Sony SLT-A58K Brief Review

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  • 20.1 MP Exmor HD APS sensor
  • 5 FPS shooting
  • Translucent Mirror Technology accelerates AF performance
  • 1080/60i/24p Full HD or 1080/30p MP4 movies w/ Quick AF
  • Lock-on AF for even easier focusing of moving subjects
  • SVGA OLED True-Finder optimizes eye-level framing
  • Li-ion battery
  • Release Date: 2013-02-25
  • Final Grade: 81 4.05 Star Rating: Recommended

4.05 Star Rating: Recommended
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Sony SLT-A58K
20.1 MP Exmor HD APS sensor; 5 FPS shooting; Translucent Mirror Technology accelerates AF performance; 1080/60i/24p Full HD or 1080/30p MP4 movies w/ Quick AF; Lock-on AF for even easier focusing of moving subjects; SVGA OLED True-Finder optimizes eye-level framing; Li-ion battery
By , Last updated on: 5/18/2014

Sony improved the sensor in the A58 for enhanced detail in low-light performance over the A57. Beware, however, that the A58 isn't an upgrade to the A57 in every category. The A57 has a 12 fps burst speed--which is unrivaled in the entry-level DSLR/T category. The A58 only has a 5 fps burst, which is comparable to other manufacturer's similar priced models. Plus, Sony only makes DSLTs (meaning it's a DSLR without the optical viewfinder), so many consumers will prefer a Nikon or Canon with an optical viewfinder and equivalent speed. The enhanced sensor may be worth a look for some consumers, however.

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