• APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 20.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 16000
  • APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400

Advantages

Sony A58 over Nikon D5200

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Less shutter lag
    0.126 vs 0.302 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)

Nikon D5200 over Sony A58

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Fast startup
    0.50 vs 1.90 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • 60p
    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
  • More pixels
    24.1 vs 20.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • High-res screen
    307k vs 154k dots
    Better screen fidelity makes you a better photographer
  • More AF points
    39 vs 15
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    10 vs 6 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (single-shot mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    9 vs 2 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (single-shot mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 16000 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

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.

  • Captures sharp, detailed photos with its new 24.1-megapixel CMOS sensor, even at higher ISOs; Features a familiar (D5100) but refined body design; Records Full HD video with full-time autofocus tracking; Packs a ton of advanced features into a consumer-friendly body at a great price.

  • Autofocuses a little slowly for its class and struggles at times in low light; Changing some basic settings takes more time and effort than it should; Mediocre kit lens.

The Competition

Compared to Canon T5i

Sony A58
Canon T5i
  • $480
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $743
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
Nikon D5200
Canon T5i
  • $623
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
  • $743
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • On-sensor phase detect

Compared to Pentax K-500

Sony A58
Pentax K-500
  • $480
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • External Mic
  • $585
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • 60p
Nikon D5200
Pentax K-500
  • $623
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • External Mic
  • $585
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Nikon D5300

Sony A58
Nikon D5300
  • $480
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $1014
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
Nikon D5200
Nikon D5300
  • $623
  • APS-C
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
  • $1014
  • APS-C
  • Wi-Fi
  • GPS

Compared to Nikon D3300

Sony A58
Nikon D3300
  • $480
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $546
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
Nikon D5200
Nikon D3300
  • $623
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • More cross-type AF points
  • $546
  • APS-C
  • Newer
  • Bigger JPEG buffer

Compared to Canon T5

Sony A58
Canon T5
  • $480
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $513
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
Nikon D5200
Canon T5
  • $623
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $513
  • APS-C
  • Newer
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