Summary: Bought this as our first DSLR after several point and shoots. Quality is great and it is simple to use, weight is good, and battery life is long. Also works perfectly with the old Minolta Alpha lenses. Only negative is the screen always gets messy when using the viewfinder due to it coming into contact with your face.
Summary: This apparently is the last DSLR Sony is going to produce that isn't loaded down with needless video capability. I think if you want video, purchase a camcorder.. I was looking for a good quality DSLR with the Sony/Minolta lens mount that is just plain camera... Think I have found it. The A390 is a couple of years old, but there are plenty of them available new in-the-box at very reasonable prices. May even buy another one.