Like it is difficult to predict whether the chicken came first or the egg, it is equally difficult to predict whether the entry level DSLR was marketed aggressively leading to increased interest in photography in the common masses or the other way round. Whatever be the case, entry level DSLRs are here to stay, which has been stated over and over again. They are meant for the first time enthusiast who would like to understand the intricacies of photography, in terms of setting exposure levels and how they affect the picture. Those who would like to have more control in their hands rather than the usual compact camera, no matter how sophisticated it claims to be, can offer would instantly choose the entry level DSLR. Sony too seems to have understood this fact and has thus come up with some good DSLRs for the first timers. It continues this line with á560, which is a 14.2mp DSLR, which also records movie in HD mode.

Design and Functioning

Weighing a tad less than 600g, the Sony A560 need not beg to be taken seriously. Though made of plastic, it could easily pass for a professional camera made with magnesium alloy. One of its most endearing features is its responsiveness as the camera is capable of shooting at a speed of upto 7 frames per second. This is possible due to the presence of the new-generation Exmor APS HD CMOS Sensor processor at the heart of the camera. Together with the latest iteration of Sony’s powerful BIONZ imaging processor, it supports high-speed continuous shooting plus a sophisticated range of digital image compositing and processing functions. Pressing just one dedicated video button would instantly let the user record movies in full HD mode. This camera also promises cleaner and sharper nighttime pictures using different algorithms for still and moving parts of the picture reduces blur, minimizes noise and enables extraordinary detail. Sony á560 also features a tiltable LCD, which allows the user to frame high and low-angle shots that would otherwise be hit or miss. The LCD tilts up or down 90 degrees to capture a child's first steps or shoot over a crowd. This camera also provides for a Graphic display, which clarifies the relationship between aperture and shutter speed, as well as the effect each has on photographic results. It is compatible with both MemoryStick Duo/ProDuo as well as SD/SDHC cards.