Announced along with the NEX-3N is the Alpha SLT-A58 DSLR camera, which is ideal for consumers who are looking begin their journey in the DSLR-style interchangeable lens photography. Like many of the new Alpha cameras, the A58 is in fact a Single Lens Translucent (SLT) camera powered by Sony’s Translucent Mirror Technology, which delivers fast shooting, non-stop phase detection autofocus and continuous live image preview.
Sony’s A58 sports a 20.1 Megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS imager and an enhanced BIONZ image processing engine with adaptive noise reduction. Combined with ISO 100 – 16,000, the camera is able to capture detailed, low-noise still images and videos in any lighting condition. The Multi-frame NR mode can capture 6 images and then combine the data from them to create a single image with reduced noise. It features a 15-point AF system with the new Lock-in Autofocus technology for faster and more accurate subject tracking. Like the NEX-3N, the A58 also includes the new Auto Object Framing technology that can identify the subject in the shot and re-compose the picture to make it professionally-framed. Both of the original image and the cropped version, which is boosted to full resolution using By Pixel Super Resolution technology, are saved. Sony’s SteadyShot INSIDE image stabilization is also included to compensate camera shake for reduced blur.
This entry-level Alpha comes with a new OLED Tru-Finder electronic viewfinder with 100% field-of-view frame coverage, and a 2.7-inch Clear Photo LCD display that can be tilted up or down to frame high- and low-angle shots. Other features include Auto HDR, Handheld Twilight mode, 15 ‘n-camera’ Picture Effects and TRILUMINOS Color. It records Full HD video in either 1080/60i/24p Full AVCHD or 1080/30p MP4 formats.
To be released in April, the Alpha SLT-A58 will be available as a kit with the 18-55mm zoom lens (model SEL18552) for $599.99.