I recently picked up a sony a700 (since i had a minolta lens and CF ultra card just lying around) and decided to see how it performs at a few common ISO levels. these were shot in raw, but NO editing was done to them except cropping. i wanted to show these as SOTC as possible. these were all taken with the cameras exposure meter as close to "0" as i could get. SS 1/15 handheld with steadyshot "on" ISO 800 f/4 ISO1600 SS1/40 f/4 ISO 3200 SS1/80 f/4 honestly, I think that with some noise reduction techniques, or in my case the LR slider, even the ISO 3200 shot would clean up to acceptable levels. especially for small prints or web viewing. not too bad for 2007 tech.