Sony Alpha SLT-A58 Preview

Sony has announced the successor to their SLT-A57, with the all new Alpha SLT-A58. This model focuses on offering "elevated performance, in a highly affordable package", with many of the same features we saw introduced on the A57 back in March of 2012. Sony has added some new enhancements, including a new 20.1-megapixel HD CMOS image sensor, an updated BIONZ processor, a new OLED Tru-Finder EVF, and their Auto Object Framing technology.

What is Auto Object Framing technology you ask? Well, it's a new process that helps you create photos with 'better', more professionally looking composition. The camera is able to automatically alter the framing of your shots after you've captured them by analyzing the scene you've captured (whether it's a portrait, landscape, or macro shot). The A58 will then automatically trim the image to give you a more "professionally-styled composition", along with boosting the resolution back up to 20-megapixels through their "By Pixel Super Resolution" technology (aka interpolation).

Some of the other key features can be found below. The A58 looks like a very appealing camera in the entry-level market; especially with the kit price of $599 USD.

Sony Alpha SLT-A58 Features include:
  • Newly developed 20.1-megapixel, APS-C HD CMOS senor
  • A-mount lens system
  • 2.70-inch Tilting Xtra Fine LCD
  • New BIONZ image processor
  • Upgraded 100% view OLED Tru-Finder EVF
  • Full 1080p at 60p/60i/24p (AVCHD 2.0)
  • Quick AF Full HD Movie
  • 15-point AF system with 3 cross sensors
  • More advanced Object Tracking AF
  • New Lock-on Autofocus feature
  • SteadyShot INSIDE image stabilization
  • High ISO: 100-16000
  • Better shutter performance
  • 8fps burst shooting at full resolution
  • Auto Portrait Framing
  • Clear Image Zoom (2x digital zoom)
  • Superior Auto Mode
  • P/S/A/M modes
  • 15 Artistic Picture Effect mofes (like Toy Camera, Mono, Partial Color, etc.)
  • New Auto Object Framing technology
  • 3D sweep Panorama
  • Compatible with all E-mount Lenses
  • MS Duo / SDXC memory card slots
Sony's Alpha SLT-A58 will be available April of 2013. It comes in kit form with their 18-55mm (SAL18552) lens, for a retail price of $599.99 USD.

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