Summary: As with all Sony DSLRs, the A58 uses translucent mirror technology, giving it a Single Lens Translucent (SLT) status. The viewfinder is electronic as opposed to the optical versions in mainstream DSLRs. In addition, there's quite a range of preset settings for those who don't need complete manual control of their cameras.
Pros: Fast autofocus, Partially articulated LCD, Comfortable to hold
Excerpt: Sony’s SLT a58 super snapper is a top notch camera that comes complete with an incredible electronic viewfinder, image stabilisation, and even video shooting powers - but how does fare with the rest of the DSLR pack? And will its small screen and picture quality cause it to lag behind? See how it performed in our group test in the clip above.
Summary: The Sony Alpha SLT-A58K is the latest entry-level DSLR from the Japanese electronics giant, which has garnered quite a reputation for itself as far as cameras go. The Alpha SLT-A58K replaces the A57, a camera which was quite popular with a sizeable section of enthusiasts. However, does the Alpha SLT-A58K bring a sizeable improvement to its insides? Is it capable of standing out and apart not just from its predecessor, but also from its peers? We find out.
Pros: Incredibly well-built for an entry-level DSLR, 8fps burst mode, In-camera panorama and HDR
Cons: Moving AF points around is a pain, Relatively low-res screen on the back
Conclusion: Overall, Sony has produced a very good camera in the Alpha a58, and we're sure that anybody who buys one will be very pleased with its performance. 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.
Summary: In a tough sector, having a unique selling point is key, and that's what has made Sony's SLT stand out from the crowd. But with the Sony A58, its advantages have been diluted considerably. While the AF is solid, the burst rate to back this up and make it a natural choice for action photographers over its rivals has all but disappeared.
Summary: In a tough sector, having a unique selling point is key, and that is what has made Sony's series of SLTs stand out from the crowd. But with the Alpha 58, its advantages have been diluted quite a bit.
The 20.1-million-pixel sensor sees it resolving greater levels of detail than its siblings, but the results are compromised at high ISO and are not as useable as images from rival models.
Excerpt: The 20.1MP alpha 58, which was announced in April, is the latest offering in Sony's DSLT range. It replaces both the alpha 57 and alpha 37, and its features and price are a kind of hybrid of the two. DSLTs differ slightly from DSLRs because they have a fixed mirror, meaning they have to use electronic viewfinders (EVFs) rather than optical.
Excerpt: The new Sony SLT-A58 is almost identical to the previous A57 model that it replaces. Measuring 128.6 x 95.5 x 77.7mm and weighing 492grams, the Sony A58 is the marginally smaller and lighter than the A57. Although it feels a little plasticky in-hand, the A58 is still a solid bit of kit with build quality that's on a par with rival DSLR cameras in the same price range, although we're disappointed to find that the A57's metal lens mount has been replaced with a less...
Conclusion: The entry-level DSLR market is one of the most competitive in photography and, as a result, anything that a camera can do to stand out is more than welcome. Sony had achieved this with past SLT range cameras, but the Sony A58 is a step back. The full resolution continuous shooting rate of 5fps isn’t even best in class – other similar DSLRs shoot faster and maintain that speed for longer.
Pros: Comfortable handgrip and handling, Reliable AF performance, Good level of detail in images, Noise at higher ISO settings
Cons: Plastic lens mount is disappointing, Limited burst mode
Excerpt: The 20.1 megapixel Sony Alpha A58 DSLT is Sony's latest interchangeable lens camera with translucent mirror technology and is designed to replace both the
Pros: Good image quality, Bright saturated colours, Focus peaking for manual focus, Good battery life, 5fps continuous shooting, Good value for money, Includes wide-strap, Microphone socket, Excellent value for money
Cons: Plastic lens mount should not affect reliability, however the appearance does put people off the camera, Strong barrel distortion at wide-angle, Low contrast 2.7inch screen, 8fps continuous shooting at 5mp, 1 year warranty