Consolidating Sony’s entry-level SLT line-up, the Alpha 58 replaces both the Alpha 37 and Alpha 57. Phil Hall finds out how successful the merger has been. Read the Sony Alpha 58 review...

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Sony Alpha 58 review – Our verdict

In a tough sector, having a unique selling point is key, and that is what has made Sony’s series of SLTs stand out from the crowd. But with the Alpha 58, its advantages have been diluted quite a bit.

The 20.1-million-pixel sensor sees it resolving greater levels of detail than its siblings, but the results are compromised at high ISO and are not as useable as images from rival models. Factoring in the smaller screen and plastic lens mount, the Alpha 58 seems a step back from the Alpha 57 it replaces. With such stiff competition in the shape of the Canon EOS 600D, Nikon D3200 and Pentax K-30, it’s hard to recommend the Alpha 58 above them.

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Video:AVCHD: 1920 x 1080 pixels (at 50fps or 25fps PAL); MP4: 1440 x 1080 pixels (25fps PAL)
White Balance:Auto, 9 presets, Kelvin, plus custom setting
External mic:No
Dioptre Adjustment:-4 to +4 dioptre
Built-in Flash:Yes – GN 10m @ ISO 100
Viewfinder Type:1.44-million-dot OLED electronic
Memory Card:SD, SDHC, SDXC or Memory Stick Pro Duo
Shutter Type:Electronically controlled focal-plane shutter
Output Size:5456 x 3632
Field of View:Approx 100%
LCD:2.7in LCD with 460,800 dots, tiltable
AF Points:15-point system with 3 cross-type, auto or manual selection possible
White Balance Bracket:Yes, 3 images over 2 steps
Max Flash Sync:1/160sec
Sensor:20.1-million-pixel Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor
Focal Length Mag:1.5x
File Format:Raw, JPEG, raw + JPEG simultaneously
Exposure Modes:Program, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual, iAuto, iAuto+, flash off, scene selection, sweep panorama, picture effect, Tele-zoom Continuous Priority AE, Continuous Advanced Priority AE, scene
Drive Mode:5fps for 6 raw images
Shutter Speeds:30-1/4000sec in 1/3EV steps, plus bulb
Colour Space:sRGB, Adobe RGB
ISO:100-16,000
Lens Mount:Sony Alpha mount
Focusing Modes:Manual, single-shot AF, automatic AF, continuous AF, face detection
DoF Preview:Yes
Compression:Fine or Standard (JPEG)
Metering System:1,200-zone evaluative metering, centreweighted and fixed centre spot
RRP:£449 (with 18-55mm lens)
Exposure Comp:±3EV in 1/3 steps
Tested as:Entry-level SLT
  1. 1. Sony Alpha 58 at a glance:
  2. 2. Sony Alpha 58 review - Build and handling
  3. 3. Sony Alpha 58 review - Metering
  4. 4. Sony Alpha 58 review - Autofocus
  5. 5. Sony Alpha 58 review - Dynamic range
  6. 6. Sony Alpha 58 review - Noise, resolution and sensitivity
  7. 7. Sony Alpha 58 review - White balance and colour
  8. 8. Sony Alpha 58 review - LCD, viewfinder and video
  9. 9. Sony Alpha 58 review - Our verdict
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