Sony has developed their digital SLR lineup to be a leader in Live View performance and price. They are constantly updating thier lineup. As a comsumer, don't fall in love with an entry-level camera from Sony and pine over it for six months before buying it. It won't be there, but will have been replaced with a newer model.
Sony implements Live View fantastically. It's as easy as looking at the monitor and taking the photo. Most other dSLRs have Live View implementations that make it more difficult to focus.
Technically, the new crop of Sony cameras are not dSLRs because they do not have a reflex mirror (that's what the R in dSLR means) inside that bounces light up to the viewfinder. Instead, Sony cameras, now designated Digital Single Lens Translucent (dLST), use stationary, translucent mirrors that don't have to flip up and out of the way when you take the picture. In addition, these cameras do not have traditional viewfinders. Instead, they have an electronic viewfinder (which is a tiny LCD monitor). I've used it on most of the new Sonys and have been very impressed.
Sony has some interesting shooting modes on their new cameras. There are a number of interesting scenes (like Night Portait) in addition to panoramas, 3D panoramas, and a very high-speed burst mode.
|a99||2012||$2,799||Professional||35mm||1.0||24.3||100-25600||1080 Full HD||812|
|a77||2011||$1999||Semi-Pro/High-End Amateur||APS-C||1.5||24.3||100-12800||1080 Full HD||732|
|a65||2011||$999||High-End Amateur||APS-C||1.5||24.3||50-16000||1080 Full HD||543|
|a55||2010||$849||Mid-Range||APS-C||1.5||16.2||100-12800||1080 Full HD||500|
|a37||2011||$599||Entry-Level||APS-C||1.5||16.1||100-16000||1080 Full HD||448|
|a35||2011||$699||Entry-Level||APS-C||1.5||16.2||100-12800||1080 Full HD||473|
Note: I have included a limited number of specifications here to boil each camera down to it's essence. It's a great place to start, but there is much more information available. Visit each camera's Web page and look at the detailed specs to compare. I explain a number of specifications in more detail on a separate Digital SLR Specs page.