Sony A58 Officially Unveiled

by on February 20, 2013

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Sony A58

Sony has unveiled the new Alpha α58, which features a 20.1MP APS CMOS sensor that can also capture full 1080/24p HD video. The α58 serves as a successor to the Sony α57. Like other Sony Alpha SLT models, the α58 offers a built-in image stabilization system at the sensor level and, of course, Sony’s translucent mirror technology, which aids in the rapid 8fps shooting the α58 delivers.

Sony α58 Key Features

  • 20.1MP Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100-16000 (25600 w/ Multi Frame NR)
  • 15-point phase detect AF w/ 3 cross-type sensors
  • 5fps burst (8fps in Tele-zoom Continuous Advance Priority AE mode)
  • 1080p HD video capture
  • 460k-dot res adjustable angle 2.7″ LCD
  • SteadyShot image stabilization
  • HDMI output
  • Standard ISO hot shoe
  • Memory Stick Duo / SD card slots

The Sony A58 should be available in April 2013 at an expected retail price of $600. It seems that, for the moment, the announcement is only official in Europe – with US prices and release dates to be forthcoming in the next week. Check availability at B&H Photo, Adorama and Amazon.com.

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{ 4 comments }

1 Tex Bacalian February 22, 2013 at 1:20 am

Reading about the A58, I find it is a step backward from the A57: [A58 (A57)] 2.7″LCD (3″); Tilt LCD (Tilt/Swivel); Burst rate 5fps full res (10fps); Burst rate 8 fps tele-zoom (12 fps); Plastic lens mount (metal). Does the increase of 4 MP matter? For many people, it doesn’t, it will just clog up your storage. What is the matter with you Sony engineers? Will I discard my A57 in favor of A58? No way!

2 jim February 22, 2013 at 1:35 am

very dissapointing, is Sony giving up the fight?

the new Nikon 7100 kills.

3 jayboydog February 22, 2013 at 9:14 am

Tex Bacalian wrote “2.7″LCD”… also note resolution drops by 50%. determining focus quality on a 3″ display is difficult anyway so I don’t feel the screen size or resolution is a deal killer yet I too wonder what motivates Sony to downgrade a spec here and there. Segmenting the line certainly makes sense A3x, A5x, A6x, A7x, A9x. wonder how much longer the mirror will be needed for phase-detect autofocus. isn’t canon headed towards phase-detect autofocus on solely the primary sensor? have heard the auto-focus on mirrorless canon EOS-M is slow at this point.

4 Mike February 22, 2013 at 9:02 pm

Standard ISO hot shoe? Wish they’d done that years ago.

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