LCD and Viewfinder
Sony A58 has a Tilting 2.7″ LCD screen with a resolution of 460k dots. At only 2.7″, the screen is on the smaller side and 460kdot resolution is lower than most of the recent models in this class.
A58 has a built-in Electronic viewfinder. The viewfinder has a resolution of 1,440kdots and coverage of 100%. 100% coverage ensures that what you see in the viewfinder while shooting matches exactly what you will get later in your image, helping accurate framing your shots and minimizes the need for cropping images later.
Max Shutter speed
Sony A58 can shoot continuously at max speed of 8 fps and has max shutter speed of 1/4000 sec.
A58 has a built-in flash, and it also has a flash shoe to mount your external flashes too.
Sony A58 features a Phase Detection autofocusing system. The AF system has 15 focus points and 3 of these sensors are of Cross-type. Cross-type sensors locks focus faster and more accurate compared to single type sensors.
Sony A58 also features Face detection AF
where it intelligently detects the faces in the frame and locks the focus automatically.
With Sony A58, you can record your videos at a highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 and save in MPEG-4, AVCHD and H.264 formats. Full HD resolution of Sony A58 will be adequate in most of the situations. But if you are after the highest resolution videos available, see our list of Top Cameras with 4K (Ultra-HD) Video.
A58 has a built-in Stereo microphone and a Mono speaker. Sony A58 also has a port for an external microphone so you can record high quality sound with the help of an external microphone.
Connectivity and Storage
You can connect A58 to compatible devices via its HDMI port or USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) port.
Battery Sony A58 is powered by NP-FM500H battery which provides a shooting life of 690 according to CIPA standards.
Considering that the average battery life of DSLR type cameras is 885 shots, Sony A58 has a short battery life for its class so we strongly recommend A58 owners to buy some extra batteries.
Battery Life Comparison in Entry-Level DSLR Cameras
Pentax K-x with its 1900shots is the model with longest battery life among Entry-Level DSLR cameras. Check the comparison of Sony A58 vs Pentax K-x or take a look at Longest Battery Life DSLR cameras list.
Sony A58 Features Compared to Main Competitors
Current Lowest price for Sony A58 is $553.79