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SonyAlpha a58 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens
 
4.5

(based on 68 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (46)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (39)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (39)
  • Good image quality (39)
  • Image stabilization (32)
  • Fast shutter speed (30)

Cons

  • Noisy at high ISO (3)
  • Poor in low light (3)
  • Small LCD screen (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (36)
  • Family photos (33)
  • Travel (32)
  • Sports/action (29)
  • Wildlife (25)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (18), Casual photographer (10), Semi-pro photographer (9), Photography student (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (40), Yes (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

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 featureRead complete review

- 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!!

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

no more a-mount camera

camera is good, but probably the last alpha i have. I had three A-mount lenses and now, the choice for the camera body for this price range is limited to only one....Read complete review

camera is good, but probably the last alpha i have. I had three A-mount lenses and now, the choice for the camera body for this price range is limited to only one. yeah, i know there is adopter but which means a extra cost and it is so unnecessary. Although I had great time with alpha, the last camera i had went to lot of places with me including Tibet, Hawaii, Fiji and is reliable. I drop it from second floor and watch it rolls to downstairs but still working. It last longer than two water proved W serious I had. As matter of fact, I been using same camera body for last 10 years. Since Sony seems like going to have E-mount phase out the A-mount, I dont want to spent any more money to buy the same type of camera lenses You know, never heard Canon or Nikon or Leica change the size of their mount. I should listen to my friends so I dont have to through more than 3 grands in the water. I know adopter is cheap but who knows if sony will get a newer mount to replace the E?

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5.0

i like sony

By BL SURESH BABU

from Tirupathy

Comments about Sony Alpha a58 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

sony is a grat gor vidrography

 
5.0

Recommended

By William

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Sony Alpha a58 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

As a long time Sony/Minolta user, I was able to take the camera out of the box, attach the lens and start shooting. Everything worked as expected. Tried two Minolta lenses and they also worked without a problem. Only have the camera for a couple of days but all is well and I would recommend this to all persons looking for a easy to use camera. It has been given to my granddaughter who had a Sony a100 previously and she had no trouble taking her new a58 and started shooting, both stills and video.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

clean, simple , fast ... a great buy

By Back in business

from Chicago

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Sony Alpha a58 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

    Love this camera! This is the second rendition of the Sony DSLR for me. Very reliable, high quality pictures and easy to use. Using it for mainly outdoor activities and travel, and have always captured great pictures.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Nice Camera

    By Dennis T

    from Texas

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Quiet

    Cons

    • Noisy At High ISO

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Sony Alpha a58 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

    I bought this to replace an old A200 that I lost on a trip. I'm certainly no professional, and this camera has everything I need and then some. I like the speed, accuracy of focus, and the quality of images. It's obviously head and shoulders above my old A200. While I haven't used it much yet, this camera has been perfect so far. It's also quiet, and as a bonus it will shoot full HD video as well.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    3.0

    no more a-mount camera

    By azkhan

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Sony Alpha a58 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

    camera is good, but probably the last alpha i have. I had three A-mount lenses and now, the choice for the camera body for this price range is limited to only one. yeah, i know there is adopter but which means a extra cost and it is so unnecessary. Although I had great time with alpha, the last camera i had went to lot of places with me including Tibet, Hawaii, Fiji and is reliable. I drop it from second floor and watch it rolls to downstairs but still working. It last longer than two water proved W serious I had. As matter of fact, I been using same camera body for last 10 years. Since Sony seems like going to have E-mount phase out the A-mount, I dont want to spent any more money to buy the same type of camera lenses You know, never heard Canon or Nikon or Leica change the size of their mount. I should listen to my friends so I dont have to through more than 3 grands in the water. I know adopter is cheap but who knows if sony will get a newer mount to replace the E?

    (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I really like this Sony Camera

    By HockeyGirl

    from Westminster, CA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Small LCD Screen

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Sony Alpha a58 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

    I will use this for both personal and maybe professionally. I took some pictures and had them printed. They turned out great. I like the many features. I have not tried them all yet, still learning about them. I also like that my Minolta lenses fit on this Sony Camera. It was important to me to find a great DSLR that could do amazing things and worked with my last camera accessories.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Shot in JPEG Processed in Gimp By This Amateur

    By the old man

    from the Philippines

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Sony Alpha a58 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

      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.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great camera, especially for its price

      By Crackle Snapple Rackle Frackle

      from North Idaho

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good Image Quality
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Tilt /Swivel LCD

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Outdoor Photography
        • Video

