|Introduction | Sony SLT Alpha 58 sensor performance | Sony SLT Alpha 58 versus competition | Conclusion|
Sony seems to have a liking for doing things differently to other makers: hybrid cameras with bigger sensors, compact cameras with serious, professional attitude and single lens reflex cameras with fixed, translucent mirrors. Its new SLT Alpha 58 camera shows just how good a strategy this is, close to the quality of their Alpha 77 at half the price!
Sony’s SLT Alpha 58 is a single lens reflex camera with an APS-C sized CMOS sensor of just over 20 Mpix. The Alpha 58 has all of the features that you would expect in a DSLR, and unlike the majority of its competitors, it also has image stabilization built into the body rather than having it as a feature of the lenses. Stills can be captured at rates up to 8 frames per second and movies in full HD. The monitor screen, at 6.7cm, with 460k dots, is slightly smaller and lower resolution than some of its competitors and it tilts, but does not swivel. The camera’s sensitivity ranges from 100 ISO to 16,000 ISO, again falling short of some competitors but not by very much. As with other Sony Alpha cameras the lens mount will accept Sony and Zeiss ‘a’ mount lenses and also the wide range of lenses on the second hand market with Minolta’s AF mount.