Summary: so far the camara has performed well. I am using it with the Minolta Maxxum lens. The night shots are good. I would have thought that the overall picture quality would have been a little better because it is an SRL camera. jb
Excerpt: Last week i sold my sony A350 and bought the A500. I'm very happy with the results. instead of the A350 who's pictures were noisy above iso 200 the pictures from the A500 are noise free and detailed all the way up till iso 1600. Using the tamron 17-50 lens gives exellent results.
Excerpt: Its strengths: DRO (Dynamic Range Optimization) and HDR, Live view with fast auto focus, built-in image stabilization, tilted LCD screen. I am very happy with this camera. I purchased it one month ago.
Excerpt: I have used this camera since Dec 20, 2009. Live View: Ooutstanding and incredibly fast. Much much faster than every other DSLR that I tried. Face Detection, great for taking pictures of small children Image Quality: Very sharp at higher ISO settings and under low light.
Summary: The photo quality is very good, the ease of use is excellent, the camera is bulky (but most DSLR's have to be), and the battery has a long long lifetime as long as you don't take many flash photos. However, the RAW format for the highest resolution photos is a bit of a pain.
Summary: This is a very good camera for beginners and more adept photographers alike. My only disappointment was in not checking the synapses to find it did not include the larger lens, but at the price I paid I cannot complain! Everything you need and easy to get used to. Highly recommended.
Summary: Have now been using this camera for two years or so, and am very happy with it. Use it for a wide range of static snaps; everything from personal holidays to promotional pics for a charity, to action photos suitable for publication in professional magazines.