Summary: Wow. I did a lot of research for my first DSLR an compared this camera to comparable brands including Nikon and Cannon. Everything told me to hold off and get this camera. I wanted to the navy with the 50-200 but it wasn't available so I just got the black. It is everything I had read that it was, the reviews were on the money. It takes stunning photos in auto and I am just learning manual settings and it is kind to me there as well.
Pros: Easy To Use, Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Fast Shutter Speed, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, High ISO Performance, Quiet
"Sweet spot between point-and-shoots and +$1000 DSLRs"
17 March 2010
Pros: I've had it a month, taken a few hundred photos. Good performance, mix of automated/manual controls. Surprisingly good kit lenses. Firmware update easy, included a Mac version. Body with 18-55mm is lightweight for a DSLR, but construction is solid.
Cons: Stabilization and focus become tricky in lower light, for example macro shots in the shade--be sure to have a tripod along if you like to shoot nature closeup.
Summary: I did see very fast that this is no point and shoot camera. But I new that when i bought it. So far i am very happy with the camera. I have purchased a UV lens and did find that my center focus was off. I have since reset it but have not had a chance to shoot any pictures out side.
Pros: Small, fast AF, easy to read display. Super sharp focusing, and best sensor for APS set, not just the intro user line.
Cons: No iluminated AF points in viewfinder, only one program wheel. While AA batteries are nice because you can always get an emergency set cheap, they simply do not last as long as dedicated battery.Also, annoying power light on top.