As well as being compared against other entry-level DSLRs, the Sony SLT A58 is also often compared to pro DSLRs and mirrorless. The Sony SLT A58's top rivals come from Sony (such as the SLT A65 and the SLT A57) and Nikon (such as the D3300 and the D3200)

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony SLT A58 compared to other entry-level DSLR competitors include: it slightly larger viewfinder (0.65x vs 0.61x), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), takes much higher resolution photos (20.1 MP vs 17.9 MP), records movies in 24p and shoots faster continuously (8 fps vs 7 fps).

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a much smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), has a much lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 1,040k dots), has much more startup delay (1900 ms vs 1100 ms) and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Sony SLT A65

Sony SLT-A65
1 year older
$241 (body only)

Significant advantages of the SLT A65 (vs the SLT A58)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 20.1 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps

Significant disadvantages of the SLT A65 (vs the SLT A58)

  • None found

common strengths of the SLT A65 and SLT A58

  • Large viewfinder size: 0.71x vs 0.65x
  • Very fast continuous shooting: 10 fps vs 8 fps
  • Focus continuously recording movies

Sony SLT A57

Sony SLT A57
1 year older
$1,994 (body only)

Significant advantages of the SLT A57 (vs the SLT A58)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"

Significant disadvantages of the SLT A57 (vs the SLT A58)

  • Much lower true resolution: 16 MP vs 20.1 MP
  • Larger: Professional size (132×98×81 mm) vs Prosumer size (129×95×78 mm)

common strengths of the SLT A57 and SLT A58

  • Large viewfinder size: 0.72x vs 0.65x
  • Very fast continuous shooting: 12 fps vs 8 fps
  • Focus continuously recording movies

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
10 months newer
$473 (body only)
$399 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3300 (vs the SLT A58)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24.2 MP vs 20.1 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps

Significant disadvantages of the D3300 (vs the SLT A58)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.55x vs 0.65x
  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 8 fps

common strengths of the D3300 and SLT A58

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Pentax K-30

Pentax K-30
9 months older
$391 (body only)
$548 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the K-30 (vs the SLT A58)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"

Significant disadvantages of the K-30 (vs the SLT A58)

  • Much lower true resolution: 16.1 MP vs 20.1 MP
  • Shoots significantly slower: 6 fps vs 8 fps
  • Lacks an external mic jack

common strengths of the K-30 and SLT A58

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.61x vs 0.65x
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Above average viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 100%

Canon Rebel T2i

Canon EOS Rebel T2i
3 years older

Significant advantages of the T2i (vs the SLT A58)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"

Significant disadvantages of the T2i (vs the SLT A58)

  • Much lower true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 20.1 MP
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Shoots much slower: 3.7 fps vs 8 fps

common strengths of the T2i and SLT A58

  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Sony SLT A33

Sony SLT-A33
2 years older

Significant advantages of the SLT A33 (vs the SLT A58)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the SLT A33 (vs the SLT A58)

  • Much lower true resolution: 14 MP vs 20.1 MP
  • No 24p support
  • Shorter battery life: 270 shots vs 690 shots

common strengths of the SLT A33 and SLT A58

  • Fast continuous shooting: 7 fps vs 8 fps
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Have external mic jacks

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony SLT A58 compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs none), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), can focus continuously while recording movies, is newer (february 2013 vs august 2011) and is significantly smaller (prosumer size (129×95×78 mm) vs professional size (147×111×78 mm)).

However, on average it has a much smaller screen (2.7" vs 3.2"), has a significantly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 1,228k dots), takes slightly lower resolution photos (20.1 MP vs 24 MP), it's body is not weather sealed and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (8 fps vs 12 fps).

Sony SLT A77

Sony SLT-A77
1 year older
$1,967 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the SLT A77 (vs the SLT A58)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Shoots much faster: 12 fps vs 8 fps
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the SLT A77 (vs the SLT A58)

  • Larger: Professional size (143×104×81 mm) vs Prosumer size (129×95×78 mm)
  • Heavier: 732 g vs 492 g
  • Thicker: 3.2" vs 3.1"

common strengths of the SLT A77 and SLT A58

  • Fast continuous shooting: 12 fps vs 8 fps
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Fairly small: Professional size (143×104×81 mm) vs Prosumer size (129×95×78 mm)

Canon EOS 40D

Canon EOS 40D
5 years older
$1,800 28-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 40D (vs the SLT A58)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Significantly more lenses available: 220 lenses vs 126 lenses

Significant disadvantages of the 40D (vs the SLT A58)

  • Much lower true resolution: 10.1 MP vs 20.1 MP
  • Shoots significantly slower: 6.5 fps vs 8 fps
  • Significantly less viewfinder coverage: 95% vs 100%

common strengths of the 40D and SLT A58

  • Fairly small: Professional size (146×108×74 mm) vs Prosumer size (129×95×78 mm)
  • Built-in flashes

