slt58(1) Sony Electronics Asia Pacific announces new Alpha camera and lenses

Sony Electronics Asia Pacific announces the new Sony Alpha SLT-A58 DSLR. The A58 will replace the Alpha SLT-A57 with upgraded sensor and electronics as well as sporting a new kit lens.

The Sony Alpha SLT-A58 announcement comes almost one year after the SLT-A57. Does the A58 get more than just cosmetics and some simple upgrades? Here's what the A58 is offering.

  • New 20.1-megapixel (effective) Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor versus the A57's 16.1
  • Shooting speed of 5 frames per second which is down from the A57's 10fps
  • OLED True-Finder (Electronic ViewFinder) versus the A57's True-Finder
  • LCD Screen is now smaller at 2.7-inch versus 3.0-inch and resolution is lower
  • Standard hotshoe for flash guns versus the older proprietary Minolta mount

It appears to be more of an update than an upgrade given the two big changes are the higher count megapixel sensor and the Electronic ViewFinder. In some areas the system seems to have been downgraded but some of that can be attributed to other upgrades. The larger mega-pixel sensor means the capture buffer has more data to deal with and the by product is slower shooting speed. I can't really reason why the LCD was made smaller and with lesser resolution until the two cameras are side-by-side. Perhaps the better EVF makes up for the lower resolution LCD Display.

The Sony Alpha SLT-A58 will be available from April 2013 in the Asia Pacific region. Pricing to be advised.

To compliment the A58 a new 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM lens will be available at the same time.

The lens lineup does not stop with the kit lens. Also, announced is the 70-400mm f/4.0-5.6 G SSM II Telephone Zoom. For those need the best lens for portraiture there is a new Carl Zeiss Planar T* 50mm f/1.4 ZA SSM.