"An excellent super zoom camera."4.5 starson by shagnat`
Pros: Tremendous zoom length. Very nice weight. Feel is darn near perfect. Video as good as any available. Tons of features beyond what I'll ever need yet easy to operate.
Cons: No hot shoe, no external mic, unable to zoom in or out in video.
Summary: This a fantastic super zoom camera. If feels perfectly balanced in my hand. Not huge, nor too small to fit in the hand very nicely. The zoom feature is just outstanding. I've yet to need all the zoom length of this camera.
Photo quality is probably 7/10. Not as good as a $5,000 outfit, but, not expected to be. But could be a little sharper IMO. Of course this camera is not meant to compete with most DSLRs, and certainly not agains the mega dollar DSLR rigs. However, for a P&S camera, it's unbeatable IMO.
Of all the features it has, one would be challenged to use even half of them, however, it is quite easy to use in "P" mode, even in "apature" and "shutter" priority modes, it's simple enough if you know just the basics of photography.
If you want a P&S camera, I'd highly recommend this over the Canon equivalent. It's only competition IMO is the Panasonic FZ200, however the Panasonic is ~$150 higher than the Sony.
There are a few very good features on the Panasonic FZ200 that I wish were on the Sony, however, I can live without this as this is a hobby camera, not a professional DSLR.