Sony Alpha A850 Brief Review

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Specifications

  • 24.6 megapixel full frame CMOS sensor
  • Sensor-shift image stabilization
  • Dual BIONZ processors
  • 3 fps continuous shooting
  • 9-point auto-focus with 10-point assist
  • JPEG and RAW formats
  • Magnesium-alloy shell
  • Captures to CompactFlash and Memory Stick Duo media
  • Release Date: 2009-09-01
  • Final Grade: 86 B

B

Sony Alpha A850
24.6 megapixel full frame CMOS sensor; Sensor-shift image stabilization; Dual BIONZ processors; 3 fps continuous shooting; 9-point auto-focus with 10-point assist; JPEG and RAW formats; Magnesium-alloy shell; Captures to CompactFlash and Memory Stick Duo media
By , Last updated on: 5/18/2014

The Sony Alpha A850 boasts some impressive technical specs at a relatively affordable price, though it's still clearly intended for professionals and super-serious amateurs. This is Sony's second full-frame DSLR, featuring a 24.6 megapixel CMOS sensor, in-camera image stabilization, continuous shooting at up to 3 frames per second, and a 3.0-inch LCD all in a magnesium-alloy shell (no movie mode, however). It doesn't have the 100% viewfinder, sealed body, or faster burst mode of the A900 but these are relatively small sacrifices. The camera is showing its age now in 2012 (when compared to the 5D Mark II) and we expect a full-frame SLT model is right around the corner.

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