thank you for your response.
Does this indicate that the camera does allow for full control over all aspects of the image? I am sorry if this is a silly question -- I don't know if all of these types of cameras have the ability to adjust all these options. Is it standard for all ILC cameras to have these options?
The details are in this passage from the review:
In terms of controls, the SLT-A33 will be immediately familiar to any DSLR owner. There's a mode dial on the upper left side, and a scattering of buttons on the upper and rear right surfaces including a traditional four-way rocker. You'll find dedicated buttons for the D-Range (DRO) setting, ISO, White Balance and drive options, along with a button which starts filming video regardless of the mode you're currently using.
The Fn button isn't customisable, but does fire-up a very usable menu system which displays a column of settings on the left and right sides of the image view. The available options vary depending on the current mode, but set to Program, the Fn menu presents quick access to the Drive, Flash and AF mode, AF Area, Face Detection and Smile Shutter options on the left, and Sensitivity, Metering, Flash Compensation, White Balance, DRO / Auto HDR and Creative Style on the right.
After pressing the Fn button, simply use the rocker control to highlight the desired setting before pressing the central button to present a menu of options. Quicker still, with the desired option highlighted, the finger dial can be used to directly adjust most of the settings; this also avoids the annoying quirk of the user interface which throws you out of the Fn menu every time you confirm an option, slowing down multiple changes.