        Comments about Sony Alpha a58 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

        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.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        Yep, Best Entry-Level Camera Around

        By Serpico

        from Calgary, AB. Canada

        Comments about Sony Alpha a58 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

        I really did my homework before buying my first DSLR (feature comparisons, professional reviews, chats with salespeople, etc.) and boy, did I make the right choice. This camera has more features than you will probably ever use in your lifetime. It's a wonderful camera you can grow into at your own pace. It's also without a doubt the BEST value for your money. Period. My most important requirement was autofocus speed, and it is definitely fast. I also love the Lock-On (tracking) AF feature. You can customize everything to your liking and the way you shoot. My pics have turned-out just lovely. I couldn't be happier with this little sucker.

         
        5.0

        This camera is wonderful at a great price!

        By Tats the Nutritionist

        from New York, NY

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Great Price
        • High ISO Performance
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Mic input
        • 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 18-55mm Lens:

          My husband and I use it to record live music performances connected to a Zoom H5 recorder. The video quality is excellent. It is versatile and relatively easy to use. The swivel display is a plus.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          3.0

          Trouble focusing in action photography

          By Brye

          from Muncie, IN 47303, USA

          Comments about Sony Alpha a58 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

          We shoot a lot of outdoor action photos -- primarily horse eventing. This camera takes great photos of non-moving objects, but we cannot seem to get clear, crisp action photos. The camera is supposed to detect the main image you want to focus on while shooting -- but oftentimes it will focus on the background or a pole or something else that is part of the action photo. When reviewing the image it looks good upon first glance, but as you zoom in, the faces and/or main subject are soft. Any advice on how to fix/improve this would be appreciated.

           
          4.0

          Great addition to my photography kit!!!

          By camyola

          from Fort Worth, TX

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Raw Format Issues

          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 18-55mm Lens:

          Love this camera! Its an awesome gadget to add to your arsenal for the price! It is very easy to use and I utilize it on many of my projects in conjucntion with my other camera(a canon T3i).
          The only setback that I encountered was when it came to using the camera's RAW format. Sony's RAW format won't readily open in photoshop, so it is neccessary to go onto a website provided by Sony and download the RAW converter so that your editing software can recognize, edit and display your images. My MAC computer is an older model and therefore, the Sony converter software refuses to download onto my computer, so as a result I only shoot in JPEG, which is recognized by my photo-editing software. I was very disappointed at first, but when I began to use the camera out in the field I was impressed with it's performance. Surprisingly, shooting only in JPEG with this device made me step my game up in regard to shooting. Since my Canon T3i shoots in a Raw format that my software recognizes, it balances everthing out when I use them together.
          I purchased my Sony a58 the first week of January'2015, and since then my photography skills have increased tremendously! I have been shooting non-stop: senior pictures, sports events, product photography, etc... My Sony a58 produces quality pictures and I know that I won with this purchase. Later on, I'll purchace a newer MacBook Pro when I decide to upgrade and I will be able to use the RAW format, but then again I might not because I have grown accustomed to shooting with one camera in the RAW format and shooting with the other one in the JPEG format(with a different lens).
          The battery last a while also (a lot longer than my Canon T3i battery). Overall I think this camera is a good bang for the buck!!!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          1.0

          good camera for hobby photography....

          By kets

          from Pune, Maharashtra, India

          Comments about Sony Alpha a58 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

          this camera is good but when i use external flash i cant see the object..... so u cant use it for professional photography..... other quality are good.... picture quality is sharp....

           
          5.0

          Well satisfied

          By Crobar

          from Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

          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 18-55mm Lens:

            Mostly still shots. Will take some short movies. Enjoying digital tech. Have not found anything about the camera that I did not like.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            Great Camera for the price! Sony great job!

            By F

            from León Guanajuato. México.

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            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 18-55mm Lens:

              I use this camera for any type of photography since is really good the results I get for the price.

              Great definition sharpness in the photos, fast, compact, not heavy, plastic but is fine, a lot of functions available for the shoots, beautiful design, 20.1 super, video quality is great. Love I can use all my SD cards, also memory stick, the bag is not big enough for the camera it fits so tight I don't like it the memory SD is great. So happy with the camera. B&H overall service great.
              Greetings from México. León Guanajuato.

              To be honest I haven't found something not good about the camera.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Very pleased

              By Chuck

              from Tennessee

              Comments about Sony Alpha a58 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

              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.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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 18-55mm 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.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                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 18-55mm 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.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                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 18-55mm 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.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  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 18-55mm 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.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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