The Alpha A300 represents Sony's next step forward into the consumer digital SLR market, and it marches right alongside its brother Alpha A350. The A300's 10.2-megapixel sensor pales sligtly in comparison to the A350's 14.2 (though both use the same size chip), but otherwise the cameras are nearly identical. The big news here is the implementation of a Quick AF Live View system, which allows users to frame shots using the tilting 2.7-inch LCD screen. Otherwise the camera is pretty much par for the course when it comes to consumer dSLRs, offering now-standard features like a dust-shake system and in-body image stabilization. The body accepts all Sony and Minolta A-type bayonet mount lenses, and so is a great first dSLR for someone who has access to an older Minolta film camera.