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Just simply providing the ability to bounce this off the ceiling would have helped.UPDATE: Someone in comments just pointed out and I verified that you can manually tilt the flash while shooting. In the end what I really care about though is image quality. It does indoors just about as well as my Fuji X100 which to me is the best low light, auto WB adjustment under any kind of light shooter I have ever used and for landscapes and nature its almost as good as my 5D particularly in good light.I suspect with a better lens I would be hard pressed to see the difference, right now while the 18-200 f3.5 is very versatile my Canon glass is definitely a little sharper, but at its size and lightweight appeal by guess is that the Sony will get a lot more at bats than the Canon.

I've had it about a week now and shooting with with the Sony 18-200 Zoom Lens (SEL18200). Very small camera body, smaller than my X100 and feels a lot like my old S90 compact in terms of size (this is of course without the lens).

With the 18-200 lens its no longer pocketable but still small and very manageable compared to a SLR.2.

Great build quality, tough body, I like the styling and I love the handgrip. Probably the fastest shutter I have ever used, very little shutter lag.4. Lots of options and things like sweep panorama and other "gadget" type things work well although unlikely that I will use them much.5. I'm easily getting the 400 or so shots per charge its rated for.6.

A little background to give you perspective on the review.

I'm an advanced amateur shooting for about 10 years.

I also own a Canon 5D Mark II with some L Zoom lenses (24-70 F2.8 and the 70-200 F2.8) and the very good 50mm 1.8 prime and a Fuji X100.

I spent a lot of time (probably over 40 hours) researching this camera, reading reviews etc.

Electronic viewfinder - The good part is that it works really well, focus is fast even in low light, for the not so good part relating to the viewfinder see below. The electronic viewfinder that gets rave reviews is simply not as good to my eyes as looking through glass.

Its a far cry from an optical viewfinder and I find the little "noise/dots" in low light distracting.

Images even when blown up don't seem to show the same noise so this is definitely a viewfinder issue.

To give you context even with a lens cap on when the LCD is completely black the viewfinder has tiny dots dancing on it sort of like static on a TV screen, this doesn't go away.2. When used with the SEL18200 lens there is noticeable shadow in images due to the lens blocking some of the light, to the point where I am currently not using the flash at all and will eventually invest in an external or wireless flash.

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  1. Just simply providing the ability to bounce this off the ceiling would have helped.

  2. UPDATE: Someone in comments just pointed out and I verified that you can manually tilt the flash while shooting. In the end what I really care about though is image quality. It does indoors just about as well as my Fuji X100 which to me is the best low light, auto WB adjustment under any kind of light shooter I have ever used and for landscapes and nature its almost as good as my 5D particularly in good light.

  3. I suspect with a better lens I would be hard pressed to see the difference, right now while the 18-200 f3.5 is very versatile my Canon glass is definitely a little sharper, but at its size and lightweight appeal by guess is that the Sony will get a lot more at bats than the Canon.

  4. before buying it on Amazon from a third party seller.

  5. I've had it about a week now and shooting with with the Sony 18-200 Zoom Lens (SEL18200). Very small camera body, smaller than my X100 and feels a lot like my old S90 compact in terms of size (this is of course without the lens).

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