Sony has announced the release of the Sony Alpha α58 interchangeable lens camera with translucent mirror technology. The camera features a new 20.1 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, new OLED TruFinder electronic viewfinder, auto-object framing and lock-on AF tracking. The Sony Alpha A58 will be available from mid-April and replaces the Sony Alpha A37 and A57
At the heart of the α58 is a brand new Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor with an extremely high resolution of (approx.) 20.1 effective megapixels. It’s teamed with an improved BIONZ image processing engine for exceptionally detailed, low-noise stills and Full HD video, plus an extra-wide sensitivity range of ISO 100 to 16000.
Even if you’re shooting handheld, SteadyShot INSIDE keeps pictures crisp and stable, letting you shoot with confidence at slower shutter speeds or higher zoom settings, where wobbles are often a worry.
Unlike ordinary DSLR cameras, Sony SLT cameras use Translucent Mirror technology that directs light onto the main image sensor as well as a separate autofocus sensor. This means that subjects stay sharply focused at all times as you compose scenes with the tilt-angle LCD or through the high-resolution, high-contrast OLED Tru-Finder. Plus, with no moving mirror to slow you down, you’ll enjoy non-stop live image previews during speedy burst shooting or while you’re recording Full HD video.
8 fps (frames per second) high-speed continuous shooting. The α58 features Translucent Mirror Technology which offers the lightning-quick speed and precision you need to ‘focus between the moments’; whether you’re shooting Full HD movies or high-resolution still photos. Translucent Mirror Technology gives you Continuous Priority AE shooting at up to 8fps plus high-speed continuous AF that keeps your subject in precise focus in every frame – so you can capture sporting action and fleeting facial expressions like never before.
Quick AF Full HD movie shooting
Some of the best photographs and movies are taken on the spur of the moment. The α58’s AVCHD 1080i video shooting with its smooth, precise phase detection AF tracking means that even if you just happen to be in the right place at the right time those sudden spur of the moment shots will be captured in crystal clear quality. This spontaneity can have its drawbacks however; low light conditions or moving subjects, can ruin photos. The Exmor APS HD CMOS sensors used in the α58 offer outstanding sensitivity for low-light shooting, and their large surface area captures background defocusing effects that add a sense of depth and drama to action shots. The sensors’ large size also contributes to superior light sensitivity, assuring high image quality even in low light.