"Sony reliable, Minolta beautiful"4.5 starson by Heymull
Pros: Fast startup, 3 fps, older lens compatibility
Cons: no "live preview" like all other SLRs (film and digital)
Summary: I bought this (from B&H) because I have owned several Sony digital cameras and camcorders and know they are not just reliable, they are "robust", built to withstand lots of use over years. And I've owned a Minolta SLR and liked the mechanics and the optics. This is a good value for the money. Image Stabilization works well, and the menus and controls seem intuitive. It is comfortable to hold and easy to navigate the menus. Great photos, too.