Sony SLT A77 II

Sony SLT A77 II
1 year newer
$1,198 (body only)
$1,798 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A77 II (vs the SLT A58)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,228k dots vs 460k dots
  • Shoots much faster: 12 fps vs 8 fps

Significant disadvantages of the A77 II (vs the SLT A58)

  • Larger: Professional size (143×104×81 mm) vs Prosumer size (129×95×78 mm)

common strengths of the A77 II and SLT A58

  • Fast continuous shooting: 12 fps vs 8 fps
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Fairly small: Professional size (143×104×81 mm) vs Prosumer size (129×95×78 mm)

Sony SLT A99

Sony SLT A99
6 months older
$3,198 (body only)

Significant advantages of the SLT A99 (vs the SLT A58)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 460k dots
  • Weather sealed

Significant disadvantages of the SLT A99 (vs the SLT A58)

  • Shoots significantly slower: 6 fps vs 8 fps
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (147×111×78 mm) vs Prosumer size (129×95×78 mm)
  • Significantly heavier: 812 g vs 492 g

common strengths of the SLT A99 and SLT A58

  • Focus continuously recording movies

Canon EOS 7D

Canon EOS 7D
3 years older
$1,099 (body only)
$1,418 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 7D (vs the SLT A58)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the 7D (vs the SLT A58)

  • Significantly larger: Professional size (148×111×74 mm) vs Prosumer size (129×95×78 mm)
  • Significantly heavier: 860 g vs 492 g

common strengths of the 7D and SLT A58

  • Fast continuous shooting: 8 fps vs 8 fps
  • Fairly small: Professional size (148×111×74 mm) vs Prosumer size (129×95×78 mm)
  • Inexpensive: $1,099.00 vs $329.99

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
3 years newer
$2,219 - $2,999 (body only)
$2,558 - $3,899 24-105mm lens

Significant advantages of the 5D Mark IV (vs the SLT A58)

  • Much larger screen: 3.2" vs 2.7"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,620k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital

Significant disadvantages of the 5D Mark IV (vs the SLT A58)

  • Significantly larger: Professional size (151×116×76 mm) vs Prosumer size (129×95×78 mm)
  • Significantly heavier: 890 g vs 492 g
  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the 5D Mark IV and SLT A58

  • None found

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony SLT A58 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it slightly larger viewfinder (0.65x vs 0.49x), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), can focus continuously while recording movies, has an external mic jack and much more lenses available (126 lenses vs 58 lenses).

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a much smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), has a significantly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 920k dots), doesn't have a touch screen and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
1 year newer
$379 - $498 (body only)
$479 - $598 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A6000 (vs the SLT A58)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the A6000 (vs the SLT A58)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 126 lenses
  • Slower autofocus: Hybrid detection vs Phase detection
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 420 shots vs 690 shots

common strengths of the A6000 and SLT A58

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Inexpensive: $379.00 vs $329.99

Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000
10 months newer
$498 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A5000 (vs the SLT A58)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Significantly smaller: Compact (110×63×36 mm) vs Prosumer size (129×95×78 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the A5000 (vs the SLT A58)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 126 lenses

common strengths of the A5000 and SLT A58

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Inexpensive: $498.00 vs $329.99
  • Each has a built-in flash

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6
similar age
$852 (body only)

Significant advantages of the DMC-G6 (vs the SLT A58)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,036k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-G6 (vs the SLT A58)

  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 340 shots vs 690 shots

common strengths of the DMC-G6 and SLT A58

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 126 lenses
  • Have external mic jacks

Fujifilm X-T10

Fujifilm X-T10
2 years newer
$522 (body only)
$400 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the X-T10 (vs the SLT A58)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the X-T10 (vs the SLT A58)

  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.41x vs 0.65x
  • Much fewer lenses available: 58 lenses vs 126 lenses
  • Lacks an external mic jack

common strengths of the X-T10 and SLT A58

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Inexpensive: $400.00 vs $329.99
  • Each has a built-in flash

Canon EOS M3

Canon EOS M3
1 year newer
$364 (body only)
$538 22mm lens

Significant advantages of the M3 (vs the SLT A58)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the M3 (vs the SLT A58)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 13 lenses vs 126 lenses
  • Much shorter battery life: 250 shots vs 690 shots

common strengths of the M3 and SLT A58

  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Inexpensive: $363.69 vs $329.99

Sony Alpha ILC-3000

Sony Alpha ILC-3000
6 months newer

Significant advantages of the ILC-3000 (vs the SLT A58)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Significantly smaller: Compact (102×58×38 mm) vs Prosumer size (129×95×78 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the ILC-3000 (vs the SLT A58)

  • Doesn't focus continuously recording movies
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 460k dots
  • Significantly smaller viewfinder: 0.49x vs 0.65x

common strengths of the ILC-3000 and SLT A58

  • Each has a built-in flash