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Sony Alpha a58 DSLR Camera with DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM II Lens

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Product Highlights
  • 20.1MP Exmor HD APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • Translucent Mirror Technology
  • SVGA OLED Tru-Finder 1,440k-Dot EVF
  • 2.7" 460.8k-Dot Tilting LCD Monitor
  • 15-Point AF with 3 Cross-Type Sensors
  • Full HD 1920 x 1080 Video at up to 60i
  • 5fps Full Resolution Continuous Shooting
  • SteadyShot INSIDE Image Stabilization
  • ISO 100-16000 with Noise Reduction
  • Auto Object Framing and Auto HDR

The Sony Alpha a58 DSLR Camera with DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM II Lens is a compact digital SLR camera that blends high imaging performance with a host of intelligent and intuitive features to help achieve optimal results for both still and moving imagery. The a58 houses a 20.1 megapixel APS-C-sized Exmor HD APS CMOS sensor and BIONZ image processor, which work together to produce clear, detailed imagery with impressive low-light sensitivity to ISO 16000 and fast performance that enables up to 5fps full-resolution continuous shooting. The processor and sensor combination are also significantly benefited by the unique Translucent Mirror Technology, which effectively directs light to both the image sensor and focus sensor simultaneously. This enables the 15-point AF system to work continuously even while recording video and photographing in a continuous shooting mode. In regard to video, full HD 1920 x 1080 video is supported at up to 60i or 24p, in the AVCHD version 2.0 format. The Internet-friendly MP4 format is also available when recording 1440 x 1080/30p movies for a more streamlined and efficient workflow.

The Translucent Mirror Technology also provides two means for image compositions, playback, and menu navigation: an electronic viewfinder and a rear LCD monitor. The SVGA Tru-Finder OLED EVF has a 1,440k-dot resolution to permit crisp live view monitoring of subjects and also allows you to preview the effects of camera settings while using an eye-level viewfinder. The rear 2.7" 460.8k-dot Clear Photo LCD monitor features a tilting design to greatly benefit working from both high and low angles, and the larger size is well-suited for image review.

For refining the overall look and appearance of imagery, an array of imaging features are incorporated into the a58 that allow you to both achieve optimal exposure results as well as apply creative effects. Auto HDR works to extend the dynamic range of a single exposure by combining three separate exposures-one over, one neutral, and one under-to garner the greatest tonal detail within a single frame. Multi Frame NR and Hand-held Twilight both work to enable hand-held shooting capabilities and noise reduction processes to aid shooting in dimly-lit conditions. When working with portraiture and still lifes, Auto Object Framing and Auto Portrait Framing work to create aesthetically pleasing compositions, based on the rule of thirds, automatically from original images. These modes utilize a system of intelligent detection and exposure methods to crop and enhance the look of imagery to create a new image that is both compositionally and tonally balanced in addition to the original image taken.

Also included with the a58 digital camera is the Sony DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM II lens, which provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 27-82.5mm to provide from wide-angle to portrait-length perspectives. This lens features the SAM (Smooth Autofocus Motor) to offer quick and quiet performance that facilitates video recording and subject tracking. In regard to the lens construction, two aspherical elements and one ED (extra-low dispersion) glass element are incorporated to help reduce chromatic aberration throughout the zoom range while also helping to produce sharper imagery.

