• APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 20.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 16,000
  • APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 18.0 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800

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Differences

Sony A58 advantages over Canon T5i

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Less expensive
    $498 vs $649
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Higher effective ISO
    753 vs 681 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    12.5 vs 11.2 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Longer battery life
    More info 700 vs 440 shots
    Capture more photos
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.59x vs 0.51x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • Less shutter lag
    0.13 vs 0.26 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • More AF points
    15 vs 9
    More AF points improve autofocus

Canon T5i advantages over Sony A58

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs tilt-only
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Fast startup
    ~0.70 vs 1.9 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Select your focus point more intuitively.
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • More cross-type AF points
    9 vs 3
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • Higher-res screen
    346k vs 154k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    15 vs 8 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 16000 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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Review Excerpt

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • Excellent image quality; 9 cross-type AF points; Stereo microphones; Built-in touchscreen; Multi-shot modes; Improved kit lens; Even more affordable.

  • Little-changed from the earlier T4i; Slow Live View and video autofocus; High ISO performance is unimproved; Below-average battery life; No dedicated AF illuminator.

The Competition

Compared to Canon T4i

Sony A58
Canon T4i
  • $495
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $670
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Canon T5i
Canon T4i
  • $645
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Lighter weight
  • $670
  • APS-C
  • More kit lens zoom

Compared to Nikon D5200

Sony A58
Nikon D5200
  • $495
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $497
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Canon T5i
Nikon D5200
  • $645
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $497
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Pentax K-500

Sony A58
Pentax K-500
  • $495
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $506
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Higher effective ISO
Canon T5i
Pentax K-500
  • $645
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $506
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Nikon D3300

Sony A58
Nikon D3300
  • $495
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $497
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
Canon T5i
Nikon D3300
  • $645
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $497
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup

Compared to Canon T5

Sony A58
Canon T5
  • $495
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $397
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection
Canon T5i
Canon T5
  • $645
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $397
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
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