Hands-on Sony A58 review: Sony’s new 20-megapixel entry-level SLT camera promises a lot of specs for its price. But is it capable? Find out in our hands-on Sony Alpha 58 review video.
The Sony A58 joins the SLT Alpha range as the Sony A57 replacement and sits just above the entry level 37. New to the Sony A58 are a host of features that should appeal to photographers who are starting to get more serious about their photography and want to take more control over their pictures.
Along with the Sony A58’s newly designed 201-megapixel Exmor APS-C HD CMOS sensor and Sony’s translucent mirror technology, the A58 adds an increased ISO range from 100 to 16,000, full HD video recording, an improved EVF and an enhanced Bionz image processing engine.
It’s an impressive spec list indeed. In our hands-on Sony A58 review video, Ali Jennings of our testing team runs through all of the Alpha 58’s key features and explains what in particular they’ll be looking closely at in our review.
Hands-on Sony A58 Review Transcript
It joins the SLT Alpha range as the replacement to the 57 just above the entry level 37 and see a host of updated features that should appeal to those just starting out with an SLR style camera.
As an SLT (Single-Lens Translucent Camera) the 58 doesn’t have an optical viewfinder but instead uses translucent mirror technology and an electronic viewfinder, which has it’s benefits but historically also flaws.
However with the 58 the EVF has been updated and in the early sample that I’ve seen the new OLED technology that replaces the LCD version in the 57 is a massive improvement, with no noticeable lag and excellent clarity. This clarity may help to convert some of the EVF critic but obviously not all.
One of the key benefits of this EVF system is that what you see through the viewfinder is what you get, so exposure preview, effects will be captured as you see through the viewfinder, and you also get 100% frame coverage a feature that really only appears on high end and Pro SLRs with optical viewfinders.
The 58 takes a jump to 20.1 million pixels from 16.1 in the 57 and combines this with the updated Bionz processor which promises to deliver better low light noise performance, but sticks to the already impressive sensitivity range of ISO 100-16000. We’ll bring you the results of the image quality tests once we have a full production model.
Other features that are new and of note are Auto Object Tracking which comes as the evolution of the Auto Portrait Framing feature seen on the Sony NEX and Cybershot cameras. This crops to correct composition in camera and in use the Portrait version that we’ve tested in the past has worked well. This feature is joined by two further Auto modes Macro and Tracking, again once we have a full sample we’ll test these out.
Lock on AF is another feature new to the 58, and we’re told it provides a wide focus area that’s able to identify the focus subject and lock on. The illustration of this looked interesting and if it’s as good as it looks it could be a real winning feature especially for families wanting to capture their kids or for people just getting into wildlife and sports photography.
The Sony Alpha 58 will go on sale with the new 18-55mm Kit lens for £450 or with the dual lens kit which also includes the 55-200mm for £600 in mid-April. We’ll bring you the full review soon, for now for more information check out Techradar.com.