Sony SLT-A58 Review and Specifications

 SLT-A58

Bottom Line:

The Sony Alpha A58 provides a good value with lots of fun features and modes. Perfect for the beginner DSLR user.

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The Specs:

  •  1. The Sensor
    • Effective pixels: Approx. 20.1 megapixels
    • Approx. 23.5 X 15.6mm APS HD CMOS sensor 
  • 2. Compatible Lenses & Special Features
    • Lens Mount: Sony A mount
    • Image Stabilization in camera
    • Auto High Dynamic Range : Yes, ((Auto/Level(1-5), Auto High Dynamic Range(Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure difference Level (1-6EV, 1.0EV step)), off)
    • Sweep Panorama : Horizontal (Wide/Standard), Vertical
    • Anti Motion Blur : 6-image layering
    • Advanced User Interface : Easy-to-understand Graphic Display and on-screen Help Guide User-friendly function menu
    • Face Detection : On, Off, Face Registration, Face Selection; maximum eight faces detected
    • Smile Shutter™ technology : Smile shutter (selectable from 3 steps)
  • 3. Autofocus
    • 15 points (3 points cross type)
    • Focus modes: Single-shot AF(AF-S), Continuous AF(AF-C), Automatic AF(AF-A) selectable, Direct Manual Focus (DMF), Manual Focus
  • 4. Video Features
    • Recording Size and (frame rate fps in parenthesis):
      • 1920 x 1080 (60i / 24p)
      • 1440 x 1080 (30p)
      • 640 x 480 (30p)
    • Maximum Length of Continuous Video Recording: 29 minutes
    • Video Format: AVCHD Ver.2.0/ MP4 (MPEG-4 AVC (H.264)
  • 5. Image Features
    • File Formats: JPEG, RAW, RAW & JPEG
    • High Speed Continuous Shooting: Maximum 8 shots/sec.
    • Size in pixels:
      • Panorama Still Image Size : Horizontal Wide: 12,416 x 1,856 (23M) Horizontal Std.: 8,192 x 1,856 (15M) Vertical Wide: 2,160 x 5,536 (12M) Vertical Std.: 2,160 x 3,872 (8.4M)
      • Still Image Size 16:9 : L size: 5466 x 3064 (17M) M size: 3872 x 2176 (8.4M) S size: 2736 x 1536 (4.2M)
      • Still  Image Size 3:2 : L size: 5456 x 3632 (20M) M size: 3872 x 2576 (10M) S size: 2736 x 1824 (5M)
  • 7. Exposure Control
    • Exposure Modes: iAUTO, Flash Off, Superior Auto, Scene Selection, Sweep Panorama, Picture Effect, Tele-zoom Continuous Advance Priority AE, Movie, Programmed AE (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter-speed priority (S), Manual (M)
    • Scene Mode(s) : Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports Action, Sunset, Night Portrait, Night View, Handheld Twilight
    • ISO 100-16000 selectable in 1 EV steps for stills;  ISO 100-3200 selectable in 1 EV steps for movies
    • Shutter Speed: 1/4000 to 30 sec., Bulb
    • Picture Effects: 11 types (15 variations): Posterization (Color, B/W), Pop Color, Retro Photo, Partial Color (R,G,B,Y), High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera, Soft High-key, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome, Miniature
    • Creative Style : Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Black & White (Contrast (-3 to +3steps), Saturation(-3 to +3steps), Sharpness(-3 to +3steps))
    • White Balance Settings:  Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent (Warm white, Cool white, Day white, Daylight) , Flash, Setting the color temperature, Color Filter, Custom
  • 8. Interface
    • Tilting 2.7 inch TFT monitor
    • 460,800 dots monitor resolution
    • Multi/Micro USB Terminal, Hi-speed USB (USB2.0): Mass-storage, MTP/ Multi (REMOTE)/ Micro USB Type B
    • DC in
    • HD Output : HDMI® mini connector (Type D)
    • Stereo microphone input terminal (3.5 mm mini jack)
    • Focus Peaking display
  • 9. Power
    • Battery: InfoLITHIUM® NP-FM500H (7.2V)
    • Battery Life: 700 shots (CIPA)
  • 10. Body
    • Dual compatibility slot: Memory Stick PRO Duo™/Pro-HG Duo™/PRO-HG HX Duo™ media – SD, SDHC and SDXC memory card
    • Build in pop up flash
    • Dimensions: 5-1/8 × 3-7/8 × 3-1/8 in (128.6 x 95.5 x 77.7mm
    • Weight:1 lb, 1.4 oz (492g) (body only)
  • 11. Price
    • MSRP: $600 (kit)

Sony SLT-A58 Video Review:

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Video review highlights:

  • 20 megapixel sensor
  • Better battery life
  • Translucent mirror: replaced traditional swinging mirror with translucent mirror which allows camera to shoot faster, but optical viewfinder is replaced with electronic viewfinder
  • 8 frames per second
  • “Auto crop mode” – smart teleconverter option
  • Sweep panorama option
  • Can control external speedlights (even at cheapest sony model)
  • Smile detect option: camera waits until it sees smiling face to take photograph
  • Option to raise detail in shadows
  • Digital zoom option
  • Has swivel screen
  • ISO adjustments in full stops
  • Standard hot shoe
  • Microphone jack
  • Hdmi output – not mini, but micro
  • Multi connection
  • Can start recording even when in image/picture mode, but will experience image crop
  • Can adjust manual settings in video mode

The video below provides sample shots using the Sony SLT-A58 so you can see it in action:

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