The Sony Alpha SLT-A58 is a mid-range SLT camera with a newly-developed 20MP sensor. The A58 will replace both the A37 and A57 models, helping to simplify the company's lineup. The A58 builds on the A57's feature set and gains an SVGA (800x600 pixel) OLED viewfinder, rather than its predecessors' LCDs. It also boasts a new lock-on focus mode and Auto Object Framing mode - an extension of the auto portrait mode in the A57.
Sony SLT-A58 DSLR Camera Kit with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens
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- 20.1MP CMOS sensor
- 15-point AF system with 3 cross sensors
- ISO 100-16000 expandable to 25600
- 2.7 inch vari-angle LCD with 460,000 dots
- SVGA (800 x 600 pixel) OLED electronic viewfinder
- 1080/60i/24p AVCHD or 1080/30p MP4 HD video recording
- 5 frames per second continuous shooting
- Auto Object Tracking mode dramatically increases the in-focus rate
- Auto Object Framing crops and balances composition based on scene recognition
- In-camera image stabilization
- Multi-frame noise reduction combines six images to give the equivalent noise reduction of two addition steps of ISO sensitivity
|Body type||Compact SLR|
|Max resolution||5456 x 3632|
|Effective pixels||20 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||20 megapixels|
|ISO||Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 16000 (25600 with boost)|
|White balance presets||9|
|Custom white balance||Yes (1)|
|Image stabilization notes||SteadyShot INSIDE|
|Optics & Focus|
|Number of focus points||15|
|Lens mount||Sony/Minolta Alpha|
|Focal length multiplier||1.5×|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Articulated LCD||Fully articulated|
|Manual exposure mode||Yes|
|Subject / scene modes||Yes|
|Built-in flash||Yes (Pop-up)|
|Flash range||10.00 m (@ ISO 100)|
|External flash||Yes (Hot-shoe, Wireless)|
|Continuous drive||5.0 fps|
|WB Bracketing||Yes (3 frames, H/L selectable)|
|Resolutions||1920 x 1080|
|Format||MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264|
|Videography notes||50i or 25p in PAL countries|
|Storage types||SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|HDMI||Yes (Mini Type C)|
|Remote control||Yes (Optional)|
|Battery description||Rechargeable NP-FM500H battery & charger|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||690|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||492 g (1.08 lb / 17.35 oz)|
|Dimensions||129 x 95 x 78 mm (5.08 x 3.74 x 3.07″)|
Liked the tilted viewfinder, not its RAW format
I loved using the ability to use the tilted viewfinder. Got some awesome results at recent car shows. One of the quirks of the camera was the location of the movie button. I had a few instants where I had hit the button while changing settings on the camera. I located the disable button in the menu and it was not an issue after that was turned off. The other issue I had was the RAW format was not compatible to my PhotoShop CS5 software. It required an additional conversion to a DNG file ...
A nice camera to start with!
(1) The A/F and lock-on focus are quick and very useful both in still as well as video. (2) OLED EVF is smaller than A65/A77 but still more than good enough at this price. Far accurate than A57. LCD & EVF is vice-versa from A57.. (3) I've not tested the battery back-up ...
I got what I wanted.
My clear need was bird photography with fast autofocus and some reach. I did some hands-on on a borrowed A58. Wanted IBIS for using 50F18. There are many other reasons and my feelings about this camera. My rating are explained : Kids / pets : Quick autofocus (just some hunting in low light) Action / sports : Well its just 4fps but that can be good for school games with 8fps only jpg mode it bits others in class. Landscapes / scenery: excellent (Just remember to shoot RAW) Portraits : great ...
