Sony Alpha DSLRA850 24.6MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)
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- 35mm, full-frame 24.6-megapixel Exmor CMOS image sensor; SteadyShot INSIDE in-camera image stabilization
- Body only; lenses sold separately
- Dual BIONZ processors for up to fast 3fps performance; 9-point AF system w/ additional 10-point assist
- Rugged magnesium alloy shell; dust/moisture-resistant design
- Dual card slots; accepts both CompactFlash and Memory Stick Duo Media (not included)
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Battery Average Life||880 Photos|
|Compatible Mountings||Sony/Minolta Alpha|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||3 fps|
|Display Fixture Type||Fixed|
|Display Resolution Maximum||921,600|
|Effective Still Resolution||24.6 MP|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||3,200|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||200|
|External Memory Included||Yes|
|Flash Memory Type||Compact Flash (Type I or II), UDMA, Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo|
|Flash Sync Speed||1/250_sec|
|Flash Type||Hot-shoe, Wireless plus Sync connector|
|Focus Description||9-point AF with center cross|
|Focus Type||Automatic with Manual|
|Form Factor||Mid-size SLR|
|HDMI Type||Mini HDMI Type C|
|ISO Range||Auto, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200 (6400 with boost)|
|Image Aspect Ratio||3:2, 16:9|
|Included Components||Sony a850 24.6MP Digital SLR Camera Body -|
|Item Dimensions||4.61 x 3.23 x 6.14 inches|
|Item Display Weight||0 pounds|
|Item Weight||1.97 pounds|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/8000 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||6,048|
|Metering||Multi, Center-weighted, Spot|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||30 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||24.6 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Remote Control Description||Wired or Wireless (Optional)|
|Sensor Cleaning Method||Charge protection coating on low-pass filter|
|Shipping Weight||3.75 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||Lithium-Ion NP-FM500H rechargeable battery & charger|
|Viewfinder Type||Optical (pentaprism)|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
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Top Customer Reviews
That said, when I was deciding to move up to full frame, I had to make a decision: Did I stick with Nikon, or try Sony? Well, I went with the A850 and I'm glad I did. It's a great camera.
I got myself the A850, the Carl Zeiss 24-70 f/2.8, and the Sony 70-400G and 58AM flash. Although the review covers the camera, realize I'm using these items with the body.
Solid feel throughout, with a very positive grip on the right. Command wheels "click" firmly, unlike cheaper builds that will be accidentally turned. Viewfinder is awesome, big, bright. Most buttons are within easy reach, except the ISO and WB buttons on the upper-right. I also don't like the optical preview button orientation (I prefer to press the button towards my body instead of inward towards the lens), but a small niggle. Once you pick up the A850, you know you're holding a solid piece of machinery. CF & battery doors seem to lack any sealing, so I'd be hesitant to take this out in any more than a very light drizzle. Rubber covers on the ports of the camera are very well-designed and actually hinge out, as opposed to flopping around like almost every other camera on the planet. CF door opens and stops at 90 degrees to the camera body - more is needed, as it makes getting out a CF card too hard for larger fingers.
Overall, it's a camera that just gets out of your way, which is a compliment. First, some quibbles: There's no ISO listed in the VF display unless you're in the process of changing it. The AF points don't cover as much as the frame as I'd like (common complaint among FF DSLRs).Read more ›
The camera feels solid and has some weight to it with good glass. The shutter noise is very distinct, but that is to be expected with such a large mirror. In-body stabilization is as advertised and is incredible--I'm able to get crisp, hand held shots at 1/15 s with an 85 mm lens.
I've always been told that with anything involving optics, you will never go wrong with the system with the best glass, and I believe Sony is the leader by offering zeiss lenses. Yes--they don't have all of the different lenses that Canikon offers, but 99% of my work is done in the 16-200 mm range, and they offer amazing lenses for that focal length range (I guess I could go even longer-twss-with the 400 mm G series lenses they offer).
Get this camera if you're looking for a well-built machine that can deliver professional images. Full frame for less than $2000 = awesome.
Let me dispense with the frequently reported shortcomings of this camera, and the only reason I ranked it 4, instead of 5 stars. It does not include "Live View" or "Movie mode". As a traditional enthusiast "film" photographer I use neither of these features, so their omission is inconsequential to me. Their omission, however, allows highest end digital photography to become available at unprecedented low prices. If you need these features then look elsewhere.
However, the strong points are:
1 - When Konica-Minolta ceased camera production Sony purchased rights to use their auto-focus design, originally introduced in 1985 for Minolta's premium line of "Maxxum" cameras and lenses. Therefore, any Minolta "AF" lens works perfectly with this Sony; and I already had 3 of them covering from 28mm to 300mm. They are readily available used at very low prices. The 50mm f:1.7 primary lens is particularly sharp. Thus, for the price of the body, I had a complete camera outfit. The current Sony lenses for the a850 are basically repackaged Minolta AF designs with improved weather protection. Additionally, Zeiss makes a superb line of premium professional lenses for the purist [but at high prices].Read more ›
The auto focus is extremely accurate, although a little slower with older Minolta lenses.
The image quality is incredible.
The price is incredible.
If you don't need video, and actually know how to use a camera, this is what you want.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this Camera, it has Awesome color! and very well laid out menu system, not the best at high ISO, but it's hard to beat this camera because of it's great color rendition ease... Read morePublished 2 months ago by DARK STAR
I hate to break the review code, as I'm a stickler for it, but this is important. According to SonyAlphaRumors, Sony is no longer supporting repair of the A850 as parts are no... Read morePublished 15 months ago by David
I have been using this camera for 3 years now and it works great and it's very reliable! It is by far my favorite of all of my cameras!Published on December 22, 2013 by Dr. Tom C. Latrielle
Not the first Sony DSLR I have. Well made, well thought out.. Does everything. that I need in a camera..Published on November 8, 2013 by Howard Ratner
I'm a portrait and wedding photographer and I bought this A850 as a second-camera to use with my Sony A99 (which I also love). Read morePublished on April 24, 2013 by William Porter
they don't make it any more. I had a hard time getting a new one after I dropped my first on in a creek :(
Sony has just come out with several new cameras, so you may want to... Read more