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

(based on 27 reviews)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (23)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (22)
  • Good image quality (22)
  • Image stabilization (17)
  • Fast shutter speed (15)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (20)
  • Family photos (18)
  • Sports/action (17)
  • Travel (17)
  • Low light (13)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (8), Casual photographer (6), Semi-pro photographer (4), Photography student (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (22)

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.

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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

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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            • Yes

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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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                  5.0

                  Great Camera

                  By WB

                  from Knoxville, TN

                  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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • 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 compared cameras to replace the point and shoots I used to replace my Nikon 35 MM. Wanting to get back to taking control of my photos, the A-58 fits me perfectly. It has great flexibility and is easy to use with enough sophistication to take great pictures-which it does. It is fairly lightweight and very comfortable to use even with my big hands. I am loving it. Great price too! As part of the package I bought the 55-200 MM telephoto- the extra 100 bucks for the 55-300 MM might have been worth it. I am sure I will be adding some lenses in the future.

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                    4.0

                    A solid compact camera

                    By ringside

                    from long island,ny

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Quiet

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Travel

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

                      it has all the extras you need to get the job done

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      European Vacation

                      By Thunder4867

                      from Lake Worth, FL

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Good Image Quality

                      Cons

                      • Poor In Low Light

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Travel

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

                      Took this camera system to the 70th Anniversary of D Day in Normandy France. It performed as expected and the pics are truly great. The one issue I had with the camera is in low light. Even in manual focus mode, the camera refused to take a picture when it couldn't find its own focus points. Went to full manual mode but the opportunity for the jump into Normandy was lost. Otherwise, this is a strong camera system and I enjoyed using it.

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                      4.0

                      Surprised at all the features.

                      By Shutterbug

                      from Milton, WI

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery

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

                        I am a real estate photographer. My 'go-to' camera , a Sony SLT A35, had to be sent in for repair. I bought this as a back-up, as I liked the SLT feature. This had as many features as my A35, which cost me twice as much when I bought it. The A58 is 20mp as compared to the 16mp of the A35. I highly recommend this camera. I have found the Sony cameras stand up well to travel and frequent use in various conditions.

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                        5.0

                        A unique camera

                        By KH

                        from South Carolina

                        About Me Photography Student

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Burst-rate
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                        • Focus peaking
                        • Good grip
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • Tilt /Swivel LCD
                        • Tilting screen

                        Cons

                        • Button Choices
                        • Loud Lens
                        • No 60 Fps 720p

                        Best Uses

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

                          First, let me say that this is my first SLR like camera. I mostly shoot non-moving subjects and as a piano player, I like to record my music.

                          I briefly tried the Nikon d3200 so any comparisons will be made to that camera.

                          With their SLT line of cameras, Sony has created a great alternative to Canon and Nikon that is genuinely different. Its fixed translucent mirror provides a number of special features

                          POSITIVES:
                          Viewfinder
                          The a58 uses an electronic viewfinder which may not be as clear as an optical viewfinder, but it can show a very accurate preview of what a photo will look like. Stepping up from a point and shoot, I appreciate this feature. The EVF responds very fast so moving the camera creates very fluid natural movement on the EVF except during exceptional low-light (nighttime with only street lamps).

                          Screen
                          As the camera has a translucent mirror, pictures can be taken using the LCD screen with full speed autofocus. This makes it easy for friends to use the camera if need be. On the d3200, using the screen will slow down the autofocus.

                          The screen also tilts up or down which I find very helpful, and because using the LCD doesn't slow the autofocus as it does on other DSLR's, shooting from the waist is very easy. The d3200 has a fixed screen.

                          Image Quality: I cannot say that it is better or worse than its competitors. However, one big feature I appreciate is the multi-frame noise reduction / handheld twilight mode. This mode takes multiple photos and combines them to provide a better photo in low light. I have found that it works really well and I now use it all of the time when taking photos of non-moving subjects in poor lighting.
                          Note: handheld twilight is a scene mode and MF Noise Reduction is considered an ISO setting.

                          The camera JPEG sharpening is a bit subdued which can be good or bad. I personally would like just a little bit more sharpening. This can be fixed in the camera settings.

                          Video : As video can use the faster phase-detection autofocus all the time, autofocus is very fast. I cannot compare the actual quality to any other cameras as I have not tested video on any other SLR like camera.

                          Image Stabilization: Image stabilization is built into the camera. This means that you can buy cheaper lenses and still have image stabilization. Nikon relies on each lens having image stabilization and many still do not. Nikon lenses with image stabilization are often more expensive.

                          Minor Pros:
                          Battery Life
                          The a58 is rated to take over 700 shots and in my experience the battery will last through more than a whole day of shooting. The d3200 is rated to take only 500 shots.

