Why is the SLT-A58 so cheap, any obvious reasons?

Started Oct 17, 2013 | Questions thread
Vikas Rana
Vikas Rana Contributing Member • Posts: 916
Re: Why is the SLT-A58 so cheap, any obvious reasons?

James_lpool wrote:

Hi, I have owned Sony Slr's before, A100, A350, A580 (which i loved).

I currently have the Sony RX100 compact which is an excellent compact.

I was just hvaing a look about at some of the more newer cameras and i noticed that the A58 is extremely cheap, i can currently but it new from amazong with a 18-55mm kit lens for just £330, probably a little cheaper if i looked on ebay etc..

Im just wondering why this camera is so cheap, is there an obvious reason why its this cheap, i am assuming its a more entry level camera, but it's specs look pretty decent.



The reason when A58 is cheap is:-

  1. Small 2.7" lcd screen
  2. Low Screen Resolution
  3. shoots slower than other SLTs (5 fps) but still equal to nikon or canon
  4. Smaller Viewfinder 0.65x
  5. Can not take 3d photos

New stuff in A58 which was not there in its predecessors:-

  1. 20mega pixel true resolution
  2. Large Image sensor APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
  3. Much better image quality than A57, A37 or any predecessors
  4. OLED viewfinder with 100% coverage, although its smaller than its predecessors LCD viewfinders but A58's VF is very accurate, you will get what you see.
  5. Longer battery life, sony says it can take 700 shots
  6. Comes with SAM-2 kit lens which is better than its predecessors

Source:- http://snapsort.com/compare/Sony-SLT-A57-vs-Sony-SLT-A58

I also bought A58 and quite happy with it, since I can live with slow shoot rate, the lcd screen size and resolution. The picture will finally go in my hard-drive.

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Sony SLT-A58 Tamron SP AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical (IF) Sony DT 55-300mm F4.5-5.6 SAM Sony DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM II Adobe Photoshop CS6
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