Casual shooters who aren't terribly picky about relative sharpness of the background and the foreground will be very happy with the A33 and A55's continuous-shooting performance. For instance, at this small size, everything looks in focus, and the moment's been captured. But at full size, you can easily spot that the AF system locked on the Coke ad rather than the bull and rider. This is partly due to the relatively difficulty of keeping the subject under the AF points with an EVF, which blacks out briefly after each shot as you burst. Optical viewfinders black out as well, but it's still faster or easier to mentally compensate for than with an EVF.
(A33; 1/250 sec, f9.0, ISO 100, evaluative metering, AWB, 135mm f1.8 lens, standard Creative Style)
I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the noise reduction at the camera's highest sensitivity. While you can certainly tell that it's boosted, the image printed well at 13x19 inches. The light source was an LED light, which routinely causes problems for automatic white balance algorithms, hence the golden cast.
(A55; 1/50 sec, f5.6, ISO 12,800, centerweighted metering, AWB, 28-75mm f2.8 lens at 75mm, standard Creative Style)
Sony has vastly improved its noise-reduction feature in recent cameras. While there's still some obvious artifacts here, there's a much better balance between sharpness and color noise reduction than I'm used to seeing in photos shot with older models. The light source was an LED light, which routinely causes problems for automatic white balance algorithms, hence the golden cast.
(A55; 1/50 sec, f9, ISO 6400, centerweighted metering, AWB, 28-75mm f2.8 lens at 75mm, standard Creative Style)
The few general landscape photos I shot didn't thrill me. The images had a very point-and-shoot quality to them, and the cameras in general have an overly cool white balance in daylight. This was shot with one of the new Zeiss lenses, and the camera didn't seem to do the lens justice.
(A55; 1/250 sec, f8, ISO 100, centerweighted metering, AWB, 24mm f2.0 lens, standard Creative Style)