"Not perfect... BUT"4.5 starson by fredster1966
Pros: Great image quality, great zoom, responsive focus
Cons: 74 MM Thread size
Summary: I consider myself on the bridge between a basic compact camera, and a full featured D-SLR. This camera does not disappoint, and it fits my needs fine. I have heard criticism regarding the image sensor... not being large enough. Well, if somebody is going to be that technical, they really should be looking into a larger D-SLR. For under 500 dollars, this is a great performer. The macro function delivers crisp and wonderful images. I used the full 15x zoom at a sporting event with a high shutter speed, and the results were tack sharp. The nightshot function is cool, but is quite limited in range. Probably best suited for taking images of your precious little ones sleeping, so they will not be disturbed.
My one complaint is the non-conformed 74mm thread size that Sony has chosen. It forces you to purchase their accessories. One example - the circular polarizing filter. It sells for $109.99 from Sony, where you could buy a 58mm thread size one for about 25 bucks.Updated
I have now captured about 100 images with this camera, and it is a definite keeper. Not one to fit your pocket - but it has all the manual control you'd need, a nice, large LCD.. Battery life is as good as can be expected, but it would not hurt to have an extra on hand - especially on vacations. If you are considering this camera, I highly recommend it.Updated
Sony gives a flower hood with this camera that is supposed to be used to cut glare in bright conditions. The issue is that is you are panned all the way out, the edges of the hood are visible in corners of the image. I cannot believe that Sony let that slip by. If you zoom a little, you are fine. This has caused by overall number to slip to an 8 out of a possible 10. Still, overall - the pros by far outweigh the cons.