                          Burst Rate:
                          At 5fps with autofocus, the a58 is relatively fast. There is also a dedicated 8fps mode which crops some of the photo.
                          (d3200 burst rate is 4fps without autofocus)

                          Old lenses: The camera has a built in autofocus motor, so old minolta lenses can easily be used with autofocus. I am planning on buying a cheap minolta lens so I can go to slightly more dangerous locations without worrying about breaking the lens. The D3200 does not have an autofocus motor so many old Nikon lenses will not be able to autofocus.

                          Focus-peaking: Focus-peaking puts an outline around areas that have high contrast and are therefor likely in focus. This makes manual focus easier and it also works during video. The color and intensity of the focus-peaking can be changed. D3200 does not have this feature.

                          Grip:
                          I love the grip on the a58. I consider it to be better than the one on the d3200 although this may just come down to personal preference.

                          Noise:
                          Because the mirror does not have to flip, the camera is relatively quiet.

                          NEGATIVES (not film ones):

                          Video: Video cannot be shot in 60 fps progressive even in 720p resolution so I can't turn movies into half speed slow motion. The d3200 can shoot 60fps in 720p.
                          Video is also missing manual audio control. In my opinion, the audio levels change too fast which makes music videos sound poor as the loud parts of songs sound about the same as the quite parts.
                          For some reason, video autofocus and manual controls cannot be used at the same time.

                          Noise: Autofocus is loud

                          Translucent mirror: Some of the light entering the camera is lost due to the translucent mirror, so if you often shoot in low light, this may be an issue. Multi-frame noise reduction can help in this aspect.

                          Button layout: Some of Sony's button choices are a bit strange. They allow some buttons to be reprogrammed, but others cannot. For instance, there is a dedicated button for Sony's special digital zoom, a feature I never use except occasionally for video. This button cannot be changed. However, the ISO button next to it can be changed. Also, there is a button for picture effects. This picture effects buttons only works in Manual modes and video modes, but there is also a separate mode on the mode dial for picture effects. Why picture effects is important enough to have two physical spots is beyond me. HDR on the other hand has to be accessed through the function menu.
                          Switching between raw and JPEG can also be cumbersome on the camera.

                          Minor cons:
                          No IR receiver for remote shutter release.
                          Viewfinder: EVF may not be as clear as an optical viewfinder.

                          Screen: screen is only 460K dots rather than the standard of over 900K dots like on the d3200. However, I find that the d3200 screen is less useful because it cannot articulate and using the screen to shoot pictures slows the autofocus.
                          The screen is also less than 3 inches across which is a bit small.

                          Random Notes
                          Megapixels: 20.1 megapixels on a58 vs 24.2 on d3200. I would not use megapixels as a factor when comparing cameras, but I'll list this here.
                          a58 can record movies for 29 minutes instead of 20 on the d3200
                          Ta58 has a plastic lens mount instead of a metal one. It feels very solid.
                          Lens: The kit lens focuses closer than I expected at the long end of the zoom.
                          I have heard that Sony's sweep panorama is the best in the industry, but I never use this feature.

                          So overall, I would definitely recommend this camera. It is generally affordable, has many unique features, and its in-body image stabilization could save money down the line, but it may not be the best for everyone due to its unique approach in viewfinder and for its other minor issues.

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                          5.0

                          Perfect

                          By Sergio

                          from Brazil

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

                          I'm quite new at photography metier and I'm very well satisfied with quality.of the photos I've been taken. Pay attention only with the range of aperture, may be a bit desappointing for someone more demanding.

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                          4.0

                          Good for beginners

                          By Jay

                          from Florida

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                          • Poor In Low Light

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Sports/Action

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

                          Has fast shutter. I bought this camera for sports photography for a local magazine. You may have to take more pictures to capture some great ones, but it gets the job done.

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                          5.0

                          Great Entry Level Camera

                          By videopro501

                          from Washington, Dc

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

                          Sony has done a great job again. Camera has many features for pros and amateur photographers. Currently using this as my backup camera to my a65.

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                          4.0

                          SONY DELIVERS GREAT VALUE

                          By George

                          from Haymarket, va

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                          • Poor In Low Light
                          • Short Battery Life

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • 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:

                          Amateur and hobbist. The Sony A58 is an excellent entry level APC sized sensor camera. Numerous other smaller 4/3 system camera models cost hundreads more while comparable entry level APC models are equivalent but also cost more (Canon SL1 for example). Picure quality and ease of use of the A58 are both excellent. I use a single Sony lens wide to tele 18-250 that is reasonably balanced to the size and weigh tof the body so lens changing is minimal. The only other lens I use is a Sony 50 mm portrait lens with great DoF effects.

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                          4.0

                          Great DSLR camera for the price

                          By Dusty

                          from Hoboken, NJ

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Video

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

                            I'm a relative newbie when it comes to cameras, so the fact that I was able to take great pics and videos right out of the box attests to this camera's usability. I mostly use the Sony for making short videos and the HD quality is excellent.

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