Sony SLT A57 vs Sony SLT A58

Winner
Sony SLT A57

71

Sony SLT A58

62

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A57

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 60fps
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.72x
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
12 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A58

Battery life
Great battery life
690 shots
Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.65x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony SLT A57.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony SLT A58.

competitors

Sony SLT A57 Competitors

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$548 body only

$698 with 16-50mm lens

Focus points Many more focus points
Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
Sony SLT-A65

Sony SLT A65

Entry-level DSLR

$1,000 body only

$1,142 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Much higher true resolution
GPS Has a GPS
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower
Sony SLT-A55

Sony SLT A55

Entry-level DSLR

GPS Has a GPS
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
Supports 24p No 24p support

Sony SLT A58 Competitors

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$299 body only

$349 - $397 with 18-55mm lens

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Startup delay Much less startup delay
Autofocus Slower video autofocus
Sony Alpha SLT-A68

Sony Alpha SLT-A68

Boutique

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Focus points Many more focus points
Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i

Entry-level DSLR

$404 - $649 body only

$520 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Screen size Much larger screen
Color depth Worse color depth

discussion

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Avatar for Kirk Bruner Kirk Bruner (9:10 PM, May 05, 2015)
Plastic mounts were used for a decade by many manufacturers during the film SLR days. Nikon, Canon, Minolta all had them on entry-level cameras. I don't remember hearing of any actually breaking during all those years. These days, since you can't just upgrade to a better type of film, you have to upgrade the entire camera more often, instead of keeping a good camera going for a long time. I'm guessing it won't be a problem. With stuff like this, there's never "enough said" to write something off that easily. It's not a pro rig, no matter what. Nobody's going up Everest with this camera.
 
Avatar for tinslatee tinslatee (1:57 AM, December 27, 2013)
any camera that claims to be a dslr/slt and has a plastic lens mount should be thrown in the dust bin of history and erased from our memory. The whole concept of interchangeable lenses is based on this connection being secure and durable, They have taken one of the most important moving parts of this style of camera and butchered it. Enough said.
 
Angie (3:51 PM, November 13, 2013)
At least three of the reasons given for buying the a58 also apply to the a57. I don't know about the video one since I don't use the a57 for video.
 
Avatar for Low_Budget_Dave Low_Budget_Dave (11:33 AM, October 27, 2013)
In general use, I prefer the A58 to the A57. The comparison above surprised me. The newer sensor produces results that are visibly better to me, without even bothering to peek at pixels. This might be due to different programming, and a good round of photoshop might make them look the same, but for out-of-camera jpg, I like the A58 better.


The rear screen on the A58 is not as good, but most people will not notice. The viewfinder on the A58 is not as good either. Most people will notice this, but it still might not bother you. The plastic lens mount on the A58 might bother people, but as long as you are careful, it won't make any difference.


To me, the Autofocus matters much more than the rear screen, and the A58 feels faster. I don't know if it is or not, but if you put the same lens on them in the store, and try them both out, you will most likely buy the A58.
 
Bob Cox (9:05 PM, July 03, 2013)
Contrary to what this page says, both the A57 and A58 have sensor-shift stabilization built into the body. Both are capable of supporting lens with in-lens stabilizers, but neither one requires them.
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (5:15 PM, June 10, 2013)
Thanks for pointing that out @davebytes:disqus , we we will fix that up soon
 
Avatar for davebytes davebytes (4:46 PM, June 10, 2013)
Your weight data is wrong. You transposed the weight for A58 (should be 492, not 429), and used the batt+media weight for the A57 (rather than batt-less data, which is 539). Apples to apples, 492 vs 539 is just under 10%, which at the 500g mark, PLUS battery, media, and LENS, isn't much of a delta.
 
Avatar for Cinekpol Cinekpol (8:38 AM, May 10, 2013)
Lol, this comparison is totally dumb. A58 looses even though it "Distinguishes 729,6 more bits of color" - seriously? If in reality it'd have 729,6 more bits of color resolution than A57 - which it doesn't - for this feature alone it'd be an insta-buy of A58. But no... not according to snapsort.... sure... lol
 
dragunr1 (8:41 AM, May 04, 2013)
wrong entry for a58, appears in other comparisons too: 753 bits
vs
23,4 bits

Distinguishes 729,6 more bits of color