Summary: It's really great, don't listen to anyone who tells you that Canon and Nikon are so much better. All of my friends have Nikon and Canon and that doesn't make them better photographers. Sony is a great brand and this is a great camera whether you are just starting out or you've been doing it for a while. It has a good feel to it, it has loads of great lenses and it's a good price. Is this the best camera money can buy? No. Is a good camera for what you are paying?
Summary: I had the twin lens pack of this camera & was looking forward to giving it a real trial compared with the Canon DSLR's I have always owned. Out of the box the first obvious difference is the size & weight.....it is both smaller & lighter than any of my SLR cameras, but while the build quality is good it does have a slightly "plastic feel".
Summary: I have two of these cameras and I would not part with them for anything. Well almost anything. Lightning fast focus, lightweight and compact body. The EVF is bright enough to get a realistic view of the subject, Does Canon or Nikon give you instant live view of changes to shutter and aperture as well as ISO - LOL
Summary: I love this camera. It's my first DSLR (DSLT). I have been mostly using it for video. It takes great 1080p AVCHD video as well as any professional camcorder. I'm impressed with the built in stereo mic, but equally impressed with the stereo microphone input jack that allows me to connect a shotgun mic. It's small, lite and easy to handle. Even with a 200mm lense, a dual mount bracket, (shotgun mic.
Summary: You can not go wrong with this camera. I comparison shopped for weeks and found great models from Sony, Nikon, and Canon. I have used Sony digital cameras for years though, so I was already leaning toward Sony. I know they are expensive, and many times you are just paying for the name, but this is a quality camera I believe. The best part is that I owned an older Minolta 35mm camera with some zoom lenses and they fit this!