Sony Alpha DSLR-A850
Released January, 2011
The Pros:Solid feel throughout the body, nothing feels loose or shaky. Grip is well designed on the right, easy to hold it while still thumbing some controls. Automatically adjusts itself and lets you take photos without getting in your way.
The Cons:No sealing around doors, fairly vulnerable to the elements. No onboard flash at all, need to use an external. Not an extremely high-ISO camera, some minor noise is visible.
The Sony Alpha DSLR-A850 is a flagship full-frame digital SLR released in September 2011 alongside the midrange A550 and A500 DSLRs. Essentially a slightly less expensive and less featured counterpart to the premium-grade A900, the DSLR-A850 camera holds onto the same 24.6MP (effective), 35mm full-frame Exmor CMOS image sensor.
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However, it can only shoot at 3fps (versus 5fps), and the viewfinder only offers a 98% field coverage (versus 100%). Plus the frame has been downgraded from magnesium-alloy, and the remote has been tossed out. Other than those differences the A850 includes a 3" LCD display and a fast 9-point AF system with 10-point system. It’s compatible with all Sony Alpha lenses.
- Full Frame 24.6MP Sensor
- 98% Coverage Viewfinder
- SteadySHOT Image Stabilization
- Dual BIONZ Processors
- Xtra Fine LCD Display
- 40-Segment Multi-Pattern Metering
- Dual Noise Reduction Processing
- APS-C Size Capturing
- Anti-Dust Technology
- 9-Point AF System
- Dual Card Slots
- 2EV Exposure Bracketing
- Eyepiece Shutter
- Remote Camera Control
- Picture Motion Browser
- HDMI Output
User Reviews (1)
solid feel throughout the body, nothing feels loose or shaky
grip is well designed on the right, easy to hold it while still thumbing some controls
automatically adjusts itself and lets you take photos without getting in your way
images come out in extremely high detail, can be cropped many times and still be printed large
anti-shake is in the camera, not the lens, enabling the use of any lens while still using this feature
no sealing around doors, fairly vulnerable to the elements
no onboard flash at all, need to use an external
not an extremely high-ISO camera, some minor noise is visible
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