Sony alpha SLT a58

Entry level dslr camera with more advanced options in its category. Look at the full size jpeg sample images below to assess its features and capabilities. Have a look at the ISO performance at low light, border to border sharpness as well as colour dynamic in bright sunny days.

This gadget is great fun to shoot images with – light enough with lenses mounted on it and inspiring with the focus peaking at night photography. Sony SLT a58 is best for beginners and enhusiasts but it serves the needs of all photographers that want a really good Sony camera at a really affordable price – really a budget camera: very good quality paired with low price.

All the images are hend held – no tripod is used for night photos. The Sony SLT A58 body was borrowed from Sony Szalon Westend.

Lenses used:

Sony 16-50mm f/2.8 DT SSM SAL1650
Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss T*
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
Sony 50mm f/2.8 Macro Prime Lens
Sony DT 18–55 mm F3,5–5,6 SAM II

Sony SLT a58 camera specs

Body type Compact SLR
Max resolution 5456 x 3632
Effective pixels 20 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 20 megapixels
Sensor type CMOS
ISO Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 16000 (25600 with boost)
White balance presets 9
Custom white balance Yes (1)
Image stabilization Optical
Image stabilization notes SteadyShot INSIDE
Uncompressed format RAW
Optics & Focus
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 15
Lens mount Sony/Minolta Alpha
Focal length multiplier 1.5×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fully articulated
Screen size 2.7
Screen dots 460,000
Touch screen No
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Electronic
Viewfinder coverage 100%
Viewfinder resolution 1,440,000
Photography features
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes Yes
Built-in flash Yes (Pop-up)
Flash range 10.00 m (@ ISO 100)
External flash Yes (Hot-shoe, Wireless)
Continuous drive 5.0 fps
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
WB Bracketing Yes (3 frames, H/L selectable)
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080
Format MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264
Videography notes 50i or 25p in PAL countries
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (Mini Type C)
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected
Remote control Yes (Optional)
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description Rechargeable NP-FM500H battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 690
Weight (inc. batteries) 492 g (1.08 lb / 17.35 oz)
Dimensions 129 x 95 x 78 mm (5.08 x 3.74 x 3.07)
Other features
GPS None