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Sony US announces SLT-A58 DSLR and NEX-3N mirrorless cameras

By dpreview staff on Feb 25, 2013 at 13:00 GMT

Sony US has announced the Alpha SLT-A58 and NEX 3N cameras, five days after they were announced in Europe. The A58 replaces both the A37 and A57, helping to simplify the company's lineup. Meanwhile, the NEX-3N gains a compact-camera-style zoom lever and a smaller body than its predecessor, the F3. Both gain a lock-on focus mode and Auto Object Framing mode. The SLT-A58 will cost around $600 as a kit as a kit with the 18-55mm zoom, while the NEX-3N comes with a 16-50mm power zoom lens for around $500.

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Press Release

Sony Introduces Speedy α58 Digital SLT Camera Featuring New 20.1 MP APS-C Sensor Powered by Translucent Mirror Technology 

Exciting New DSLT Model Features OLED Viewfinder, up to 8 fps shooting, Auto Object Framing and more

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 25, 2013 Lightweight, easy to use and packed with a variety of powerful imaging capabilities, the new Sony SLT-A58 camera is an ideal choice for consumers eager to explore the world of DSLR-style interchangeable lens photography.

The new α58 camera is the latest to feature Sony’s acclaimed Translucent Mirror Technology, which delivers a potent combination of fast shooting, non-stop phase detection autofocus and continuous live image preview during still and full HD video (60i/24p) shooting. This innovative technology also allows the camera to shoot sharply focused images at up to eight frames per second (in Tele-Zoom High Speed Shooting Mode), ensuring that every important detail of any precious moment is fully captured.

At the heart of the new α58 camera is a brand new, highly advanced 20.1 (approx.) effective megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor teamed with an improved BIONZ image processing engine, which individually adjusts levels of noise reduction and sharpness in different imaging areas.  This powerful combination of sensor and processor gives the camera an extra-wide sensitivity range of ISO 100 to 16000, and ensures that it can produce exceptionally detailed, low-noise still images and full HD videos in all types of lighting conditions.

"With the new α58 model, we are bringing unparalleled levels of performance, speed and design to the world of affordable-class DSLR cameras", said Mike Kahn, director of the Alpha business at Sony.  “Featuring our innovative Translucent Mirror Technology, a brand new, high-resolution image sensor and a variety of new, convenient technologies all packaged at a great price, it is perfect for consumers looking to upgrade from the world of point-and-shoot cameras or replace an older DLSR."

To improve the framing, focusing and image playback experience, the α58 camera features a bright new OLED Tru-Finder electronic viewfinder.Using the EVF, shooters can instantly see the result of adjusting exposure compensation, aperture, ISO, white balance, Picture Effect and other parameters while they are composing - not afterwards.  It's a great teaching and learning tool, and a huge help for framing and creating that “perfect shot” with full confidence.

To complement its high-speed shooting capabilities, the α58 camera has a high-performance 15-point AF system that features new Lock-on Autofocus technology for speedier, more accurate subject tracking.  This makes it easier for shooters to focus on and capture fast moving subjects like birds in flight, kids playing sports and virtually everything in between.

The new α58 also introduces new Auto Object Framing technology, an evolution of the innovative Auto Portrait Framing feature introduced last year in Sony’s lineup of interchangeable lens cameras.   With Auto Object Framing, the α58 camera judges what’s in the scene – one person, two people, even moving objects or macro subjects – tracking, framing and cropping the shot to create powerful, professionally-framed compositions. Cropped photos are boosted back to full resolution using Sony’s unique By Pixel Super Resolution technology, and both the original and re-composed image files are saved for review.

Additionally, the new camera features a total of 15 artistic ‘in-camera’ Picture Effect treatments including Toy Camera, Mono and Partial Color and much more, all of which can be accessed instantly from the mode dial. 

The α58 model is Sony’s first A-mount interchangeable lens camera that offers support for new TRILUMINOS Color, which allows consumers to experience an expanded palette of colors when content from the camera is played back on any BRAVIA TV that supports TRILUMINOS Display.

The Sony A-mount camera system now features a total of 35 interchangeable lenses - including several Carl Zeiss® and G-series optics - that offer the ultimate in performance, sharpness and clarity.

