I've just taken delivery of this camera and I must say as a noob to DSLR's it's very easy to use and I'm very impressed. Just a bit dissapointed as I paid £6 p&p for (5-7) days delivery and on the 5th day a Friday they sent it next day delivery, Fed Ex don't deliver Saturdays on this tariff so I had to wait till Monday (8th day!!!!!)
Oops, sorry for the double quote above, dunno how I managed that.
If I am one of the "lens experts" then please note my emphasis is on good value not what is the best because the camera in this deal is entry-level/budget after all. "Best" can be defined so many ways not just sharpness, speed, optical abilities (lack of CA, flare etc.) because (as a professional) you will know that the result is the important bit, not what dpreview or anyone else says about a lens. One photographer will find s/he cannot take a good photo with a certain lens that another photographer might take great photos with. As an amateur who has never made any money from photography I stick with my view of buying lenses to match your budget, your camera and your personal preference. I like to experiment but don't have a pro's budget so being able to buy relatively cheap Minolta lenses on ebay, try them, experiment, learn, adapt, then maybe keep, swap or sell... well it works for me anyway. I'd love to see some of your work (yes, seriously.) Do you have a website?
Yes it is better than all the A3XX and A2XX models if you are a newbie. For upgraders from A2XX/3XX it isn't much of an upgrade, either go to A5XX or above.
short answer is yes! - but check out reviews online also quick comparison website