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Canon PowerShot A580

alaTest has collected and analyzed 410 reviews of Canon PowerShot A580. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Views about the image quality and portability are on the whole positive. The performance and price are also appreciated. Many are less positive about the contrast and sensor, and there are mixed reviews on the exposure and image stabilizer.

usability, price, performance, portability, image quality

memory, storage, shutter, sensor, contrast

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon PowerShot A580 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Canon PowerShot A580


alaTest has collected and analyzed 27 user reviews of Canon PowerShot A580 from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Reviewers are impressed by the portability and durability. The image quality and battery also get good reviews, whereas there are some negative reviews about the storage and low light performance.

usability, battery, image quality, durability, portability

price, low-light, storage

93% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon PowerShot A580 Digital Camera -Silver (8.0MP, 4xOptical Zoom) 2.5" LCDCanon PowerShot A580 Digital Camera -Silver (8.0MP, 4xOptical Zoom) 2.5" LCD

Dec, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for Canon PowerShot A580


alaTest has collected and analyzed 164 user reviews of Canon PowerShot A580 from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on People are impressed by the image quality and performance. The portability and price are also appreciated. There are some negative opinions about the shutter and sensor.

usability, price, portability, performance, image quality

memory, sensor, shutter

90% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon PowerShot A580 8MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical ZoomCanon PowerShot A580 8MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom

Dec, 2018


Expert review by : Lars Rehm (

Sony DSLR-A580 Review


The Sony DSLR-A580 is near-identical in terms of design and operation to its predecessor the DSLR-A550, and in terms of image quality very similar to its sister-model the SLT-A55. For this review we have therefore slightly shortened our usual review...

Good detail and color at lower sensitivities ; Consistently reliable metering and AF ; High ISO JPEG output usable up to ISO 12800 for smaller prints ; Low shadow noise levels at lower sensitivities ; Good dynamic range ; Good quality 1080p full-HD...

Quite aggressive noise reduction from ISO 1600 upwards ; Limited control over high ISO noise reduction in JPEG mode ('auto' or 'weak') ; Limited control in movie mode ; Occasionally unreliable white balance in low artificial light ; Limited...

The Sony DSLR-A580 is an excellent all-round performer but also offers a range of innovative features. It's a great alternative to more 'traditional' DSLRs and Sony's unique dual live view system makes it the ideal compromise for those who like the...

May, 2011

Expert review by : Joshua Goldman (

Canon PowerShot A580 review


In general, it's best not to expect too much from a budget camera: the 8-megapixel Canon PowerShot A580 exemplifies this philosophy. Sure, it's got a clunky design, feels cheap, and doesn't have all the latest features (in fact for about the same price...

Great pictures for little investment; intuitive operation; advanced face detection for its class.

Feels and looks cheap; bulky; slow shot-to-shot performance, especially with flash.

It's slow and unglamorous, but the Canon PowerShot A580 captures good pictures at a low price.

Sep, 2008

Expert review by : David Gussman (

Canon PowerShot A580


The Canon PowerShot A580 is a fine entry-level point-and-shooter, but for $30 more you can get the nearly identical A590 IS, which adds image stabilization and manual controls.

Inexpensive, even for an entry-level camera. Face detection.

Fewer features than the $179.99 PowerShot A590 IS. Bulky, boring design.

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Apr, 2008

Expert review by : Steve's Digicams (

Canon Powershot A580


Physical Views The A580 compared to an average CD disc. Continue on to Features & Controls Powershot A580 Specifications Type of Camera Compact digital still camera with built-in flash, 4x Optical/4x Digital/16x Combined Zoom Image Capture Device Type...

Mar, 2008

Expert review by : LAPTOP Magazine (

Canon PowerShot A580 Review


Canon has assembled a good mix of ergonomics, features, and image quality, at an affordable price with the A580. And it looks, feels, and shoots like a camera that costs more than $149.

Optical viewfinder, Fast 4X zoom lens, Good ergonomics

Settings can be confusing, Low-resolution LCD viewfinder, No built-in memory

May, 2008


Expert review by : Zoltan Arva-Toth (

Canon Powershot A580 Review


The front of the PowerShot A580 is dominated by the protruding 4x zoom lens, which is apparently inherited from earlier A series models. The zoom is motorised and spans focal lengths ranging from 5.8mm to 23.2mm. Given that the length of the...

The Canon PowerShot A580 is a worthy successor to an entire line of moderately priced, yet capable compact cameras marketed by Canon over the past couple of years. In two weeks of use, I have found basic operation to be highly intuitive, with the...

May, 2008

Expert review by : Mike Pasini (

Canon PowerShot A580 Digital Camera - Review - The Imaging Resource!


Designed for the beginner who wants a little more zoom than the typical 3x zoom entry-level camera provides, the Canon PowerShot A580 offers a 4x lens with fully automatic or semi-automatic settings, as well as 16 easily selectable shooting modes

DIGIC III image processor just like the big boys ; Motion detection to adjust ISO for best exposure ; Facial detection for portraits and to confirm those smiles afterwards ; Good body design, easy to hold and lightweight ; Good color saturation ; Good...

