Sony Alpha a58 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens

Sony Alpha a58 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens

Sony Alpha a58 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens

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Product Highlights

  • 20.1 MP Exmor HD APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ Image Processor
  • Translucent Mirror Technology
  • 2.7" 460.8k-Dot Tilting LCD Monitor
  • SVGA OLED Tru-Finder 1.44m-Dot EVF
  • Full HD 1080i Video Recording at 60 fps
  • 15-Point AF with 3 Cross-Type Sensors
  • ISO 100-16000, 5 fps Shooting
  • SteadyShot INSIDE Image Stabilization
  • DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM II Lens
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Sony A58 overview

  • 1Description

The Sony Alpha a58 DSLR is a compact DSLR 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.
    In the Box
    Sony Alpha a58 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens
  • DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM II Lens
  • NP-FM500H InfoLithium Battery (7.2V, 1600mAh)
  • BC-VM10 Battery Charger
  • Eyepiece Cup
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Body Cap
  • Micro USB Cable
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Sony A58 specs

    Lens Mount Sony Alpha/ Minolta
    Camera Format APS-C / (1.5x Crop Factor)
    Pixels Actual: 20.4 Megapixel
    Effective: 20.1 Megapixel
    Max Resolution 20 MP: 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: AVCHD
    Audio: AAC
    Memory Card Type Memory Stick Pro Duo
    Memory Stick PRO HG-Duo
    Image Stabilization Sensor-Shift
    Focus Control
    Focus Type Auto & Manual Focus
    Focus Mode Continuous-Servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M), Single-servo AF (S)
    Autofocus Points 15
    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 Modes Auto
    Rear Curtain/Slow Sync
    Red-Eye Reduction
    Slow Sync
    Built-in Flash Yes
    Guide No. 32.81' (10 m) ISO100 
    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)
    ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100 - 3200
    Exposure Compensation -2 EV to +2 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
    Focus Manual
    Continuous Auto
    Audio Recording Optional External Mic: With Video (Stereo)
    Self Timer 10 Seconds, 2 Seconds
    Connectivity 1/8" Microphone
    DC Input
    HDMI D (Micro)
    USB 2.0 Micro-B
    USB 2.0
    Battery 1 x NP-FM500H Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.2 VDC, 1600 mAh
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 5.1 x 3.8 x 3.1" / 129.5 x 96.5 x 78.7 mm
    Weight 1.26 lb / 571.52 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
    Optical Design 8 Elements in 7 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 7
    Autofocus Yes
    Filter Thread Front: 55 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) 2.82 x 2.72" / 71.6 x 69 mm
    Weight 7.83 oz / 222 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 3.1 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.6 x 7.2 x 6.5"

    Sony A58 reviews

    Alpha a58 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 49.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent camera for the price - 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!!
    Date published: 2014-09-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Entry Level Semi DSLR 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.
    Date published: 2014-12-10
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very pleased After usual fast and well packed shipping experience with B&H, it has been a leisurely time getting to know the camera. The EVF is not a downside in my opinion; despite my concerns. Low light performance is excellent, and AF is fast. I have no complaint with the camera; but as always, am stunned that some things don't make it into the packaging. Really, Sony, would it hurt you to include the lens hood? Probably would cost you 20 cents. Bag that was included in package is fine; but becomes a little too small after lens hood and filter. Nevertheless, I am very happy for now. Am looking forward to using this camera often, without worries; something made very possible by its reasonable price. Good decision; think I may be hooked on the whole SLT thing.
    Date published: 2015-02-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I really like this camera 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.
    Date published: 2014-12-17
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great camera, especially for its price I bought this for photography and film making, and it seemed to be best for what I wanted to do within this price range. This camera has great image quality and I really like that the LCD has a live view of the camera (I dislike cameras that only display the image through the viewfinder). However, the included lens has a terrible aperture range. It goes up to about f35, which is fine, but the widest it can get is about f5.6 or so (Sometimes it goes down to 3.5, but I can't consistently get it to that point), which means that it can only really work well in bright sunlight. I would recommend buying a faster lens when you buy this camera. As well, the viewfinder doesn't do a great job of blocking glare from the sun, although maybe that's just the contours of my face.
    Date published: 2015-06-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from outstanding quality at entry level price photo quality is excellent. video quality is excellent. Missing some features from the higher-priced versions, but not a big deal if saving is your goal. This can do it. Large viewfinder is fine - I just wish it would flip out front. That costs another $, so I'll make do without. Very pleased with the camera. Better training is needed - the manual has tiny print and doesnt do a good job of explaining how to use the camera. Most with moderate experience can figure it out. The novice could have trouble.
    Date published: 2013-10-18
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from 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, 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.
    Date published: 2013-05-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shot in JPEG Processed in Gimp By This Amateur I have a passion for photographing what I find in our garden/temple. Bugs, flowers, stones, our dog, trees and whatever moves in-front of my camera. Two years ago I was started on this passion when my wife bought me a low end superzoom. After 15,000 shots it was time to upgrade. We decided upon the Sony Alpha a58 because it was modestly priced, has a good sized sensor, is strong, and with only the one lens captures excellent shots of objects from large to small. The Cicada exoskeleton is @ 4cm long and was captured beautifully in JPEG using center weighted metering, local focusing and an f/ that nicely blurred the background. I have only been using the camera for about one week but so far the biggest annoyance is the need to take off the fast release for the tripod to get the battery out. It is my belief that this camera fulfills in photography what a good quality 8 reflector does in astronomy; it does most things very well, a few things exceptionally well and one or two things not so well. In other words it is a great camera for an enthusiast who is also a generalist.
    Date published: 2015-06-30
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