Sony A58 Review

4.5
May 20, 2013 | Mark Goldstein |

Specifications

Lens Mount

Sony α mount YES
Sony E mount NO

Lens Compatibility

All types of Sony α lenses YES
All types of Sony E lenses NO
Minolta & Konica Minolta α/MAXXUM/DYNAX lenses YES

Image Sensory

Image sensor type Exmor™ APS HD CMOS sensor
Image sensor colour filter R, G, B, Primary color
Size (mm) 23.2 x 15.4mm (APS-C size)

Camera

Total sensor Pixels (megapixels) Approx. 20.4
Effective Pixels (megapixels) Approx. 20.1
Automatic White Balance YES
White balance: preset selection Auto / Daylight/ Shade/ Cloudy/ Incandescent/ Fluorescent, Flash
White balance: custom setting YES
White balance: types of color temperature 2500 - 9900 k (G7 to M7,15-step) (A7 to B7,15-step)
White balance bracketing 3 frames, Selectable 2 steps
ISO Sensitivity Setting ISO100 - 16000 equivalent

SteadyShot INSIDE

System: Sensor-shift mechanism YES
SteadyShot INSIDE scale (in viewfinder) NO
Camera-Shake warning (in viewfinder) NO
SteadyShot INSIDE capability Approx. 2.5 to 4.5 steps in shutter speeds *Varies according to shooting conditions and lens used
SteadyShot INSIDE compatibility All Sony DSLR lenses and A-Mount bayonet lenses from Minolta and Konica Minolta
*SteadyShot INSIDE was previously known as Super SteadyShot  

Anti-Dust

Charge protection coating YES

Auto Focus System

TTL phase-detection system YES
Contrast AF system NO
Sensor 15 points (3 points cross type)
Sensitivity Range (at ISO 100 equivalent); EV -1 to 18
Eye Start AF System (on off selectable) YES
AF Area: Wide focus area YES (auto with 15 areas)
AF Area: Spot YES
AF Area: Local focus area selection YES
AF Area: Multi Point NO
AF Area: Center Weighted NO
AF Area: Flexible Spot NO
AF Modes Single-shot AF, Automatic AF, Continuous AF
Predictive Focus Control YES
Focus Lock YES
AF Illuminator YES (built-in, Flash type)
AF Illuminator range (meters) Approx. 1-5

Auto Exposure System

Light metering type 1200-zone evaluative metering
Light metering cell Exmor™ APS HD CMOS sensor
Light metering: Multi segment YES
Light metering: Spot YES
Light metering: Center weighted YES
Exposure: Automatic YES
Exposure: Program Auto YES
Exposure: iAUTO YES
Exposure: AUTO+ NO
Superior Auto YES
Exposure: Shutter priority YES
Exposure: Aperture priority YES
Exposure: Manual YES
Exposure: Scene selection YES
Sweep Panorama YES
Anti Motion Blur NO
AE Lock YES
Exposure compensation YES, +/- 3.0EV (1/3EV steps)
AE Bracketing With 0.3 EV, 0.7 EV, 1.0 EV, 2.0 EV, 3.0 EV increments, 3 frames

Shutter

Type Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type
Shutter Speed Range (seconds) 1/4000 - 30 and bulb
Flash Sync Speed; second 1/160
Flash Sync Speed (With Steady Shoot On); second 1/160

Flash

Built-in-Flash Guide Number (in meters at ISO 100) 10
Flash Metering System ADI / Pre-flash TTL
Flash Compensation +/- 2.0EV (1/3EV steps)
Built-in-Flash Recycling Time (approx. time in seconds) 4
Flash Mode Autoflash, Fill-flash, Slow sync, Rear flash sync, Red-eye reduction
Wireless flash mode YES (with optional compatible accessory flash)
Red-Eye Reduction YES
Flash Popup Auto

