Sony A58 Review

 
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Basic Specifications
Full model name: Sony Alpha SLT-A58
Resolution: 20.10 Megapixels
Sensor size: APS-C
(23.5mm x 15.6mm)
Kit Lens: 3.06x zoom
18-55mm
(27-83mm eq.)
Viewfinder: EVF / LCD
Native ISO: 100 - 16,000
Extended ISO: 100 - 16,000
Shutter: 30 - 1/4000
Max Aperture: 3.5
Dimensions: 5.1 x 3.8 x 3.1 in.
(129 x 96 x 78 mm)
Weight: 25.8 oz (731 g)
includes batteries, kit lens
MSRP: $600
Availability: 04/2013
Manufacturer: Sony
Full specs: Sony A58 specifications

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Kit with 18-55mm Lens
20.10
Megapixels
Sony Alpha (Minolta A) APS-C
size sensor
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A58 Summary

Replacing both the Sony A37 and A57 DSLRs in one fell swoop, the Sony A58 offers advanced photographic features and picture-taking skills at a consumer-friendly price. The A58 takes a big step up in resolution with a new 20.1-megapixel APS-C sensor, and it delivers pictures that are sharp and detailed, rivaling the image quality of much more expensive cameras. Although some sacrifices had to be made to drive down the cost -- namely a plastic lens mount rather than a metal one, and a simplified LCD screen -- the Sony A58 still stands out as one of the best entry-level DSLRs we've ever reviewed, as well as one of the best camera values on the market today.

Pros

Improved 20.1-megapixel resolution; Impressive image quality, especially for its price; Fast and decisive autofocus (in most conditions); Very good battery life; Good video quality (Full HD 1080p, though it doesn't support 60p frame rate).

Cons

Plastic lens mount; Slower burst mode speeds and shallower buffer than A57; LCD no longer fully articulating; Mediocre kit lens; Electronic instead of an optical viewfinder may be a turnoff for some.

Price and availability

The Sony Alpha SLT-A58 started shipping in the U.S. market in April 2013. It comes bundled with the DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM II zoom lens for US$600.

Imaging Resource rating

4.5 out of 5.0

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