"Image quality on par with D80"4.5 starson by totorosan
Pros: Excellent images, excellent lighting, excellent colors, sharpness unbeatable
Cons: I can't find anything wrong with this camera
Summary: I tested this camera in several shops in Hawaii. If you had to choose between the Sony Alpha and the Nikon D80, I would choose the Sony Alpha. It is on par with the Nikon D80.
If I had money to burn I would get the D80, but the Sony Alpha is the ONLY camera that can compare to the D80, period. If you read the Popular Photography review of this camera, you will see the comparisons between the D80 and the Alpha. I love the Alpha. It is easy to use and the image quality is completely insane! It even has built-in features that can mimick Photoshop auto-levels if you want.
Granted part of the cost of the D80 is due to the excellent lens that comes with it. You can probably find a D80 cheaper with the equivelant lens of the Alpha. Given this option, it would be a toss up. I would probably still favor the Alpha for it's incredible image stability.
If you can't afford a D80 (most people can't), I would get the Sony Alpha and be proud to say I own it. I've researched probably 40 different high-level cameras and I plan on buying an Alpha next week.Updated
I submitted this review with a 10 not a 9. What gives?