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: 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: Sony has a history of high tech consumer products flowed down from their commercial line. Due to this injection of high tech, this camera has an impressive list of features and its execution is pretty flawless except in one regard. It overheats easily. Several DSLRs with HD video capability are appearing on the market and this is one of them. Some of those overheat, too.
Summary: The Sony Alpha 33 provided more than what I expected. Having studied the camera spec prior to purchase, I expected the advantages due its translucent mirror technology, a light yet sturdy body, very fast auto focus, great HD video and value for money. But what changed my consideration to 'great value for money' were some additional features like the High Dynamic Range (HDR) in Auto and the Dynamic Range Optimization (DRO)- which really improved over what I could get by...
Summary: I dropped my previous DSLR, on concrete. I purchased this, as the cheapest Sony DSLR, of the ones released in the last 12 months. I have had it for a week. I immediately updated to firmware v2.0 released in July 2011. I would categorize myself as an advanced-amateur. I've been using DSLRs for 6 years now. Positives (+) It can be setup as a simple camera, with only the most basic settings made visible, all the way up to a maximum information feedback machine.
Summary: Overall this is a great camera. Positives: -Easy to use with intuitive controls and menus -Takes spectacularly crisp and balanced photos -Light weight -Viewfinder. After reading other reviews, I was somewhat hesitant about the electrical viewfinder. Concerns are overblown. You have a great choice of information that you can chose to see or not. The image is very clear and bright -Lens.
Excerpt: I use the Sony SLT-A33 with CZ 16-80 len.This combination gives me very good images as you can see in the latest pictures of my big photo album from Greece at : http://community.webshots.com/user/btbill The photos are mixed from Sony A33,Olympus E-520 and XZ-1. This camera is much better and lighter also from my old A230. Maybe the A55 is even better than this but for me (an amateur photographer) is almost perfect.
Summary: Bought this camera to capture action shots of my son's high school baseball. New SLT technology gives this camera higher burst rate than comparably priced SLRs. Very happy with that aspect. First time out, we caught a shot with the ball on the bat! With the high speed SDHC chip bought along with camera- internal buffer empties faster than expected. One caveat- our camera overheated one warm afternoon (85 degrees) and we were taking only still pics, not video.
Summary: I bought this camera for my wife who wanted to get back into photography. We have a couple of point an shoots, one of which (an old Casio EXLIM 6 MP) does a very good job but she wanted to kick up the quality a notch. We looked at the Nikon D3100 14.2MP Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR Nikkor Zoom Lens and a bridge camera Canon G12 10MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.8 inch Vari-Angle LCD and if I understood it correctly...