I've had a Sony DSC-H7 digital camera for a few years now that I've really enjoyed using. It takes great pictures in a variety of settings (including a burst mode), is an excellent movie camera, and has a very useful 15x zoom. Taking pictures has been something that I've been able to do on the side that has proven to be very relaxing. Over the years I think I've just about reached the limit as to what I can do with the H7, and while I'm no where near even rank amateur status in the photography world, I began to think that maybe I was ready for the next level up in terms of digital photography.
Enter the Sony alpha a-200.
Since my experiences with Sony have been nothing short of great, I decided that my camera upgrade with be a Sony DSLR. In thinking about a model, I realized that I wasn't (and may never be) ready for the true big leagues, but yet I did want something that had a lot of professional features. The alpha seemed to do the trick. It's going to take a while, but I'm sure that over time I'll be improving my skills as I learn how to use this cool device.