I bought this having read all the reviews about slow focus, slow record times, etc. It still fit the bill for the type of photography I do which is mostly static objects like buildings, landscape, street scenes, etc. Fast focus wasn't needed for me. Slow write times don't bother me as I often think about each shot longer than actually taking it. Single shot write times went from 6.3 seconds to 3.9 seconds after upgrading firmware and getting faster SD cards. That's not fast at all, but being a manual control camera, this camera likely should not be appealing to the grab a quick shot point and shoot crowd, but rather the serious amateur or pro photographer that is looking for a tool to create images of a higher quality than mere snapshots. Those types of shooters will soon learn how to work around the cameras only two real shortcomings. The image quality is very good for a camera with this size sensor, and to be able to use my speedlights with full iTTL along with this camera is a huge bonus.