"Great camera for person new to SLRs"4.5 starson by jrundog
Pros: Flip out/up live view; easy navigation; excellent pics even with kit lens; stabilization in body rather than lens
Cons: Would be fasterr if it had two wheels, one for aperture, other for exposure.
Summary: I read all the negatives about the new Sonys, especially that the optical view finder was too small and dim. Perhaps if one has only used a viewfinder previously, it may seem inadequate. But the live view option, which I had become accustomed to in using my Fuji 5200, is invaluable to me, so that the viewfinder issue seems to me to be a minimal cavil.I use the ovf whenever it is too bright to see live view, and have no problems with it. I chose the 300 because the extra pixels in the 350 seemed suoerfluous to me. The image quality has been great even with the kit lens (18-70), though I have already added two other lens. There are a whole slew of Minolta lenses that can be used in addition to the Sony offerings. I am processing RAW in Aperture 2.1 and this camera has not been listed yet, but I have over come this by converting to Adobe dng. I am amazed at how clear most of my handheld low light shots have come out, due I am sure to the stabilization mechanism in the body. If you are looking to transition from point and shoot to SLR photography, this is an excellent way to go.