"A great step forward in photographic performance"4.5 starson by schlyguy
Pros: Solid build quality, uncomplicated operation, nice size, weight and feel, access to amazingly sharp Zeiss lenses - overall an excellent photographic tool. Produces amazing images - in body stabilization for all lenses a huge feature.
Cons: None to speak of.
Summary: A lot has been said in online reviews about high ISO noise, which made me hesitate as a long time Minolta / Sony user, and made me consider defecting to Canon. I looked at the 5DmkII, but Canon doesn't have access to some of the amazing Sony / Zeiss lenses which are superb, and the in-body stabilization really tipped it into Sony's favor for me personally. The Sony appears to be 1 to 2 stops behind Canon in high ISO performance, and after 2 months of shooting with the camera, it's something that I can live with. The AM58 flash is very versatile, with the pivoting head that Canon and Nikon don't match, the 500 reflex lens is a great tool that I carry in my backpack every day. I'm very happy that I stuck with Sony and upgraded to the Alpha 900. I have to say that I am disappointed with the CNET review "A good first try"? How about a solid performance that brings Sony into the realm of the finest photographic tools available today?