Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of A58 vs D300S

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

SLT A58
9.5
D300S
9.6
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

SLT A58
6.4
D300S
8.1
Focus lag, cross type focus points and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

SLT A58
7.8
D300S
8.7
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

SLT A58
9.2
D300S
9.4
Reviews from sonyalpharumors.com and techradar.com

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

SLT A58
8.9
D300S
9.2

Winner
Nikon D300S 

Camera Rocket recommends the Nikon D300S  based on its image quality, focusing, responsiveness and reviews.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of SLT A58 vs D300S

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

SLT A58
753 ISO
D300S
787 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

SLT A58
2,400 LPH
D300S
1,700 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

SLT A58
326 ms
D300S
225 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

SLT A58
54 ms
D300S
53 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

SLT A58
1,900 ms
D300S
300 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

SLT A58
8 fps
D300S
7 fps

Features Key features of the SLT A58  vs D300S 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

SLT A58
20.1 MP
D300S
12.2 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

SLT A58
25,600 ISO
D300S
6,400 ISO

Focus points How many different points the camera can focus on

SLT A58
15
D300S
51

Screen size Larger screens make it easier to preview and review photos

SLT A58
2.7"
D300S
3"

Viewfinder size Large viewfinders are brighter and more comfortable to use

SLT A58
0.65x
D300S
0.62x

Pixel size How much area of the sensor is dedicated to each pixel

SLT A58
18.3 microns
D300S
30.5 microns

Reviews Word on the street

SLT A58  vs D300S 

8.0
9.0
The natural trade-off is weight: the D300S weighs nearly a kilogram before you even attach a lens, but for dedicated photographers – particularly those who like to tote their camera everywhere they go – the extra build-quality is reassuring.
D300S

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

SLT A58  vs
D300S 
Type CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 20.1 MP 12.2 MP
Resolution 5176 x 3880 4288 x 2848
Size APS-C APS-C
Area 23.5 x 15.6 mm 23.6 x 15.8 mm
Crop factor 1.5x 1.5x
Pixel size 18.3 microns 30.5 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 16,000 ISO 200 ISO to 3,200 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 16,000 ISO to 25,600 ISO 3,200 ISO to 6,400 ISO
Codecs
NEF 14bit
NEF 12bit
TIFF
RAW
NEF
JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes Yes
Tested vertical resolution 2,400 LPH 1,700 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 2,400 LPH 1,750 LPH

focus system

Type Phase detection Phase detection
Focus points 15 51
Cross type focus points 3 15
Supports continuous Yes Yes

shutter

Min 30 s 30 s
Max 1/4000 s 1/8000 s

form factor

Size 129 x 95 x 78 mm 147 x 114 x 74 mm
Thickness 78 mm 74 mm
Weight 492 g 938 g
Is weather sealed No Yes

features

Is a smart camera No No
Includes a GPS No No
Supports HDR Yes No
Automatic panorama Yes No
Create realistic 3D images No No
Image stabilization
Sensor shift

video

SLT A58  vs
D300S 
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 29.97 fps 1280 x 720 @ 24 fps
Shoots video in 24p Yes Yes
Shoots high speed video No No
External mic jack 3.5mm 3.5mm
Autofocus while shooting video Phase detection

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 2.7" 3"
Resolution 460 k dots 920 k dots
Has a touch screen No No
Has a flip out screen No No
Supports live view Yes Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Translucent Opaque
Viewfinder Yes Yes
Type Electronic Pentaprism
Coverage 100% 100%
Magnification 1x 0.94x
Viewfinder size 0.65x 0.62x

performance

Max continuous shooting 8 fps 7 fps
Battery life 690 950
Continuous shooting
7 fps, JPEG
8 fps
Focus lag 326 ms 225 ms
Shutter lag 54 ms 53 ms
Startup delay 1,900 ms 300 ms
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