• APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 20.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 16000
  • APS-C 372.1mm2
  • 16.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 51200

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Advantages

Sony A58 over Pentax K-500

  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • External Mic
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • More pixels
    20.1 vs 16.3 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video

Pentax K-500 over Sony A58

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • 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
  • Higher-res screen
    307k vs 154k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 16000 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

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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.

The Competition

Compared to Nikon D5200

Sony A58
Nikon D5200
  • $398
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $564
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
Pentax K-500
Nikon D5200
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Bigger pixels
  • $564
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • External Mic

Compared to Canon T5i

Sony A58
Canon T5i
  • $398
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $599
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
Pentax K-500
Canon T5i
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $599
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Pentax K-50

Sony A58
Pentax K-50
  • $398
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • External Mic
  • $365
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • 60p
Pentax K-500
Pentax K-50
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • $365
  • APS-C

Compared to Nikon D3300

Sony A58
Nikon D3300
  • $398
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $497
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
Pentax K-500
Nikon D3300
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Bigger pixels
  • $497
  • APS-C
  • External Mic
  • More pixels

Compared to Canon T5

Sony A58
Canon T5
  • $398
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $449
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
Pentax K-500
Canon T5
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $449
  • APS-C
  • HDMI out
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