Pros Everything about this camera is beyond excellent. It doesn't have any overkill B.S. that comes standard on Nikon and Canon. Sony cuts straight to quality and intuitive user-friendliness.
Cons Doesn't have the gauche appeal of Nikon or Canon. You need to really love photography and stick to your guns.
Summary If somebody had told her this was a Nikon with a Nikon label on it...her review would have been glowing, with an excellent rating. She would have gone on and on about how wonderful the new "Nikon" is and how all of its feature sets are so much simpler now...take my advice. I've owned full-frame "pro" cameras by both Nikon and Canon...and I'm sick of them both. I'll take Sony anytime. Easy to use, professional quality imaging and ergonomis galore. Intuitive? My God YES!!! The lenses you can use with this camera are great, and no other vertical grip can compare to this one and the one for the A900. Be the future of professional photography. I'm an ALPHA!!!
Pros Quick focus and shutter reaction, very good resolution below 1600 ISO, good resolution above 1600 ISO, all the frequently used controls are just a button push away, good weight and solid grip
Cons I don't really have any
Summary My father has the Alpha DSLR-A100 and this has easier access to frequently used controls. This is a very enjoyable camera to hold and shoot. You will never regret this purchase.
Pros The camera takes me back to the Maxxum 7 auto focus focusing in the dark years. Excellent quiet focus and high iso low noise level rivals Nikon D300 that to the firm V4. DRO is a blessing and excellent when it comes to highlights. Semi pro.
Cons Nothing that I can think of, but there is no perfect camera. I'd like to see more glass coming from Sony.
Summary The camera is an excellent camera that competes with Nikon and Canon Canon 50D and D300 in every area minus the live view and video. But I'm a photographer that shoot fashion and commercial, I don't need a video on my camera. Sony has made this camera and the A900 for the serious photographer and hobbyist. Don't be fooled by the Cnet review, this is not an amateur camera by a long shot. This a semi and pro. camera that should be taken very serious. Even my Minolta 7D isn't an amateur camera and that camera can't compete with this camera. The images are breath taking, navigation is user friendly, quiet auto focus, big difference from Minolta's loud focusing noise. I don't struggle shooting with this camera, the dynamic range is awesome on this camera. No more clipping highlights like on my 7D and some of the older dslr cameras. The firmware via V4 was the best thing that Sony added, after seeing the noise result at 800 and up, I feel confident in shooting at those high speed while not sacrificing quality.
Pros PC SINC ADAPTER, GREAT HIGHLIGHT RANGE,,FAST FOCUSING AND CAN USE ANY MAXXUM LENSES,GREAT PICTURE QUALITY BETWEEN 100 TO 640 ASA,MANUAL WHITE BALANCE, CAN BE USED COMPLETELLY MANUAL, 3 DIFFERENT MANUAL BALANCES CAN BE SAVED FOR THE EVENT
Cons i WHICH IT HAD A FULL SCREEN HIGHLIGHT CLIPPING AND INSTEAD OF THE SONY HOT SHOE A REGULAR FLASH HOT SHOE.
Summary I OWN 2 CANON CAMERAS, STILL I WILL NOT CHANGE MY SONY FOR MY WEDDING JOBS AS THE QUALITY BEATS THE ONE FROM THE CANON CAMERAS THAT I OWN WITH THE SAME AMOUNT OR MORE OF PIXELS.
Pros Excellent features and first class images. The controls are very easy to learn and all are easily accessed. Uses Minolta glass.
Cons Vertical grip duplicates main camera controls making the grip cluttered. It's easy to use controls even holding vertical without grip. With grip it's too easy to hit controls accidently.
Summary I already own a Maxxum D7 Minolta and lenses so Sony is a natural choice since they took over Minolta imaging. As with the D7 the controls are well thought out and easy to use. It's not a beginners camera but with a decent knowledge of photography it is very controllable and the settings make creative images a lot of fun.