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Sony Alpha DSLR-A560

alaTest has collected and analyzed 29 reviews of Sony Alpha DSLR-A560. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Views about the battery and usability are overall positive. The image quality and screen are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the sensor.

performance, screen, image quality, usability, battery


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Sony Alpha DSLR-A560 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Jeremy Stamas (

Sony Alpha A560 DSLR Camera Review


The Sony A560 is a true DSLR camera that offers Full HD video recording at a 1920 x 1080 resolution. The camera impressed us with its color accuracy and low noise levels, but we were consistently disappointed by its limited manual controls in video...

Dec, 2010

Expert review by : Richard Baguley (

Sony Alpha A560


The Sony Alpha A560 is an interesting SLR: we found that it had good overall performance and was easy to use. But there are a few issues that hold it back.


Dec, 2010

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New Gear: Sony A560 DSLR


Just a few weeks after revamping their entry-level DSLR line-up, Sony has taken aim at mid-level users with a notable, if somewhat granular, update to the A550. The A560 shares many features with its predecessor, but the most substantial (if...

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DSLR A-560


This camera is really a great product. it is loaded with features, takes amazing photos and seems to be built very well. I just completed a photography course in which I used this camera and it it out-performed many of the more expensive cameras that...

Easy to use and fast with great photos

none that I have found

Mar, 2011

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If this camera is still in production and available it is a great buy. Possibly the end of an era for Sony. I can not believe all the features and tools it offers. HDR & DRO are just a couple of things you will appreciate.

Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus ; Fast Shutter Speed ; Good Image Quality ; Good Image Stabilization ; High ISO Performance ; Large Clear LCD ; Tilt /Swivel LCD

LCD easy to damage

Feb, 2012

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Love this camera


Great camera to learn with and grow with

Easy to Use ; Fast Shutter Speed ; Good Battery Life ; Great Resolution ; Large Clear LCD ; Small / Compact

Feb, 2012

Consumer review (

great camera


replacement for A700. Terrific upgrade

Easy to Use ; Fast Shutter Speed ; Good Battery Life ; Good in Low Light ; Great Resolution ; Large Clear LCD ; Out performs A700 ; Replacement for A700


Dec, 2011

Consumer review (

Sony Alpha DSLR-A560 (Body Only)


The image quality, the ergonomics, features, menus

Dust removal inadequate, the sensor in mine was misaligned, had to be sent back for repair & sensor cleaning.

Aug, 2011

Consumer review (

Sony Alpha DSLR-A560 (Body Only)


The image quality, the ergonomics, features, menus

Dust removal inadequate, the sensor in mine was misaligned, had to be sent back for repair & sensor cleaning

Jul, 2011

Product Specifications


Built-in Microphone: Yes
Voice recording: Yes


Battery life (CIPA standard):1050
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:NP-FM500H
Number of batteries supported:1
Power source type:AC


3D compatibility: Yes
Photo effects:Black&White, Vivid
Scene modes:Close-up (macro), Landscape, Night, Night portrait, Portrait, Sunset, Twilight / Landscape, Night, Night portrait, Portrait, Sunset, Twilight / Landscape, Portrait, Sunset
Self-timer delay:2,10
Shooting modes:Auto, Manual, Movie, Program, Scene, Shutter priority / Auto, Movie, Program, Scene, Shutter priority
White Balance:Auto, Cloudy, Custom modes, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Shade / auto, Cloudy, daylight, flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, manual


Color of product:Black


Display Diagonal:3
Display resolution (numeric):921600
Field of view:100


Flash exposure lock: Yes
Flash guide number:39.4
Flash modes:Auto, Fill-in, Flash off, Flash on, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization / Auto, Fill-in, Flash off, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization / Auto, Flash off, Flash on, Manual, Pre-flash, Red-eye reduction
Flash range (wide):12
Flash recharging time:4


Auto focusing (AF) modes:Continuous Auto Focus, Face tracking, Selective Auto Focus, Single Auto Focus / Continuous Auto Focus, Face tracking, Single Auto Focus
Normal focusing range:1 - 5

Lens System

Optical Zoom:3.6

Light Exposure

ISO sensitivity:100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800
Light exposure control:Program AE
Light exposure correction:± 2EV (1/3EV step)
Light exposure modes:Aperture priority AE, Auto, Manual, Shutter priority AE / Auto, Manual
Light metering:Centre-weighted, Spot


Compatible memory cards:MS PRO Duo, MS Pro-HG Duo, SD, SDHC, SDXC
Memory slots:1

Operational Conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 40

Other Features

35 mm camera lens equivalent:0.709 - 2.17 / 2.17 - 7.87
Aperture range (F-F):3.5 - 5.6 / 4.5 - 5.6
Built-in flash: Yes
Camera shutter speed:1/4000 - 30, 1/160 / 30 - 1/4000
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):0.709 - 2.17 / 2.17 - 7.87
HDMI ports quantity:1
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
Video capability: Yes

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Batteries included: Yes
Battery charger: Yes
Battery charger included:Y
Cables included:AC, HDMI, USB / AC, USB

Picture Quality

Camera Type:SLR Camera Body / SLR Camera Kit
Image formats supported:JPG
Image sensor size:1/2.8
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Maximum image resolution:4592 x 3056
Sensor Type:CMOS
Still image resolution(s):2288 x 1288,2288 x 1520,3344 x 2224,4576 x 2576,4592 x 3056 / 2288 x 1288,2288 x 1520,3344 x 2224,4576 x 2576,4592 x 3056,12416 x 1856 / 2288 x 1520,3344 x 1872,3344 x 2224,4592 x 3056,4608 x 2592
Supported aspect ratios:16:9 / 3:2, 16:9
Total megapixels:14.6

Ports & interfaces

DC-in jack: Yes


Camera shutter type:Mechanical

System Requirements

Linux operating systems supported: Yes
Mac compatibility: Yes
Mac operating systems supported: Yes
Windows operating systems supported: Yes


HD type:Full HD
Maximum video resolution:1920 x 1080
Motion JPEG frame rate:25 / 30
Video compression format:AVCHD / AVCHD, MP4
Video formats supported:AVCHD / AVCHD,MP4
Video Frame Rate:25 / 30
Video recording: Yes
Video Resolutions:640 x 480,1440 x 1080,1920 x 1080


Camera viewfinder:Optical
Viewfinder type:Optical

Weight & Dimensions

Weight (including battery):21.1 / 21.2