Sony on Monday announced the a58 DSLT, touting the camera’s new 20.1-megapixel APS-C sensor with Translucent Mirror Technology. Available in April, the DSLR-style camera is an enthusiast camera through and through, bridging that gap between the enthusiast market. It’s got all the manual controls you can ask for, performance, quality and full-time continuous auto-focus.
That sensor under the hood is a brand new Exmor APS HD CMOS from Sony, accompanied by an improved BIONZ processing engine. What this does, Sony says, is individually adjust levels of noise in different imaging areas. Even with a range of ISO 100 to 16000, the combo and sensor and processor will produce richly detailed results, even in lower lit conditions.
“With the new a58 model, we are bringing unparalleled levels of performance, speed and design to the world of affordable-class DSLR camera, said Mike Kahn, director of the Alpha business at Sony.
Built-in to the camera is an interesting new OLED Tru-Finder electronic viewfinder, which allows the user to instantly see results of ISO, white balance, Picture Effect, exposure compensation and many other factors in real-time, not just after the fact. This will give shooters better control over the scene, and allow them to produce the best possible results.
Additional features include a 15-point AF system and Lock-on Autofocus, Auto Object Framing technology, artistic features and support for 35 interchangeable lenses. Sony didn’t nail down a specific date, only to say this would be available in April. But the company did say it’ll come as a kit with 18-55mm zoom lens for about $600.