I have the Sony. The DP Review test is pretty much spot on, though I think they dinged it a little hard for the slow operation. I'm not sure that if they hadn't make a big deal about how slow it is, you wouldn't think it all that bad for Average Joe use.
The zoom range is obviously the reason to get it . . . there are very few shots you can't get usefully framed with that lens. But the electronic viewfinder is also a principal feature. Given that this is a camera that will get lots of bright sunny day use, the viewfinder is a big plus for helping you see what you're doing.
All in all, perhaps not a camera to make you all warm and gushy about it's excellence, but it's a nice tool for the money and does what you need it to do, along with a bunch of other tricks you may never get to.
Last edited by mhiscox; 12-01-2011 at 02:54 AM.
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