Don't waste your money. Purchase a Nikon or Canon...
A. Javier "Giturdun13", Amazon
6 December 2008
Summary: I purchased my SONY Alpha 300 several months ago. Since then almost 75% of my pictures are bad using the flash. This is not due to the plastic guard the attaches to the front of the lens. If it was the guard, the shadow would occur all the time. I don't think the Sensor is bad because the shadow occurs when using the flash...strange. The shadow is a black arc that appears at the bottom 1/4 of the image. I am waiting for a response from Sony on the cause.