Hey, just wanted to let you know that I've made the A300 the report of the day, given that today is the release date on the sonystyle for the A300K. (I corrected the release date accordingly).
The camera is loaded with features. However, it has a major drawback. The image quality is not where some existing ultra-zoom users are expecting it to be. Too many pixels are cramped into a tiny 1/2.5" sensor which affects the dynamic range and increases noise levels, especially in low light. Depending on the camera settings, pictures may appear distorted, smudged or with watercolor-like effect. It may be acceptable for printing, but, depending on how critical you are, you may find it just okay for on-screen presentations (e.g. slide shows on a large computer monitor). Flash performance is okay, but recycling time increases dramatically when lowest ISO settings are used. It seem to default ISO to 400 in auto modes.
On the positive side, the focus is fast and accurate, and the camera seems to be very responsive. The wheel control is another useful productivity feature. The flip screen is not as versatile as on the Canon S5IS, but helps taking over-the-head and ground-level pictures. There aren't many cameras, virtually none, that offer infra-red mode.
The best thing would be to try before buying it!
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