Sony a700 vs Sony a58

This is a full comparison between the cameras Sony a700 and Sony a58. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Manufacturing

These cameras are both manufactured by Sony.

Sony a700 were released 2007 and Sony a58 was released 2013. That is a 6 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Sony a700 2007
Sony a58 2013

Type of camera

Sensors / crop factor

Both these cameras have the same sorts of sensor (called "Sony APS-C") which means that if you compare these cameras side by side the lenses will also have the same experienced focal length. Neither of the cameras has a Full frame sensor which means that you will get a "crop factor" where the camera's sensor size affect the focal length with a multiplier.

Camera Focal length, 50mm f/1.8 **
Sony a700 75 mm
Sony APS-C sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.5
Sony a58 75 mm
Sony APS-C sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.5

** Experienced focal length when using a lens such as a common "50mm f/1.8"

Learn more about crop factor and focal length multiplier here:
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Sony)

Resolution

Sony a700 has a 12 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Sony a58 has 20 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Sony a700 12 MP
12166656 pixels
4272 x 2848
Sony a58 20 MP
19816192 pixels
5456 x 3632

Sony a58 has a 63 % larger resolution than Sony a700. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterward while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Sony a58 has a larger ISO-range than Sony a700. Sony a58 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 16000 while Sony a700 has 100 to 1600.

Camera ISO Range
Sony a700 100-1600
Sony a58 100-16000

Autofocus and lens compatibility

Both of these cameras have a built-in autofocus motor. Some lenses, that support autofocus, do not have an autofocus motor of their own but this won't cause any problems with these two cameras.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Sony a700
Lens compatibility chart for Sony a58

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Sony a700 can shoot up to 5 pictures per seconds and Sony a58 can shoot up to 5 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Sony a700 5
Sony a58 5

Ability to record movies

It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.

It is only one of these two cameras that support recording movies and movie clips and that is Sony a58. Sadly, the Sony a700 does not support this.

Weight

The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, or carried around, for several hours at a time.

Sony a700 weighs 768 gr (equal to 1.69 lb) which is 56% heavier than Sony a58 and its 492 gr (or 1.08 lb).

Camera Weight
Sony a700 768 gr
1.69 lb
Sony a58 492 gr
1.08 lb

Sony a700 vs Sony a58 Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Sony a700 and Sony a58, next to each other. Each category of data is a link to an article covering the subject, giving you a deeper understanding so you can better understand the strengths and weaknesses of the two camera models.

Product
Sony a700
Sony a58
Name Sony a700 Sony a58
Manufacturer Sony Sony
Release Date and Price
Sony a700
Sony a58
Release Year 2007 2013
Release Date 2007-09-06 2013-02-20
MSRP 1399 USD 599 USD
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Camera Type
Sony a700
Sony a58
Camera Type DSLR SLT
Sensor
Sony a700
Sony a58
Sensor Size APS-C (approx 23.5 x 15.6 mm) APS-C (approx 23.5 x 15.6 mm)
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Resolution 4272 x 2848 pixels 5456 x 3632 pixels
Megapixels 12 MP 20 MP
Image Processor Bionz Bionz
Image
Sony a700
Sony a58
ISO Range 100 - 1600 100 - 16000
White Balance Presets 7 9
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
(Sensor-Shift)
Yes
(Optical SteadyShot INSIDE)
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 0 stops 0 stops
Uncompressed format RAW RAW
Optics & Focus
Sony a700
Sony a58
Autofocus Motor Yes Yes
Autofocus Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Single
Continuous
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Tracking
Single
Continuous
Face Detection
LiveView
Focus Points 11 15
Lens Mount Sony A

See Compatible Lenses
Sony A

See Compatible Lenses
Focal Length Multiplier APS-C Sensor (1.5x)
1.5x multiplier
Example:
24 mm becomes 36 mm
50 mm becomes 75 mm
100 mm becomes 150 mm
200 mm becomes 300 mm
APS-C Sensor (1.5x)
1.5x multiplier
Example:
24 mm becomes 36 mm
50 mm becomes 75 mm
100 mm becomes 150 mm
200 mm becomes 300 mm
Screen & Viewfinder
Sony a700
Sony a58
Articulated LCD N/A Fully articulated
Screen size 3 2.7
Screen dots 920000 460000
Touch screen No No
Screen type N/A N/A
Live view No Yes
Viewfinder Type Optical (pentaprism) Electronic
Viewfinder Coverage 95% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.9 (0.6 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder Resolution N/A N/A
Photography features
Sony a700
Sony a58
Frames per second 5 fps 5 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/8000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Built-in Flash Yes Yes
Built-in Flash Range 12 meters 10 meters
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse No No
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Exposure Compensation +/- 3 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV steps) N/A
Videography features
Sony a700
Sony a58
Video recording No Yes
Video format N/A MPEG4
H.264
AVCHD
Video resolution N/A 1920 x 1080
Built-in Microphone No Yes
Built-in Speakers No Yes
Storage
Sony a700
Sony a58
Memory Card Compact Flash
Memory Stick Pro Duo
Memory Stick Pro Duo
SD/SDHC
Connectivity
Sony a700
Sony a58
HDMI Output Yes Yes
Microphone Port No No
Headphone Port No No
Wireless No Yes
Eye-Fi Connected
Remote Control Yes (Wire (Optional)) Yes (Optional)
GPS No No
Body & Dimensions
Sony a700
Sony a58
Enviromentally sealed No No
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details Lithium-Ion (NP-FM500H) & charger
Rechargeable NP-FM500H battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 650 shots 690 shots
Width 142 mm 129 mm
Height 105 mm 95 mm
Depth 80 mm 78 mm
Weight 768 gram 492 gram