Excerpt: My wife picked this up while we were dating in college 6 years ago. She needed it as she was beginning her photography classes, and I don't think she could have picked a better camera to start off on. This camera has been perfect for us as we both have progressed in out photography skills.
Summary: Great Camera and a great price. Be aware, it does not do video. That was something I did not notice before I purchased it. There have been several time I could have used that function while on the road.
Summary: I have used this camera for several years now and used a film SLR many years before that. This camera takes excellent pictures if you know what you're doing. It is a basic model that doesn't have video. The video feature was added to cameras like this to expand the market.
Summary: I was a bit hesitant being a Canon guy for so long,But the Sony brand does the job and does it well,the Best thing is they will take any A-mount lens that can be bought cheap used in the bay. You can get a Nice 50mm lens used for 50 bucks that is prime quality.
Summary: I have an alpha 350 body that needs work (I dropped it while on a shoot in a nightclub). I got this for less than the repair bill would have been. I've just used this body, along with my other alpha 500 while shooting pics for my blog while at the HIMSS13 conference in New Orleans.
Summary: What a great camera! It does everything I've asked of it so far and I haven't even begun to explore all the special features and functionalities. It is amazing. If you want a few weekend snaps, this camera might not be for you - but if you need a versitile, multi-functional, adaptable machine, this...
Summary: The Sony A500 is a great camera for both people new to digital photography and those with experience in it. It is fairly light weight and easy to get use to. Sony has a great selection of lens and you have the huge number of the great Minolta lens to choose from.