Sony SLT-A58 Review

Overall 47
Imaging 22
Features 35
Size 72
Price 0

Main Features

  • 20.0 MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100 - 16000 (Expands to 25600)
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 2.7″ Tilting Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 8.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 129 x 95 x 78 mm
  • Weight: 492 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No
  • Replaced Sony A57.

Sony SLT-A58 Summary

This review is devoted to SLT-A58 that Sony has first introduced to the public in Nov 27, 2013. This model is a Entry-Level DSLR camera with a resolution of 20.0 MP and a APS-C (23.2 x 15.4 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

This is an upgraded model that Sony released to replace their older product A57.

In Entry-Level DSLR cameras (Top 10 DSLR Cameras) this model has taken rank #45 out of 200. Its Overall Score has reached 47/100 and it takes a rank of #211 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Sony SLT-A58 Compared to other DSLR Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Sony SLT-A58 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Screen Type: Tilting
  • Viewfinder Coverage: 100
  • Continuous Shooting: 8.0 fps
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Dxo Dynamic Range: 12.5
  • Microphone Port: Yes
  • Weight: 492 g
  • Battery Life: 690 shots

CONs

  • Dxo Low Light Iso: 753
  • Number Of Focus Points: 15

Complete Comparison of Sony SLT-A58 With Other Cameras in Entry-Level DSLR Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Sony SLT-A58. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Entry-Level DSLR cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Sony SLT-A58

Sony SLT-A58 has the following external dimensions 129 x 129 x 78 mm (50.79 x 37.4 x 30.71″) with the weight of 492 g.

The typical weight for average Entry-Level DSLR type cameras is 539g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Sony SLT-A58, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Sony SLT-A58 is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 78mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Sony SLT-A58 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Sony SLT-A58 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Sony SLT-A58 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Sony SLT-A58 — 690 shots
Min: 230 shots
Average: 588 shots
Max: 1900 shots

Thickness

Sony SLT-A58 — 78 mm
Min: 53 mm
Average: 73 mm
Max: 86 mm

Weight

Sony SLT-A58 — 492 g
Min: 365 g
Average: 539 g
Max: 690 g

Unfortunately, Sony SLT-A58 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Sony SLT-A58 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Sony SLT-A58 Photo and Sensor Features

Sony SLT-A58 boasts of a resolution of 20.0 MP and is equipped with a APS-C (23.2 x 15.4 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

The base of Sony SLT-A58 has the following ISO range 100 - 16000 and it also comes with a possibility of extending this indicator to 25600.

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

Sony SLT-A58 features a 20.0 MP APS-C sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

DxOMark Sensor Scores

DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Sony SLT-A58, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 74 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Sony SLT-A58’s sensor.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Sony SLT-A58 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of APS-C sensor featured in Sony SLT-A58 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Sony SLT-A58

LCD and ViewFinder

Sony SLT-A58 is equipped with a Tilting 2.7" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 460k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Electronic ViewFinder.

The Sony SLT-A58’s embedded ViewFinder comes with coverage of 100 and a resolution of 1,440k dots.

100% ensures that the resulting photo will capture the exact scene you could see in the viewfinder while shooting. Such coverage indicator also means that the framing of your shot will be more accurate, so there won’t be need for further cropping.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Sony SLT-A58 are its 8.0 fps max speed and 1/4000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Besides, SLT-A58 comes with an electronic shutter, which has a max speed of 1/4000 sec. It also means that you can take shots without any noise. However, there is one thing to keep in mind. While electronic shutter is great for continuous and noiseless shooting, in some cases, it may result in rolling shutter effects on your images.

Flash

SLT-A58 features both an embedded flash and a flash shoe, which means that you can use both built-in and external flashes depending on your needs.

Focusing

In addition, SLT-A58 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Sony SLT-A58, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Sony SLT-A58 allows you to save files in MPEG-4, AVCHD and H.264 formats.

Sony SLT-A58 provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.

In addition, Sony SLT-A58 is equipped with a special port that you can use to connect an external microphone for recording high-quality sound with its help.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect SLT-A58 to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Sony SLT-A58 provides a shooting life of 690, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 588 shots.

Compared to all models in the Entry-Level DSLR category, Sony SLT-A58 offers the highest battery life that reaches 690 shots.

How Good is Sony SLT-A58 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Sony SLT-A58’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Sony SLT-A58’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the SLT-A58 to the average DSLR camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Sony SLT-A58 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony SLT-A58 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 86. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony SLT-A58 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.2 x 15.4 mm) sensor
  • Image Stabilization
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

No Significant Disadvantages


Sony SLT-A58 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony SLT-A58 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 93. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony SLT-A58 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Image Stabilization
  • Large APS-C(23.2 x 15.4 mm) sensor

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (129 x 95 x 78 mm)

Sony SLT-A58 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony SLT-A58 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 57. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony SLT-A58 can be called a 57 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Big size (129 x 95 x 78 mm)

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (8.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/4000s)
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (15)
  • Small Number of CrossFocus Points (3)
  • Bad Low Light ISO (753)
  • Small battery life (690 shots)

Sony SLT-A58 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony SLT-A58 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 43. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony SLT-A58 can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.2 x 15.4 mm) sensor
  • Built-in Flash
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Big weight (492 g)
  • Big size (129 x 95 x 78 mm)

Sony SLT-A58 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony SLT-A58 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 89. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony SLT-A58 can be called a 89 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.2 x 15.4 mm) sensor
  • Good Dynamic Range (12.5)
  • Live View
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Low resolution sensor (20 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Bad Low Light ISO (753)

Sony SLT-A58 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Sony
Model SLT-A58
Announced Nov 27, 2013
Body Type Compact SLR
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Sony/Minolta Alpha
Number of Lenses 141
Focal Length Multiplier 1.5x
Macro Focus Range
Screen
Screen Type Tilting
Screen Size 2.7″
Screen Resolution 460k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Electronic
ViewFinder Resolution 1,440k dots
ViewFinder Coverage 100%
ViewFinder Magnification 0.65
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 30 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 s
Continuous Shooting 8.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 10
Flash Modes
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
DxO Sensor Scores
DxO Sensor Scores 74
DxO Color Depth 23.3
DxO Dynamic Range 12.5
DxO Low Light ISO 753
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size APS-C
Sensor Dimensions 23.2 x 15.4 mm
Sensor Area 348.00 mm2
Sensor Resolution 20.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 5456 x 3632
Max Native ISO 16,000
Max Boosted ISO 25,600
Min Native ISO 100
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective Yes
AF Center No
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection No
AF Phase Detection Yes
Number of Focus Points 15
Number of Cross Focus Points 3
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1920 x 1080
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264
Microphone Port Yes
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 492 g
Physical Dimensions 129 x 95 x 78 mm
Battery Life 690 shots
Battery Type 690 shots
Battery Model NP-FM500H
Other Features
Self Timer No
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Storage Slots 1

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