Press Release

Sony Introduces the α NEX-3N: The World’s Smallest and Lightest Interchangeable Lens Camera with an APS-C Size Sensor

Stylish New Camera Features Advanced 16.1 MP APS-C Sensor, Fingertip Zoom Control, New Auto Object Framing and more

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 25, 2013 – Sony’s new α NEX-3N digital camera delivers professional quality photos and Full HD videos in an ultra-compact body weighing in at just under 7.5 ounces, making it the world’s smallest and lightest interchangeable lens camera with an APS-C size sensor.*

The new NEX-3N camera will be offered as a kit with the sharp, compact SELP1650 motorized zoom lens, offering the ultimate package of portability and performance in a compact system camera.  The camera features a newly added zoom lever on top of the body, allowing for smooth fingertip control of lens focal length.   The lever can also adjust digital zoom on the camera if a powered zoom lens (SELP1650 or SELP18200) is not being used.

The powerful, 16.1 effective megapixel APS HD CMOS sensor in the new NEX-3N camera is identical in size to those found in traditional DSLR cameras.  Its large surface area takes in more light during image capture, allowing the camera to produce flawless, low-noise photographs with blurred backgrounds and highly detailed full HD videos (60i/24p).  It also boosts maximum camera sensitivity to ISO16000, resulting in exceptional low-light shooting performance.             

"The new NEX-3N is the ideal camera to introduce consumers to the creative world of interchangeable lens photography, offering new levels of performance and convenience never before realized in a mirrorless model," said Mike Kahn, director of the Alpha business at Sony. "By pairing the camera with our retractable SELP1650 lens, loading it up with a host of our newest, most advanced technologies and offering it at a great price point, we’ve created a palm-sized powerhouse that promises outstanding value for our customers."

The NEX-3N camera debuts new Auto Object Framing technology, which allows shooters to create professionally framed photos with each composition. This innovative feature identifies the main object of the framed scene – whether it’s one person, two people or even macro and moving subjects – and then automatically trims the scene around the object to create a professionally-styled composition. The cropped photo is then boosted to full resolution using Sony’s unique By Pixel Super Resolution technology, which uses pattern matching to maintain superb image detail, tones and textures. Both the original and cropped image files are saved for review. 

Additionally, the NEX-3N model is built with an evolved BIONZ processor that utilizes the same area-specific noise reduction technology featured on Sony’s acclaimed full-frame α99 camera.  The high-power processor individually adjusts level of noise reduction and sharpness in different imaging areas, assuring crisp, ultra-low noise handheld shots in all types of lighting situations without loss of detail.

The NEX-3N is also the first E-mount interchangeable lens camera from Sony that offers support for new "TRILUMINOS Color".  This allows consumers to experience a dramatically expanded palette of vivid, ultra-realistic colors when videos and still images from the camera are played back on any BRAVIA TV with support for "TRILUMINOS Display".

Other convenient essentials include a crisp, bright, 7.5cm (3.0-type) LCD screen that flips 180 degrees for hassle-free self-portraits, as well as a new, easy-to-hold textured grip.

Shooters can now choose from a range of 13 high-quality E-mount lenses available for use with the NEX-3N camera to realize its full creative potential.   The line-up includes a variety of telephoto, zoom, wide angle, and macro lenses manufactured by both Sony and Carl Zeiss® to suit any shooting situation. Each model blends superb optical performance with elegant styling to complement the E-mount camera line.  

Pricing and Availability

The new NEX-3N compact digital camera will be available this April in black and white in a kit with the motorized 16-50mm zoom lens (model SELP1650) for about $500. 

The camera kit and a range of compatible E-mount lenses and accessories including the LCS-SB1 sling bag will be available at Sony retail stores (www.store.sony.com) and other authorized dealers nationwide.