After about a year and thousands of pictures, I remain convinced the a58 was the best camera I could buy for its price. The obvious good (shared with all SLTs I guess): EVF, IBIS, good availability of 2nd hand lenses (paid 320$ for the 16-50), beginner friendly modes, good color rendition, good live view, autofocus is fine, focus peaking is great... The good: (1) Well finished software: responsive UI, tethering works flawlessly, no bugs whatsoever;
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Hey guys, I have truly enjoyed using my a900 DSLR for some time now, but it seems like I am limited. I have personally tested 3 different SLT cameras such as a65, a77, and a58 and have really enjoyed them as well. Well the question that I am getting to is, should I switch to SLT camera? Im gaining video and I honestly don't believe I will have a loss in quality in my stills because the tech is definitely there with good stills in lower iso even though its APS-C sensor... I do understand that im losing full frame, but never noticed in my photography a difference really. What to do? maybe this should of been a thread over a question...but oh well sorry
I have an APS-C body but wouldn't use it for more than FOV effects and lighter work. Aesthetically I feel more of a sense of space with a larger sensor, and I always note the difference between APS-C and FF MTF's using the same lens. Since it looks like you're narrowing things down to having one body, I'd go for the A99 unless sports and/or wildlife are areas you want to work in ... but I think the A850/900 sensor package delivers a "magic" that the A99 can't. Continue Reading
I owned both the a77/a900 and to me there was a difference in image quality. The a900 was better then the a77 in my opinion, at least between my copies. If anything you can pickup a used a58/77 for video, but I surly wouldn't sell the a900 for one. Continue Reading
A58 'quiet shutter'
Hello to everyone.....my first post! I have just purchased a SonyA58, one of the things that interested me was that it has a 'quiet shutter'.....at least that is what I read in many reviews and on some forums I know that 'quiet' is subjective and certainly can't be compared to a x100 with 'sounds off', but I'm still a bit disappointed with the level of shutter noise. I thought there was a way to quiet it or deactivate it in the menu, but I can't find it....maybe i'm missing something. I did turn off the autofocus confirmations sound. My last DSLR was a F3, so its certainly been awhile. Thanks for any help. Gary
I think it refers to the first curtain shutter setting, which is probably on by default. Go into menus turn it off then take a shot(you will hear the difference). Hope you like your new camera,brian Continue Reading
After the first curtain is turn-on, the shutter sound from a58 and a57 sound similar but a65 sound longer and louder. There is no option to mute the shutter sound. Continue Reading
Quiet is relative indeed. I believe, it's a comparison in DSRL world. As a58 does not have mirror clack, it's noticeably quieter than Canon or Nikon counterparts. I shoot a99 during performances and it's significantly quieter than canonikon pro bodies, unless switched to slower "silent" mode. Continue Reading
SLT-A58 review... when?
Hello, I'm looking for a new camera because my old alpha-390 is TOO much noisy!!! SLT-A57 or SLT-A58? Is A58 better in high ISO performance than A57? ...so I'm waiting for a deep review on dpreview. Thanks, Fabio
I have been through many modern Sony DSLR/SLT bodies, and believe I have developed a good instinct towards each camera. In the case of A58, here is my assessment: 1) It has excellent sensor, as clean as the A57 but higher resolution, so this camera is good for natural photography. 2) It has nest to no buffer at miserable 5 FPS burst (if you can call that burst), so obviously no one is going to buy it for sports shooting, despite its good ISO performance, and auto ISO in full manual exposure. 3) Its EVF is vastly better then the one in A37/57, slightly smaller but you will get use to. I rather trade smaller size to superior EVF experience. 4) EVF lag and slide show is very evident, so obviously the display processing power is not at same league as A99. 5) LCD is actually useable, for things like composition and focus check. Sure the one in A57 is nice, but this one is fully useable (unlike A37). 6) AF system is same as A37/57/65, so there is no performance difference (aside from ... Continue Reading
There is little to no correlation between megapixels and noise for a given output size in practise. According to the SNR measurements, they are within 0.06 EV, well within the margin of measuring error of 0.33 EV. And what those numbers don't reflect is less amp glow and other visual artifacts from electronic noise. From which the A58 seems to suffer less at higher ISO's, if the IR RAW samples are indicative. Continue Reading
Well soon one would hope. As for your questions...well tbh I would expect the a58 to have better ISO performance, it has a newer sensor and a few of the stuff flying round in the forum indicates this may be true, but Ive not really looked into it deeply. But regardless it HAS got the advantage of 20MP and the ISO performance by the looks of it is atleast as good at the a57, if that helps. Continue Reading
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- Sony a58 camera body
- SAL DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens
- Battery Charger (BC-VM10)
- Rechargeable Battery (NP-FM500H)
- Eyepiece Cup
- Shoulder Strap
- Body Cap