20.1MP Exmor HD APS CMOS Sensor and BIONZ Image Processor
The 20.1MP APS-C-sized Exmor HD CMOS sensor produces high resolution imagery that exhibits notable low-light sensitivity to ISO 16000 with advanced noise reduction technologies. The BIONZ image processer also contributes to a high image quality and also provides enhanced speed and performance throughout the camera system, including a fast full-resolution continuous shooting rate of 5fps.
Translucent Mirror Technology
Translucent Mirror Technology is a unique design that enables the mirror to continuously direct light to both image and autofocus sensors to provide continuous phase- and contrast-detection focusing for quick and precise performance. The additional speed afforded to the camera by eliminating the need for a swinging mirror benefits many shooting features including the fast continuous shooting rate, continuous focusing when shooting movies and working in continuous shooting modes, and also allows for the use of a high resolution electronic viewfinder for eye-level live view monitoring.
15-Point Continuous Autofocus
Utilizing the Translucent Mirror Technology, the autofocus system is able to continuously monitor the image frame and alter the autofocus quickly and responsively. This continuous focusing is especially useful when critical focus is required during video recording or when shooting in continuous modes. It uses 15 points, including three cross-type sensors, for a great deal of accuracy and speed when determining focus placement. The focusing system also works in collaboration with subject recognition technologies to provide enhanced focus tracking that can lock onto subjects and maintain focus even when the subject is moving within the frame.
Sony DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM II Lens
The included 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens has a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 27-82.5mm and features a portable design that makes it ideal for use in a wide variety of shooting situations. The integrated SAM (Smooth Autofocus Motor) provides quiet, quick, and precise focusing that well-suits video applications and tracking of moving subjects. Additionally, this lens features a refined rear element shade that helps to minimize internal surface reflections and prevent flare and ghosting in order to produce clear, contrast-rich imagery.
OLED EVF and Tilting LCD Monitor
For live view monitoring, image review and playback, and menu navigation two distinct viewing options are available: a high-resolution electronic viewfinder or a large rear LCD monitor.
  • The SVGA Tru-Finder OLED EVF features a bright and sharp 1,440k-dot resolution and provides 100% frame coverage for complete compositional accuracy. The finder has adjustable magnification and eye-point settings for more comfortable viewing possibilities and the eye-level viewing position can also serve as an additional point of contact between oneself and the camera for greater stability when shooting with longer lenses and in low-light conditions.
  • The rear 2.7" 460.8k-dot Clear Photo LCD monitor provides a larger medium for viewing and composing imagery. It features a tilting design that is able to turn 135° upward and 55° downward to provide easier viewing when working from high and low angles.
  • Full HD Video Recording
    Full HD 1920 x 1080 video recording is supported in both 60i and 24p frame rates in the high-quality AVCHD version 2.0 format. The Translucent Mirror Technology enables both full-time live view monitoring and continuous autofocus while recording for greater precision and ensured sharpness. Additionally, recording is also possible at 1080/30p in the MP4 format for a more streamlined workflow when shooting for web purposes.
    SteadyShot INSIDE Image Stabilization
    Sony's SteadyShot INSIDE is in-camera, sensor-shift type image stabilization that helps to reduce the appearance of camera shake up to the equivalent of 2-4.5 shutter speed steps; resulting in sharper, clearer imagery. Since the image stabilization system is housed within the camera body, any compatible A-mount lens can be used in conjunction with the a58 to receive image stabilization benefits.
    Auto Object and Portrait Framing
    Auto Portrait Framing and Auto Object Framing modes automatically create compositions revolving around your portrait and still life subjects and aesthetically crop your imagery based on the rule of thirds, where the subject is located within the frame, exposure on your subject, and, in the case of portraiture, the direction he or she is looking. Face Detection, Smile Shutter, and Face Recognition modes are all used in conjunction with Auto Portrait Framing for creating effective portraiture in a highly efficient manner. iAuto and By Pixel Super Resolution technologies are employed in both modes to render cropped images with full detail and clarity that also exhibit optimal exposure balance that is dependent on the newly-created composition. When working in either mode, the cropped image is saved in addition to the original, unedited photo.
    Auto HDR