Difficult battery/card compartment latch ; Burned out highlights with blooming ; Poor digital zoom ; Flash washes out extreme Macro shots ; High barrel distortion ; High chromatic aberration at wide angle ; Soft corners at wide angle ; High contrast in...

The Canon PowerShot A580 has an eight megapixel CCD imager coupled with a Canon-branded 4x optical zoom lens. Images are framed on the 115,000 pixel 2.5-inch LCD display, or using the optical viewfinder. Photos and movies are stored on SD / MMC cards,...

Jun, 2008

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Sony DSLR-A580


Though the Sony A580 has impressive image quality, its true value is found in its clever use of multi-shot technology to dramatically reduce noise, expand dynamic range, or even create on-the-fly panoramas.

Excellent 16.2-megapixel sensor ; Competitive high ISO performance ; Very good dynamic range ; In-body image stabilization ; Stellar battery life ; Fast frame rates ; Speedy performance overall ; Autofocus in "Quick AF" Live View mode is as fast as (or...

Sweep Panorama needs improving ; Creaking in grip ; Phase-detection AF a bit hit and miss sometimes (could be limited to our test units) ; No AF fine-tuning ; Multi-Frame shooting can be quite noisy ; Only two Noise Reduction settings (Auto, Weak); no...

The 16.2-megapixel Sony Alpha A580 comes with many refinements that make it a far more usable camera than its predecessors, making it a more significant contender in the market for mid-range digital SLRs. Starting with its heft and improved controls,...

Expert review by : cgarrard (

Sony A580 Review- (Parts I and II Combined)


Sony announced no less than six new Alpha branded cameras in 2010, but only two of those cameras were actual traditional DSLRS. Of those two the Alpha A580 is the higher end model sporting a new 16.2 mp HD CMOS sensor and HD 1080p video capture. Just...

May, 2011

Expert review by : Ben Long (

Review: Sony a580 DSLR camera


The Alpha 580 is a very impressive camera that's comfortable to shoot with, and well-designed. Supported by a robust collection of high-quality lenses, the camera is capable of delivering excellent image quality.

The camera’s 3-inch LCD screen is bright, clear, and beautiful, and the Alpha’s menu system is intuitive and easy-to-navigate. The LCD screen can tilt out and away from the camera, making for great flexibility when shooting overhead, or at waist level....

Dec, 2010

Product Specifications


Battery Technology:Alkaline
Battery Type:NB4-300


Camera playback:Movie / Movie, Single image / Single image
Custom color: Yes
Histogram: Yes
Photo effects:Black&White, Neutral, Sepia, Vivid / Black&White, Sepia, Vivid
Playback zoom:2
Playback zoom (max):2
Scene modes:beach, Children, Fireworks, Landscape, party (indoor), Portrait, Sports, Sunset / beach, Children, Fireworks, Landscape, Portrait, Sports, Sunset / Children, Fireworks, Landscape, party (indoor), Portrait, Sports, Sunset
Self-timer delay:2
White Balance:Cloudy, Custom modes, Daylight, Fluorescent, Tungsten / Cloudy, daylight, Fluorescent, Tungsten


Color of product:Silver


Display Diagonal:2.5


Built-in flash: Yes
Flash exposure lock: Yes
Flash modes:Auto, Flash off, Manual, Red-eye reduction / Auto, Flash off, Manual, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization / Auto, Flash off, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization / Auto, Manual, Red-eye reduction
Flash range (tele):17.7 - 86.6
Flash range (wide):17.7 - 137.8


Auto Focus (AF) assist beam: Yes
Auto Focus (AF) lock: Yes
Closest Focusing Distance:1.97
Focus adjustment:Auto

Lens System

Digital Zoom:4
Focal length range (f-f):0.228 - 0.913
Optical Zoom:4

Light Exposure

ISO sensitivity:80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600 / 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, Auto


Compatible memory cards:MMC, SD
Internal memory:32

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90
Operating relative humidity range:10 - 90
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40 / 0 - 45
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 40 / 0 - 45

Other Features

35 mm camera lens equivalent:1.38 - 5.51
Built-in flash: Yes
Camera shutter speed:1/60 - 1/2000
Compatible operating systems:Windows 2000 SP4 / XP SP2 / Vista\nMac OS X v10.3 - 10.4
Digital SLR: No
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):1.38 - 5.51
Interface:USB / USB 2.0
Lens focal range:f/2.6 – f/5.5
Lens system:7/5
Video capability: Yes

Packaging Content

Bundled software:ZoomBrowser EX\nImageBrowser\nPhotoStitch\nTWAIN

Picture Quality

Image sensor size:1/2.5
Maximum image resolution:3264 x 2448
Scan technology:CCD
Sensor Type:CCD
Supported aspect ratios:4:3, 16:9

Ports & interfaces

DC-in jack:No / Yes
PictBridge: Yes

System Requirements

Mac compatibility: Yes


Maximum video resolution:640 x 480
Motion JPEG frame rate:20
Video compression format:AVI
Video formats supported:AVI
Video Frame Rate:20
Video recording: Yes


Camera viewfinder:Optical
Viewfinder type:Optical

Weight & Dimensions