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.
Summary: The Sony A33 (A55) Not is not exactly What I expected .... the good and not so good First of all this camera is a great movie camera with continuous auto focus and an good photo camera. The reason I say good and not great is because if you intend on shooting in any of the 3 auto modes you are not going to get great photos the same as you would get with a Canon T1I, T2i or canon G10.
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. With the recent hype about large sensor video functionality found on almost all new releases, I found myself craving for a more functional AF in DSLRs.
Summary: I bought the a33 after owning an a300 for a couple years and it's a nice upgrade. The build quality is about the same as the a300, which is a little plasticky but mostly solid feeling with good balance. Physically it's smaller/lighter than the a300 but still is easy to handle for those with medium-sized hands (if you have giant sausage fingers you may have issues). The buttons are better arranged and the screen is larger/sharper with better tilting/rotation.
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.