- 20MP - APS-C Sensor
- 2.7" Tilting Display
- ISO 100 - 16000 (Boost to 25600)
- Sensor based Image Stabilization
- 1920 x 1080 video
- Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
- 492g - 129 x 95 x 78mm
- Revealed November 2013
- Replaced the Sony A57
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Sony A58 summary
Sony A58 is Sony's Entry-Level DSLR camera originally launched on November of 2013. The camera comes with a 20MP, CMOS APS-C size sensor with a full resolution of 5456 x 3632.
Sony introduced this camera as a way to replace the previous Sony A57 (Read Full Comparison)
The A58 is positioned #25 out of 80 in Entry-Level DSLR cameras and over-all #218 out of 1459 for digital cameras in our database. Please check our Advanced camera filter to find camera ratings based on your customized factors.
Here is a diagram of different factors used in the rating system.
Sony A58 family
The Sony A58 is part of a family of cameras. You can read the full list below.
A58 vs A6824MPAPS-C8.0 fps2015
A58 vs A5716MPAPS-C12.0 fps2012
A58 vs A3716MPAPS-C6.0 fps2012
A58 vs A6524MPAPS-C10.0 fps2011
A58 vs A3516MPAPS-C6.0 fps2011
A58 vs A58016MPAPS-C7.0 fps2011
A58 vs A56014MPAPS-C5.0 fps2010
A58 vs A5516MPAPS-C10.0 fps2010
A58 vs A3314MPAPS-C7.0 fps2010
A58 vs A39014MPAPS-C3.0 fps2010
A58 vs A29014MPAPS-C3.0 fps2010
A58 vs A45014MPAPS-C7.0 fps2010
A58 vs A55014MPAPS-C7.0 fps2009
A58 vs A50012MPAPS-C5.0 fps2009
A58 vs A38014MPAPS-C3.0 fps2009
A58 vs A33010MPAPS-C3.0 fps2009
A58 vs A23010MPAPS-C3.0 fps2009
A58 vs A20010MPAPS-C3.0 fps2008
A58 vs A35014MPAPS-C3.0 fps2008
A58 vs A30010MPAPS-C3.0 fps2008
A58 vs A10010MPAPS-C3.0 fps2006
Sony A58 Gallery
You can look at the A58 from different angles in the gallery here.
Sony A58 Pros and Cons
Here is a shortlist of pluses and minuses of the Sony A58 based on aspects that are typically regarded as necessary in a camera.
Sony A58 Sensor specs
The dimension of the sensor on the Sony A58 is 23.2mm x 15.4mm (APS-C). The 357 mm² sensor can capture 5456 x 3632 pixels . The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Sensor based). Optical stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization since the latter can easily cause cropping.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
The CMOS sensor boasts 20MP and gives a native ISO range of 100 to 16000. The ISO can also be increased digitally to a maximum of 25600. RAW files are saved which means that the user has more margin for error.
The image below shows the A58's sensor size compared to other common sizes. The A58 sensor comes with a crop factor of 1.6 and is presented in green.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.
Sony A58 dimensions
Sony A58 weighs around 1.08 lb (492g or 17.35 oz) and the dimensions of the camera is 129mm x 95mm x 78mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 3.1"). The weight of average Entry-Level DSLR camera is 540g and the Sony A58 is similar in comparison with various competitors.Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down
Listed below is a photo of the Sony A58 besides a soda to help you to have a sense of its size.
The top view here will illustrate the button arrangement on the A58.
Sony A58 Lens details
The A58 uses the Sony/Minolta Alpha mount and has 145 lenses on the market today. Here is some of the lenses we have in our collection that will fit the A58.
Sony A58 Connectivity
The A58 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- HDMI Yes
Digital cameras which include NFC or Bluetooth connectivity can be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You can easily transfer pictures and usually change camera settings with no need to connect directly with the camera.
Certain apps also enable a Liveview and release the shutter when you are not near the camera. If the camera features a HDMI out, it can be connected to an external display. Virtually all cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack with the USB socket.
Sony A58 Video details
The highest possible video quality on the Sony A58 is 1920 x 1080 and it can record in MPEG-4, AVCHD and H.264 format. 1080p quality will provide a decent balance in quality vs file size but 1080p is not going to give you much room to crop. Although the body features a mic jack, it is unfortunately missing a headphone jack which means that you will not have the capability to check your sound levels.
Sony A58 Weather Sealing
Sony A58 does not have environment sealing so rainy conditions might affect the camera.
Sony A58 Display and Viewfinder
The Sony A58 comes with a 2.7" tilting display having a resolution of 460k dots.
Please be aware that the display screen offers no touch support.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
The ViewFinder specs regarding Sony A58 are as follows:
- ViewFinder Electronic
- Resolution 1,440k dots
- Coverage 100 percent
- Magnification 0.65x
Viewfinders are very handy in bright outdoor conditions which might make the camera display washed out and difficult to view.
Sony A58 Shutter details
Sony A58 can shoot continuously at 8.0 frames per second. The highest shutter speed is 1/4000 sec.
Sony A58 Flash and Hot shoe details
Sony A58 boasts both integrated flash and also external flash support. The highest flash sync speed is 1/160 sec.
Sony A58 Autofocus details
Sony A58 boasts both Phase Detect Auto Focus along with Contrast Based Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot faster and precise as compared to Contrast Based focusing. The camera comes with Face detect making it valuable for portraits.
It comes with 15 focus points to pick from. It also comes with Tracking Auto Focus for moving objects. Sony A58 boasts manual focusing if required in low light scenarios or you want to have more exact focusing control.
Sony A58 Battery life
The battery life (NP-FM500H) in the Sony A58 is built to last for 690 photographs with respect to the CIPA measurements which is above average when compared to its category. The average Entry-Level DSLR camera battery life is 589. Pentax K-x has got the best (1900) battery life in this type of cameras.
Underneath is a list of Entry-Level DSLR cameras that have the strongest battery life:
A58 vs K-x1900 yesnono
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Sony A58 for different forms of photography
The following chart shows a rundown of the Sony A58 for different forms of photography. To understand more, browse to the specific section below.
Sony A58 Portrait photography info
The Sony A58 has a rating of 77 which is fantastic, meaning that it is a wonderful option for portrait photography. Photographing portrait photos leans heavily to sensor specs, RAW support and capability to use off-camera lighting.
Sony A58 Street photography features
Coming in at a tremendous rating of 78, the Sony A58 is a great pick to buy for street photography. A decent street photography camera has a perfect balance of picture quality plus portability.
Sony A58 Sports photography factors
A outstanding sports photography score of 81 means the Sony A58 is a excellent fit for photographing sports. A camera needs fantastic focusing and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.
Sony A58 Travel photography info
Portability is super critical in picking a camera for travel. Over-all, the Sony A58 gets a nice 63 for a travel camera which makes it a respectable fit for your holidays.
Landscape photography with Sony A58
For anybody looking to purchase a digital camera for landscape photographs, the most vital factor will be image quality. The Sony A58 and it's above average rating of 70 as a landscape camera is a very decent choice amongst it's competition.
Sony A58 as a Vlogging camera
A vlogging camera ought to come with a moving display screen, microphone port and if possible IBIS. Taking everything into account, the Sony A58 is not really good for vlogging as it comes to a lousy rating of 35.
Sony A58 Alternatives
If you are trying to find alternatives to the A58, here is a selection of the highest ranked cameras that fall under the category of Entry-Level DSLR.
The line chart underneath shows you an overview of the A58 compared to it's top scored rivals mentioned above.
Here are a handful of other cameras you may view as alternative options. To check out a extensive comparison, just click on the "compare" link.