Summary Sony DSLR-A850

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Among similar cameras #n/a of 8
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Specifications Key specs
Sensor size Help Full frame 35.9x24.0mm Screen resolution Help 921k dots
Megapixels Help 24.4 MP Movie format Help None
Screen size Help 3.0" Light sensitivity Help 3,200 ISO
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Pros

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The Sony DSLR-A850 vs other recent DSLRs

Viewfinder size Large viewfinder Help
0.74x
True resolution High true resolution Help
24.4 MP
Shutter lag Short shutter lag Help
184 ms shutter lag
Viewfinder Doesn't use battery, see more detail Help
Pentaprism
Storage slots More storage slots Help
2
Startup delay Short startup delay Help
500 ms startup delay
Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
Shoot in extreme weather
Sensor size Large sensor Help
Full frame 35.9x24.0mm
Fastest shutter speed Fast shutter speed Help
1/8000 of a second
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Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
Sensor shift

Cons

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Screen flips out Fixed screen Help
Less flexible
Autofocus Manual focus only Help
None
Announced Old Help
August, 2009
Size Slightly large Help
Large 156x117x82 mm
Thickness Thick Help
3.2"
Weight Heavy Help
895 g
Popularity Not so popular Help
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Movie format No movies Help
None
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
3,200 ISO
Live view No live view Help
Preview with viewfinder
Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramas Help
You could stitch photos in post
Lens availability Very few lenses available Help
82 lenses
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
Professional
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Low light performance Noisy at high ISO Help
1,415 ISO
Overall image quality Low overall image quality Help
79.0
Screen resolution Low resolution screen Help
921k dots
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
3 fps
Focus points Fewer focus points Help
19
Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points Help
1
Screen size Below average sized screen Help
3.0"
Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
98%
GPS No GPS Help
Missing geo-tagging
Light sensitivity (boost) Low boost light sensitivity Help
6,400 ISO
Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
Won't autofocus with all lenses

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Johnmcmillin (4:32 AM, April 27, 2011)
P.S. I just saw the rankings and this camera came out very well indeed, No. 2 among recent SLRs. I wonder if it would have done even better if "continuous shooting performance" had not been a critieria. Really, now, how many frames per second do we require for real estate? Frames per minute would get the job done for me...
 
Johnmcmillin (4:28 AM, April 27, 2011)
This was my dream camera for two years. Now I own it and use it for my RE stills. Like my a700 before it, it's a pleasure to use, especially in full manual: I put aperture on the front dial, shutter on the rear, and shortcuts to DRO on the Custom button and flash exp. comp. on the Function button. Every necessary adjustment is one easy control action away. But adjustments aren't as often required as with the smaller format. The a850 brings a big increase in dynamic range that helps fit highlights and shadows into the same exposure. That's a benefit even at 6 MP, where I usually shoot.

If you're thinking of going to full frame to get your wide-angles back, though, you might think again. It was easier to find a suitable ultrawide for the crop format. My old Tamron 10-24 did a great job, with easily correctable barrel distortion. Its older FF counterpart, the Tamron 17-35, becomes effectively an 18+mm lens due to clipped corners, and produces uneven distortion across the frame that's difficult to correct. And it's not wide enough. I'm about to get a Sigma 12-24 to test as a replacement.

Excepting that lens issue, the move up to the a850 was all positive. My old Maxxum lenses offer exceptional value, and (excepting the Tammy) they perform even better on full frame. This a pure camera, with no frills; built to a high standard, comfortably fitted to hand and smaller than some of the "pro-level" cropped-format cameras from the Big Two. There's not a Nikon or a Canon I'd trade it for.