Summary: Although I like the Sony brand, this camera didn't stand to the company's reputation for quality and reliability. Soon after I purchased this camera I went on a cruise in the Caribbean and while on vacation the camera started shutting off for no reason. When I tried to take a video, it shuts down because the camera will over heat after about 7 minutes of filming. Upon my return I quickly put it back into the box, and request a refund, which, Amazon was happy to do.
Summary: I bought this camera three years ago and it's been fine. However - a couple years ago I started to notice that when I wanted to review my shots the button seemed to stick so that it would fly through all the pictures - I could stop it, but never where I wanted. I took it to the dealer but it was out of warranty.
Summary: I got this camera (new) in November of 2011 and have nothing but praise for the pictures it takes (especially in conjunction with the Sony Alpha DT 18-250mm lens.) However, when I was on vacation this September the shutter died and I had to send it in for repairs. From reading online I have learned that this is a common problem with the Sony 30s and 50s DSLRs. It's a great camera, but I wouldn't buy it without getting the three-year warranty.
Summary: This is a great camera. My daughter saved up her money and purchased this camera. It is very nice, takes great pictures and well worth the money spent. You can do a lot with this camera. Very good product.
Summary: Camera stopped working while at SeaWorld, the main board was fried. I took it to a local shop since I bought it 15 months ago and they told me it would be over 400 dollars to fix, took it to another shop for a second opinion with the same results. , I can get a new camera for a little more. After a quick internet search it seems that this is a common issue in this camera.
Summary: I love this camera and have accumulated old Minolta compatible lenses for it at good prices. But the later models have better resolution and faster shot time. Warning! Older Sigma lenses tend to strip the plastic gears with this camera because it uses a higher voltage drive. It cost me $90 to replace the stripped gear with a metal one. The Minolta brand lenses have stood up just fine.
Summary: I loved this camera for 18 months then it stopped working all at a sudden while I am shooting a video. Then it never turned on again. It seems this issue is not common with this product. Look at here [...] . I am going to call the customer care and see what they would suggest and update my review here. Now I called Sony customer service and they asked me to send it over for repair.
Summary: Bought this in the Spring of 2011 not long after it came out (had looked at Sony NEX5 and did not like it). I was a Canon guy for years and a prior Sony buy (DSCH1) convinced me to stay with Sony. The A33 took some getting used to (a bit complicated) but then again, I am one of those folks who hates reading instruction books. It is a flat out amazing camera. The standard 18-55mm lens creates very sharp images even very close-up. The 55-200mm lens is also very sharp.