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.
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: The basics 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: Sony SLT A58 manages to bring out good color reproduction along with good detailing in the photographs; its intelligent auto mode keeps you hooked. It’s fast, inexpensive and loaded with features. • Quick autofocus • Sophisticated Auto modes • In camera editing • External Mic-Jack • No Wi-Fi • Few lens options An interchangeable camera system, with 20.1 MP, 23.5x15.6mm sensor capable of snapping 8 frames every second aided by a 15 point phase detection autofocus, the A58...
Pros: Quick autofocus , Sophisticated Auto modes , In camera editing , External Mic-Jack
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...