    When this mode is selected, three separate bracketed exposures are made at a time and then automatically composited into a single file. This resulting file represents a longer range of tones in highlights, mid-tones, and shadows than is possible in a single exposure. Unlike traditional high dynamic range capture, this mode does not require the use of a tripod and simplifies the entire process into a simple, in-camera function.
    Multi Frame NR and Hand-held Twilight
    Similar in theory to an HDR image, Multi Frame NR and Hand-held Twilight feature a noise reduction technology that automatically combines six different images into one file for a reduction in noise up to two ISO stops (to an equivalent of ISO 25600). These modes also provide you with the ability to make handheld exposures with minimal image blur due to the fact that six individual exposures are being made at a faster shutter speeds compared to one long exposure.
    Picture Effects
    A variety of picture effects are supported for in-camera image-processing and creative applications. These effects include Posterization (Color and Black & White), Pop Color, Retro Photo, Partial Color (R, G, B, Y), High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera, Soft High-Key, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-Tone Monochrome, and Miniature.
    Imaging
    Lens Mount Sony Alpha/ Minolta
    Camera Format APS-C / (1.5x Crop Factor)
    Pixels Actual: 20.4 Megapixel
    Effective: 20.1 Megapixel
    Max Resolution 20MP: 5456 x 3632
    Aspect Ratio 3:2, 16:9
    Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 23.5 x 15.6 mm
    File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
    Movies: MPEG-4, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, MPEG-4 AVCHD
    Audio: AAC
    Memory Card Type Memory Stick Pro Duo
    Memory Stick PRO HG-Duo
    SD
    SDHC
    SDXC
    Image Stabilization Sensor-Shift
    Focus Control
    Focus Type Auto & Manual
    Focus Mode Continuous-servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M), Single-servo AF (S)
    Autofocus Points 15
    Viewfinder/Display
    Viewfinder Type Electronic
    Viewfinder Coverage 100%
    Diopter Adjustment - 4.0 to +4.0 m
    Display Screen 2.7" Rear Screen Tilting  LCD (460,800)
    Screen Coverage 100%
    Exposure Control
    ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100-16000
    Shutter Type: Electronic & Mechanical
    Speed: 30 - 1/4000 second
    Remote Control RM-VPR1 (Optional)
    Metering Method Center-weighted average metering, Multi-zone metering, Spot metering
    Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Auto, Bulb, Flash Off, Manual, Programmed Auto, Shutter Priority, Sweep Panorama
    Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
    White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (White), Incandescent, Kelvin, Shade
    Flash
    Flash Modes Auto
    Fill-in
    Off
    Rear Curtain/Slow Sync
    Red-eye Reduction
    Slow Sync
    Built-in Flash Yes
    Guide No. 32.81' (10 m) ISO100 
    Max Sync Speed Not Specified By Manufacturer
    Flash Compensation -2 EV to +2 EV (in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps)
    External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
    AV Recording
    Video Recording Yes
    File Size 1920 x 1080i (Full HD)
    1920 x 1080p (Full HD)
    1440 x 1080p (HD)
    640 x 480p (SD)
    Video Format High Definition
    1920 x 1080p (24 Mbps)
    High Definition
    1920 x 1080i / 60 fps
    1440 x 1080 / 30 fps
    640 x 480 / 30 fps
    Exposure Control Not Specified By Manufacturer
    ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100 - 3200
    Exposure Compensation -2 EV to +2 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
    Focus Manual
    Continuous Auto
    Video Clip Length 1920 x 1080
    @ 60 fps: 29 min.
    @ 24 fps: 29 min.
    1440 x 1080
    29 min.
    640 x 480
    29 min.
    Audio Recording Optional External Mic: With Video, Stereo
    Performance
    Continuous Shooting Up to 8 fps
    Self Timer 10 seconds, 2 seconds
    Connectivity 1/8" Microphone
    DC Input
    HDMI D (Micro)
    Micro-USB
    USB 2.0
    Power
    Battery 1x NP-FM500H Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery Pack, 7.2 VDC, 1600 mAh
    Physical
    Dimensions (WxHxD) 5.1 x 3.8 x 3.1" / 128.6 x 95.5 x 77.7 mm
    Weight 1.26 lb / 573 g with battery and memory card
    Kit Lens
    Focal Length 18 - 55mm
    Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 27 - 82.5 mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/3.5 - 5.6
    Minimum: f/22 - 36
    Angle of View 77.4° - 29.4°
    Minimum Focus Distance 9.84" (25 cm)
    Magnification 0.34x
    Elements/Groups 8/7
    Diaphragm Blades 7
    Autofocus Yes
    Image Stabilization No
    Filter Thread Front:55 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.82 x 2.72" (71.6 x 69 mm)
    Weight 7.83 oz (222 g)
    Sony Alpha a58 DSLR Camera with DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM II Lens
  • DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM II Lens
  • NP-FM500H InfoLithium Battery (7.2V, 1650mAh)
  • BC-VM10 Battery Charger
  • Eyepiece Cup
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Body Cap
  • Micro USB Cable
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty

  • Included Free

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    SonyAlpha a58 DSLR Camera with DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM II Lens
     
    4.6

    (based on 37 reviews)

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      (12)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    • 2 Stars

       

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    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (32)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (31)
    • Good image quality (30)
    • Image stabilization (25)
    • Fast shutter speed (21)

    Cons

    • Poor in low light (3)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (28)
    • Family photos (26)
    • Travel (25)
    • Sports/action (22)
    • Low light (18)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (13), Casual photographer (8), Semi-pro photographer (7), Photography student (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (31), Yes (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Fine Camera, Lens with a Problem

    The camera does everything that at candid/street photographer needs, and does them incredibly fast. It was nice of Sony to put all of this in a budget-priced camera--small, light,...Read complete review

    The camera does everything that at candid/street photographer needs, and does them incredibly fast. It was nice of Sony to put all of this in a budget-priced camera--small, light, cuddly--nice.

    The front element of this lens rotates when it focuses, so you can't use a filter. Get the 18-135mm lens instead--it doesn't have this problem.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    great slr with noisy video focus

    as a slr the alpha slt a58 is a real good buy, however the noise from the focus during video recording renders the camera useless in most of my applications.

    as a slr the alpha slt a58 is a real good buy, however the noise from the focus during video recording renders the camera useless in most of my applications.

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    5.0

    Outstanding Camera

    By Skip

    from Lakemoor, IL

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel

      Comments about Sony Alpha a58 DSLR Camera with DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM II Lens:

      EASY to use, brought me back to the old film cameras. If ya need help and your aren't that up on newer tech, ask for Dov to help ya, he answered ALL my concerns.

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      5.0

      Great camera, value for money

      By AG

      from SC

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Quiet
      • Tilt /Swivel LCD

      Cons

      • Small LCD Screen

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Travel
      • Video
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Sony Alpha a58 DSLR Camera with DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM II Lens:

      I was carried over by brand so explored only Nikon and Canon initially. Bought Nikon D3300 but was disappointed for many things. Based on reviews decided to give a try to Sony a58, bought along with kit and 55 to 300mm lens. I was impressed with this camera in almost all aspects. So far no complains.

      Quick shipping by B & H.

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      5.0

      A Very Smart Camera

      By Ganatra

      from Charleston, SC

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • High ISO Performance
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Quiet
      • Tilt /Swivel LCD

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Sony Alpha a58 DSLR Camera with DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM II Lens:

        Every thing about the camera is great. User friendly, easy to use, takes perfect pictures and videos. A brilliant camera for beginners and also as you advance ur skills in photography. Much better photos as compared to big name cameras in the market.

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        4.0

        Camera is great - Battery failed

        By Photoskar

        from Tolland, CT

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
        • Good Image Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Sony Alpha a58 DSLR Camera with DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM II Lens:

          Camera takes great pictures but battery failed after two daysand will not hold a charge. Camera indicates that the batteryhas a 100% charge but a minute later the battery is dead.Will be contacting B&H.

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          5.0

          I really like this camera

          By TC

          from Hagerstown MD

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Tilt /Swivel LCD

          Cons

          • No remote shutter release

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Video
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Sony Alpha a58 DSLR Camera with DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM II Lens:

          This camera is used for wildlife photography and basic biology photographs, tracks, etc. Works very well for these purposes. It really shines in low light level conditions. The quality of the camera is very high and the cost is low so I don't worry so much about taking it out in the wilderness for days on end in difficult conditions.

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          5.0

          Great product

          By Como

          from Pittsburgh, PA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • High ISO Performance
          • Image Software
          • Tilt /Swivel LCD

          Cons

          • Do Not Use Viewfinder

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Sony Alpha a58 DSLR Camera with DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM II Lens:

          I have an a57 and felt the upgrade to an a58 was perfect. The 20 megapixels and additional options in the software have given me a wider range of software options when shooting. I shoot everything-scenics (landscapes, old barns, historic sites,flowers and much more) candids, family parties, etc. One feature that will blow your mind is the painting feature that makes your images look like a painting! Those who paint with the brush are quite jealous. I do not use the video and wish I did not have to pay for that feature I do not use.

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          5.0

          Entry Level Semi DSLR

          By Shuriken4

          from ALABAMA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Quiet
          • Tilt /Swivel LCD

          Cons

          • Noisy At High ISO
          • Small LCD Screen

          Best Uses

            Comments about Sony Alpha a58 DSLR Camera with DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM II Lens:

            At the beginning I had a lot of trouble until I figure it out, this is a different camera you need to adjust in order to shoot good video. it has a boton that will adjust the aperture depending where you use it, and that made the huge magic touch, eliminating the noise I had for shooting in low light, now to shoot out side is an alright camera, it out performs the Canon T5i and T3. it has a noisy autofocus as every DSLR but is the quietest I hear, you can work around it by adding a mic. I finished like in it but I wouldn't use it if I am shooting a professional video in low light, the video will look alright but it will have artifacts made by the codec. Now the pictures are fantastic, amazing quality shoots.

