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Sony SLT-A58

Sony SLT-A58K Digital Camera


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Sony SLT-A58
Sony SLT-A37
Canon EOS 600D / Rebel T3i
Nikon D5100
Sony Alpha SLT-A33
Sony SLT-A58K Digital Camera
Sony SLT-A37K Digital Camera with 18-55mm lens
Canon EOS 600D / Rebel T3i Digital Camera with 18-55mm lens
Nikon D5100 Body Only Digital Camera
Sony Alpha SLT-A33 Body Only Digital Camera
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Release Date
Feb 2013
Jun 2012
Feb 2011
Apr 2011
Sep 2010
Camera Type
SLR/Professional, Compact SLR
SLR/Professional
SLR/Professional
SLR/Professional
SLR/Professional
Optical Zoom
3.0 x
3.0 x
3.0 x
3.0 x
Resolution
20.0 Megapixel
16.5 Megapixel
18.7 Megapixel
16.9 Megapixel
14.2 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
CMOS
Exmor APS HD CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
LCD Screen Size
2.7 in.
2.7 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
Image Sensor Size
28.2 mm
28.2 mm
26.7 mm
28.2 mm
28.2 mm

Excellent OLED electronic viewfinder

Respectable photo quality

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The Canon T3i is very promising, though, and should satisfy a lot of shooters who are looking for that articulating screen on a camera with Canon's impressive 18-megapixel sensor.

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Practical feature set contribute to the Nikon D5100's strengths.

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the Sony SLT-series cameras look rather aggressive, with the popup flash housing hunched low over the top of the lens barrel.

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