Sony SLT-A58K Kit
20.1-megapixel digital SLR camera with 18-55mm kit lens
Item #: 158A58K
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Item #: 158A58K
Your price: $499.99
With the SLT-A58, Sony has taken some of the best features of their preceding models and paired them with a pixel-rich 20.1-megapixel sensor. In addition to resolving fine details, this sensor allows you to blow up prints to impressive sizes without softness or banding in the subtler gradations. Sony sensors are used in many cameras — even in some competitors' cameras, so it's safe to say they know a thing or two about getting them to deliver eye-catching imagery.
And this sensor is helpful in other ways: features like the Auto Object Framing mode use classical photographic composition concepts like the Rule of Thirds to aid you in creating the perfect cropped image from the pictures you take. Of course, if you have more pixels to work with starting out, it naturally follows that you'll have plenty of pixels for rich, detailed crops. Don't worry that the camera will be taking creative options away — if this feature is engaged, the cropped images will be stored safely alongside your originals.
Unlike most SLRs, this camera is always in "live view mode," which means you can see the effects of any changes you make to exposure settings before you take the shot. Its newly designed electronic viewfinder displays comprehensive shooting information, and a flexible tilting LCD screen make it easier than ever to get fantastic looking shots of a fast-moving world. And more of the action you follow will stay in focus, thanks to Sony's new "Lock-on Autofocus" feature, which dynamically adjusts the target frame based on face recognition and AF point assignment.
The 'A58 captures a respectable 8 frames per second in Tele-zoom cropped mode, and captures full 20-megapixel images at a rate of 5 fps. With continuous auto-focus throughout the burst, you'll be sure to get clean, dynamic shots of all the intense action in front of you. That's perfect for shots of kids and sports, neither of which are known for their predictability.
The Sony SLT-A58's Translucent Mirror Technology
Traditional DSLRs rely on a moving mirror that flips out of the way when you press the shutter button. When that happens, the camera momentarily loses its ability to autofocus, and your viewfinder or live view LCD screen go black at the same time — a less than desirable situation. Sony's fixed-position translucent mirror works around the problem by splitting the light coming from the lens, sending it to the camera's imaging sensor and autofocus sensor simultaneously. That means the 'A58 can continue focusing and shooting at the same time. Fast-moving subjects will always stay sharp, whether you're snapping still shots or recording full 1080/60i HD video.
This kit includes Sony's updated 18-55mm lens. Its zoom range spans from wide-angle to short-telephoto for versatile everyday shooting. Snap indoor group shots of guests at your child's birthday party, and then follow the guests outside and capture the fun as they play games in the backyard. Add optional Sony wide angle, telephoto, and close-up lenses to expand your camera's picture-taking power even further. A quiet, fast autofocus motor specializes in keeping things sharp.
The next time you find yourself admiring a stunning mountain vista or beautiful cityscape, you can put Sony's ingenious Sweep Panorama mode to good use. It lets you capture the scene around you by sweeping the camera across your field of view — the camera automatically stitches multiple shots together to form one seamless photo.
You don't have to be an expert photographer to use an SLR they all offer easy automatic shooting. Because of their build quality and the physics of good glass and large sensors, even their built-in automatic settings will get you better pictures than most point-and-shoots or mobile devices. But experienced photographers and budding hobbyists can get more creative by manually adjusting settings like aperture and shutter speed. SLRs let you expand your shooting options with additional lenses and flashes to suit just about any situation. If you'd like to record the occasional video, look for a model with high-def movie mode.
Got this camera to replace a Sony Alpha 100, and it works great and all our lenses fit on it. It is a great DSLR for the family and images are excellent. Only downside, we got a "refurbished" one through Crutchfield, which was great except the only manual provided was not in English...also the lens sun hood provided doesn't fit the lens, not sure what happened there. I need to see if I can get replacements for those things, but other than that this camera was a great value and we are very happy with it.