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            5.0

            Sony A58 Camera with Sony lens 18-55mm

            By Jan the casual photographer

            from Mesa, AZ

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Tilt /Swivel LCD

            Cons

            • None Found At This Time

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about Sony Alpha a58 DSLR Camera with DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM II Lens:

            I take photos just for fun. I love the feature to take night photos where it snaps several photos and combines them into the best photo. So far, I have not found anything not so great about the camera. I wish it had more megapixels. It has 20.1 which is more than my last camera.

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            4.0

            Unbeatable Price/Performance ratio!

            By Pablitus

            from Buenos Aires, Argentina

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Quiet

            Cons

            • Plastic Mount For Lens

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel

            Comments about Sony Alpha a58 DSLR Camera with DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM II Lens:

            For $ bucks you get a 20MP camera, with optical image stabilization, a 18-55mm lens and a solid performer for the entry level. My wife is delighted with this camera since she starts to study professional photography and she wants a good DSLR but not expensive until she is ready for the major leagues.

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            4.0

            Happy Purchase

            By BJF

            from Salem, MO

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
            • Fast Shutter Speed
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • High ISO Performance
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Quiet

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel
              • Video

              Comments about Sony Alpha a58 DSLR Camera with DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM II Lens:

              Takes a very well focused close up. A good choice to an upgrade camera.

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              5.0

              Cream works great

              By Trevor

              from Dalton,Ga

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
              • Fast Shutter Speed
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • High ISO Performance
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Quiet
              • Tilt /Swivel LCD

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Sony Alpha a58 DSLR Camera with DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM II Lens:

                Bought this to work with my old lens that I used on a Minolta 7D. They're a sigma 70-200 2.8 and a tamron 27-70 2.8. Both work great and the color comes out great too.

                This camera is great for amateur photographer or a light hobbiest.
                The Lens that comes with it is nice. Not great in low light but still takes a good picture on a sunny day.

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                5.0

                Excellent camera for the price

                By Rajan

                from Plainsboro, NJ

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                • Fast Shutter Speed
                • Good Image Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel
                  • Video

                  Comments about Sony Alpha a58 DSLR Camera with DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM II Lens:

                  - Superb light and exposure estimation logic
                  - Very sharp pictures
                  - Very good pictures under low light conditions (without flash)
                  - Auto portrait framing picture is a great feature
                  - Eye detection by viewfinder is a great feature. Viewfinder comes on and LCD display goes off as soon you look into viewfinder
                  - DSLT (i.e. no moving mirror) allows very high speed in multi frame picture mode
                  - Automatic switch to macro mode based on distance
                  - Just buy it - you will not regret it!!

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                  5.0

                  Great camera for the price

                  By Oscar

                  from Chicago

                  Comments about Sony Alpha a58 DSLR Camera with DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM II Lens:

                  I've use this camera for 3 monts and I love it ---------

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                  5.0

                  Love it!

                  By Chiguy

                  from Chicago

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Large Clear LCD

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel
                    • Video
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about Sony Alpha a58 DSLR Camera with DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM II Lens:

                    We wanted to upgrade from a previous Sony digital, this is our 3rd Sony. The picture quality is outstanding! So far we're just using the automatic settings and they work great. As we get more familiar with it, I expect the image quality to be even better. Our service from B & H was fast and accurate, we're very pleased with our experience and the camera.

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                    5.0

                    Not bad for the price!

                    By J.Cook

                    from New York, NY

                    About Me Photography Student

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • High ISO Performance
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                    Cons

                    • Lag / Shutter Delay

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel
                    • Video
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about Sony Alpha a58 DSLR Camera with DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM II Lens:

                    I'm enjoying my Sony Alpha a58 DSLR. Its an awesome easy to use introduction digital camera. The Alpha models offers an arrange of different lens that can better enhance your images. Another cool secret I found is that I can use my dated Minolta Lenses from the 80's-90's on my Sony! I look forward to snap more great shots and videos.

