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Sony Alpha a58 review

DSLT merges two beginner lines

Our Verdict

For

  • Picture Effects
  • Low light performance
  • Good EVF

Against

  • Slow autofocus
  • Frustrating raw format use
  • Not an articulating/touchscreen

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We used the Pop Colour Picture Effect to boost the colours and contrast in this shot for extra effect.

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There's lots of fine detail recorded by the Sony a58. The standard kit lens does a good job of maintaining sharpness across the whole scene, though you'll see in the high resolution version of the image that there is some softness in the very corners of the frame.

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A number of Creative Styles are available, such as this monochrome setting. The advantage of using these is that they can be used while shooting in raw format, leaving you with a clean version of the image to work with later if you choose.

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The standard 18-55mm kit lens has an equivalent starting focal length of 27mm, which is a decent wide angle for every day shooting.

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The kit lens rises to around 82.5mm at the telephoto end of the optic, giving flexibility.

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Colours straight from the camera are bright and vibrant, without being too over the top.

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The Sony a58 struggled to focus on this scene at first, since the light was quite minimal. This is a problem with DSLT cameras as the translucent mirror lets less light in than their DSLR counterparts.

Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital SLT Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenNo
Effective Camera Resolution20.1 Megapixel
GPSNo
USBYes
Product Familyalpha
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom3.1x
Brand NameSony
FeaturesFace Detection, Noise Reduction, Live View, Continuous Shooting Mode, External Flash Shoe, Smile Detection
Screen Size6.9 cm (2.7")
Video FormatsAVCHD, MPEG-4 AVC, MP4
Viewfinder TypeElectronic
Weight (Approximate)492 g
Minimum Focus Distance250 mm
Maximum Image Resolution5456 x 3632
Maximum Frame Rate30 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeExmor APS HD CMOS sensor
Total Camera Resolution20.4 Megapixel
HDMIYes
Camera AssemblyBody with Lens Kit
HD Movie ModeYes
Battery Model SupportedNP-FM500H
Memory Card SupportedMemory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG HX Duo, Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Eye-Fi Card
Height95.5 mm
Width128.6 mm
Depth77.7 mm
Autofocus Points15
Focal Length18 mm to 55 mm (Lens 1)
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Audio FormatsAC3, AAC-LC
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Flash OFF, Flash ON, Slow Sync, Rear Slow Sync, High Speed Sync, Red-eye Reduction, Wireless Sync, Flash Exposure Compensation, Pre-flash
Focus ModesManual, Auto
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product Modela58
Product Namea58 Camera and 18-55mm Lens
Product Linealpha
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberSLTA58K
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing Information

Advance your images with the creative freedom of interchangeable-lens DSLR photography. The Sony Alpha a58 SLT-A58K camera combines innovative technologies with user-friendly features for intuitive handling and impressive quality. The 20.1-megapixel Exmor HD APS sensor delivers richly-detailed images with a truly professional look. Combined with Sony CMOS technology, the a58 achieves high resolution and excellent low-light performance with reduced noise. Thanks to award-winning Translucent Mirror Technology, you'll be able to shoot and focus simultaneously for ultimate speed and precision. Lock-on AF helps guarantee tack-sharp photos, even when shooting quick-moving subjects. And with a wide range of sensitivity-from ISO 100 all the way to ISO 16000-your photos and Full HD video will shine with noticeable clarity and reduced graininess, even in challenging lighting conditions. Includes an 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom lens.

Battery Life700 Shot
Display Resolution460800 Pixel
Built-in DevicesSpeaker, Microphone