Did quite a bit of research before buying this camera. Bought and returned a Sony SLT A37. Grip was too small for me and the Exposure Bracketing only went plus/minus .7EV. I do a lot of software processed HDR and you need at least plus/minus 2 to work effectively. The A57 goes plus/minus 3. I also found the buttons easier to access on the A57 in particular the Exposure compensation, the AE lock and the ISO. All 3 of these buttons can be easily reached with your right thumb or index finger. The tilting LCD is enough for me. I mainly need the LCD to tip up and down and it does this just fine. The tilt/swivel on the more expensive is not really necessary unless you're into selfies. The image quality is a real step up from my last camera (a Pentax 12Meg KX). I really like the fact that what you see in the viewfinder is exactly what you're going to record for the image. Finally don't be put off by the plastic lens mount. There's metal behind the plastic that does most of the work. Besides most kit lenses sold with cameras have a plastic mount.
Pros: Good Ergonomics, Lightweight, Great Value, Excellent image quality
Cons: Not the fastest burst speed in it's class. Only shoe mount TTL flashes available are expensive Sony's.
This camera is amazing!! Great DSLR and even though it has been reviewed as a starter camera, But I think that this cameras features gives you some professional options. You can go wrong!
Great camera at every aspect.
My new SONY a58 SLT is my "everyday" camera. Compared to my a77, it is slower and has fewer features, but I expected that with the price difference between my a77 and my a58. I do like the Electronic Viewfinder, the 20+ megapixel sensor is a nice change from the a57 and the 18-55mm SAM II lens is tack sharp and fast to focus (seems better than the 18-55mm SAM I that I already own). Bravo to SONY for all of that. I do regret that the LCD isn't more articulated than it is, the LCD is smaller than the predecessor, the a57, and the camera lens-mount area is plastic, not metal. That being said, the LCD size is NOT horrible, the LCD hinged movement is better than the old stationary LCDs and the plastic lens mount may do a better job of resisting the warping that can befall a metal ring. Time will tell on that matter. All-in-all, not a bad beginner SLR/SLT for someone moving up from a point and shoot or someone with a monster (like the a77) who also wants to own a smaller/lighter/cheaper APS-C camera that is appropriate for daily use. This is a good camera for that application - not sure I'd be looking to shoot a wedding with it. I would really give it a 4.5/5 if half-points were an option.
Pros: Cheap. Lightweight. New 18-55mm SAM II (version 2) lens. 20+ megapixel sensor.
Cons: Less than 3" LCD screen. LCD not fully articulated. Plastic lens mount (may or may not be a con - time will tell).
|LCD Screen Size||2.7"|
|Lens 35mm Equivalent||27-82.5mm|
Memory Stick PRO Duo + PRO-HG Duo
|Effective Megapixel Count||20.1|
|Image Stabilization||Sensor Shift|
|Highest Resolution||5456 x 3632|
|HD Video Recording||1920 x 1080/60i|
|Weight With Battery (ounces)||20.2|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
Overview: The Sony SLT-A58 α (alpha series) DSLR camera kit contains the SLT-A58 camera body and the DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM II zoom lens (SAL18552), along with a rechargeable battery, adjustable neck strap, and USB cable. The camera is compatible with Sony A-mount lenses.
Translucent Mirror Technology: The A58 features Translucent Mirror Technology, which directs light to both the image sensor and the Phase Detection AF sensor simultaneously. This allows the camera to focus and capture the image at the same time. Since the mirror never moves, the time needed to raise and lower the mirror is eliminated.
Tiltable 2.7" LCD Screen: The A58 uses a 2.7" TFT Clear Photo LCD screen with 460,000 dots. The brightness of the LCD monitor can be adjusted in 5 steps from -2 to +2. The LCD monitor can be tilted downward 45°to frame high-angle shots, and upward 90° to frame low-angle shots.
0.39" Electronic Viewfinder: The 0.39" high contrast SVGA OLED Tru-Finder electronic color viewfinder has 1,440,000 dots, and provides approximately 100% field of view. The built-in diopter lets you adjust the viewfinder image to your individual eyesight. If you're using the electronic viewfinder to frame your shots, the LCD turns off automatically when you bring the camera up to your eyes.
