Hey guys, I've been looking at the Sony a99, but would like to get your thoughts too. Are there any competitors' cameras in the same price range with the same functionality that is better than the a99? Budget * What budget have you allocated for buying this camera? Please be as specific as possible. <$1500 for camera + lens + accessories. But cheaper is always better. Size * What size camera are you looking for? Or does size not matter at all to you? Doesn't matter as long as it can fit in a bag that would be considered a "carry-on" on airplanes. Features How many megapixels will suffice for you? No preference, will not be making large prints. * What optical zoom will you need? (None, Standard = 3x-4x, Ultrazoom = 10x-12x) Higher the better, but I have never ran into any situations 4x won't do. * How important is “image quality” to you? (Rate using a scale of 1-10) 9, ease of use being 10. Do you care for manual exposure modes (shutter priority, aperture priority, manual)? Yes General Usage * What will you generally use the camera for? Photography when traveling - big cities, bright lights, natural scenery, and most importantly night shots night shots night shots. * Will you be making big prints of your photos or not? No Will you be shooting a lot of indoor photos or low light photos? Yes, a lot. Will you be shooting sports and/or action photos? No Miscellaneous Are there particular brands you like or hate? No Macs... Oh wait... No. Are there particular models you already have in mind? N/A (If applicable) Do you need any of the following special features? (Wide Angle, Image Stabilization, Weatherproof, Hotshoe, Rotating LCD) It would be awesome if the camera can take a beating. That's not to say that I'm negligent, I just worry about accidents (a lot).