Sony T900 vs Sony A58

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T900 front
Sony SLT-A58 front

Sony T900 vs Sony A58 Key Specs

Sony T900
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 35-140mm (F3.5-10.0) lens
  • 143g - 98 x 58 x 16mm
  • Launched February 2009
Sony A58
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.7" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 16000 (Bump to 25600)
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 492g - 129 x 95 x 78mm
  • Launched November 2013
  • Previous Model is Sony A57
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Sony T900 vs Sony A58 Overview

On this page, we will be reviewing the Sony T900 versus Sony A58, one is a Ultracompact and the latter is a Entry-Level DSLR and both of them are offered by Sony. There is a sizeable difference between the sensor resolutions of the T900 (12MP) and A58 (20MP) and the T900 (1/2.3") and A58 (APS-C) offer different sensor measurements.

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The T900 was released 5 years prior to the A58 which is quite a large gap as far as tech is concerned. Both of the cameras have different body design with the Sony T900 being a Ultracompact camera and the Sony A58 being a Compact SLR camera.

Before delving straight to a more detailed comparison, here is a simple overview of how the T900 scores against the A58 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Sony T900 over the Sony A58

 T900 A58 
Screen dimensions3.5"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.8")
Screen resolution922k460kSharper screen (+462k dot)
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Reasons to pick Sony A58 over the Sony T900

 A58 T900 
LaunchedNovember 2013February 2009Newer by 58 months
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen

Common features in the Sony T900 and Sony A58

 T900 A58 
Manually focus More accurate focusing
Selfie screen Neither comes with selfie screen

Sony T900 vs Sony A58 Physical Comparison

For those who are planning to travel with your camera often, you're going to have to consider its weight and dimensions. The Sony T900 comes with physical dimensions of 98mm x 58mm x 16mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.6") and a weight of 143 grams (0.32 lbs) and the Sony A58 has dimensions of 129mm x 95mm x 78mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 3.1") having a weight of 492 grams (1.08 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ depending on the lens you are using during that time. Here is a front view proportions comparison of the T900 compared to the A58.

Sony T900 vs Sony A58 size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability grade of the T900 and A58 is 96 and 68 respectively.

Sony T900 vs Sony A58 top view buttons comparison

Sony T900 vs Sony A58 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it's hard to visualize the contrast between sensor dimensions simply by reading through specifications. The image underneath might give you a stronger sense of the sensor sizes in the T900 and A58.

Plainly, each of the cameras have different megapixel count and different sensor dimensions. The T900 featuring a tinier sensor is going to make achieving shallower depth of field tougher and the Sony A58 will resolve more detail as a result of its extra 8MP. Higher resolution will also help you crop shots a bit more aggressively. The more aged T900 is going to be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor tech.

Sony T900 vs Sony A58 sensor size comparison

Sony T900 vs Sony A58 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony T900 vs Sony A58 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony T900 Portrait photography info
Sony A58 Portrait photography info
focusing manually
no manual control
no external flash support
resolution not great (12MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
has manual focus
good MP (20MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
offers face detection autofocus
saves RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Sony T900 Street photography info
Sony A58 Street photography info
has image stabilization (Optical)
fixed screen
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
screen tilts up and down
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
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Sports Comparison

Sony T900 Sports photography info
Sony A58 Sports photography info
has image stabilization (Optical)
low maximum shutter speed (1/1,000 seconds)
slow frames per second (2.0 frames/s)
lack of shutter priority mode
resolution not great (12MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect auto focus
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good MP (20MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
offers tracking autofocus
good battery (690 per charge)
comes with phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Sony T900 Travel photography details
Sony A58 Travel photography details
has built in flash
does not have Time Lapse function
resolution not great (12MP)
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
wide angle not fantastic (35mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
good battery (690 CIPA)
good MP (20 megapixels)
built-in flash
missing Time Lapse recording
display is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Sony T900 Landscape photography details
Sony A58 Landscape photography details
focusing manually
bigger than average screen (3.5 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not fantastic (35mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
no manual control
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
does not have Time Lapse function
has manual focus
switch lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good MP (20 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
good battery (690 per charge)
small screen (2.7")
missing Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony T900 Vlogging information
Sony A58 Vlogging information
has image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not fantastic (35mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pxls)
does not have mic jack
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
offers face detection autofocus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
does have external mic port
display is not selfie friendly
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Sony T900 vs Sony A58 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony T900 and Sony A58
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T900Sony SLT-A58
General Information
Manufacturer Sony Sony
Model type Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T900 Sony SLT-A58
Class Ultracompact Entry-Level DSLR
Launched 2009-02-17 2013-11-27
Body design Ultracompact Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" APS-C
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 23.2 x 15.4mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 357.3mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixels 20 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 -
Maximum resolution 4000 x 3000 5456 x 3632
Maximum native ISO 3200 16000
Maximum boosted ISO - 25600
Lowest native ISO 80 100
RAW images
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points 9 15
Cross type focus points - 3
Lens support fixed lens Sony/Minolta Alpha
Lens zoom range 35-140mm (4.0x) -
Maximum aperture f/3.5-10.0 -
Amount of lenses - 143
Crop factor 5.8 1.6
Display type Fixed Type Tilting
Display size 3.5 inch 2.7 inch
Display resolution 922k dot 460k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 1,440k dot
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.65x
Slowest shutter speed 2s 30s
Maximum shutter speed 1/1000s 1/4000s
Continuous shooting speed 2.0fps 8.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation - Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 2.90 m (Auto ISO) 10.00 m (@ ISO 100)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync -
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Maximum flash sync - 1/160s
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video data format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 143 grams (0.32 lb) 492 grams (1.08 lb)
Physical dimensions 98 x 58 x 16mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.6") 129 x 95 x 78mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 3.1")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested 74
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 23.3
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 12.5
DXO Low light rating not tested 753
Battery life - 690 pictures
Battery form - Battery Pack
Battery ID - NP-FM500H
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) -
Time lapse shooting
Storage media Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots Single Single
Cost at launch $300 $645