Display Options: You can choose how much information appears in the viewfinder and LCD monitor. There are three options: Display all information, No display information, and Graphic Display. The Graphic Display shows the shutter speed and aperture values as graphs.
Live View: The A58's Live View lets you use the LCD screen and Electronic Viewfinder to frame your photos as you shoot. The Live View image will provide an accurate preview of your photo, including the white balance, focus, depth of field, exposure, and framing. In addition, the on-screen displays will keep you informed on all your settings and recording information.
Image Sensor: The SLT-A58 features an APS-C-sized Exmor HD CMOS image sensor (23.2 x 15.4mm). It has approximately 20.4-million total pixels and 20.1-million effective pixels.
Still Image Recording Formats: Still images are recorded in JPEG file format in Standard and Fine compression rates. You can choose to shoot in 3:2 or 16:9 aspect ratio, and in large, medium, and small image sizes. You can also record still images using the RAW format, which is uncompressed with no processing performed in the camera. RAW images must be transferred to a computer for processing, editing, and printing using the supplied Image Data Converter SR software. You can select the following image sizes:
Panorama Photos: The 3D Sweep Panorama mode lets you record panoramic images by holding down the shutter button as you pan across the scene. Panoramic photos can be taken in several different resolution settings:
Movie Recording Formats: The A58 can record 16:9 Full High Definition movies with MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 video and 2-channel Dolby Digital audio. Movies can also be recorded in MP4 mode with MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 video and MPEG-4 AAC-LC 2-channel audio. You can select from the following bit rates/image quality:
|File Format||Average Bit Rate||Resolution|
|AVCHD 60i 24M (FX)||24 Mbps||1920 x 1080 (60i)|
|AVCHD 60i 17M (FH)||17 Mbps||1920 x 1080 (60i)|
|AVCHD 24p 24M (FX)||24 Mbps||1920 x 1080 (24p)|
|AVCHD 24p 17M (FH)||17 Mbps||1920 x 1080 (24p)|
|MP4 1440 x 1080 12M||12 Mbps||1440 x 1080|
|MP4 VGA 3M||3 Mbps||640 x 480|
Dual Media Options: The A58 camera accepts two types of media for capturing still images: Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, and Memory Stick XC-HG Duo, plus SD, SDHC, and SDXC Memory Cards. The maximum number of images that can be recorded on a memory card formatted with this camera varies slightly between the two types of media.
Clear Image Zoom: Clear Image Zoom, powered by Sony's By Pixel Super Resolution Technology, increases the effective focal length of the lens by up to 2x by digitally magnifying the center of the image.
SteadyShot INSIDE In-Camera Image Stabilization: The SteadyShot INSIDE in-camera image stabilizer shifts the image sensor to compensate for camera shake without sacrificing image quality. The compensation effect is equal to 2 to 4.5 shutter speed steps, giving you more creative freedom when shooting in low light. And, because it is integrated into the camera body, SteadyShot INSIDE technology works with all compatible α (alpha) system lenses.
Eye-Start Auto Focus: The camera features the Eye-Start Auto Focus system, which begins precision auto focus adjustments the moment you raise the camera to your eye. This feature can be turned off in the menu, if desired.
15-Point AF System: The A58's high-performance auto focus system uses 15 focus points with 3 cross-sensors to deliver fast and precise focusing. It has a predictive focus control to automatically calculate the position of fast-moving subjects. You can choose from the following Auto/Manual Focus Modes:
Face Detection/Smile Shutter: The camera can detect human faces, and adjusts the focus, exposure, performs image processing and adjusts flash settings for best results. Faces can be registered, and priority given to those faces over others in the frame. Up to 8 faces can be detected and/or registered. When the Smile Shutter feature is enabled, the camera will automatically release the shutter when a slight, normal, or big smile is detected.
Focus Lock: If a subject is off-center and outside of the AF area, you can lock the focus of the camera.
AF Illuminator: When you press the shutter button halfway down a red illuminator is emitted until the focus is locked. Under dark lighting conditions or when you shoot a low contrast subject, the AF illuminator allows the camera to focus more easily on the subject.
