Sony A58 Review

This DSLR is significantly more expensive than Sony's A3000 mirrorless camera, but Sony A58 reviews point to some nice features that add value. Experts from Digital Photography Review consider the tilting LCD a definite plus. In addition to the 2.7-inch screen, there's an electronic viewfinder. The camera's continuous shooting mode features a maximum burst rate of 8 frames per second, which is pretty impressive, although it drops to 5 fps for capturing large files at full resolution. The DPReview staff admires the amount of detail in photos shot with the A58 and says the overall image quality is very good. However, they note that the menu is slow to navigate.

A reviewer from EPhotoZine likes the SteadyShot Inside feature, the camera's proprietary in-body image stabilization. The electronic viewfinder on this camera is an OLED rather than an LCD, which displays a very sharp, clear image. The EPhotoZine reviewer is also impressed with the battery, which is good for about 690 to 700 photos.

The Sony SLT-A58K (starting at $448, Amazon) is a 20MP camera that uses an APS-C-size image sensor. This DSLR is compatible with Sony A-mount lenses. It supports the JPEG and RAW formats for saving photos and saves full HD video in the MPEG-4 format. The camera's shutter speeds start at 1/4000 second and go to 30 seconds. ISO settings range from 100 to 16,000. Users can connect the camera to other electronics via a USB 2.0 port or mini-HDMI connection.

The Sony A58 has some features you just won't find on other cameras in this price range, such as an OLED viewfinder, although it lacks other bonus features such as Wi-Fi connectivity and a touchscreen. The photo quality is solid, though, and the camera has more megapixels than most competitors with similar-size image sensors. Ultimately this DSLR ranks right up there with our top picks and makes a good choice for buyers interested in a Canon or Nikon alternative.

Michael Sweet

Michael Sweet writes about consumer electronics. If something runs on electricity or ones and zeroes, he's interested in it. Sweet has written about PC technology and consumer electronics for 14 years.

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