As well as being compared against other pro DSLRs, the Sony Alpha DSLR-A850 is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs, mirrorless, pro digicams and boutiques. The Sony Alpha DSLR-A850's top rivals come from Sony (such as the SLT A77 II and the SLT A99) and Nikon (such as the D700 and the D7000)

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony DSLR-A850 compared to other pro DSLR competitors include: it has a slightly larger screen (3" vs 2.5"), slightly larger viewfinder (0.74x vs 0.59x), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), takes much higher resolution photos (24.4 MP vs 12.7 MP) and has a weather sealed body.

However, on average it doesn't record movies (none vs 1080p @ 60fps), doesn't let you preview your photos on the screen, doesn't shoot as fast continuously (3 fps vs 6.5 fps), doesn't have a screen which flips out and has much more shutter lag (184 ms vs 128 ms).

Sony SLT A77 II

Sony SLT A77 II
4 years newer
$1,198 (body only)
$1,798 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A77 II (vs the DSLR-A850)

  • Shoots much faster: 12 fps vs 3 fps
  • Has live view
  • Many more focus points: 79 vs 19

Significant disadvantages of the A77 II (vs the DSLR-A850)

  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentaprism
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 410 shots vs 880 shots
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the A77 II and DSLR-A850

  • None found

Sony SLT A99

Sony SLT A99
3 years newer
$3,198 (body only)

Significant advantages of the SLT A99 (vs the DSLR-A850)

  • Has live view
  • Shoots much faster: 6 fps vs 3 fps
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the SLT A99 (vs the DSLR-A850)

  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentaprism
  • Shorter battery life: 500 shots vs 880 shots

common strengths of the SLT A99 and DSLR-A850

  • Multiple storage slots: 2 vs 2

Nikon D700

Nikon D700
1 year older
$1,591 (body only)
$2,277 24-85mm lens

Significant advantages of the D700 (vs the DSLR-A850)

  • Has live view
  • Shoots significantly faster: 5 fps vs 3 fps
  • Significantly more lenses available: 171 lenses vs 82 lenses

Significant disadvantages of the D700 (vs the DSLR-A850)

  • Much lower true resolution: 12.1 MP vs 24.4 MP
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2
  • Less viewfinder coverage: 95% vs 98%

common strengths of the D700 and DSLR-A850

  • None found

Sony Alpha DSLR-A900

Sony Alpha DSLR-A900
1 year older

Significant advantages of the DSLR-A900 (vs the DSLR-A850)

  • Shoots significantly faster: 5 fps vs 3 fps

Significant disadvantages of the DSLR-A900 (vs the DSLR-A850)

  • None found

common strengths of the DSLR-A900 and DSLR-A850

  • Multiple storage slots: 2 vs 2

Canon EOS 40D

Canon EOS 40D
2 years older
$1,800 28-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 40D (vs the DSLR-A850)

  • Has live view
  • Shoots much faster: 6.5 fps vs 3 fps
  • Much more lenses available: 220 lenses vs 82 lenses

Significant disadvantages of the 40D (vs the DSLR-A850)

  • Much lower true resolution: 10.1 MP vs 24.4 MP
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 921k dots
  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.59x vs 0.74x

common strengths of the 40D and DSLR-A850

  • None found

Canon EOS 5D

Canon EOS 5D
4 years older
$2,499 (body only)

Significant advantages of the 5D (vs the DSLR-A850)

  • Significantly more lenses available: 165 lenses vs 82 lenses
  • Much thinner: 3" vs 3.2"

Significant disadvantages of the 5D (vs the DSLR-A850)

  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"
  • Much lower true resolution: 12.7 MP vs 24.4 MP
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 921k dots

common strengths of the 5D and DSLR-A850

  • None found

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony DSLR-A850 compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it has a slightly larger screen (3" vs 2.7"), has a significantly higher resolution screen (921k dots vs 460k dots), much larger viewfinder (0.74x vs 0.54x), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none) and takes much higher resolution photos (24.4 MP vs 16.1 MP).

However, on average it doesn't record movies (none vs 1080p @ 24fps), doesn't let you preview your photos on the screen, doesn't shoot as fast continuously (3 fps vs 6 fps), significantly fewer lenses available (82 lenses vs 230 lenses) and is older (august 2009 vs february 2013).

Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

Sony Alpha DSLR-A200
1 year older

Significant advantages of the DSLR-A200 (vs the DSLR-A850)

  • Much smaller: Prosumer size (131×99×71 mm) vs Large (156×117×82 mm)
  • Much thinner: 2.8" vs 3.2"
  • Built-in flash

Significant disadvantages of the DSLR-A200 (vs the DSLR-A850)

  • Much lower true resolution: 10 MP vs 24.4 MP
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 921k dots
  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.54x vs 0.74x

common strengths of the DSLR-A200 and DSLR-A850

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

Sony Alpha DSLR-A580
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the DSLR-A580 (vs the DSLR-A850)

  • Has live view
  • Shoots much faster: 7 fps vs 3 fps
  • Much smaller: Professional size (137×104×84 mm) vs Large (156×117×82 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the DSLR-A580 (vs the DSLR-A850)

  • Much lower true resolution: 16 MP vs 24.4 MP
  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.52x vs 0.74x
  • No weather sealing

common strengths of the DSLR-A580 and DSLR-A850

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Multiple storage slots: 2 vs 2

Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000
1 year newer
$602 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D7000 (vs the DSLR-A850)

  • Has live view
  • Shoots much faster: 6 fps vs 3 fps
  • Much smaller: Professional size (132×105×77 mm) vs Large (156×117×82 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the D7000 (vs the DSLR-A850)

  • Much lower true resolution: 16.1 MP vs 24.4 MP
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.62x vs 0.74x

common strengths of the D7000 and DSLR-A850

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.62x vs 0.74x
  • Weather sealed
  • Both have pentaprism viewfinders: Pentaprism vs Pentaprism

Sony SLT A58

Sony SLT A58
3 years newer
$330 (body only)

Significant advantages of the SLT A58 (vs the DSLR-A850)

  • Has live view
  • Shoots much faster: 8 fps vs 3 fps
  • Much smaller: Prosumer size (129×95×78 mm) vs Large (156×117×82 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the SLT A58 (vs the DSLR-A850)

  • Much lower true resolution: 20.1 MP vs 24.4 MP
  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 921k dots
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentaprism

common strengths of the SLT A58 and DSLR-A850

  • Large viewfinder size: 0.65x vs 0.74x
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Nikon D90

Nikon D90
1 year older
$449 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D90 (vs the DSLR-A850)

  • Has live view
  • Much smaller: Professional size (132×103×77 mm) vs Large (156×117×82 mm)
  • Much more lenses available: 230 lenses vs 82 lenses

Significant disadvantages of the D90 (vs the DSLR-A850)

  • Much lower true resolution: 12.2 MP vs 24.4 MP
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.63x vs 0.74x

common strengths of the D90 and DSLR-A850

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.63x vs 0.74x
  • Both have pentaprism viewfinders: Pentaprism vs Pentaprism
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100
3 years newer
$709 (body only)
$1,097 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D7100 (vs the DSLR-A850)

  • Shoots movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 921k dots
  • Has live view

Significant disadvantages of the D7100 (vs the DSLR-A850)

  • Much lower true resolution: 24 MP vs 24.4 MP
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.61x vs 0.74x

common strengths of the D7100 and DSLR-A850

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.61x vs 0.74x
  • Weather sealed
  • Both have pentaprism viewfinders: Pentaprism vs Pentaprism

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony DSLR-A850 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentaprism vs none), significantly larger viewfinder (0.74x vs 0.46x), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), has a weather sealed body and has a much longer battery life (880 shots vs 350 shots).

However, on average it doesn't record movies (none vs 1080p @ 60fps), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (3,200 ISO vs 51,200 ISO), doesn't have a touch screen, doesn't have a screen which flips out and much less viewfinder coverage (98% vs 100%).

