Sony SLT A58

Released April, 2013
  • 20.1 MP
  • APS-C 23.5 x 15.6 mm CMOS
  • 2.7" LCD
Sweep Panorama is a fun feature too that will probably particularly appeal to the holidaying photographer.
by TechRadar (May, 2013)
8.7 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Sony SLT A58

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

SLT A58
8.7
SLT A37
8.8
D5200
9.8
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

SLT A58
6.8
SLT A37
9.0
D5200
7.7
Focus lag, cross type focus points and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

SLT A58
8.0
SLT A37
9.4
D5200
8.6
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

SLT A58
9.2
SLT A37
9.4
D5200
9.2
Reviews from sonyalpharumors.com and techradar.com

8.7

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

SLT A58
8.7
SLT A37
9.1
D5200
9.1

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Sony SLT A58

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

SLT A58
753 ISO
Alpha A6000
1,347 ISO
D5200
1,284 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

SLT A58
2,400 LPH
SLT A65
3,000 LPH
D3200
3,000 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

SLT A58
326 ms
SLT A37
109 ms
SLT A65
138 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

SLT A58
54 ms
D3200
114 ms
D5200
88 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

SLT A58
1,900 ms
D3200
400 ms
D5200
500 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

SLT A58
8 fps
EOS 1300D
3 fps
D3200
4 fps

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Sony SLT A58


8.0
If you're not that interested in raw format shooting, you've got a wide range of fun and interesting features on offer here.

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Lens

The standard 18-55mm kit lens has an equivalent starting focal length of 27mm, which is a decent wide angle for every day shooting.
by TechRadar (May, 2013)
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.
by TechRadar (May, 2013)
At its current retail price of £449 / US$599.99 / AU$799 with the 18-55mm kit lens, it also offers excellent value for money, especially compared with its closest rivals.
by TechRadar (May, 2013)

Sensor

Better yet, it would be nice if Sony enabled raw format shooting when using these tools so there was no need to switch it off at all.
by TechRadar (May, 2013)
Using the function menu for the majority of settings is a good way to make everyday changes, and aside from the ability to switch on/off raw format shooting, will probably save you delving into the main menu in all but rare occasions.
by TechRadar (May, 2013)
Having the ability to switch to JPEG from the function menu would have been much quicker, as would a pop-up screen asking if you'd like to switch off raw format shooting if you attempt to use one of these functions.
by TechRadar (May, 2013)

Screen

The tilting element helps if the sun is particularly strong, enabling you to get a better view.
by TechRadar (May, 2013)
While tilting screens do have their benefits, for not much more bulk than is on offer here, the added flexibility of a fully articulating screen could have been added.
by TechRadar (May, 2013)
The whole frame displays a good level of clarity, though there is some softness evident in the very corners.
by TechRadar (May, 2013)

Image quality

We've been particularly impressed by low light performance, with noise control very good at the top of the sensitivity run.
by TechRadar (May, 2013)
We used the Pop Colour Picture Effect to boost the colours and contrast in this shot for extra effect.
by TechRadar (May, 2013)
Sony was extremely keen to shout about its low light performance, in terms of image quality, at the launch of the Alpha a58.
by TechRadar (May, 2013)

Focus

One plus point about the autofocusing system is the Eye-Start AF, which can be activated from the main menu.
by TechRadar (May, 2013)
It's perhaps most useful when using automatic AF.
by TechRadar (May, 2013)
This automatically starts the autofocusing process as soon as the camera is lifted to the EVF, and can speed things up.
by TechRadar (May, 2013)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Type CMOS
Megapixels 20.1 MP
Resolution 5176 x 3880
Size APS-C
Area 23.5 x 15.6 mm
Crop factor 1.5x
Pixel size 18.3 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 16,000 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 16,000 ISO to 25,600 ISO
Codecs
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes
Tested vertical resolution 2,400 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 2,400 LPH

focus system

Type Phase detection
Focus points 15
Cross type focus points 3
Supports continuous Yes

shutter

Min 30 s
Max 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 129 x 95 x 78 mm
Thickness 78 mm
Weight 492 g
Is weather sealed No

features

Is a smart camera No
Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR Yes
WiFi None
Automatic panorama Yes
Create realistic 3D images No
Image stabilization Sensor shift

video

Video 1920 x 1080 @ 29.97 fps
Shoots video in 24p Yes
Shoots high speed video No
External mic jack 3.5mm
Autofocus while shooting video Phase detection
Autofocus type Phase detection
Autofocus supports continuous Yes

display

Type LCD
Size 2.7"
Resolution 460 k dots
Has a touch screen No
Has a flip out screen No
Supports live view Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Translucent
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Electronic
Coverage 100%
Magnification 1x
Viewfinder size 0.65x
Display type LCD
Display resolution 1,440 k dots

performance

Max continuous shooting 8 fps
Battery life 690 photos
Continuous shooting 8 fps
Focus lag 326 ms
Shutter lag 54 ms
Startup delay 1,900 ms
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