Excerpt: Coming from a video background I must say the advancements in technology allow for a startling increase in video detail with a dramatic drop in price. So I guess this idea is old hat but it's amazing you can do with a couple hundred bucks these days. Otherwise, I probably wouldn't be posting in this forum. I am not much of a photographer although I do enjoy taking photos and have snapped a few pics that people really appreciate. Great.
Excerpt: I owned several Sony Alpha cameras, a37, a57, a77 and now a58. I also have comparison to Nikon, Canon and Panasonic cameras. The a58 is just a great and cheap camera, in current Sony camera lineup its in 3rd place: 1.a77II > 2.a99 > 3.a58 > 4.a57 > 5.a77 > 6.a900 > 7.a850 > 8.a65 > 9.a37 > ...
Summary: In the past, I owned a Canon Rebel. Every single shot from the Canon was overexposed. In fact the whole entire Rebel line on that note, overexposes everything. Canons got it right on with color. They do outstanding job. But who cares about color if your sky is white? This is why when looking for a DSLR I took a look at Sonys lineup. From the sample photos, it did not disappoint.
Summary: I purchased this camera locally about three months ago and it has been an awesome tool for the hobby of photography. I belong to a camera club with about forty members and there are three Sony shooters [of course Canon and Nikon are the most popular]. I get questions about this camera and seasoned photographers commenting on the quality of some of my captures. I bought a Sigma 18-250 macro HSM for it and the combo works great.
Summary: It takes very good pictures and seems to have a solid construction base. I just wish that the cap for the utility light connection came with the purchase. It is a $7 accessory. A big note is that I purchased it and 2 days later the price was dropped by $50 and I could not get in touch with Amazon. I almost sent it back to save the $50 and to do a re-purchase afterwards. Good camera.
Summary: I did all my research, canon, nikon, Sony, you name it. This camera was for my wife who is learning photography now, so we wanted a nice entry camera level. This is perfect. My camera is a canon 6D.
Excerpt: After about a year and thousands of pictures, I remain convinced the a58 was the best camera I could buy for its price. The obvious good (shared with all SLTs I guess): EVF, IBIS, good availability of 2nd hand lenses (paid 320$ for the 16-50), beginner friendly modes, good color rendition, good live view, autofocus is fine, focus peaking is great...
Summary: Very responsive with accurate focus, articulating LCD display, great electronic viewfinder. Picture quality very good even in poor light. Lens image quality is much better then expected from a kit lens.
Summary: I've wanted a "good" camera for years and finally treated myself. This was recommended to me by a professional photographer friend, and I am so glad. It's light, it has more choices than I know (yet) what to do with, and I really love the quality of the photos. I'm still figuring it out, and having a good time at it.