Drive Modes: The camera offers the following shooting modes:
Shooting Modes: The top-mounted Mode Dial lets you select from the following shooting modes:
Exposure Compensation: Exposure compensation is used to alter the camera's standard exposure setting. You can make the image look lighter (increased exposure) or darker (decreased exposure). The exposure compensation amount can be set up to +/-3.0 EV in 1/3-step increments.
AE Lock: You can fix the exposure before deciding on the composition when taking a picture. This is effective when the metering object and focusing object are different or when you want to shoot continuously while keep the same exposure value.
Metering Mode: A 1200-zone evaluative sensing system provides multi-pattern measuring for superior exposure control accuracy in a wide range of lighting conditions. You can select the method for measuring the brightness of a subject from the following three methods:
White Balance: You can adjust the color tones according to the lighting conditions. You can choose from the following WB options, and adjust the +/- 3 to fine tune the colors: Auto WB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent (Warm White), Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Daylight), Flash, Color Temperature, Color Filter, and Custom.
Color Temperature/Color Filter: You can adjust the white balance further by selecting Color Temperature or Color Filter in the Custom White Balance option. With Color Temperature, the higher the number, the more reddish the image, and the lower the number, the more bluish the image. Color Filter achieves the effect of Color Compensation filters for photography. Based on the set color temperature as the standard, the color can be compensated to Green (G) or Magenta (M).
ISO Settings: ISO is a unit of measurement of sensitivity to light. The larger the number, the higher the sensitivity. The camera's ISO can be set manually or automatically, depending upon the exposure mode. The ISO range is 100 to 16000.
Built-in Flash: In a dark location, using the built-in flash, or optional external flash, allows you to shoot the subject brightly, and it also helps prevent blurred photos due to camera shake. The SLT-A58 features a pop-up flash, and an accessory shoe for attaching an optional external flash. The range of the built-in flash depends on the ISO sensitivity and aperture value. The overall flash range is 3.3' to 32.8'. The A58 offers the following flash modes: Auto-flash, Fill-flash, Slow Sync, Rear Sync, Wireless (with optional external flash), and Flash Off.
Microphone Input: The A58 has a 3.5mm mini-jack microphone input for use with an external microphone.
Noise Reduction: The camera offers Long Exposure and High ISO Noise Reduction (NR) to automatically reduce the grainy noise found in photos during long exposures or high ISO settings. You can also select Multi Frame Noise Reduction when shooting multiple images continuously.
Anti-Dust Technology: Changing lenses in a DSLR can allow dust to enter the camera. To help keep the image sensor cleaner for better pictures, the A58 utilizes a static-free anti-dust coating on the imager's filter. The camera also has a cleaning function which vibrates the image sensor for a short time to knock off any dust that may have settled on the imager.
Playback Options: You can view images on the LCD monitor with 3 options: with recording data displayed, without recording data, or histogram display. A histogram is the luminance distribution that shows how many pixels of a particular brightness exists in a picture.
Auto Review: After an image is recorded, you can have the camera automatically display it on the LCD monitor for two, five or 10 seconds. You can also turn off auto review.
Image Rotation: Vertical shots can be rotated automatically so that they are displayed upright during playback. This can be done manually or automatically.
Folder Select: Files are divided into three folders for playback: Still Images, MP4 Movies, and AVCHD Movies.
Playback Screen: You can view your photos back as a single image on the LCD monitor, as an Index or as a Slide Show. During Index View mode, you can view 4 or 9 images at once. You can adjust the Slide Show mode interval from 1, 3, 5, 10, or 30 seconds.
D-Range Optimizer/Auto HDR: The camera allows you to correct the brightness and contrast of an image automatically, using the D-Range Optimizer (DRO) and Auto High Dynamic Range functions. The DRO optimizes the gradations of a recorded image in each area of the image; you select the optimal level from Lv1 (weak) and Lv5 (strong). When Auto HDR is selected, the camera shoots three images with different exposures, then overlays them to create one image with the correct exposure and an overlaid image.
Protect Images: You can protect all images on your memory card or select only certain images to be protected from accidental erasure.
