Sony Alpha 58 (SLT-A58) Review

(Digital SLR camera)
Alpha A58

Above average (B) 5 reviews 05/2013
37 opinions (Excellent)
Product specification:
  • Camera Type: Digital SLR
  • Resolution: 20.1 MP
  • Optical Zoom: 3x
  • Viewfinder: LCD Monitor, …
  • Sensor Size: APS-C
  • Weight: 492 g … more information

Product versions:

IT Reviews
Single test
3 out of 5 points

Product tested: Alpha 58 Kit (SLT-A58K)

Despite being a decent DSLR, the Alpha 58 is far from being the best option in Sony's lineup. It certainly improves on the Alpha 57 thanks to its better EVF and phase detection AF, but the next model up the range, the Alpha 65, is a much better proposition in all respects and is only a bit more expensive. If you can stretch your budget, IT Reviews recommend going for the latter.

Single test
7 out of 10 points

Value for money: 7 out of 10 points

Product tested: Alpha 58 Kit (SLT-A58K)

The huge competition in the entry-level segment of the DSLR market means that cameras need to offer something really special to stand out, but unfortunately that is not the case with the A58. Trusted Reviews say it's a good camera, but it doesn't do anything its rivals can't do, including being able to shoot at 5fps at full resolution. It delivers, but there are much better options.

Single test
4.5 out of 5 stars

Value for money: 4.5 out of 5 stars, "Highly recommended"

Product tested: Alpha 58 Kit (SLT-A58K)

It's a shame that the Alpha A58 has a plastic lens mount, since although ePHOTOzine thought it felt solid, it's a bit off-putting and doesn't do justice to the camera's many qualities: great image quality with vivid colours, great battery life, fast continuous shooting speeds and a mic socket among others. Despite some gripes such as the kit lens' distortion, it's great value for money.

What Digital Camera
Single test

Value for money: 18 out of 20 points

Reviewers at What Digital Camera weren't too impressed by Sony's Alpha A58, saying that it doesn't excel in any particular area and that it doesn't offer anything that rivals such as the Nikon D3200, Canon EOS 650D or Pentax K-30 can't match. Detail is good but high ISOs are noisy, the lens mount is plastic, and its maximum continuous shooting speed of 5fps is hardly impressive.

Expert Reviews
Single test
without final score

While the Alpha SLT-A58 is only a bit more expensive than the A57, its feature list make it feel like a true bargain in Expert Reviews' eyes. Nothing has changed externally except for its new OLED EVF, but on the inside there's quite a lot to be excited about, and its 20.1MP sensor, new image processor and improved continuous AF and maximum fps certainly make it look promising.

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