the A580 is a more traditional DSLR, as it also comes with an optical viewfinder, as well as a tilt LCD display.
PhotographyBLOG has a detailed review of the new Sony A580, which offers 16.2-megapixel, 7fps burst shooting, 15-point phase-detection, 1080i HD recrding — so not Full HD then? There are also a number of other unique features, but the most important thing you need to know is its price – $800 for the body only and about $900 for it to include an 18-55mm zoom lens as well.
The camera is on the large side, so just remember before committing to purchase it, but you will be rewarded with some great shots — once you get the hang of the features that is. However, the review does point out a downside, the camera is “a little plasticly in hand.”
Looking on the Sony Style website, we can see that the A580 will ship on January 24, 2011. There is a choice of 5 lenses to choose from and two carrying cases — you just have to ask yourself how much you are willing to pay for an accessory?