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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sony a33 review from a Canon 7D user - New technology with functional shortfalls
RC_photographer "RC_photographer", Amazon
16 July 2011
Summary: I've been using the a33 for about a week now, rigorously testing all aspects of the camera as well as pushing the new tech (SLT) to its limits in both video and high-speed shooting. I consider myself a prosumer, currently using Canon 7D. In fact, I've been using canon for the past 10 years.
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.
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!