Pros Quick AF, Incredible Value, Vibrant Colors (with right lens), easy to use, the ability to use old Minolta lenses.
Cons Lens is a ceap plastic turd P.O.S. Also there's one button that should be replaced with something else.
Summary This camera is really unbelievable for the price. If we're talking about the camera body (with no lens), I prefer it over the Canon Rebel XSi anyday (and I've used both). The problem for Sony is that their lens is sooooo crappy that the image quality goes straight down the toilet, and Canons lenses are for the most part very sharp and colorful.
The solution? Minolta lenses. I got my camera in the mail this morning and have played with it all day. From the second I unpacked the lens I was disappointed- even before I put it on the camera. It has an extremely cheap and plasticy feel, probably because it is cheap and made of only plastic. I'm actually pretty sure there's not a single piece of glass in the lens (which means, for those of you are new to this, that it sucks). I put it on and sure enough the results were not pretty. Don't run off to Canon's page so quickly, though- remember that this IS a 9/10 review.
What makes up for sony's crappy crappy lens is the fact that you can use any Minolta lens from the past 20 years. In anticipation of purchasing this camera I brought 2 Minolta lenses from a garage sale a few weeks ago for a hundred bucks, and when I put them on the camera it was like magic. The autofocus still works in an instant, and the sharpness and color combined with Sony's 14megapixel sensor have left this former film-snob utterly impressed.
So my advice to advanced amateur photographers is to buy this camera. But just the body only. Save the hundred bucks to buy yourself a Minolta lens (or two). I thought I'd throw in the extra hundred bucks with this cam just to have an extra lens for my collection, and it was absolutely not worth it. I don't even know if I'll mount it onto my camera ever again. Seriously- It's a big plastic turd. I wouldn't buy it again if it was 20 bucks.
Also- I learned the complete menu for this camera in less than a day. The only negative things about this camera (except for the crappy turd plastico lens) are that it's not a full frame sensor (look it up, and then decide if you really want to spend and extra 1300 dollars to get a full frame sensor DSLR), and that there's a really dumb and pointless digital zoom button that is a total tragic use of space. I could think of ten more used/usable functions that could have gone there instead.
Really though, I couldn't be happier with this camera.
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Pros IQ, tiltable screen, real liveview, excellent DNR, in body stabilizer
Cons Flash can get closed eyes
Summary Real underrated by the reviewer and I think, not understood. I had a Nikon D300 that didn't get any better pictures. The light metering is much better then the Canon 40D, which is much more expensive, and right on par with the Nikon 300D.
It takes a little time to know it, but it works flawless. Even high sun scenes with lots of shadow don't throw the lighting of. Even with a cheap kitlens, it's just as sharp as the 40D or D300, per pixel. BUT, you got much more pixels! Sony is going for gold!
The flash is not so great, because it pre flashes, leaving a lot of people with their eyes closed. shooting manual flash or getting a Metz 58 is a solution.
The flash does deliver perfectly lit photos, as if it was daylight, with no hard shadows or ugly skin spots.
Pros easy to navigate the bottons, very clear quality photos.
Cons a little expensive for the lenses
Summary better performance, very high megapixel, good live view mode
Pros Anti-Dust Technology,Eye-Start Autofocus System, good battery power
Cons To many choices in the setup
Summary I purchase the body with an SAL18250 LENS if you are someone who is just a beginner this camera is great.. The auto focus and stabilizer are a major plus. Easy to handle and operate. Great photos I took it to san francisco and I can tell you the blue sky and red golden gate bridge come out really nice in the photos
Pros This camera's resolution and ease of use for the price can't be beat. Live view comes in handy at events.
Cons Kit lens is very bad.
Summary Minolta lens work fantastic with this camera and can be found very cheap. Portraits with 50mm 1.4 Minolta lens are awesome. This is a camera to grow with. Sony is only going to get better and as they grow those who buy this camera will grow with them those with a Minolta system won't have to go Nikon or Canon.