Best Value DSLR - Sony A58

Started Nov 21, 2013 | Discussions thread
havoc315 Veteran Member • Posts: 4,241
Re: Haha!

Vikas Rana wrote:

cgarrard wrote:

Vikas Rana wrote:

cgarrard wrote:

Vikas Rana wrote:

A lot more camera than the A58 in so many respects, but not much more either.

"While Canon and Nikon certainly dominate the high-end DSLR game, Pentax has quietly been churning out excellent consumer-grade DSLRs at affordable prices for years. The K-50 is the culmination of those efforts, showing a vast improvement over older affordable Pentax models like the K-r or the K-x. Available in dozens of fetching colors and designs, the K-50 still offers serious performance, excellent control, and is fully weather-sealed—a feature far too many consumers overlook when shopping for a DSLR. (MSRP $699.95)

Read our full review of the Pentax K-50 here "

Both cameras offer a lot of value, and they are wholly different choices. One has a high end OVF/weather sealing (and more) the other a high end EVF and lower price. If I were a new DSLR buyer I'd be looking at those two cameras.

Its funny to me that you are talking about spending $699 on an OVF based DLSR...

There that looks better ^

$583.65 brand new with a better weather sealed kit lens, non rotating front element, weather sealed body, dual control wheels, better sensor than the A58, Jpeg engine that blows away the A58's, much more functionality and customization, much better build quality, 2 battery options, .... who needs to mention the 100% accurate .92x OVF, faster top shutter speed, in camera raw development, etc etc etc.

You can say what you will, but the K50 is a better deal than you found amigo - unless you must have an evf. The A58 is a good bargain for an EVF camera, but not as much as the K50 is today.

Spare me your EVF rant, both the ovf and evf have pro's and cons and I like them both. In each category though the K50 is the best value of its category and offers a lot more camera to grow into than the A58 despite the fact the A58 is already a pretty darn good camera/deal.


May be you are correct or I may need to do some R&D but pentax not available in my country so really it doesn't make any sense to me to spending hundreds of dollaarrrs just to pay the shipping and import taxes on a product that is not available world-wide...!

K-50 vs A57, A58, A65, A77 (Pentax stands far away from SLTs)

  1. A77 is also weather sealed with 12fps burst rate.
  2. 1080p @ 30fps only, A65, A77 can shoot at 60fps
  3. No external mic jack, All SLT have mic jacks
  4. Only 16mp. A58 is 20mp, A65/A77 is 24mp
  5. Smaller viewfinder (0.61x) than A58 (0.65x), A65 (0.71x)
  6. 92% Below average viewfinder coverage, All SLT have 100% coverage
  7. No In-Camera Panorama in K-50, ALL SLT have panorama
  8. No Continuous video focus in K-50, Lock-On focus in A58
  9. Again CDAF vs PDAF
  10. No flip-out screen, All SLT screens can flip-out at some angles
  11. Low battery, Only 410shots vs 690 shots of A58
  12. Lesser lenses are available, Sony have more than 400 lenses including old minolta and maxxum lenses
  13. Quite heavy, K-50 weight around 650grams where as A58 is only 492grams
  14. Cannot Take 3D photos, Except A58 all SLTs are capable of 3D photos
  15. Shutter speed does not stand in front of A57, A65, A77.. only 6fps vs 8 to 12fps
  16. again OVF vs OLED EVF

Lolz.. I could not stop laughing on K-50 while writing the above points!!!

You're unfairly comparing the premium SLTs-- many of your points are the A77 and A65.

Comparing the A58 only with the K50, the K50 looks better across many key points.
Sure--any SLT has some unique selling points such as live view, full time PDAF. But the k50 unquestionably has far superior build quality (it's weather sealed, not even a debate). The k50 has much better high ISO performance.
Unless you're absolutely in love with the unique benefits of SLT, it's pretty hard to put the A58 ahead.

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