The Sony alpha 58 DSLR is the latest to feature Translucent Mirror Technology, which delivers a 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 8 fps (in Tele-Zoom High Speed Shooting Mode).
At the heart of the new camera is a brand new, highly advanced 20.1-megapixel (effective) Exmor APS HDCMOSsensor teamed with an improved BIONZ image processing engine, which individually adjusts levels of noise reduction and sharpness in different imaging areas.
Sony says this combo of sensor and processor gives the camera an extra-wide sensitivity range of ISO 100 to 16,000 and ensures it can produce exceptionally detailed, low-noise still images and full HD videos in all types of lighting conditions.
To improve framing, focusing and image playback, the alpha 58 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.
The 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.
The new camera also introduces new Auto Object Framing technology, an evolution of the Auto Portrait Framing feature, with the camera judging what’s in the scene – one person, two people, even moving objects or macro subjects – tracking, framing and cropping the shot.
Cropped photos are boosted back to full resolution using Sony’s 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 Colour, all of which can be accessed instantly from the mode dial.
The alpha 58 DSLR will be available as a kit with a new 18-55 mm zoom lens this April for about $600.