Viewfinder

Type Electronic, Xtra Fine
Focusing Screen NO
Field of View (%) 100
Magnification (with 50mm lens at infinity) 0.88x
Eye Relief Approx. 26.5mm from the eyepiece (Magnification setting : Maximum) Approx. 23mm from the eyepiece (Magnification setting : Standard)
Diopter Adjustment -4.0 to +4.0m-1

Live View

Live View YES

LCD screen

Screen Size 6.7cm(2.7type)
Monitor Type TFT
LCD Total Dot Number 460800
Brightness adjustable YES
Tilting screen YES

Recording

Drive Mode Single, Continuous, 10 seconds and 2 seconds Self-timer, Bracket (continues, single, white balance bracket)
Continuous-Advance Rate (approx. frames per second at maximum) max. 8 fps
Number of Continuous Advance Tele-zoom Continuous Advance priority AE] Fine: 16 images/Standard: 19 images, Continuous shooting- Fine: 7 images/Standard: 8 images/RAW & JPEG: 5 images/RAW: 6 images
Recording Media Memory Stick PRO Duo™, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo™, Memory Stick XC-HG Duo™, SD, SDHC, SDXC memory cards
Recording Format JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver. 2.3, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format), RAW & JPEG
Image Size L - JPEG (pixels) 5456 x 3632 (20M)
Image Size M (pixels) 3872 × 2576 (10M)
Image Size S (pixels) 2736 x 1824 (5M)
Panorama size:Max. degrees of sweep angle(focal length 16mm/18mm) Wide: horizontal 12,416 x 1,856 (23M), vertical 5,536 x 2,160 (12M), Standard: horizontal 8,192 x 1,856 (15M), vertical 3,872 x 2,160 (8.4M)
3D Panorama size:Max. degrees of sweep angle(Focal length:16mm/18mm) NO
Still Image quality RAW, RAW+JPEG, JPEG Fine, JPEG Standard
Movie Recording Format AVCHD / MP4
Video Compression MPEG-4 AVC (H.264)
Audio recording Format Dolby Digital (AC-3) / MPEG-4 AAC-LC, 2ch
Movie recording mode - AVCHD 1920 x 1080 (50i 24 Mbps, 50i 17 Mbps, 25p 24 Mbps, 25p 17 Mbps)
Movie recording mode - MP4 1440 x 1080(Approx.25fps, 12Mbps(Average bit-rate)
Noise Reduction (Long exp.NR) On/Off, available at shutter speeds longer than 1 second
Noise Reduction (High ISO NR) YES
Noise Reduction (Multi Frame NR) YES
Color Space (sRGB) YES
Color Space (Adobe RGB) YES
Color mode/DEC/Creative styles Standard, Vivid, Portrait , Landscape, Sunset, Black & White, Contrast, Saturation, Sharpness
Dynamic Range Optimizer Off, Auto, Advanced: Level

Playback/Edit

White/Black Out Alert YES
Index Playback YES
Enlarge (Maximum magnification) L: 15x, M: 11x, S: 7.7x
Image Rotation YES
Auto Image Rotation YES

General

InfoLITHIUM Battery Indicator YES
Histogram Indicator YES
Exif YES
Exif Print YES
PictBridge NO
Menu Language English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Russian, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Finish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Greek, Turkish
Zone Matching NO
Depth-of-Field Preview YES
PRINT Image Matching III YES
Remote Release Terminal NO
IR Remote Control NO
DPOF(Digital Print Order Format) YES
Indicator of remaining memory space YES
Beep Sound On/Off selectable
File Number Memory On/Off selectable
Folder Name Mode Standard and Date
Operating Temperature (degrees C) 0 - 40

Jacks

Video Out NO
HD/HDMI® Out YES
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed YES
USB Mode Mass-storage, MTP

Power/Others

Battery System NP-FM500H
Supplied Battery NP-FM500H
Stamina (battery life in CIPA condition) Approx.690 shots (Viewfinder) / approx.700 shots (LCD monitor) (CIPA standard)
Weight (g) (Body only) Approx. 492

Dimensions

Width (mm) 128.6
Height (mm) 95.5
Depth (mm) 77.7

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