Sony A7

Sony A7
4 years newer
$798 (body only)
$965 - $998 28-70mm lens

Significant advantages of the A7 (vs the DSLR-A850)

  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 98%
  • Has live view
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 921k dots

Significant disadvantages of the A7 (vs the DSLR-A850)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much shorter battery life: 340 shots vs 880 shots
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the A7 and DSLR-A850

  • Weather sealed

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
4 years newer
$379 - $498 (body only)
$479 - $598 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A6000 (vs the DSLR-A850)

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 98%
  • Has live view

Significant disadvantages of the A6000 (vs the DSLR-A850)

  • Much shorter battery life: 420 shots vs 880 shots
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentaprism

common strengths of the A6000 and DSLR-A850

  • None found

Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000
4 years newer
$498 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A5000 (vs the DSLR-A850)

  • Has live view
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Much smaller: Compact (110×63×36 mm) vs Large (156×117×82 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the A5000 (vs the DSLR-A850)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentaprism
  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 921k dots

common strengths of the A5000 and DSLR-A850

  • None found

Sony Alpha 7 II

Sony Alpha 7 II
5 years newer
$998 (body only)
$1,198 28-70mm lens

Significant advantages of the 7 II (vs the DSLR-A850)

  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 98%
  • Has live view
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,230k dots vs 921k dots

Significant disadvantages of the 7 II (vs the DSLR-A850)

  • Much shorter battery life: 350 shots vs 880 shots
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentaprism

common strengths of the 7 II and DSLR-A850

  • Weather sealed
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Sony Alpha a6500

Sony Alpha a6500
7 years newer
$1,098 (body only)
$1,498 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the Alpha a6500 (vs the DSLR-A850)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 98%
  • Has live view

Significant disadvantages of the Alpha a6500 (vs the DSLR-A850)

  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.46x vs 0.74x
  • Much shorter battery life: 350 shots vs 880 shots
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the Alpha a6500 and DSLR-A850

  • Weather sealed
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Sony a6400

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9 years newer
$898 (body only)
$971 - $998 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the a6400 (vs the DSLR-A850)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 98%
  • Has live view

Significant disadvantages of the a6400 (vs the DSLR-A850)

  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.46x vs 0.74x
  • Much shorter battery life: 410 shots vs 880 shots
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the a6400 and DSLR-A850

  • Weather sealed
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony DSLR-A850 compared to pro digicam competitors include: it has a much larger screen (3" vs 1.8"), has a much higher resolution screen (921k dots vs 118k dots), has image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), takes much higher resolution photos (24.4 MP vs 9.1 MP) and has a weather sealed body.

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in flash, is slightly heavier (895 g vs 745 g) and doesn't let you preview your photos on the screen.

Fujifilm FinePix S9000 Zoom

Fujifilm FinePix S9000 Zoom
4 years older

Significant advantages of the S9000 Zoom (vs the DSLR-A850)

  • Built-in flash

Significant disadvantages of the S9000 Zoom (vs the DSLR-A850)

  • Much smaller screen: 1.8" vs 3"
  • Much lower resolution screen: 118k dots vs 921k dots
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift

common strengths of the S9000 Zoom and DSLR-A850

  • Multiple storage slots: 2 vs 2
  • Support external flash
  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentaprism

compared toBoutique competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony DSLR-A850 compared to boutique competitors include: it has a slightly larger screen (3" vs 2.7"), has a weather sealed body, has a much longer battery life (880 shots vs 490 shots), has interchangeable lenses and has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentaprism vs digital).

However, on average it is slightly larger (large (156×117×82 mm) vs professional size (143×104×76 mm)), takes slightly lower resolution photos (24.4 MP vs 42.2 MP), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (3,200 ISO vs 102,400 ISO), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (3 fps vs 12 fps) and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Sony Alpha a99 II

Sony Alpha a99 II
7 years newer
$3,198 - $3,654

Significant advantages of the Alpha a99 II (vs the DSLR-A850)

  • Shoots much faster: 12 fps vs 3 fps
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 102,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the Alpha a99 II (vs the DSLR-A850)

  • Much shorter battery life: 490 shots vs 880 shots
  • Built-in lens only
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the Alpha a99 II and DSLR-A850

  • Very long battery life: 490 shots vs 880 shots
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/8000 of a second vs 1/8000 of a second

Sony SLT-A68

Sony SLT-A68
6 years newer

Significant advantages of the SLT-A68 (vs the DSLR-A850)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Shoots significantly faster: 8 fps vs 3 fps
  • Significantly lighter: 610 g vs 895 g

Significant disadvantages of the SLT-A68 (vs the DSLR-A850)

  • Significantly smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"
  • Built-in lens only
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the SLT-A68 and DSLR-A850

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection