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Lots of Features for the Price
on June 24, 2011
Pros: Small and Light weight, Lots of features such as movie, HDR, Panorama,10fps, horizontal/vertical leveler etc. Good display of menu info.
Cons: Based on using JPEG & RAW and #6 high speed card. You get about 300+ shots on a battery. Transfer from buffer to card is slower than A700 using cf card. Panorama mode really sucks battery as well as movie. Panorama mode should be on a tri-pod for best results. The panorama has to be moved at a fairly constant speed and not very fast or else it shuts down and you have to start over.
The layout of controls can be a little difficult to manipulate unless you have small long fingers. It seems every time I take a photo I wind up changing things as my thumb always hits the control button and when I want to change f stops or shutter speed I wind up turning the camera off with the off/on lever just above the thumb wheel. It is not water/dust resistant as there are holes on the top of the camera for microphone etc. You cannot use an external flash such as studio. The hot shoe is your only choice for flash and all other flashes that work with previous Sony cameras will not work on this one. You have to buy a dedicated flash specifically for this camera! You can buy a pc hot shoe adapter from Sony for about half the price of the camera.
The electronic viewfinder will blow out on high contrast scenes. The brights will completely wash out and the darks will be black making it very difficult to compose the photo. Adjusting the exposure comp will also change the viewfinder. If you go down 2 stops the viewfinder becomes very dark.
It is a good camera but I think it was rushed into production without real world testing. They should've left the controls like the A700.