The new Sony A58 is a camera that accepts interchangeable lenses and utilizes Sony’s proprietary Translucent Mirror Technology to provide high-speed shooting in a chassis that is far more compact. The 20.1-megapixel A58 has a burst shooting speed of 8 frames per second with a new Lock-on Autofocus, the ability to record full HD video at 25 frames per second with control over exposure and continuous autofocusing, a 15-point phase-detection autofocus system with 3 cross sensors, an ISO range of 100-16000, a 2.7-inch tilting LCD screen, a high-resolution OLED Tru-Finder with 100 percent coverage, Sweep Panoramas, Auto The body of the Sony A58 with with the 18-55mm zoom lens can be purchased for $600 in the United States and for £450 in the United Kingdom. Purchasing both lenses together will set you back $600.
Sony Alpha a58 Price in USA
The new Sony SLT-A58 replaces the older model known as the A57 and is virtually indistinguishable from that device. The Sony A58 is a little more compact and lightweight model than the A57, with dimensions of 128.6 x 95.5 x 77.7 millimeters and a mass of 492 grams respectively. The A58 is a solid piece of kit with build quality that is on par with rival DSLR cameras in the same price range, despite the fact that it feels a little plasticky in the hand. However, we are disappointed to find that the A57’s metal lens mount has been replaced with a less durable plastic version.
As was the case with its before, the A58 lacks an optical viewfinder in favor of an electronic one and use a fixed semi-translucent mirror rather of the movable non-translucent mirror found in DSLRs. Because the mirror of the A58 is translucent, sufficient light is able to pass through it to the sensor, which enables the sensor to remain fixed in place at all times. The A58’s mirror also has the ability to reflect some of the light onto a phase-detection auto-focus array that is located in the top of the body of the camera. Because of this combination, the A58 can offer full-time DSLR-like focusing speeds, even while it is recording video. Additionally, it can offer an excellent Live View system with 100 percent scene coverage and a rapid continuous shooting rate of 8 frames per second, all while being physically smaller and lighter than a comparable DSLR.
The Sony A58 is able to take photographs with a full resolution of 20.1 megapixels at up to 8 frames per second while keeping continuous auto focus and auto exposure, which is an extremely quick pace for such an affordable camera. You will need to set the exposure mode dial to the dedicated Tele-zoom Continuous Advance Priority AE shooting mode in order to achieve the full 8 frames per second. This mode locks the exposure at the beginning of the sequence and makes use of the 1.4x tele-zoom function in order to record the central part of the image, which results in a photo with a resolution of 5 megapixels. If you switch to the AF-S or Manual focus mode, you will be able to select the aperture and ISO speed; but, you will no longer have the option to refocus between individual frames. The A58 is capable of shooting up to 16 Fine JPEGs at 8 frames per second; however, it is important to note that RAW files cannot be captured in this high-speed mode. You are required to make use of the slower 5fps option instead, which captures a burst of either 7 Fine, 6 RAW, or 5 RAW + Fine full-size photographs with a resolution of 20 megapixels.
The back 2.7-inch LCD display of the A58 is hinged at the bottom and can be tilted down by 45 degrees or up by 90 degrees. This feature is one of the A58’s distinguishing characteristics. It is important to keep in mind that you cannot shield the screen by tilting it out to the side or folding it against the back of the camera. The A58 contains a clever eye level sensor that turns off the rear screen’s info display when you bring your eye close to the OLED viewfinder. Additionally, the camera is equipped with a feature that automatically rotates the display through 90 degrees if you turn the camera on its side to take a portrait photograph.
Because the Sony A58 has built-in sensor shift image stabilization, there is no need to spend extra money on specialized lenses to assist battle camera wobble, which is one advantage that the Sony range still maintains over either Canon or Nikon. Canon and Nikon both use optical image stabilization. Light sensitivity of the Sony A58 ranges from ISO 100 all the way up to ISO 16000, and the camera can attain a quasi-top speed of 25,600 by capturing six pictures at once and merging them (JPEG only). The D-Range Optimizer and HDR capabilities that have been around for a long time at Sony assist to smooth out challenging exposures, such as situations in which a brilliant background would ordinarily cast the foreground into deep shade.
Sony Alpha a58 Specifications
|Body type||Compact SLR|
|Max resolution||5456 x 3632|
|Effective pixels||20 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||20 megapixels|
|ISO||Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 16000 (25600 with boost)|
|Boosted ISO (maximum)||25600|
|White balance presets||9|
|Custom white balance||Yes (1)|
|Image stabilization notes||SteadyShot INSIDE|
|Autofocus||Phase DetectMulti-areaSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousFace DetectionLive View|
|Number of focus points||15|
|Lens mount||Sony/Minolta Alpha|
|Focal length multiplier||1.5×|
|Articulated LCD||Fully articulated|
|Manual exposure mode||Yes|
|Subject / scene modes||Yes|
|Built-in flash||Yes (Pop-up)|
|Flash range||10.00 m (@ ISO 100)|
|External flash||Yes (Hot-shoe, Wireless)|
|Continuous drive||5.0 fps|
|WB Bracketing||Yes (3 frames, H/L selectable)|
|Resolutions||1920 x 1080|
|Format||MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264|
|Videography notes||50i or 25p in PAL countries|
|Storage types||SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|HDMI||Yes (Mini Type C)|
|Remote control||Yes (Optional)|
|Battery description||Rechargeable NP-FM500H battery & charger|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||690|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||492 g (1.08 lb / 17.35 oz)|
|Dimensions||129 x 95 x 78 mm (5.08 x 3.74 x 3.07″)|
The new Sony 58 delivers mid-range performance and features to the entry-level market, thereby replacing both the cheaper A37 model and the older A57 model. This allows the new Sony 58 to effectively replace both versions. It is perhaps understandable that the A58 has a few downgrades when compared to its more expensive predecessor, the most notable of which are a smaller LCD screen with a lower resolution, slower and more limited burst shooting, and a plastic rather than a metal lens mount. Considering that the A58 costs roughly the same as the admittedly very capable RX100 compact camera, it is perhaps understandable that the A58 has a few downgrades. Despite this, the brand new OLED viewfinder, resolution of 20 megapixels, and useful Lock-on Autofocus option are all enhancements that make the far more affordable Sony A58 a true steal.
- OLED EVF.
- Full-resolution a burst rate of 5 frames per second
- Excellent performance even at extremely high ISO settings.
- A well-designed control arrangement.
- Display on the back that can hinge.
- 7.3 frames per second cropped JPG shot.
- Disappointing kit lens.
- The electronic viewfinder (EVF) is not as crisp as it is on some other Sony models.
- The rear LCD screen might be made more expansive and crisper.
- There is only one dial for the control.