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: 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.
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.
Summary: Ok plenty of general reviews, but I just want to point out how great the twilight mode is. Camera takes several photos in quick succession and then combines them to create a low-noise image in extremely low light. Amazing. Great all-around camera too. Still just learning it's features/functions, but very impressed so far. Amazing for the price, too.
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Summary: A lot to learn but easy to start. I hope this Sony lasts longer than our others. They take such great pictures compared to their competitors as reviewed by photographers on independent sites that we are trying again. I have this one and my wife has the SLT-37. It is nice that these use an SD card unlike the A-200 and A-300 we had before. Both of them still take pics but one of them will not take the pic straight on.
Summary: this has to be one of the best camera's I've ever used. its only been a few days - but the features are so easy to use. the photos are exactly what i want - and I'm so surprised because i have ALWAYS had a Nikon or Canon and i thought going to Sony for a camera was like going to KFC for a burger. But it does everything i need you can't beat the price!