HDMI Output: The SLT-A58 provides direct micro-HDMI (Type D) output to your HDTV, so you can view and share photos in clarity and detail. You can choose between standard 3:2 or widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio. The output resolution can be set to Auto, 1080p, or 1080i. When connected to a Sony BRAVIA TV, you can control the image playback using the TV remote. A micro-HDMI-to-HDMI cable is not supplied.
Printing Options: The camera offers the following printing options.
InfoLithium Battery: The SLT-A58 is powered by the NP-FM500H InfoLithium battery (supplied). The battery communicates data to the camera, so that the percentage of battery power remaining can be displayed. The approximate number of images that can be recorded with the supplied battery is 700 using the LCD monitor and 690 with the viewfinder.
Charging: The NP-FM500H InfoLithium battery requires approximately 175 minutes for a full charge, using the supplied BC-VM10A battery charger. The battery should be fully charged before initial use.
Power Save: You can set different time intervals for the camera to switch to Power Save mode. You can set the interval to 10 seconds, 20 seconds, 1 minute, 5 minutes, or 30 minutes. Once the camera goes into Power Save mode, you can return to the shooting mode by pressing the shutter button halfway. When the camera is connected to a TV or the drive mode is set to Remote Commander, the power save mode defaults to 30 minutes regardless of the setting.
PlayMemories Home: The SLT-A58 does not include software in the box. Instead, Sony offers PlayMemories Home software for Windows-compatible computers for importing still images and movies recorded with the camera to your computer. With PlayMemories Home, you can view your images, and use various convenient features to enhance the images you have shot. PlayMemories Home is required for importing AVCHD movies to your computer.
Compatibility: PlayMemories Home software is compatible with Windows 8, Windows 7 (SP1), Vista (SP2), and XP (SP3) operating systems only. You can download PlayMemories Home to your computer using a URL provided in the supplied Owner's Manual. If you wish to play back images on a Mac, you can use applications that are pre-installed on your Mac.
Image Data Converter: Image Data Converter software is needed for playing back and editing images recorded in RAW format with various corrections, such as tone curve and sharpness. With Image Data Converter, RAW images can be adjusted with white balance, exposure, Creative Style, and converted into JPEG or TIFF formats. You can download Image Data Converter to your computer using a URL provided in the supplied Owner's Manual.
Compatibility: Image Data Converter is compatible with Windows 8, Windows 7 (SP1), Vista (SP2), and XP (SP3). It is also compatible with Mac OS X v10.5, v10.6 (Snow Leopard), v10.7 (Lion), and v10.8 (Mountain Lion).
Remote Camera Control: The downloadable software includes the Remote Camera Control program that allows you to adjust camera settings and perform shooting operations using your computer while the camera is connected. You can set up the camera or shoot an image from the computer, record an image directly to the computer, and perform Interval Timer Shooting.
Compatible Operating Systems (for importing images via a USB Connection):
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Works reasonably well for indoor basketball with the 55-200 lens I also bought. It's lightyears ahead of my old Panasonic superzoom, but I now know why sports photogs use 3000 lenses on 1000 dollar cameras. Overall I'm quite pleased with the camera. A great introduction to DSLR and how to fine tune manual settings. Could a full frame A7 be in my future? Maybe . . . I'll practice on this one for a while first. [ Tom_O Jan 25, 2014 ]
We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone or online chat. They should be able to help you out. [ Jeff Jan 09, 2014 ] Staff
Sony acquired Minolta some time back. No adapters are needed, the old Maxxum lenses use the same A-mount as does Sony. [ KEVIN Dec 12, 2013 ]
Hi Joan: I owned a Sony A33L and A55L, and was able to use my Minolta SLR lenses with these Sony DSLR cameras. They are completely compatible. I am also using them with no problems on my SLT-A58K. They do not require any adapters or special settings for them to attach and work properly on Sony DSLR cameras. Sony bought Minolta almost 10 years ago and incorporated a lot of the features Minolta had already developed into their current line of DSLR cameras. Certain models of Minolta External Shoe Mount Flashes will also work properly in eTTL mode and Manual mode on Sony DSLR cameras as well. [ WESLEY Dec 12, 2013 ]