Pros Fast, Good colors froms other than kit lens, good focus, good video albeit not great. light, very light, with a 50mm f/1.8 its the lightest DSLR I can think of. Great resolution, better than most the competition.
Cons At this price point? None!
Summary The fact that this isn't seen as a DSLR by the editor astounds me and frankly makes no sense. It has a mirror and the mirror acts for the focus, and although it doesn't have a true to form optical viewfinder, the EVF is amazing, and has more of the actual picture framed than traditional entry level DSLR's OVF. With this EVF I have been able to take better pictures than with the OVF's on other systems including sonys own. The controls are simple and fantastic, very minimal and very quick, with the very added bonus of seeing all your presets in the EVF because its an EVF, you can really keep to your subject without taking your eye away. This is hands down my favorite camera on the market, it isn't the best, but for quick shooting here and there it is simply amazing. It offers so many features for an entry level its amazing. The only gripe i have it the battery. that is all. I wish it would last a bit longer, or that sony had an option to help. But it is a new product and that takes time. My biggest suggestion is getting the Sony A55 body only. Buying a 50mm f/1.8 from sony, and buying a good walk around lens. This might be too much for the average Joe stepping up from point and shoot or super zooms but it is worth it, it gives you great range down the road when you want to step up to ametuer or professional level DSLR's since it uses all A-mount lenses. A bit of interest; sony is planning on another SLT camera later this year, with a very large sensor, 20MP+, and that is something to talk about.
Pros Bokeh is great. It is a beautifully performing camera until the Shutter Sensor gives out!
Cons According to online forums,Alpha shutter sensors are NOTORIOUS for giving out almost immediately after the Manufacturer's warranty has expired!As a major player in the U.S., Sony should create a recall on this issue!Very disappointed!!
Summary Read the online forums before you decide to purchase this product-I wish I had!!
1) Has won numerous awards (a rare Gold Award from Digital Photography Review, 2010 Camera of the Year from Popular Photography, rave review from Imaging Resources) due to its great feature set, performance, and value for the money
2) Good movie c
1) When using IS (image stabilization) in movie mode, camera sensor heats up quickly, limiting movie length to a few minutes (29 minutes max without IS)
2) Modest battery life, esp. if you use the great LCD a lot (can be turned off)
3) Limited co
Summary It's remarkable to see a CNET review diverge so radically from the professional reviews - virtually every one of them has given this particular camera very high marks. To suggest that the photo-quality somehow lags behind that of other digital SLRs in its price range contradicts virtually every published resource on the Internet. First of all, the camera uses the same sensor as the Nikon 7000 and 5100. As other reviewers have already pointed out, the idiot CNET review is full of technical errors. The notion that this is really an overpriced point-and-shoot camera probably reflects more poorly on CNET than it does on the camera. Go read a real professional review at imaging resource or digital photography reviews. Don't listen to CNET - they don't know what they're talking about.
Pros Phase detection autofocus in live view. Tilt screen. Histogram or level-indicator in viewfinder. "Hand-held twilight" scene mode gives great results. 10 fps burst mode is a gas. Continuous AF in video.
Cons Awkward to look through viewfinder at histogram and adjust exposure compensation. GPS takes a while (and an open sky) to register. JPEGs noisy above 1600, but RAW is much better.
Summary Bottom-line: it's fun to use and produces great images.
"Speedy, fast AF"on by evilthough
Pros 10 fps, video AF, multi-shot modes
Cons battery life
Summary Typical review by cnet with a lot of mistakes.
There is some manual control for video (example: You can change the aperture).
The video is no interlaced. The CMCOS sensor in A55/A33 is not capable of capturing interlaced video. The sensor captures 30p video and saves it as pseudo 60i for compatibility with ACHD specs. You can the original 30p easily in any video editor without any interlaced artificats.
As for IQ, dxomark rated is one the highest DSLR for IQ (higher than 60D/550D). Dpreview/IR samples show A55?s IQ to be comparable with 60D/7D/550D., both in jpeg and RAW.