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.
Conclusion: The Sony Alpha A58 was introduced, to mixed reviews, as a replacement for two other (now-discontinued) DSLR cameras: the Sony Alpha A37 and the Sony Alpha A57. Some reviewers call the A58 a poor compromise of the two previous models and say it doesn't excel in any one area; others report that the A58 mixes all the high-tech features of the A57 with the consumer-friendly A37. Either way, the Sony Alpha A58 is a solid entry-level DSLR.
Pros: Fast autofocus, Partially articulated LCD, Comfortable to hold
Summary: This Sony Alpha A58 is a compelling mid-range SLR, with outstanding build quality, easy to use and consistent performance, especially in low light, and inexpensive. We’re just disappointed by the lack of a touch screen which, in combination with traditional physical controls, would make it the even more intuitive and immediate uses of the Sony A58 .
Pros: Photographic Effects, Excellent signal / Noise ratio, High-quality electronic viewfinder, Easy and intuitive to use, Excellent grip in hand.
Cons: AF slow, Disappointing RAW support, Fixed screen and non-touch.
Excerpt: Just a year after Sony released two Translucent Mirror-based DSLRs -- the entry-level Alpha A37 and step-up Alpha A57 -- the company follows on with the Sony Alpha A58, a 20.1-megapixel model that effectively replaces both of them. It's almost as if Sony merged the earlier designs to create a still-sophisticated camera at a more consumer-friendly price. The A57 kit originally retailed at US$800, and the new A58 comes in US$200 cheaper.
Summary: It's difficult for entry-level DSLRs to balance the price point with advanced features and excellent image quality. Sony's Alpha a58 represents one of the best combinations of these qualities, offering near-professional photo and video quality, for a fraction of the price. Although it lags slightly in low-light performance, it’s one of the best entry-level DSLR values available.
Pros: A translucent mirror allows for continuous focusing of moving targets.
Cons: The plastic lens mount is less durable than metal.
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Summary: Sony A58 review: Sony’s new 20-megapixel entry-level SLT camera promises a lot of specs for its price. But is it capable? Find out in our hands-on Sony Alpha 58 review video. The Sony A58 joins the SLT Alpha range as the Sony A57 replacement and sits just above the entry level 37. New to the Sony A58 are a host of features that should appeal to photographers who are starting to get more serious about their photography and want to take more control over their pictures.
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.
Pros: Good levels of detail; Comfortable handgrip; Solid AF
Cons: Image noise at high ISOs; Plastic lens mount