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                    5.0

                    Great camera

                    By Rufus

                    from Conyers, GA

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • High ISO Performance
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Quiet

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Travel
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Sony Alpha a58 DSLR Camera with DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM II Lens:

                      Neat camera with many nice features at an attractive price. Has a built-in flash, but it will also accept my big Sony shoe-mount flash when I need more light.

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                      5.0

                      Good things come in small packages

                      By Vinny the C

                      from Brooklyn, NY

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                      • Fast Shutter Speed
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • High ISO Performance
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Quiet

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Wildlife photos

                        Comments about Sony Alpha a58 DSLR Camera with DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM II Lens:

                        First, the customer service at B&H was spot on. I went into the store not knowing what I wanted and came out with an incredible camera that I abosultely love! My very first one mind you. The camera provides easy to follow icons for taking the perfect pic. The auto-shoot option takes 8 pics in seconds. I was able to capture my daughters volleyball spikes with incredle clarity. I always wished I could take close, clear, action-oriented pics. Now, with this camera, I can to the enjoyment of myself and my family. Thank you B&H!

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                        5.0

                        Great camera easy to use

                        By Bill

                        from Sioux Falls S.D.

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                        • Fast Shutter Speed
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • High ISO Performance
                        • Large Clear LCD
                        • Quiet

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Travel
                          • Weddings/Events
                          • Wildlife photos

                          Comments about Sony Alpha a58 DSLR Camera with DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM II Lens:

                          Nice light weight.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Great Camera

                          By Sharpshots

                          from Vienna, IL

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                          • Fast Shutter Speed
                          • Good Image Quality
                          • Good Image Stabilization

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Travel

                            Comments about Sony Alpha a58 DSLR Camera with DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM II Lens:

                            I have other Sony Alpha bodies and I love each of them, however, this one is the fastest by far. The focus time, and lock time are great, the menus are more intuitive, just an easier all around camera to use.

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                            5.0

                            Very Happy with Sony Alpha SLT-A58

                            By oola

                            from Boston MA

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                            • Fast Shutter Speed
                            • Good Image Quality
                            • Good Image Stabilization
                            • High ISO Performance
                            • Large Clear LCD
                            • Quiet
                            • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Family Photos
                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Sports/Action
                              • Travel
                              • Video
                              • Weddings/Events
                              • Wildlife photos

                              Comments about Sony Alpha a58 DSLR Camera with DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM II Lens:

                              I needed a Sony DSLR due to my inventory of Minolta Lenses.. Did lots of research on Sony Alpha cameras.. finally deciding on A58 with a Lens, that was great features and value for the price. I loved B&H bundle of Camera Case & SD card. Charged the battery and I was shooting images and the bag was perfect! All my Minolta lenses fit perfectly. The A58 is awesome! I showed it to Pro Photographer friend - he checked it out and liked A58 very much. B&H Shipping and customer support was fantastic. So i am Very happy !!

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                              Memory Cards

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                              Required item: A memory card is not included, be sure to purchase enough storage capacity.

                              Sony -  8GB SDHC Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card
                              • You Pay: $8.95
                               
                              Sony -  55-200mm f/4.0-5.6 DT Alpha A-Mount Telephoto Zoom Lens
                              • You Pay: $198.00
                               

                              Batteries & Power

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                              Always keep a spare battery handy so you won't get caught without power.

                              Sony -  NP-FM500H InfoLithium Battery (7.2V, 1650mAh)
                              • You Pay: $42.95
                               
                              Watson -  NP-FM500H Lithium-ion Battery Pack (7.4V, 1500mAh)
                              • You Pay: $19.99
                               

                              Protect your lens or produce a desired visual effect.

                              Hoya -  55mm alpha MC UV Filter
                              • You Pay: $15.90
                               
                              Hoya -  55mm alpha Circular Polarizer Filter
                              • You Pay: $29.90
                               

                              Flash & Accessories

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                              Get a flash to add light to your picture.

                              Sony -  HVL-F60M External Flash
                              • You Pay: $548.00
                               
                              Vello -  QuickDraw Rotating Flash Bracket
                              • You Pay: $19.95
                               

                              Bags & Cases

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                              Carry, store, and protect all your equipment with a bag or case.

                              Ruggard -  Hunter 25 DSLR Holster Bag
                              • You Pay: $29.95
                               
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