[/QUOTE]Budget * What budget have you allocated for buying this camera? Please be as specific as possible. I'd like to stick to 3,000-3,500 for the body with at least 2 lenses. This would leave me room to buy good accessories (eg. tripod, memory cards, extra batteries). My total budget will be 5,000 though. Size * What size camera are you looking for? Or does size not matter at all to you? Definitely a mirrorless camera. I am going for portability. Features How many megapixels will suffice for you? I have concerns about the A7S' low megapixel count, but I'm not concerned about it if the camera can take the pictures I like most. * What optical zoom will you need? (None, Standard = 3x-4x, Ultrazoom = 10x-12x) I want the option of a good zoom on occasion since I'd like to be able to use this at baseball games. * How important is “image quality” to you? (Rate using a scale of 1-10) 10. I'm making an investment here and would rather not have to replace anything for a long time. Do you care for manual exposure modes (shutter priority, aperture priority, manual)? I want a camera I can grow into since I'm still a relative beginner so whatever is best long term. General Usage * What will you generally use the camera for? It will be used most to bring on hikes. Mountain Ranges, Skylines, Reflections off bodies of water, stars, sunrises, and sunsets. * Will you be making big prints of your photos or not? If I take an awesome picture that I want to hang up, then yes. Will you be shooting a lot of indoor photos or low light photos? Not many indoor photos, but definitely low light outdoor photos. Will you be shooting sports and/or action photos? On occasion, but mostly outdoors and nature stuff. Miscellaneous Are there particular brands you like or hate? Love Olympus and the durability of them, but I've heard great things about Sony. (If applicable) Do you need any of the following special features? (Wide Angle, Image Stabilization, Weatherproof, Hotshoe, Rotating LCD) Weatherproofing is very important, but not a deal breaker if the camera can't take the shots I want. Wide Angle is also important for taking landscape shots.