Sony Alpha SLT-A58 specifications

Body type
Body typeCompact SLR
Sensor
Max resolution5456 x 3632
Effective pixels20 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors20 megapixels
Sensor typeCMOS
Color spacesRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filters
Image
ISOAuto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 16000 (25600 with boost)
White balance presets9
Custom white balanceYes (1)
Image stabilizationOptical
Image stabilization notesSteadyShot INSIDE
Uncompressed formatRAW
File format
  • RAW
  • RAW + JPEG
  • JPEG Fine
  • JPEG Standard
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampBuilt-in Flash type
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points15
Lens mountSony/Minolta Alpha
Focal length multiplier1.5×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFully articulated
Screen size2.7
Screen dots460,000
Touch screenNo
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder resolution1,440,000
Photography features
Exposure modes
  • iAUTO
  • Flash Off
  • Superior Auto
  • Scene Selection
  • Sweep Panorama
  • 3D Sweep Panorama
  • Continuous Advance Priority AE
  • Movie, Programmed AE (P)
  • Aperture priority (A)
  • Shutter-speed priority (S)
  • Manual (M)
Scene modes
  • Portrait
  • Landscape
  • Macro
  • Sports Action
  • Sunset
  • Night Portrait
  • Night View
  • Hand-held Twilight
Built-in flashYes (Pop-up)
Flash range10.00 m (@ ISO 100)
External flashYes (Hot-shoe, Wireless)
Continuous drive5 fps
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
WB BracketingYes (3 frames, H/L selectable)
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080
FormatMPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264
Videography notes50i or 25p in PAL countries
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (Mini Type C)
WirelessEye-Fi Connected
Remote controlYes (Optional)
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionRechargeable NP-FM500H battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)690
Weight (inc. batteries)492 g (1.08 lb / 17.35 oz)
Dimensions129 x 95 x 78 mm (5.08 x 3.74 x 3.07)
Other features
GPSNone

Sony Alpha NEX-3N specifications

Body type
Body typeRangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor
Max resolution4912 x 3264
Other resolutions4912 x 2760, 3568 x 2368, 3568 x 2000, 2448 x 1624, 2448 x 1376
Image ratio w:h3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors17 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorBionz
Color spacesRGB, AdobeRGB
Image
ISOAuto, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 16000
White balance presets6
Custom white balanceYes (2500-9900k )
Image stabilizationUnknown
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, Standard
File format
  • JPEG
  • RAW (ARW 2.2 Format)
  • RAW+JPEG
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Live View
Digital zoomNo
Number of focus points25
Lens mountSony E
Focal length multiplier1.5×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDTilting
Screen size3
Screen dots460,000
Touch screenNo
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeNone
Photography features
Built-in flashYes (Pop-up)
External flashNo (Accessory Port)
Continuous drive4 fps
WB BracketingNo
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080
FormatMPEG-4, AVCHD
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (Type D)
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion NP-FW50 rechargeable battery & USB charger
Battery Life (CIPA)480
Weight (inc. batteries)269 g (0.59 lb / 9.49 oz)
Dimensions110 x 62 x 35 mm (4.33 x 2.44 x 1.38)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
GPSNone

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Total comments: 17
mathewjmcewan
By mathewjmcewan (9 months ago)

I recently purchased the a58 to replace my Nikon D90. I was looking for a decent DSLR new or used for around $450, $600. After researching every APS-C format (23mm 15mm) camera available at my local retailers, craigs list, I bit the bullet and picked up the Sony Alpha a37. A few days later I returned to the store for a 55mm filter. The a58 was on sale for a few dollars more. I made the exchange, I'm glad I did. The a58 is a quick all around camera, with a good response time. Manual focus does come in handy when shooting mid/far night scenes. My only complaint really is the software, it lacks dual monitor support, and basic editing functions. I have owned dozens of cameras, this being my first Sony, and probably not my last.

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tmurph
By tmurph (Mar 12, 2013)

If what I'm about to write has already been put on here by another member then please accept my apologies.

I'm thinking of changeing my DSLR and have been looking at Sony SLT camera's, looking at the spec of the new A58 it seems to be right up my street.
So I looked at the A57 on here just to see the differences between the two.The OLED EVF, great, more mega pixels, good and the odd tweek here and there but, hold on! what have we here? I did a silly thing and looked at the A65 and lo and behold its got a similar spec to the A58 except, its got 4.5more pixels and it has auto bracketing.
So, do I buy the new A58 for £450 here in the uk or spend £50/£60 more on the A65 and get a slightly better camera.
Even a bigger OR! are Sony going to kick me in the doodaas and bring out an A66.....hmm

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123Mike
By 123Mike (Mar 2, 2013)

A58 1080 60p was removed! That really really sucks !

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Minolta4Life
By Minolta4Life (Feb 28, 2013)

A few meaningful changes would have been nice on the Alpha 58. Sony may have purchased the camera rights from Minolta, but they must have passed on creativity and innovation. The Minolta 7D is still one of the most ground breaking cameras of the digital era. Add a few MP's, and increase the dynamic range (new sensor and processor), and the rebirthed 7D would rule the camera world. Minolta4Life.

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Shamael
By Shamael (Feb 27, 2013)

i would like to know how good, or how bad, the lens mount in plastic is. To me, replacing a solid bayonet mount by a plastic cheapie is not ab evolution. Some composite materials show less wear in time than metal, but Sony has certainly not used aviation, or mil specs, compatible materials for that mount. It is the only weakness I find beside the ledscreen that can not be inverted to leave a a black surface when you use the evf. On this one again all the sweat of your chicks will stick to. Why not a full rotating screen like on A77

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Donnie G
By Donnie G (Feb 26, 2013)

The A58 looks like it will be a real contender among entry level DSLR buyers. I've always thought that Sony's SLT concept would have its greatest appeal among entry level buyers anyway. Now that the SLT bodies have a uniform form factor and identity, it will be interesting to see how well they do sales wise against the traditional entry level DSLR offerings from Nikon and Canon.

Interchangeable lens mirrorless compacts don't really appeal to me, so I don't feel qualified to comment on the NEX-3N, other than to say that if you like it, cool.

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MikeInNJ
By MikeInNJ (Feb 25, 2013)

I've looked in a variety of places but am still curious what the Picture Effects are. I only see "11 modes and 15 effects" listed everywhere, straight from the press release. I'm interested in the "Illustration" effect in particular that is included on the Sony RX100 Compact camera. I'd be grateful if someone could list out the picture effects for the a58. Thanks.

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MikeInNJ
By MikeInNJ (Feb 26, 2013)

Found the answer. Too bad "Illustration" continues to be exclusive to the RX100.

Posterization (Color, B/W), Pop Color, Retro Photo, Partial Color (R,G,B,Y), High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera, Soft High-key, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome, Miniature

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Caoedhen
By Caoedhen (Feb 25, 2013)

The A58 looks very interesting to replace my A300... but did anyone else notice the ISO hot shoe??? It looks like a single contact generic shoe, so has Sony brought out new flash guns to go with it?

Or am I way behind on my camera upgrades?

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Plastek
By Plastek (Feb 25, 2013)

Yes, there are new flash guns (or use an adapter. Or trigger old flashes wirelessly (wireless mode remains unchanged) ).

You are not way behind - that's the second Sony with new hotshoe (first one was A99).

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MarkInSF
By MarkInSF (Feb 26, 2013)

The NEX-6 also has the new hot shoe. There are some additional contacts hidden under a lip at the front.

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Low Budget Dave
By Low Budget Dave (Feb 27, 2013)

I have the NEX 6, which has the same hot shoe. It works great with my "low budget" yongnuo flash. If you want the TTL and high speed sync, (I think) you still need to get the flash from Sony, and the HVL58 is still about $400.

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mpgxsvcd
By mpgxsvcd (Feb 25, 2013)

These look like very interesting new cameras. You can't argue with how small the NEX-3N is. That is really small for APS-C. It will sell very well.

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noegd
By noegd (Feb 25, 2013)

It is much smaller than the F3 but hardly smaller or lighter than the 5N/5R.

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pureaxis
By pureaxis (Feb 25, 2013)

pretty smart announcing a product twice and making the front page twice

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EinsteinsGhost
By EinsteinsGhost (Feb 25, 2013)

It helps to make a splash across the pond (previous news being about European launch), and expected launch announcement on Monday in the USA.

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Plastek
By Plastek (Feb 25, 2013)

hehehe, can't disagree with that.

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